Today is my 10 year anniversary on YouTube! I created my channel on Sept 26th 2006 and uploaded my first video.
The channel was called /fallofautumndistro as I had started making videos for my zine distro, The Fall of Autumn. It was probably the worst channel name ever, but it stuck.
At first I made mini-documentaries about letterpressing, offset printing, zine culture, etc. But then a few weeks later I discovered the YouTube community and that really changed everything.
I started making collab videos with Mr. Safety, nalts, MysteryGuitarMan, What the Buck, DaveDays, ShayCarl, and many many others. I started directing music videos for my friends’ bands, mostly imadethismistake.
After a few months of that I discovered the vlogbrothers in the summer of 2007 and we all know the story from there.
For a while I was one of the Top 100 Most Subscribed channels of all-time (back before that mattered) with only 50,000ish subs. My total view count is a bit over 5 million, but that seemed like 5 billion back in 2007/2008 when my channel was really at its peak.
What a fun period of my life, I used to write video ideas at work, and then rush home to film them and upload them before bed. Back when the comment section mattered, and your subscribers would actually see your videos in their subscription boxes! What an idea!
That silly YouTube channel lead to a book deal, a few albums, interviews in magazines and newspapers, TV airings, a business, too many friends to count, and an early retirement. While I don’t make many videos these days, I do still love the community, and I am still thankful for all the ways a video sharing website has changed my life.