I finally recorded a new Mason Planet video, which you can conveniently find below. In case you need encouragement to click "play," I not only provide a TIM update, but I also explain why I've had a limited online presence lately. (Hint: It has something to do with my education.)
Interestingly enough, although I have been spending time promoting my new videos, my old YouTube account has become legitimately popular on its own. In fact, several videos from The Mason Show achieved enough views that I was able to monetize the account this past weekend. (Yes, I am kicking myself for uploading 58 videos to an account named Martian34567.)
It is hard to believe, but it has been an entire year since I have posted any videos to YouTube. If anyone has forgotten why, please click here for details about my decision.
I figured since such a long amount of time has passed, it was time to create a new YouTube page. Hopefully, one with a more professional name than Martian34567. (Gosh, what a terrible page name! No wonder my videos attracted a limited audience.) To be honest, I created that account to be able to comment on videos, and later used it to launch Decorating with Mason.
To celebrate my new YouTube page, Mason Planet, I uploaded a new video this afternoon. For your convenience, I have attached it to this post. After watching, please subscribe to Mason Planet, as I hope to post more videos soon. Also, feel free to spread the word among your friends!
Within the last few days, the number of people looking at this website has dramatically increased. While I am not complaining about the increase in online traffic, I am not sure why this is happening. I just wish people would feel comfortable commenting on my blog posts. (Ahem.)
Anyways, I know I have been sharing a lot of YouTube videos lately, but this next one is from The Mason Show!
Yes, this episode is goofy, but I am too. I am proud of its length, because as anyone who watched Decorating with Mason could state, I've had difficulty fitting information into short, digestible videos.
Not to place any pressure on the gentle and innocent reader, but if the view count goes up for this video, or any others of mine, I might consider creating new videos...
Two years ago today I posted my first episode of Decorating with Mason: Halloween Prep onto YouTube. While I have no regrets with the series, as of this writing that first video has reached only 170 views (to give you a frame of reference this website generated 334 views in its first day alone).
Quite frankly I have no idea why the view count is so low. It seems people are always looking for ideas on new decorating tips and tricks, and YouTube gets millions of hits a day. In theory I would have tapped into both markets. Yet for some reason, my videos have managed to stay unwatched by the masses. I credit myself for it mostly; my videos tended to last around 5-10 minutes, which seemed to scare people off in the long run. Last year I even made fun of the low view count in the second season of Halloween Prep, but again no one was watching.
While it is easy to look back on the videos with a jaded perspective, I had so much fun making them. It was a series I created so I could talk about my Halloween decorating tips with the world. Talking and decorating are two of my specialities, so it was a welcome break from school. Also on the risk of sounding cliche, I learned a lot about filmmaking. Before Decorating with Mason my experience in front of the camera was minimal at best. Yet over time I learned to adjust my body composition, vocabulary and facial expressions for the camera. Writing and editing the episodes myself proved taxing, but it allowed a better understanding of all the hard work that goes into producing a daily series. All of this experience proved necessary training when I became Executive Producer of Trojan TV last year.
While I hate endings, I am going to use this anniversary to announce the cancellation of The Mason Show. This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise: my last episode was in March. Even with a format change, the lack of viewers seemed to ruin my desire to create new episodes. I plan on keeping all of the episodes online.
For old times sake, here is the first episode of Decorating with Mason: Halloween Prep. Enjoy!