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Comment on YouTube comments

After an absence of more than 7 weeks, I channel is back:

* Is your life worth watching? - http://www.connectwithi.com/
* #19: "Starting Over" - http://youtube.com/watch?v=huBr7x2nYko

For a show that's all about audience interaction, they have done a lousy job of communicating; there was no blog post, or even a comment to tell us that the show was still alive, or why it was taking so long to come out with a new episode.

If I ever make a video blog show, the primary goal will be to keep it regular and to keep people informed if there's going to be a change.

While the creators may not be interacting with the audience much outside of the episodes, the viewers are really into interaction. Episode #19 has a comment rate of over 10%: 3666 views and 397 comments already. Sure, they encourage comments, but I'm still surprised how many people on YouTube comment on what they watch.

Keep in mind, too, that the number of "views" is higher than the number of people watching. (Just loading the page and leaving part way through counts as a view, plus some people will view a video more than once.) Also, only YouTube users can comment, and not everyone is a YouTube user. Although sometimes I think I might be the only person in the world without an account on YouTube or MySpace...

This level of commenting is something I find daunting: As a producer, I can't imagine keeping up with it, and as a viewer, I can't see the point in commenting on something that has already racked up over 100 comments. Somehow, mega-sites like YouTube and Slashdot attract thousands of people who have enough time on their hands to read through a constant flow of posts and comments... and keep coming back for more.

vlog research leads to Ichannel

I do this thing sometimes, where I come up with an unoriginal idea and think it may work so long as I get in at the right time. Then I discover that so many people are already doing it better than me and that the new genre or concept is now going mainstream.

I'm thinking though an idea for a dramatised vlog show. It seems like a good time to strike, because Internet TV is still finding its feet, and it's possible to get viewers with an ultra-low budget. I don't expect the many thousands of viewers of something like Lonelygirl15, but some would be nice...

So, I started looking around for other vlog series to see what's out there and get ideas on how to start and how to promote the show. At first, I was having trouble finding any. Maybe the genre hasn't really grown up yet! The perfect time to get started!

Nah, I just don't think I've been searching properly. Today I happened upon a brilliant show. Funny too. And original.

Ichannel is the story of a man who gets the feeling he's being watched, then discovers that he's on a video blog, with an audience watching his every move. Watching and interacting. A phone keeps beeping: the audience is talking to him via SMS. And apparently actual comments on the show's YouTube site help shape the episodes. Watch episodes 1 and 2 to get an idea of what it's like.

So, I have found yet another thing to spend time watching. But I still have nothing more than an unoriginal idea... Not necessarily a bad story - just not original.

Question: age of a video blogger

I'm working on an Internet TV show (drama) in a vlog format. Well, when I say "working on it", I mean "toying with the idea before realising that I have no writing skills and giving up".

So far, the protagonist/blogger is a woman with a school-aged son. I guess that would put her in her mid-thirties. Question: Is it possible to create a successful show with someone this age, or do I need to jettison the boy and make the woman younger?

I guess what I'm wondering is how much of Lonelygirl15's success is due to the story and how much is due to the fact that the actors are in their late teens, living lives that much of the YouTube generation can relate to...