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Approaching 1,000 Subscribers on YouTube!

With this blog post I am going to reflect on different things with my YouTube Channel. I will reflect on the very beginning, the point where I felt like things really started to take off, and where it feels like it is right now. I will also share videos from these different points with my YouTube Channel so you can see the difference. Hopefully some can learn from some of the things I have done. If not maybe you will just find it interesting to hear how things have gone for me.

When I began my YouTube channel I never had any lofty expectations. I just thought it would be fun to interact with people and share ideas. One of the big things I was looking to get from things was inspiration from others expanding on my own ideas for campaigns, world building, and other RPG related things. It was also assumed early on that this channel would be a mix of things from Pro Wrestling, Sports, Tabletop RPGs, and Video Games. Look at my original video on my channel to see how different I was then. It is funny to me watching this back because I think I have come a long way since then. What do you think of the way the channel was back then?

About a year into my channel I had felt like my channel had become pretty stagnant around 130-140 subscribers. I was not even a year into being a content creator on YouTube. I probably felt like at this time I needed to use video editing software to grow but I was wrong. The channel still wasn't as focused as it is these days. It was about too many topics even though I should have realized it was an RPG Channel then. I was still trying to talk about Sports, Pro Wrestling, and Movies at this point. When a channel isn't more focused you lose the viewers you get on the topics less discussed. Again this was a learning curve though. About a month and a half later I did a year in review video which you can see to the right side of this paragraph. When I set my goal for 500 subscribers in this video I never thought I would crush that goal like I did. While I was still looking for my voice in the community at this time I think it wasn't long after this that things began to click for me.

Around GenCon 2014 is when the start of the Juce Live Chats began! These Live Chats are what led to the Tabletop RPG One Shot Group and other great things. Friendships were born and since then so many games have been played. I've grown as a GM/DM/Player of games. Met some fantastic people and my life is richer because of these great people. I believe this is when my channel really took off. This is the type of community interaction I enjoy. The video responses so many of us have done don't seem to help me with a sense of community where as these live chats have served as great ways to learn about other players and games. I still try to do Live Chats on my channel every once in awhile. Did one last night even.

So now that the Tabletop RPG One Shot Group is approaching 1,500 members and I am almost to 1,000 subscribers I think the sky is the limit. Not sure I ever truly thought I would reach the point I am at now. It feels like quite an accomplishment to be where I am at today but now that I am here I want to reach higher. Its awesome hearing feedback from others about how you have helped them with their games or that you have enriched their lives with things like the One Shot Group. So many great people make the One Shot Group go though. I don't deserve all of the credit at all. I am just happy people are having fun and enjoying themselves.

In closing I want to thank you all for your support not only for my YouTube Channel, this Blog/Website, the Podcast, and of course the Tabletop RPG One Shot Group. You are the reason I do what I do. It has been a fun ride so far and I have no plans to get off of it anytime soon.


2014 Wraps Up and 2015 Begins!

2014 has been an amazing year. When this year began I never would have thought it would end the way it has. When the year started my family was in a transition phase. We had moved to the other side of the state and were staying in my wifes parents basement until we found our house. It took a little longer than expected but in the end we found a home and are very happy here.

When it comes to gaming much like the year before I made a game transition. At the start of 2014 I was getting into Pathfinder pretty heavily. Struggled for a long time to find a group to play Pathfinder but when I did the new D&D5e had come out. So I switched over to Fifth Edition and it was awesome! I couldn't be happier with where I stand on the games I enjoy. Don't think I will ever run Pathfinder again but may someday play it again. Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons is my favorite game right now and for the foreseeable future.

Currently I run two campaigns of D&D5e. I also run D&D Encounters at a local gaming store. This has given me a lot of experience in a very short time. One thing I have learned is the importance of campaign notes because trying to keep track of things happening across multiple games at the very same time is difficult. I had to drop out of a Savage Worlds Campaign due to how busy I am with work and not being able to plan far enough in advance for gaming sessions. It was unfortunate because they were awesome people. Maybe down the line I will get back to being able to play with them.

The YouTube channel had a little over 130 subscribers and I set the bar high I felt at 500 subscribers by the end of 2014. Little did I know that I would hit that goal in November and I'd hit about 750 subscribers. It is funny because it reminds me of a class I took this year where they ask you what your goals are but then make you cross it out and double it. So I would probably say my goal is 2,000 for 2015 but if I cross it out and double it you know what that makes it. No matter how many subscribers I get over there though I will always try to reply to as many comments as possible.

Content is still key with YouTube and there is a lot I want to do in 2015. Crafting is something I want to get back to. Haven't done any crafting in a few months now. It is something I enjoy doing and I think people like to watch it. I would say Flip Through Fridays but I don't buy enough books to keep up with that every week. My D&D Basics Series has been on hold for a few weeks but I plan on bringing that back until I finish it and move on to a more advanced D&D series. One of the things I enjoyed doing early on with my channel is discussing ideas for campaigns and stuff so I want to do that again. Also World Building and fleshing out my current world is on my list. The video ideas I have are many and looking forward to doing them.

When it comes to this website, blog, and podcast it is still new to me. The positive reaction it has received has been great. We have had some guest blog posts that people liked too. I want to bring you new posts at least every other day on average. I'd also like to get more downloads up on the website with monsters, characters to use, tables, and more. The podcast is going to be bi-weekly but every now and then it may be once a month. We don't have an actual release schedule for it. We are always interested in your questions, or show requests though.

The Tabletop RPG One Shot group on Facebook began around August and already has hit 750 members. That is amazing! Right now there are 17 games scheduled in the next two weeks to be played because of the group. Again that is fantastic! When we started the group I never expected this type of success with it. I still plan on running games for mainly new members when milestones are hit. For instance when we hit 1,000 members I will run another D&D5e game.

Some things I would really like to do in 2015 is get more people making videos, playing games, and interacting with others. The Live Chats I have hosted on G+ Hangouts have led to some great friendships and helped me learn a lot as well. If I make half as many friends as I did in 2014 it will be a good year. The friends I made this year are people that I think will be life long friends. There are so many awesome people out there and I want to say thank you to all of them for their support this whole time.

As you can see there is a lot of great things going on heading into 2015 and we here are  planning for a huge year. Growing the hobby is something I have always been passionate about and I feel like I made some progress towards that in 2014.