And if you didn't know... hey, surprise! I'm calling for votes to be one of the new 10 vloggers on Geek and Sundry's Vlog Channel!
Right now we're in the "Community Feedback" part of the... contest? Audition? Eh, contest. What this means is that ONCE A DAY the community can vote (on multiple devices) for their favorite vlog(s).
Our numbers will be narrowed down severely (so many awesome submissions) to 30, and then finally to 10.
Okay, now that you're caught up and you've voted today, I can get to what has been REALLY AWESOME about this whole process.
Sometimes, with the internet as your audience, you can feel you're playing to a vacuum. The people who started from scratch, who didn't have a contest to sort of nudge them a bit more in the spotlight, those people amaze the crap out of me.
I hadn't been making videos long--or at least not consistently for long and it was hard not to get discouraged--and then with my writing here and book sales--it's really easy to start thinking you're a talentless hack and no one wants to see, hear or read anything from you.
I'm not looking for sympathy or reassurance here, I just need to paint a picture for you of creator's crisis (what I like to call the break down of self-doubt all artists have) and that on average you go through it at LEAST every 3 months. I think that may double when your audience is the internet.
And then I entered this contest... and received the most amazing and overflowing support and not just from friends--from people I'd never met before!
And people started really getting into it and before I knew it I had people campaigning for me without so much as asking--even going so far as to making me campaign posters!
I vaguely felt like Josh Lyman when Donna Moss elected herself to be his assistant. Only way less grumpy. Still bewildered, but way less grumpy. Not grumpy at all. Ecstatic, touched, giddy.
So not much like Josh Lyman at all but I've been watching a lot of West Wing this week, so he was on my mind. Such a good show, you guys. Amazing writing and the issues they're fighting for are still relevant today--this is not about West Wing.
My point is, regardless how this contest ends, I want you to know how grateful I am for all of you. For reminding me that even while the whole internet may not be listening to me, those who are care so much.
You guys are amazing. I'm even more excited to have you as my audience and be able to bring information and entertainment to you. So while yes, every vote does count, it counts because you have MADE it count. You? You are mighty.
You might say you're dragon born. I sang you a song about it... because my yeti mic wanted to play. It's not much, but I hope you'll enjoy.
Update: We hit 3,000 and I released another song. The Steward of Gondor from Return of the King. If we hit 4,000, what would you like to hear?