I have some of my social stats on the sidebar of my website right now. They’re from August 30th of 2019. They say I have 1,520 followers on Instagram, 5,528 subscribers on YouTube, and 1,945 likes on Facebook. I also have 1,276 followers on Twitter, but for some reason I haven’t put it in the sidebar. The main reason I am making this post is because besides offering a link to the pages, I’m not sure why I have the following count showing.
It’s not even accurate. I was too lazy to find a plugin that could update these numbers automatically for me so I simply put what was there on the 30th of August and thought to myself, “It’ll be cool to see how much they grow as I get back into this whole internet video maker thing”. When I said that to myself I didn’t realize just how busy I was going to be working from home. Instead of stocking shelves, sweeping floors, running registers, and fixing bikes, I’m selling things on eBay and starting a yo-yo brand.
Most of the time I spend working is focused on listing items on eBay. I found several large boxes of toys at a yardsale a few months ago and have been listing them ever since. It’s enough work were it keeps me fairly focused on listing and shipping whenever I don’t have my kids. When I do have my kids my listing time’s drop significantly, but I figure the weeks they’re away can be maximized for listing and the weeks they’re here I’ll ship sales in the morning and spend the rest of the day with them.
But that hasn’t given me much time for yo-yoing. Which has always sort of been my main focus. It’s strange giving other aspects of my life so much more attention when I’d rather be working on a trick. But until I have a big enough audience that I can sell yo-yo’s or have a patreon to pay my bills and send me to contests, I’ll have to focus on eBay. (I do technically have a Patreon but I’m not sure what to give as rewards.)
Well, the reason I even started writing this is I figured I was either going to update the numbers or remove them. I think I’ll say what they are now here in this post and then remove them. Instagram currently has 1,625, so it went up 105 followers since August. YouTube has 5832 since August. Which is another 304 subscribers. That’s actually really good I think, but every time I’ve posted a video it’s been lucky to past 50 views. To be fair most of the videos are short trick clips that would do better on Instagram or TikTok (I joined that by the way, not sure if I’ll be able to grow on it yet but I like the idea, its more about being creative than anything). Facebook… Facebook went up 5 likes. I don’t know what to think about Facebook. Sometimes I’ll make a post an it’ll get a thousand views (Facebook counts 3 seconds of watch time as a view though). Mostly it’ll sit around 100 views.
Basically I’m not sure where to focus my time right now. I think focusing on making tutorials when I have time and getting this site to be more of ‘a place to learn how to yo-yo’ and less of a… whatever it is right now, that I’ll start to see results because I’ll be creating content that is useful to people and not just an effort to boost my ego.
Alright, I need to get back to eBay. That’s it for now. I’ll knock the numbers off the sidebar shortly.