by Scott Creighton
As some of you know, I made my article What’s the Story with Ahmed Mohamed and his Ridiculous Briefcase “Clock”? The Answer Lies with his Father into my first real YouTube video on my American Everyman channel. It was kind of rough around the edges and I’ve been getting a lot of good constructive criticism on the effort so my next one will be better, I promise.
A lot of you have been telling me this move will garner a bit more exposure for the work that I do here and that’s a good reason to do it. But I wanted to share something with you guys that I don’t do very often but I think it will help you understand why I am doing this.
I’m very excited to tell you guys that the video has now been viewed over 650 times and received some comments and some “likes” and I’m very happy for all of that.
But let me show you something:
What you are looking at is the analytics page for the parent article of that YouTube video. That article was posted about 4 hours prior to the video being made public.
At the time of posting this, my Onsite views stand at 9,589.
Now here is something I did not know until today: WordPress also tracks Syndicated views, views the article gets on websites that have taken my full article and posted it somewhere else. Those numbers currently stand at 9,447.
That makes for a grand total of 19,036 total views of the article that is a mere 4 hours older than the video.
I understand that my website is over 8 years old and my YouTube channel is still sloshing around in the afterbirth.
And I understand that the quality of my videos is quite a bit behind that of my writing.
But frankly, there aren’t many well established alternative media YouTube channels who have videos covering this psyop that have more views on their videos than I have currently on the article.
What I am trying to say is that I don’t expect the YouTube channel to extend the reach of the information that I try to communicate to people by that significant of a measure.
Though YouTube videos will reach a different audience and make some of the work that I do more readily accessible to them, I do not anticipate it overshadowing the work I do here. That would take years and a lot of “branding” and ‘cross marketing” efforts, that, quite frankly, I’m not interested in doing.
That’s simply not why I’m doing it.
Writing has always been an artistic endeavor for me.
This website, even though it’s a news site, is an expression of who I am. It’s an attempt to peel back the layers of the current human condition in order to make a statement about it and perhaps, in some small measure, effect a change. It’s also an effort for me to chronicle my own change.
For me, 20,000 people have just been sitting in a dark auditorium for however long it took them to read my recent article. And though they don’t see it this way, those 20,000 folks were really sitting there in that auditorium with each other being told a story, having it play out in front of them like a production in a theater.
However they took it, however they felt when it was done, for a brief time they sat and observed the show, and they thought about it and processed it along with 19,999 others in the quiet comfort of their own homes. Now they think about it, now they dissect it, now they understand the world they live in a little better… or they don’t.
As the course of my life unfolded, I never ended up becoming an actor, or a director or a playwright. The life in the theater that I once worked for, never was.
But I am still an artist.
The investigations that I do are real. The truth that I expose is real. The truth that I have learned through this process is real. The stories I tell are real. And the hope that I have for our collective future is also very real, though it runs a bit thin at times.
That is the work of an artist. And that is the work that I try to do.
In keeping with that, I have decided to explore a different medium though the use of videos.
I have no intention of continuing with the “sitting there ranting” format. My desire (and what I am currently working on) is to learn to use Lightworks to the point where I can produce reasonably effective and skillful looking documentaries on various subjects.
The format will allow me to include elements such as music, sound, imagery, tempo, lighting (eventually), movement and subtext in order to better convey the message to the audience.
I don’t know if I will ever get there and I don’t know if I will ever be good at it if I do. But I am going to try. Because artists evolve or they grow stale and wither.
Whatever comes of this effort, I want you readers to know, its not about broadening my reach. My reach is just fine. I helped a guy today at Walmart reach some water jugs way back on a shelf. True story.
If I never have more than the 34 subscribers I have right now, and no one ever views my videos other than the readers of this website, that’s just fine with me.
I just needed something positive and creative to sink my teeth into… even if I use it to expose something negative and destructive. Especially if I use it to expose something negative and destructive.
I kind of like the symmetry of that, don’t you?
Today I went through the rote mechanics of my day planning out in my little pointy head, my version of the definitive 9/11 Truth documentary and right now I know for a fact that I will make it (At least ‘definitive’ in my opinion) and that gives me hope.
Something to work for.
That’s what an artist needs.
What we all need I suppose.
That’s why I’m doing this.
Just thought you should know.