The other day I posted this video on my YouTube page:
My friend Casey and I have an incredibly old inside joke that I somehow felt was relevant to the fact that I had missed her birthday. That was, literally, the only motivation behind this.
And yet, a day later, I received the following comment:
"I expect a Sailor Moon Crystal review from you now that you're back on Youtube. :) Okay. Goodbye."
Sailor Moon Crystal is, for those unaware, a shiny new anime based entirely on the original Sailor Moon manga. It's basically the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood of Sailor Moon - but with significantly more sparkles.
I can only assume the comment in question is referencing the previous Sailor Moon videos I made, back when I thought I might like to go into ThatGuyWithTheGlasses-style video reviewing. In those videos, I clumsily made my way through two episodes of the English dub that I had fond memories of watching over and over and over again as a kid. The editing was terrible, the audio was beyond poor, and I mocked my way through them so much that people apparently wondered if I was Sailor Moon fan at all.
For every comment like:
"I'm DYING right now!!!!!! This is TOO much!!!! I absolutely LOVE your videos!!!"
I got another one like:
"i don't want to be mean but pelase hang yourself !"
Which, honestly, kind of just seems like the circle of life as far as YouTube is concerned.
I was pretty sure the world had forgotten about these videos, and for the most part, I was right. I'm still getting comments asking for new videos, despite having not updated beyond the above video in about three years. With this video, I've even gotten a few private messages (which are, apparently, still a thing.)
So, I guess, I'm left wondering...should I?
Dabbling in YouTube is a bit like dabbling in Salem style witchcraft. It could work out really well for you, but it could also come back to painfully bite you wherever you'd find it the most painful.