Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! Now I realize that this post is a day late, but I thought I would write about how this past year has been. 2014 was a busy year for me, but there were so many wonderful moments that occurred as well. All in all, it was a pretty good year.

Initially, I wanted to make a video discussing the year 2014 as a whole, but I decided that I'd rather write it instead. I'm glad that I did because I'm much better at just writing out what I have to say rather than improvising it (p.s. I'm terrible at improvising).

Hm, so where do I start? Well, for one thing, I reached 4,000, 5,000, 6,000, and eventually 7,000 subscribers on my first YouTube channel, so I'm very thankful and grateful for that. I find it hard to believe that over 7,000 people actually enjoy my videos and watch them, and that inspires me to keep doing what I do. When I first joined YouTube in August of 2010, I wanted to become one of those popular YouTubers who had lots and lots of fans, but when things didn't go so well, I stopped seeking that. Yes, I still think it would be nice to gain even more supporters, but that's not what I'm placing all of my focus on anymore. Once I began to just have fun on my channel and focus less on the former, however, that's when I started to become more popular. Funny how that works, isn't it?

Another great thing that occurred in 2014 is that I reached over 4,000,000 views on my video "A Day in Berry Bitty City episode 4''. I am absolutely amazed by this: never had I thought that I would ever have a video to reach that many views, let alone 1,000,000 views, but almost 5,000,000 is simply amazing.

In addition to that, I reached a total of over 8,000,000 views on my YouTube account as a whole!

But what really surprised me is that the official Strawberry Shortcake YouTube channel, Strawberryagp, actually subscribed to my channel! I had just checked my email one day when I saw that I received a message stating that she had subscribed to me. At first I thought it was someone posing as her, but it turned out to actually be her, and I was ecstatic. If you go to her channel and click the "Channels" tab, you'll see my channel listed in her subscriptions.

After all of this, I was extremely pleased with all that I had accomplished. However, there was one thing that stuck to the back of my mind: I wanted to become a YouTube partner. I couldn't have become one on my first account because I had used so much copyrighted music, so the only way to go was to create a new account; and frankly, that upset me. It took me four years to get as far as I had gotten with my first channel, so why would I want to give that up and start completely fresh? This nagged me for the longest time, but after I finally finished "A Berry Bitty Christmas", I decided that I would take the risk.

Boy, starting a new channel was a slap in the face. I didn't think it would be quite so difficult trying to convince my fans to subscribe to my new account. Plus, my views had gone down significantly as well. While I was used to getting thousands of views on my videos in a matter of a few days, I now hardly surpass 2,000 views per video on my new account, and that became a bit discouraging to me.

Despite this minor setback, I'm not going to give up. I am slowly beginning to gain my subscribers back on my new account, and if it takes another four years to regain what I had reached, then I guess that's just how it'll be. On the bright side, though, my new channel is progressing a lot faster than my first channel had. Back in 2010, it took me four months just to reach seventeen subscribers, but in 2014, I already reached over two hundred of them in the same amount of time.

So what have I done aside from what I've stated about YouTube? you may ask. Well, I wouldn't say that a whole lot has gone on with my personal life, but during the summer I did a dance intensive for the first time. I wound up injuring myself, and while I no longer dance, I did still thoroughly have fun.

Another thing is that I actually got my wisdom teeth out. I was hoping that I'd have a good four to five years before I would have to have the procedure done, but to my dismay it was imperative that they came out as soon as possible.

I was worried that things wouldn't go too well: after hearing about all of the side effects, I was terrified, and I didn't want to become loopy either. However, I just prayed that everything would be all right, and God answered my prayer: after my surgery, I was well enough to do my normal activities and go about the house on my own, which is considered unusual for some people.

Finally, during the summer I decided to take up writing again; it had been a while since I had written anything, but I wanted to practice for a class that I had to take. I just find it exhilarating to place myself in someone else's shoes and create my own little world that's apart from the real one. If you haven't tried it, I highly recommend that you do.

So with 2014 gone and 2015 coming in a flash, I can only wonder what this new year will bring. I know for one thing that I'm going to be pretty busy, considering that I'll be a freshman and all.

But one thing that I would love to do is to be invited to the 35th annual Strawberry Shortcake convention. It's always been a dream of mine to go to one, and if I actually get to go this year, that will probably be one of the highlights of my life. So Strawberry, if you're willing to invite me, just say the word!


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