Monday 9th September
Wasn’t able to get out and shoot this morning because of the weather. It was absolutely chucking it down when I got up.
I didn’t make it out until the afternoon. After filming a piece about Instagram for next weeks video I climbed up into the hills above Haweswater.
The light was poor and I couldn’t get the composition I was after to work.
All in all a bit of a frustrating day.
Climbed Side Pike this morning to get a shot of the Langdale Pikes for an article I am writing for a friend of mine. He is about to launch a new website, all hush hush so I can’t go into details just yet.
Afterwards I headed to Holme Fell. I am running a workshop there with James Burns in November and need to get the details (along with at least 1 good shot) on my website. The light was crap and I came away with nothing.
When I got home I reviewed my images from the past 2 days. As I suspected yesterday was a complete blow out.
The shot of the Langdales from Side Pike that I took this morning was OK but I cropped in a little too tight for my liking.
The euphoria of last week is a distant memory.
My first YouTube video since leaving my job went live this evening. The early signs are good and I could be well on my way to achieving my target of 4,000 views in the first week.
So not all bad then.
What a view! I cannot believe I have never been up there before.
It was a great climb, only 250m but quite steep in places. I can definitely feel my fitness improving.
I don’t have any phone signal around Thirlmere so I had no idea how well my latest video was doing. I got some idea as I reached the outskirts of Keswick on the way home. My phone started going berserk!
When I got home I excitedly checked the stats. 2,052 views in the first day, a new personal best!
Not just that but it seems everyone has been leaving comments wishing me well. Some of them more than likely from the 45 new followers that have subscribed to my channel.
Things are looking up. 🙂
I had to turn my phone off last night. It kept going off with notifications of a new comment or a new subscriber (why is that even turned on?).
I didn’t turn it on again until I was at the top of Arnison Crag. I was filming a video for my Facebook page and generally keep my phone off so that I am not disturbed.
It took over a minute for my phone to catch up with all of the push notifications that it needed to process: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, even my website.
Amongst them were messages from my good buddies Julian Baird and Gareth Danks congratulating me on the success of my latest video. Jules pointed out that it had now had 6,800 views in less than 48 hours.
What!? To put all this in context my last video had 2,500 views in a month!
And it’s had over 250 comments. How on earth am I going to respond to all of those?
The comments are largely very positive. People seem very interested to follow my journey which is exactly what I had been hoping for.
I had no light at the top of Arnison Crag but on the way down I stopped to grab a shot of the farm house at the foot of Birkhouse Moor. I think the shot has a great sense of scale.
One to return to perhaps.
I am feeling rather overwhelmed by the response to this week’s video. It has come as a total surprise that it has done so well.
The combined stats for Tuesday to Thursday are:
- Views – 15,029
- Watch minutes – 118,444
- New subscribers – 1,196 (a 21% increase)
And it is still going. Generally views on my videos will have tailed off by Friday afternoon but this one is still averaging over 250 an hour!
The success of this video has had other knock effects too.
- Website hits – 1,551 (almost 6 times as many compared with last week)
- 193 new followers on Instagram (an increase of 13%)
The problem with this is that I am already feeling the pressure to repeat this level of performance next week. That is ridiculous!
Whatever happens next Tuesday is likely to be a huge disappointment that I need to start preparing myself for now.
After my failure at Holme Fell earlier this week I was back again this morning for more punishment. I am nothing if not persistent!
Another promising sunrise snuffed out by cloud on the horizon.
I did get a couple of reasonable shots but they are by no means the finished article. I will be back!
All in all a bit of a mixed bag.
My YouTube channel has had a boost like no other that I have experienced. This sort of exposure can only be good for my business in the long run.
On the flip side my photography this week has been poor.
Perhaps all the attention that I have been getting has been a distraction. Maybe it has just been one of those weeks.
One thing is for sure however. Next week I am going to have to work even harder.