100,000 YouTube Subscribers, Hooray!

In a little over a year of dedicated videogame coverage, the Jim Sterling YouTube channel surpassed 100,000 subscribers! Though the numbers were on track to hit that figure over the next few days, I wasn’t expecting to wake up this morning and see us already over the golden number. The increasing popularity of the Squirty Play and Early Access Squirt videos got us most of the way there, and the recent inclusion of The Jimquisition brought with it an influx of fresh lovelies to push us over the top. With all my video content now under one roof, the channel is looking set to be a strong little venue of entertainment in 2015.

Things are going… well. Really flippin’ well.

All my recent ventures have been risky. Leaving the wing of corporate-led publications and ad-supported established media to do my own thing was a gamble. Funding my critical work via your pleasure on Patreon was a terrifying prospect. More than that, however, I have always questioned my ability to be successful on my own. I would never have found an audience to begin with if not for Destructoid, and it was only after The Jimquisition found its feet at The Escapist that it became as popular as it is. I never allowed myself to believe I could keep an audience interested on my own, and I was somewhat ready to become irrelevant and forgotten as a result of trying to do my own thing. It doesn’t help that I can’t market myself at all (even after a year as The Escapist’s reviews editor, I still had fans asking me if I reviewed videogames anymore!) and struggle to promote my content without feeling incredibly self-conscious and like I’m imposing on people.

However, so far it seems that I could stand to have a little more faith in myself. The Jimquisition’s views have, contrary to what I expected, remained at an average of over 100,000 per episode. I expected the new run of videos to debut at about half that (if I got lucky) and spend the next few months rebuilding. Instead, either everybody followed the show when it moved, or otherwise a whole bunch of new viewers arrived to fill the empty seats. I have not added a means to acquire pageview data on this website, and I may never do (I have the luxury to not need to worry about “clicks” anymore, after all), but judging by the number of comments on reviews and editorials – not to mention the fact that the Game Awards liveblog seemed to break the site – it would appear that The Jimquisition Dot Com is doing pretty nicely too! Who knows? Maybe this little place will stand equal in influence to any other gaming blog, and it’ll be standing on its own unfettered terms! Wouldn’t that be something?

Podquisition is off to a great start, too! Episode One is almost at 18,000 listens, and that doesn’t include downloads or iTunes. In my experience, podcasts aren’t the biggest part of any blog, so to debut with those listens is very, very promising. It helps that Gav and Laura are incredible co-hosts – far more charming than I!

Anyway, all this humblebragging gibberish leads me to say, from the bottom of my burger-clogged heart – thank you. Not just for the unexpected Patreon success, but for the continued reading, watching, listening, and sharing of my work. The sheer level of excitement people have had over my recent content has, in turn, made me all the more excited to make it. The support and the encouragement has perhaps been more valuable than the money (but the money really bloody helps!), and has returned to me a passion I’d been losing steadily over the past year. Thank you. Truly.

I look forward to continuing to serve you reviews, videos, and assorted nonsense over the next year, and hopefully many more years to come. Let this be the first of several milestones in the new era of Jimdependence, and may it reign until I die, inevitably, on a toilet in a cheap hotel room somewhere.

Thank God for us all.

Fenrir
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Fenrir

Love you Jim! Don’t ever change you glorious sterling bastard!

Bryan
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Bryan

Congratulations. Good work is rewarded. Plan and simple. So shall we call November 14th Jimdependence day from now on?

TnTyson
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TnTyson

Oh yes. That now needs to be a thing. I might have to look in to getting T-Shirts made….

TnTyson
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TnTyson

You should never be suprised by people’s response to honesty. Especially in murky cesspool of video games. You are one of VERY few people on the interweb that I believe at all. You admit when you’re wrong and always give honest opinions (if you don’t you’re fucking convincing).
People enjoy you, in all the different things you do. As consumers people would rather pay for quality than drip feed free lumps of dried turd.
Thank God for Jim fucking Sterling son.
Much love Big fella.

Fred
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Fred
happy to see things evolving in a good way for you. You deserve it: The shear amount of content you gave to us in this site in less than a month prove that if not all the other things. I really like how you present yourself in a very humble and honest light in your new ventures (not that you were not wither of these before, it just seems more apparent now). I would be curious to see what process lead you to decide what to cover (jimquisition, reviews or otherwise). I am thinking about this since you posted your… Read more »
Peregrin Frisk
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Peregrin Frisk

Jim, continue being your usual uncompromising self and we shall follow wherever you shall lead us. Congratulations on your recent success and long may it continue.

WoodyBBad
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WoodyBBad

Shit, Jim. People came to those sites BECAUSE of you. YOU drove traffic. YOU said things that people were thinking ,but couldn’t articulate into…what YOU do. You have seen what support you have, and I hope that this site will one day rival what your former bosses have.

Alebelly
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Alebelly

Also, I’m a great editor, Ill do you for free.

Alebelly
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Alebelly

Though Ive removed myself from all things google, what makes you happy makes me happy as well. I have nothing but love and respect for you. (more love than respect)

Colossuswassus3
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Colossuswassus3

Congratulations, keep up the great work!

BladedFalcon
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BladedFalcon

Congratulations! I’m really happy to hear you’ve found continued success on your move to independence, and a great thing too! Not having the shadow of a corporation behind you definitely helps you be more honest and creative in whatever you wish to do, and I’m all for that! ^^

So here’s to your newfound freedom, Jim Fucking Sterling Son!! and may it continue forever more!

canneddirt
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canneddirt

Congrats. Now go on and create!

Collette
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Collette
Thank god for you, Jim. It warms my heart, ever since this paetreon biz started, just how genuinely appreciate of your fans you’ve been. Not that that it doesn’t make sense, but because the world can be a cold place, especially through a computer screen. We’re your friends, Jim. Even if it’s this weird, surreal kind of distanced friendship only the internet can make. Many of us have been with you on this wild journey in garmes jurnalism for years, and we’ve watched you change and grow, for the better even, but be this sort of constant in our hobby… Read more »
Chris
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Chris

Congratulations, Jim. I had no doubts about your success whatsoever. I’m actually surprised that you were surprised. You’re a giant in the community and I hope your success continues.

Meta
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Meta

You’re amazing Jim, congratulations on all the success and here’s to hoping you get even more!

Cyanopirate
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Cyanopirate
Just want to let you know that I’m probably one of those people you don’t count on moving with you, and I love what you’re doing. As a grad student in chemistry, I don’t have a lot of time to devote to games and gaming news, so I try to make my time with those things count. I have severely limited the number of games I try to play, and I pretty much only follow a few sites for news. Yours, sir, is one of them. I pretty much only found your show when I happened across it because I… Read more »
Al
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Al

Congratulations, and also, I’d like to say I specially enjoy the top ten videos. Are there gonna be more of those? Please don’t drop’em.

Thank God for Jim Sterlingson.

JTM
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JTM

You deserve all your success, Jim! Congrats for taking a risk and moving forward with your independance. You will have support wherever you go.

Fulgrim
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Fulgrim

You’re making me go all misty-eyed here Jim… you are a lovely boy.
At this rate, perhaps in the coming months you’ll be celebrating one million subscribers?

Tristrix
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Tristrix

You’re amazing and you deserve every bit of success you’ve earned and then some.

Billy
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Billy

Kind of wish the video was a different Warriors game. But I haven’t felt much like playing Dynasty Warriors 8 since Hyrule Warriors came out. That might change once Empires comes out, but DW8 has more little things that bother me and Hyrule feels different enough to remain interesting.

Congrats on the subscribers, though. Don’t mean to take away from that.

Daniel R
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Daniel R

Couldn’t have happened to a better games journo, Jim. I have been nothing but happy with your new site and new direction. Keep doing what you’re doing, and we (at least I) will keep watching.

Tony
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Tony

Its “we” all right! 😉

Josh K
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Josh K

*And the expectation of a huge… *

Josh K
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Josh K

Congratulations. Love the success story and the provision a huge successful new venture after this one. Make sure since you now have surely proved you are a king of this industry to take care of yourself, health and all. I started my own business 6 years ago and have gained an unbelievable amount of success and need to follow the same advice. Thank god for me and you.

Rafael
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Congrats all around, Mr. Sterling.

Jason Guarnieri
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Jason Guarnieri

Thank God For you Jim.
Thank. God. For. You.