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.