"Don't Feed The Trolls". Everyone has heard that phrase before. It is a undeniable if unpleasant fact that there are people who delight in disliking,trolling and occasionally bullying YouTube creators and Live streamers. This is what I like to call "the dark side of YouTube" It is a topic that no one who does "how to" videos about YouTube ever talks about. Having been a content creator for nearly four years, I thought I would give you some of my thoughts on this subject.
I never understood this particular "ranking" mechanic on YouTube, If you don't like a video don't watch it. It makes not one bit of difference to me if you don't like my videos, I make them firstly for me and for fun. Having said that, I do try to make videos people enjoy, but that is not my sole motivation. Instead of a dislike, I would rather see a comment telling me what it is you disliked. I may listen I may not, but at least you made the effort to tell me what you didn't like. At the end of the day a "like" and a "dislike" are the same thing, a view on the video. Thanks for watching.
It is an unpleasant fact of life on the internet that there are people who derive pleasure from insulting and degrading your work. They have their own motivations, whether it be ignorance, jealousy, insecurity or just the fact that they think they are funny, clever and cool. I don't do well with trolls. I violate the "don't feed the trolls" suggestion constantly and nothing will send me off on a venom filled foul mouthed rant quicker than some idiot who thinks it's cool to tear down my work. I don't mind being called an idiot, in fact most of my channel is built around that very premise, but it is entirely a different matter to be vulgar and insulting. Woe to those who insult my friends as that is something I will NEVER stand for. Go get a life and find something else that makes you feel cool might I suggest jumping off a tall building while saying to your friends, "Hey look at me".... ;)
This is the serious one. Threats, Racism, Sexism, ethnic slurs. Unfortunately , these are all a part of internet life. Thankfully YouTube and Twitch have very good filters that catch most of this stuff and I don't have to deal with it. There should be no tolerance for that sort of ignorance. None.
Well BP you make YouTube sound SO Fun....
It isn't all bad. It isn't even half bad. The great and supportive people FAR outweigh the ignorant on YouTube. People who will give you constructive feedback and suggestions on improvements because they believe that you are worth watching and they want to help you get better are far more common than the idiots. YouTube and Twitch are great platforms to share your passion about games and gaming with people who share that passion and a great place to make new friends and build a community. I only mention the bad stuff to make you aware that it is out there and that if you are overly sensitive content creation may not be for you. It's not fun to work hard on something, give it your best and than see it torn down by idiots. This is something that occasionally you will have to deal with. Don't let it get to you, don't let it dissuade you from sharing your passions. The good still outweighs the bad and remember "Don't Feed The Trolls"