Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A Gauntlet Retrospective - Stats, Spats, and Creeps

This particular blog-post doesn't fit into the usual categories seen here, which only makes sense, since this is pretty much a retrospective of, well, the development of this blog since it began last October. I had promised myself that upon the occasion of the Gauntlet of Balthazar's 2000th page view, and/or the 200th hit on the "Otis Rediohead" - Radiohead's "Creep" meets Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock in the Bay" mash-up video that I embedded in the very first entry on the Gauntlet, that I would re-post that video and assess the state of this project's overall progress. Ironically, both predicted goals came true on the very same day, so, here we are.

Now, I know that 200 views on a YouTube video is pretty piss-poor, and I understand that there are musical "mash-ups" out there that rack up literally millions of views. In fact, I think a few have broken the 5 million barrier, and I have been told that those videos must have been heavily promoted. However, there is a bit of a disconnect on my end, since promotion usually entails more than just savvy social media sharing and guerilla marketing, and usually requires a bit of actual advertising dollars, at least if we're talking about views in the millions. This of course vexes me as a creator, since, as you may or may not know, mash-ups are not qualified to receive YouTube monetization. So, why generate loss just to score hits that do not accrue any revenue? Obviously, it is desirable to garner a supportive following, for future projects, and I hate to sound partisan here, but, ouch.

Anyway, here's the video again. Feel free to share it with your friends, etc., etc., and maybe, just maybe, it will start to ramp up to some really decent click numbers, and aid us as we move into more crucial and substantial projects. 

Now onto other things. 

In an effort to remain at full opacity, here's the breakdown of who you are, the visitors to the Gauntlet of Balthazar, thus far.

 I define the parameters of the Gauntlet to include;

1. "From the Writer's Studio" posts about the art of screenwriting, and the analysis of films and television series.

2. The "My Dictionary; Word of the Day" feature, highlighting "invented" vocabulary.

3. The "391 & the Army of Astraea BandCamp hosted Electronic Music Piece of the Day Give-Away" program.

4. Artistic posts: i.e. "Ceramic Art of Day", "Sculpture Garden", and "From the Graphic Design Studio", as well as any random seasonal photographs that appear occasionally.

5. Any promotional or marketing art or videos relating to Nevekari Enterprises and Stubborn God Productions past and forthcoming media projects, and lastly,

6. Any political rant that I happen to be on about at a particular moment.

Obviously, there can be a lot of overlap in these categories, and politics can flavor art, and vice versa. 

In an effort to better serve your interests, I welcome your feedback. So please feel free to post a comment, and let us know which posts, or type of posts, brought you here, or had you return here.

I intend to start a Gauntlet of Balthazar Twitter account soon, and thus, if you choose to follow this page, either here, or on Twitter, you will be notified of new posts as they occur.

Thanks for being a part of this cock-eyed arena of creativity, and stay tuned for more.

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