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Tad: A New Way to Support Me

For a while now I’ve been getting questions from viewers about how advertisements work on YouTube and if they could choose to watch advertisements just to support me.  My answer has always roughly been “Not really, you can’t really spam watching advertisements just to support someone, it’s against terms of service”.  Well, there is actually a service that let’s you watch advertisements just to generate money for a YouTuber, and it’s called Tad.

Tad is pretty new from what it seems, I was just contacted about it existing about a week ago.  So far it’s only a mobile app but apparently it’s getting browser support at some point.

By my understanding, it’s an application that lets you watch custom picked avertisements to generate money for YouTubers.  These ads earn MUCH more money for the YouTuber than YouTube ones do.  YouTube ads give you less than one cent per view, Tad ones give roughly three cents per view.  On top of that you get to pick what kinds of ads you watch.  You can also give feedback on advertisements so that you get less bad ones and more good ones.

I’ve got high hopes for Tad.  It brings things back to what the actual point of advertisements should be.  To show you things you’re actually interested in so that you know they exist.  You might actually end up finding stuff that you’d want to buy, and honestly that’s rare nowadays.

I think it’s worth giving this a try.  If you have some time to kill and want to support me and don’t have cash to just donate on Patreon, this is the next best thing.  If you use it, let me know what you think of it, good or bad.  I want honest feedback on it.  Just send me a Tweet or comment on this post.  Thanks!

http://givetad.com/medraut567

 

Also for the record, this is not a paid sponsorship.  I just had this service brought to my attention and want to give it a chance.  It would be illegal to take a paid sponsorship and not tell you and I’m telling you that this is not a paid sponsorship, so that’s how you know I’m being honest,.  Thanks.

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BtS at YouTube: Recruitment Emails Suck

Once you get past the 1000 subscriber mark, recruitment emails become a monthly event.  Past 10,000 subscribers and it’s weekly.  They’re networks trying to get you to sign with them, so they can take a small cut of your video revenue in return for getting you access to things like music libraries, protection from ID Claims, and other useful resources to help you focus on making videos rather than dealing with related problems.

Sometimes it feels like the YouTube networks are part of that list of non-video related problems.

I’m already with Curse, a network I’m pretty happy in.  I retain full rights to my videos, they don’t dictate what I do at all, and they hardly take any money.  I get access to a great music and sound effect library, and they help ward off “some” of the ID Claims, not all, and there is no lock-in policy so I can leave at any time.

 

So seeing as I’m already with a network, you could imagine constant recruitment emails could get annoying. Well for some reason no company has sent more than Freedom, who have sent about 8 or 9 by this point.  Now I’m not ragging on Freedom, it’s actually one of the all around best Networks you can join, but it’s getting frustrating.

After today’s email, I decided I could use a cathartic multi-paragraph response talking about my frustrations and what I’d like to see out of not just Freedom, but Networks in general.  You know me, I have no filter.

This is the email I responded to him with in full.  Enjoy:

 

“I feel kind of bad.  You’re probably the 8th or 9th recruiter from Freedom to contact me.  I just always respond with the same thing and never hear back.

I’m with Curse at the moment and I’m pretty happy with them.  Unless you can offer me both 90% or better revenue share in my favour and a directly managed channel so I have protection from all ID Claims, I’m not willing to leave Curse.

I already know the response, if there will be one, will probably be that my channel is too small for ID Claim immunity.  Any network that responds to my message will tell me that.  That’s fine, I’m sure Freedom is a great network, I’ve heard nothing but good things, however I’m not leaving Curse for anything less than that.  It’s just that it’s not worth the hassle if I’m not getting a major benefit.

If the answer is no, then please just tell Freedom to stop messaging me until I’m big enough.  I get these emails constantly and I feel like Freedom is the one I hear from the most.  I very much appreciate the offer and that there is interest in my channel, but I’m trying to make a living and this hassle just isn’t worth it.  Networks never actually advertise their users other than Polaris.  At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how hard I work  and how dedicated I am in the eyes of any given network.  I will not be given a chance to shine as a representative of the network.

When you think of Totalbiscuit, you think of Polaris.  When you think of Angry Joe, you think of Polaris.  When you think of Jesse Cox, Dodger, quill18, Srippin, you think of Polaris.  I can’t think of a person in the gaming scene that I hear the name of and think “Curse” or “Freedom”.  All it takes it someone with work ethic.  Well, I’ve done a video a day minimum for 4 years and 8 months.  Didn’t get paid for half of that, and even now It’s my full time job despite getting paid half of minimum wage.  Believe me, eating sunflower seeds and drinking water for a mid day meal isn’t fun, but I don’t let that stop me.  Nor do I let cerebral palsy or ehlers-danlos syndrome stop me.  Nor do I let living in one room stop me.  I streamed on Hitbox.tv for 5 hours today, laughing and joking around with my viewers, and have spent the last 4 hours editing the footage for YouTube.  This is what I do.  I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t love it.

I’m just not interested in joining another network unless it’s got a big benefit to it.  It’s too much hassle, and if Freedom’s complete lack of a response to me in the past multiple times has told me anything, it’s that they aren’t actually interested in me.  They’re just interested in my lackluster numbers on a social blade page.

Nothing against you, I’m sure you’re a great guy.  I’m just sick of my numbers mattering more than Medraut Stowe, the human.”

My Opinion on the Militants in Oregon

So there is a lot of controversy going on right now about the armed group of people currently occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon in the United States.  Some are calling them terrorists, some call them a militia, some call them activists, and some just call them “White dudes with guns”.

I feel like there is a wonderful quote to go along with this article:

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Let’s use this as a guideline.  We will discuss the specifics of the event as a launching point into discussing the ideas that it brings up.

 

So to greatly summarize the event, a very large group of armed people are occupying a government owned wildlife refuge.  Although there have been no acts of violence, they’ve made it very clear that they did bring weapons along with living supplies such as food so they can live there for as long as they need to.  They haven’t shown any signs of being hostile thus far outside of simply having guns in the building.  They claim that they are doing this in protest of the government being able to own land.

Instantly, you can see why they’ve been called what they’ve been called.  People who hate this will call them terrorists for having guns and taking over a government building, supporters will call them activists for taking a stand against the government, and people who don’t know much about the story yet will call them a militia for being civilians with guns.  So what’s really going on?

Well, I think we can safely say they’re not terrorists.  There has been no violence at all.  They’ve never pointed a gun at someone, no shots have been fired, no one has been turn, they’ve taken no hostages, they’ve made no threats (although plenty of hyperbolic statements and grand standing), and when the media comes to talk to them, they don’t even bring their guns with them.  It’s clear that they don’t have violent intentions.  That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re right.

I understand they believe strongly in this and I commend them for taking a stand for what they believe in, but I think this is a really stupid way to go about it.  It’s going to drum up a lot of emotion in a lot of people, both for and against this.  All it takes is one scared idiot on either side to take a shot thinking that the other is dangerous and suddenly things escalate to a terrifying level where people are dying.  I think the event is pretty bad overall and I hope it can be resolved peacefully.  Let’s move onto the ideas it brings up.

 

What they’re protesting is that the government holds land.  A lot of it, actually.  A lot of the land in the USA is owned by the federal government, especially in the mid-west.  Although the roots of a lot of that land ownership is pretty illegitimate, it is currently accepted that they own it and the idea is that they use that land to help the people of the country as a whole.  Of course that’s not always how it comes out, but that’s the idea.

I think a better question than “Do they really own the land” is “Should the government own land”.  My answer is yes, just not very much.  The way I see it, the United States federal government could operate quite well with much less land than it has if it gets more organised.  They have more than they need to take care of their duties to the people of the nation, I think they need to start selling off land to the population.  Sell it to cities, to companies, to whoever is interested in buying it.  Let the people control the land.  The government needs some of it, but it has too much.

 

Lastly, to the people who are just calling them “White guys with guns”, that’s awful.  There is a lot more to a person than just their race or skin colour.  Calling them a bunch of “White guys with guns” just because they’re mostly white is just as bad as when any other group of people are defined and described by their skin colour.  The “white terrorists” articles are just as hyperbolic and ridiculous as the ones that call every black person a “looter” the second they are accused of a crime rather than just being called a “suspect”.  This isn’t a cultural thing, it’s about people coming together with a common belief to take action, even if that action is probably a terrible idea.  No one is just “their race”.  Don’t be racist.

Give Me Criticism!

Do you have any criticism of my show? How about ideas for it? I’ve just made a thread on my forum where people can share their ideas as well as complain about whatever they don’t like. I very much appreciate any feedback I can get here. Feel free to be as polite or as brutal as you want, as long as you’re honest. There are no hard feelings:

http://mahdrybread.freeforums.org/a-call-for-criticism-of-my-show-t4018.html

A Tip to Fellow Internet People

This applies to you regardless of what you do online.  You’re always going to have to deal with people who hate you from time to time, even if you can’t really figure out why.  They’ll take everything you say and find a way to hate you over it.  They’ll twist things around, take things out of context, or just take a small fraction of what you said and assume you meant something completely different despite having the opportunity to just question you on it.  You won’t be given the benefit of the doubt, and that’s okay.

As frustrating as it is, you’ll never win those people over.  You’ll probably be accused of all kinds of crazy stuff, but it’s just not worth the fight.  The time you’ll spend trying to explain to them the full story is just a waste, because most times, they’ll just disregard you.

 

No matter what you’re doing or what your plans may be, if someone is throwing insults at you and accusing you of something over the most throw-away of statements without simply asking for clarification or discussing it with you reasonably, you have something much better to do than try to talk to them about it.  If you want to talk about it, talk about it to someone who treats you as an equal, not as an idiot.

Flash Trash is Back!

Hey everyone, Flash Trash is now back with Season 5!  We’ve already got 8 episodes of the season recorded, edited, and ready to upload and plan to be doing more, so there should be plenty coming in the near future!  For now, enjoy Episode 1 of Season 5, Don’t Escape!

Best of Pokémon Platinum – Part 1!

Hey guys, this is a “Best of” highlight reel for my Pokémon Platinum playthrough.  If you haven’t seen it before, give it a watch!  I’m really happy with how this one came out.

How YouTuber’s Get Paid (Video)

As a Fulltime YouTuber, I often get asked about exactly how we get paid and how you can get paid doing what we do, so I decided to make this video on it. People seem to be really enjoying it so far, so let’s see if we can spread it around a bit!

If you want to help out, show this video to a few friends who might be interested.  You’ll find all kinds of options to share this post on things like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Reddit at the bottom of this post, thanks!

We just passed 1000 members of the Steam Group!

Hey everyone, thank you very much for joining the group as we’ve just passed 1000 members! It’s thanks to all of you inviting your friends and spreading the word that so many people know about the Steam group and our own little community. In fact it’s your sharing that makes the YouTube and Hitbox channels grow as well!

I wish I could do something big to celebrate, but the curtains still aren’t up yet to block out the blinding sun from the massive window behind me. They will likely be up tomorrow, then after that the next chance I get we will have a big stream on my Hitbox.tv channel! I’ll have a link to it at the bottom of the page if you’ve never been there.

If you’re a member of the Steam group, you’re probably there to keep up with the streams. Well if you want to keep up with me in general, the Facebook Fan page, Twitter, and here on my own website are the best ways to do that. I use Twitter for quick messages, Facebook Fan page for blog posts and for asking questions, and my website for big announcements. Links all at the bottom.

If you want to help keep growing this group, going to the top right of the group page, hitting “Invite Friends”, and inviting all your friends is the best way to do it! Who knows, if enough of us do it, I might be making a post about hitting the 2000 mark in under a month!

Thanks again for all the joining and sharing everyone!

Hitbox.tv Live Streaming Channel: http://www.Hitbox.tv/Mah-Dry-Bread

Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/MahDryBread

Facebook Fan Page: http://www.Facebook.com/MahDryBread

Steam Group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/MahDrysFlock

My Website: http://MahDryBread.com
This was originally an announcement on Steam, but Steam does an awful job actually notifying people of announcements, so I decided to mark it as an “event” instead so it actually gets sent out and moved the bulk of the post here to my website.

I do not belong to any social movements and my opinions are my own.

You know I think this was always implied, but I’ve realised that I’ve never outright declared it and as a Z-grade public figure due to the internet, I probably should for the sake of clarity.

I am not part of any social movements, any political movements, any anti movements, nor do my opinions reflect that of any company or group. My opinions I express are my own, not even necessarily that of close friends or coworkers.

As far as I’m concerned, whatever social movements or labels you are a part of or are connected to are irrelevant to who you are as a person. It’s a way to see who you are at a glance, and often it backfires. What matters at the end of the day is your actions and intentions. I care far more about what you’ve done than your labels or affiliations. Strive to be a good person who helps people with no expected gain to yourself and I probably already like you.

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