Remember the short story “The Lottery”? The town would hold a lottery and the “winner” would get stoned to death. That’s how I think about online-video comments. They’re usually demoralizing. Then suddenly I posted a video that almost never made it online. It’s me and my son sharpening pencils. Yahoo featured it on its homepage, and suddenly it was seen 60,000 times and received dozens and dozens of comments. Most of them are really kind. People shared their own experiences of father/son moments, and it was a brief celebration of parenthood. A little oasis on the desert of “wft, gay, lame” comments I typically read. One person said I look like World Wrestling’s Tommy Dreamer (which is clearly because of my biceps).
I write about making money through online videos, but clearly if I was strictly trying to subsidize my income I could probably do better selling timeshare. There’s clearly something else that makes it rewarding, and hearing people reflect on parenting was really encouraging. I think I’ll turn off the camera and hang out with my kids. For at least 23 minutes.