Charlie McDonnell, aka “Charlieissocoollike,” offered DailyDot readers some YouTube tips (and posted videos on the topic).
1) “I don’t ever tell people to like, comment, subscribe—any of that stuff—unless I actually have a decent reason to.”
2) “I don’t like to give [fans] who watch me on the Internet any kind of group name or title.” (Take that, “nerdfighters” (Vlog Brothers) or “the nation” (Philip DeFranco).
3) McDonnell says he makes videos for himself, and his “personal satisfaction is at the top of my list.” “If other people like them, well, that’s really lovely.”
4) “I don’t like to overuse annotations. In fact, if I can avoid it I try not to use them at all.”
5) McDonnell stresses the importance of making the title and picture of each of his videos “a good representation of what the video is actually about.”
6) McDonnell promises to “only take a business opportunity [as in, join a network such as Revision3 or Machinima] if it makes my videos better.”
7) “If you have a schedule, do it for your own benefit” says McDonnell.
starfuckertrend watcher, WillofDC, tackled the “rules one by one in a video that yielded lots of debate and more “dislike” ratings than likes. One of the most-popular comments berates Will for calling them Charlie’s rules, when in fact they’re his personal rules.
My two cents: I really agree with Charlie’s tips, and I still believe Will makes some good points for the benefit of his fans (hee). Charlie points to some very common but annoying habits of some of the most-viewed YouTubers, and imitating those can cause peril.