My Story & History On YouTube
Hey, guys! I would like to tell you all about my story and how I became a part of YouTube. So here it goes.
Chapter 1: The Beginning
It all started a couple of years back, when I was really little. Before making LPS videos, I made Webkinz videos. I never really posted any of these videos on YouTube, since it was used with a really old camera, and I was a little self-conscious about privacy back then. And thank goodness I didn't, because now I think those videos were too embarrassing to be YouTube material anyway.
Chapter 2: The One That Started It All
It was just me and my Webkinz for a long time, until, one day, I was on Youtube, watching some videos. With me being bored, I noticed that someone made a video using Littlest Pet Shops, and it already got over 30,000 views. "How could this be?" I thought, so I clicked on the video, and I saw that the video using LPS had a better storyline and better scenes than most Webkinz videos. Today, I remember this video as the first spark of inspiration to the videos I made for fun. And that video that inspired me was called Ashley Tistail's Concert Part 1 by ILuvLPS (now LPSEmerald), and it is still up on her YouTube channel today.
Chapter 3: The Spark
After watching more LPS videos by ILuvLPS, sophiegtv, and more, I immediately wanted to start transferring from Webkinz to LPS. At that time, I started making videos with my first couple of LPS that I received a LONG time ago, using that same camera, but I never posted these on YouTube either; because it, of course, refers back to my old videos being embarrassing.
Chapter 4: The Rise to Inspiration
But then the time came where I needed new material. And by "material," I mean LPS. Once I purchased my first couple of LPS after such a long time, (including the Get Better Center), I immediately started collecting like wildfire, and that spark of inspiration became a much larger flame that almost wanted to rise. By then, I decided that it was time for me to start a YouTube channel to get more involved with the small LPSTube community. I begged my parents as much as I could, but their look of concern didn't make much difference in their decision. I knew they were worried that I might face problems online, and after months of pleading and rejection, it was at that point that I decided to give up. And that flame soon dropped back into a tiny spark.
Chapter 5: The Thanksgiving Miracle
Just when it looked like my inspiration was going to burn into ashes, a miracle happened. On November 25th, 2010, my parents finally confirmed that I was ready for a YouTube channel. And minutes later, puppylover863 was born. The flames gradually began to rise, not quickly, because the problem was that I didn't have a camera to use (the old camera I previously used before broke before puppylover863 was set up.) Luckily, around March of 2011, I received my first camera: a Samsung HD camcorder with optical zoom. By May, I uploaded my first two videos that weren't LPS related, but were videos of my dog, Scotty.
Chapter 6: Small Steps & Pain
Unfortunately, for me, I had a small case of coughing in April that wouldn't stop, and I had to miss a week of school. I eventually recovered after that, but after finishing my final tests in school I unexpectedly had a relapse! Again, I had to miss school for another week. But -- thank goodness -- I was doing much better in a couple of days' time, and could return to school on the following week. Throughout my recovery, I started making and uploading my first LPS videos on puppylover863 in the living room, but they weren't that popular. But I didn't care; I was just glad that my first LPS videos were finally up on YouTube. Today, this event was the inspiration for my short film-- LPS: The Faith Uncovered, which was kind of like what had happened, but with a few tweaks.
Chapter 7: Unfortunate Criticism
After fully recovering, I made lots more videos like there was no tomorrow. Even at the beginning, LPS The Big Move (my main series) had just gotten started. Unfortunately, even today, I got a lot of criticism on The Big Move since people thought it was similar to LPS Popular by sophiegtv. But that didn't stop me. I told my viewers today that the Season 1 episodes were my first few videos, so it would be similar to LPS Popular, but would be more complex and original throughout Seasons 2 and on. And today, I just delete the comments from the narrow-minded viewers saying I copied sophiegtv or LPS Popular, because if they had just read my description box, it would make a lot more sense. If those viewers are really mean to me, I'd let them know that I'm not afraid to use the "block user" button whenever I can.
Chapter 8: The Big Hit
After months of creating and uploading, around November, I somehow lost my camera, so I used up all of my money to purchase a new one: a Samsung PL20 HD camera. Though it didn't have nearly as much quality as my other one, it still brought me a lot more views. One day, I was watching a rerun of the first episode of Good Luck, Charlie on Disney Channel. Then I thought,"Why not? I can try to remake that in LPS form." So I did: on March 1st, 2012, LPS Good Luck, Charlie: Study Date (Part 1/2) was up and running, followed by Part 2/2. What I didn't know then was that that video would be my first big hit on YouTube, with currently over 400,000 views! It formerly remained the most popular video on my channel, followed by LPS Jessie: The Talented Mr. Kipling (Parts 1-3). Currently, the video LPS Jessie: New York, New Nanny (Part 1/3) that I made in June 2013 is my most popular video with currently over 800,000 views! Soon I was making LPS versions of multiple Disney Channel sitcoms, and today, they are the most popular videos on my channel. Around May 2012 I finally found my old camera, and I decided to keep both of them, just in case.
Chapter 9: The Rising of the Subscribers
Then, on April 20th, 2012, I reached 100 subscribers! On May 21st, I reached 200 subscribers! On July 19th, 500, and on August 18th, 800! Then it all led up to 1000 subscribers on September 8th, 2012! Around those points, I started making short and ongoing series', like The Life of Daisy, where the editor-in-chief dachshund makes her first appearance in a 3-part movie, and Behind the Scenes, where we show you what life is like on set. Then, a little while on November 25th, after the events of my 2-Year Anniversary on YouTube, I received my very own MacBook Pro! That meant from then on, I would use iMovie instead of Windows Movie Maker, and could put in songs and cinema music from soundtracks from iTunes.
Chapter 10: New Year's Resolutions
Before Christmas came to town, and before the end-of-the-Mayan calendar event, Club LPS was soon starting up its spark, and more humorous episodes are still to come today, from truth or dare to sugar rushes. After Christmas of 2012, the next day my family and I went on a little trip to L.A.. Of course, I wanted to vlog what I was doing, so that's when I created the L.A. vlogs. As soon as the new year rolled around, I reached 2000 subscribers on February 5th, 2013! Unfortunately, the 2000 subscribers video was a little late, but the video was worth the wait.
Chapter 11: Summertime Joys
Before I knew it, summer was around the corner, and, on May 5th, 2013, my short film inspired by the event in 2011 was finally released. Throughout my summer vacation of 2013, many things occurred. To celebrate my last day of school, on June 2013, I received a newer camera: a JVC 40x zoom HD camcorder. Today, my videos have better quality than before. Also, I started uploading the 3-part Season 2 Finale of The Big Move to YouTube, and boy, did I get a reaction to fans of my series! Though a certain series of vlogs never came out that summer, I still created lots more videos than I did over the school year.
Chapter 12: The Big Steps to Success
Eventually, I decided to become a YouTube Partner on September 1st, 2013. Now I can monetize videos, create custom thumbnails, and do more than what I was able to do as a regular YouTube user. I even managed to open a new Instagram account for myself: (puppylover863girl). Ever since I released the trailer for my new series, LPS: Royal Secrets, my views and subscribers have skyrocketed since then. In fact, that number increased so much in very few months that, on October 11th, 2013, my channel earned it's biggest milestone yet: 10,000 subscribers, with over 3 MILLION video views as of that day. I LITERALLY flipped out when I saw that number on my channel, and I remember me and my mom celebrating with a little "happy dance," which wasn't the greatest dance, but being happy was all I could think about. And that this day was the day to remember for the rest of my life.
Chapter 13: Upgrades
After the first few episodes of LPS: Royal Secrets debuted on YouTube, my channel began to be more noticeable to the point where even the most popular LPSTubers decided to subscribe to me. That's when I began to take my videos on YouTube seriously. I continued LPS: Royal Secrets without a hitch and started to end LPS: The Big Move and the run of LPS versions of Disney Channel shows. I even deleted some of the videos that I felt weren't getting noticed or were just plain unnecessary for my viewers to see. Overall, my channel had gone through some "spring cleaning", and I don't regret doing it one bit. Eventually, around late June of 2014, I saved up enough money to purchase Final Cut Pro X, which could do a WHOLE lot more than iMovie could. At that point, I decided to open two social media accounts on Twitter and ask.fm (@puplove863). I also decided to discontinue Club LPS -- which wasn't doing well with both myself and the viewers -- and replaced it with LPS: #DareUs, which was based off of the Truth or Dare segment from Club LPS. Once the pilot episode aired on YouTube on July 30th, 2014, I gained over 100,000 views in less than 1-2 months, and I was like, "What the HECK is going on??" So I decided to continue the dare show from then on, and I'm glad that it turned out to be a great series that my fans can get involved with!
Chapter 14: A New Business & Life Troubles
Since #DareUs aired on YouTube, I began to have a LOT more fun on my channel. LPS: Royal Secrets started to reveal its theme of fantasy throughout Season 1, LPS: The Big Move ended with an epic series finale, and I had my first collaboration with LPShannah on the third episode of LPS: #DareUs! I even managed to hit 50,000 subscribers on January 2nd, 2015 -- a great start for the new year -- which would mean I was halfway to reaching 100,000 subscribers, which would be a BIG deal for my channel if I did. Unfortunately, my life started to face some huge bumps. I started catching colds more than usual, became more stressed & anxious about school while having more panic attacks than normal, and -- just when I was beginning to feel better about the previous situations -- had my first feeling of grief when I lost my last grandfather. However, amongst all of these bumps, I still progressed with my YouTube channel, and was FINALLY able to actually make money off of the videos I made with the help and support of my parents. Once summer rolled in, I was released from my school stresses and continued to make numerous videos -- more than what I accomplished during the school year. Now my life on YouTube that was once a nice hobby of mine has become my own official business with many more video projects waiting in line, and things in my life began to look up since then!
Thank you so much for reading, cupcakes! As of right now, my history on puppylover863 is still being written, and without all of you guys tuning in, I don't think this story would even exist, and I will always be grateful. Again, thank you so much for being a part of my channel, and see you next time!
To be continued...