I recently found out that a video I posted on youtube 3 years ago had a large number of views.
It was a 50 second phone video recording of my bike gears not shifting properly. I only uploaded it as it was the easiest way to share video online and I wanted to show some guys on a bike forum and ask for their advice.
It had around 50 views in total over the 3 years and then out of nowhere it got popular and has been increasing by 5k views per day, currently over 60k.
I first noticed it when it was at 23k views. I was going in to check notifications about new subscribers.
I find it so bizarre that such a useless video is being viewed so much.
Who is viewing this? Why are they even watching it? If it popped up in my sidebar, there is 0% chance that I would watch it.
Apparently, it's a lot harder to get paid from youtube vids nowadays. You need over 1000 hours of video watched and 1000 subscribers before you can apply to be paid.
This crazy video may eventually get me the required hours, but no way it's going to get me subscribers, and I'm not posting new stuff anyway.
Very strange, but amusing.
Anyway. when have you had a similar experience or ever been a legitimate big deal?