Monday, July 23, 2007

Day 257: Milestone - 200,000 Video Views


Wow! What a roller coaster ride!

Back on Day 235 I blogged in amazement that my YouTube videos had reached 100,000 combined views in just 165 days.

I still remembered Day 70 when I nervously uploaded my first video to YouTube and anxiously waited for the response...24 views in the first 24 hours!

Uploading videos to YouTube or any other video site is so commonplace these days (40,000 new videos a day!) that it easy for your video to get lost within all the others.

The Power Of "External Accountability"

However, one cool thing I have noticed recently is the huge amount of "weight loss video blogs" on YouTube. Many people are starting to realize the power of "external accountability" via chronological video blogging.

This is why I originally started making videos, as I strongly believe in holding yourself accountable in as many different places as possible.

In the Internet Age it is very easy to do, due to all the "Web 2.0" services such as YouTube, Myspace, FaceBook and Flikr that have cropped up in the last few years.

If you are on a physique transformation journey I highly recommend that you take advantage of these free services and start holding yourself publicly accountable to your dreams and goals.

In regards to YouTube, your videos can be as simple as you talking into a web cam and discussing your thoughts and feelings as you progress. The majority of my videos are in this format and it is very simple to do.

The Digg Drama

Is there a downside? In a word yes!

Anyone who has followed my blog recently knows about the "Digg Drama" that surrounded one of my videos last weekend. My video titled 84 Days In 48 Seconds was submitted to Digg without my knowledge and proceeded to get 40,000 views within 3 days.

I got hammered far and wide for that video! People on Digg and other websites were rather brutal in their comments regarding that video.

However, the "silent majority" Dugg the video enough to keep it the Top 10 for 3 days running, so it wasn't all bad. I guess at the time I was totally unprepared for the amount of negativity that video would generate and that was what I focused on, at the exclusion of everything else.

3 Reasons Why I like YouTube

The major lesson I learned from this experience to limit your exposure to only people who are interested in weight loss/physique transformation.

The cool thing with YouTube is that for anyone to find your video they have to search for it using specific keywords related to your video. This means that these people are interested in weight loss to begin with so they are much more likely to draw a positive from your video rather than focus on the negative.

The other factor with YouTube is that you can turn "external embedding" off so your video will not appear on other "wacky" video sites. This gives you the power to limit your exposure and avoid those "anonymous online energy vampires" that seek to undermine your effort.

Lastly, there is one more cool thing with YouTube. This is the ability for people to subscribe to your videos so they will receive an instant alert when you upload a new video. This alone will increase the "accountability factor" as you will feel "positive pressure" to not only continue your journey, but also make a full-blooded physique transformation.

200,000 Video Views!

Anyway, as you may have noticed from today's title I passed 200,000 combined views on YouTube today, only 22 days after I hit 100,000 views. This was entirely due to the "Digg Effect" from that "infamous" 84 Days In 48 Seconds video.

Below is a screenshot of my YouTube account that shows 200, 276 views as of July 23, 2007.

If you like you can subscribe to my YouTube video channel (and help hold me accountable to my M3 goals!) by clicking AdamWatersRTP Video Channel

N.B. You can also watch these videos on my blog by clicking on the RTP Video Archive. For the time being I have continued to allow "external embedding" for the majority of my videos.

Fat Loss Circuit Training Today

Before I sign off today I had an awesome workout tonight doing Fat Loss Circuit Training (FLCT) for chest, back, biceps and calves. This is a high intensity form of training that utilizes the 40 second "rest period" for HIIT cardio.

As I mentioned back on Day 231 I believe skipping to be the "perfect cardio exercise" for FLCT. There are so many benefits to skipping, especially in a crowded gym environment.

FLCT is derived from the Metabolic Surge fat loss training system I used for Missions 1 & 2, and again using to "cut up" for Phase 1 of Mission 3. If you'd like more information regarding Surge click here for my Day 75 blog post that details my personal experience (and a RTP bonus offer).

Adam Waters, NESTA-CPT

P.S. Below are Day 257 pics for July 23, 2007: Mission 3 Phase 1 - Day 28 of 60

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