Apparently Youtube with stealth disappear comments, but only after they put out the notification.
Why you make content on us.alphabet platform? Shouldn't had more sense to continue self hosting? As soon that Google wont like your content they will take down the channel
The simple answer is that the platform is where the eyeballs are. It's where the consumers have come to expect.
Does self hosting offer a greater likelihood the content endures? It does as long as the bills get paid, which in the case of video content means virality, audience growth, and everything driving the why of producing content for a mass audience presents a threat the the availability of the content. Contrary to consumer expectations, data transit is not cheap and platforms use their scale to cut costs.
If I'm going to self host video content while starting with a small audience should I either plan to keep my audience small or is the right move racing to put boxes to cache content on every ISP's local network and hoping to grow into the infrastructure make more sense? Is using some other hostile platform like Cloudflare as a bandaid the right move? At a stage in the journey when I'm trying to learn the craft of producing watchable video content, is putting in the further effort to learn how to host video my self and marketing my own vanity platform, the right thing to do?
It's a hard question.
Yes I recently started stimulant medication. The initial buzz of energy has died back to the point where I'm not constantly going Marie Kondo on my surroundings, but it has given my vastly improved connection between the part of my brain that knows shit and the part that makes decisions about shit and upped my productivity accordingly.
Today, my sober assessment is that the consumers have come to expect, and I might as well put something on the buffet to get slopped onto their plates. The online environment has degraded to the point where building an audience on a platform and potentially running off with a fraction of the audience to another platform seems to be the least unreasonable path into publishing video.
Do I enjoy this state of the world? No, but efforts to build another one crashed and burned leaving me with a profound crisis of faith. I've got plenty of doubts and regrets looking at the past. "What if I'd managed to start stimulant medication in time to do something adequate for the Republic? Would it have made a difference?" or "If I started this medication sooner, would my 20's have been something other than a mess of self destructive decisions that only failed to end in my 20s because this Republic thing kept dangling a thread of promise for a better, saner future..." The answers to these questions are and forever will be inaccessible to me. No amount of wanting otherwise can change that.
So I've got to take this new found ability to do things and thrash about a bit until something sticks. One thing I discovered while live-streaming was that there is some portion of the population out there that finds my voice to be something comforting they can listen to before going to sleep. I have no idea why they do, but the most intense on-off whirlwind "it's complicated" I have ever had involves a 22 year old exemplar of this phenomenon.
Sometime last year on one app I told her to check out my vibe on another app where I was livestreaming. After some weeks of quiet viewership, around the new year she asked if I wanted to go on vacation with her because her friends were afraid of virus. So I arrange a rental car, she arranges a cabin the in the middle of nowhere a short walk from the beach, and we leave for this vacation the day after meeting in person the first time for ice cream. I have hit my head on so many things, I am not a sufficiently objective observer to say definitively that I have grown, but at least the Ritalin tuned down the dumb impulses and relieved whatever persistent lack has made my the front of my brain my worst enemy in practice all of these years.
Thusly, I'll be continuing the content production and sticking it on Youtube for a while. Maybe I get banned and run with my content somewhere else? Maybe out of the entire human population, the natural cap for my audience size is small? Maybe I eventually end up pushed into self hosting? Whatever happens, on the way there I can't let myself get paralyzed by the demands of idiological purity. Not after the war to make a better world has already been lost. The consumers are all penned up, and I'm going to try to figure out what they crave. Then I'm going to give it to them hard and fast.
I've chased far dumber things since the Republic burned. I've not ever had this sustained ability to do, not outside of moments of acute crisis. I need to see where it goes.