A Little About My Channel
Hey there, guys and gals! I'm Arlo, and... Gosh, has anyone told you you look really great today? Because you do.
Anyway, if you're new to my channel, here's the skinny. I talk about video games--opinion pieces, analyses, reviews, whatever strikes my fancy, and I mostly talk about Nintendo with plenty of exceptions. My number one goal though is to always keep things FUN. No drama, no angry ranting, and no content that makes you jump in front of your monitor when your grandma walks into the room. Playing games is just plain fun, and I want ArloStuff to reflect that feeling you get when you boot up a Mario game. I want it to be upbeat and playful, but also not afraid to talk about industry trends and sales figures and all that other stuff.
When I first started my channel it was going to be about whatever I felt like, but perhaps inevitably it evolved into mostly a gaming channel with "whatever I feel like" sprinkled in. Also I originally wanted to mainly focus on more "timeless" content rather than reactions and opinion pieces and whatnot on topical games and events, but that sort of went out the window. My fans want to know how I feel about new games and major announcements and they show up in great numbers when I talk topical, so the channel has adapted to meet those wants. However I like to add humor wherever I can, and when possible I like to tie my opinions on topical stuff to broader subjects, the goal being much as it was before: to make each video fun to watch down the line, even when it's referring to old news.
"Why should I support this Arlo guy?"
Since launching my channel I've built up a following of some of the raddest folks on the internet, and I've learned that yes, this is indeed my dream job. I adore every single aspect of it, and I can't imagine something else I'd rather be doing. The problem is that it's difficult balancing the channel with my own personal responsibilities, and it's growing progressively harder to support oneself with ad revenue alone. I won't bore you with the details, but basically there's less and less money to go around for Youtubers like me. So what does support through Patreon mean?
Your pledge means that I can act independently of Youtube's issues. I can create the content I want without worrying about algorithms and advertisers and all that stuff. The more I make here on Patreon the less I have to worry about alternative forms of income, which distract from content creation. But perhaps most importantly, someday maybe I'll be able to officially make Youtube my full time job. I can't know exactly how much it will take for that to happen, but when it does, I'll finally have the time to make ArloStuff into what I want it to be. More content, more comedy, more games, more everything.
As you'll see over on the side of the page there, you'll get rewards depending on how much you pledge per month. A buck will grant you access to my blog, where I talk about current and upcoming projects. Three dollars will get you each episode of "ArloCast" as it's released; this is sort of an audio blog type of thing where I give opinions on news items that weren't big enough to make whole videos out of, go over what kind of stuff I've been playing, and whatever else I feel like blabbing about. People in the ten dollar tier will gain early access to non-topical videos whenever possible, and lastly twenty big ones will get your name and/or website on the Wall of Patrons, which is displayed at the end of a video in my monthly Patreon shoutout.
The most important thing to remember though is that if you're thinking of donating to the channel, your primary motivation needs to be supporting the channel. I'll admit, I don't offer as much as a lot of other Youtubers, and it bums me out. But believe me when I say that it's because I have such limited time to make videos and I'm already spreading myself so thin that I can't afford to give a lot of time to rewards. I do blogs and ArloCasts when I can, but they're somewhat irregular. Youtube's insistence upon once-a-week uploading means there aren't often videos I can share early without falling behind. And while I wish I could verbally shout out each top patron, I've got to resort to text. I wish things were different, and maybe when I can go full time I'll be able to do more, but right now I've got to prioritize the content.
All Because of You
I'm being dead serious when I say that Patreon is the only reason I'm still doing this. If all this time I'd been relying purely on ad revenue from Youtube I don't think I would have been able to justify spending as much time on the channel as I have, and less content would have meant fewer viewers, which would have meant less growth and less ad revenue, and ultimately I can't be certain that I would still be doing much of anything with it. Support from colossally amazing people like you is what keeps ArloStuff going, and hopefully it's what's going to turn it into something so much more. So if you find it in yourself to pledge even as little as one dollar a month, you've got my eternal gratitude. I seriously can't thank you enough, or properly communicate how much it means to me.
But enough of all that mushy stuff! Let's have some fun!