A year to build my site

Jun 28th, 2011 10:23:56 am - Subscribe
Mood: encouraged

Some of you may have noticed that I haven't posted in quite a while. It's mainly because I have'nt put much on Youtube in the last year and it's all down to me spending most of my time making a new website.

My finances have been hit hard because of the global ecomonic downturn. My music sales have made me just enough to buy a weeks shopping for one. That's not good for 2 years figures. It might have something to do with my giving most of my music away. So I took a bit of a gamble and dedicated myself to building an idea I had several years ago. I can finally report that I've finished the site and I sent it live about a week ago. I don't doubt that there might be the odd bug in it, but I'm quite proud of what I have achieved all on my own. The idea was to create something that provide some sort of income so that I could spend more time developing music and be able to survive.

First I'll tell you a bit about my new site, and then I'll fill you in on my latest youtube statistics.

The site is a bit like an enhanced directory for accommodation and events and it's called Megabunk. I have spotted a number of other sites that cover similar areas to my site, howver they charge commissions etc to those renting out. My site does not handle bookings. It's a contact site. So it's completely free to use. The search elements of the site are tuned towards accommodation and work together with Google maps. I've got to say that I'm very satisified with what I have produced. I also added a calender so that people could switch days on and off if they wanted to manage available dates on the site. I also thought about how the site could be used. Someone might like the fact that it has internal messaging on the site, but it can also be used to just provide a profile with a link to a website. I've allowed for up to 10 profiles per host user. This allows those who are a bit flush with multiple places to rent to receive mail on the same email address.

Before I put the site live, I spent a lot of time making instructional videos and the total viewing time of them all comes to over an hour.I combined the videos into a playlist, and as is usual with my posts, I'm going to give a link to the vids:

I'd recommend watching a couple of the vids before visiting the site. The following link will take you to megabunk, and take into account that this whole site was written by one person (ME!!) . I did use some open source functions but I adapted them all:

Megabunk

I can make the site free because I'm putting advertising on the site to raise some funds. There aren't many overheads (just me myself and I) so I'm hoping to plough anything spare back into improving the site and promoting it. Commercial TV stations have been providing free television for many years, and have been earning their money through advertising. That's how I believe it should be.

So, if you know anyone with accommodation to let for long or short term. Even if they have a spare room to rent for a week in the summer, then please guide them towards Megabunk. The only thing it will cost them is a little bit of their time to set up a profile, and it might just bring them some interest. It's a bit like a free entry into an accommodation search engine. Oh that goes for any event organisers as well happy.gif

Now for those interested in my Jeffstunes youtube channel.You're going to see a bit of a jump from the last post because it was so long ago. So here are the numbers.

My channel views are now 50,976

Subscribers have gone over two thousand at 2,209 and the total viewing figures for all my videos is a heady 1,463,739.

I've got 5 music videos to tell you about since I last posted so I'm hopefully going to be telling you about those in the next few weeks.


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Imagine all the people

Jun 26th, 2010 10:18:52 am - Subscribe
Mood: surreal

Video number ninety eight. Still the visitors stream to my Youtube content.

I decided to try an experiment with recording stuff live. I have made lots of videos where I have recorded the song first. Then I produced the video to go with the song. The issue before has been how to get a good quality recording that can be processed after recording from a live performance. I found a way to do this which is not simple, but it hardly costs anything to set up. This is not taking into account the Microphone cost. I'm assuming it's already there.

I'll explain myself over these 5 vids. I'm hoping that some of you might find this helpful.

Now back to the focus for this post. This is my version of the timeless classic Imagine by John Lennon. I hope you like it.

Now for some Youtube info.

The one million video views barrier has been broken. That's just fantastic. There aren't many countries that haven't registered views. Only about 10 have not registered viewings yet! The total tally for my views is 1,045,460.

The subscibers are close to the two thousand landmark at 1,923.

Finally the total visits to my channel page are 41,970.

Next it5's video 99, and another of the 5 songs in 1 day.


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Loved ones in my life

Apr 5th, 2010 4:44:02 am - Subscribe
Mood: charmed

Not too far away from video number 100 now. In nearly 3 years on Youtube. This is number 97. There is another milestone approaching which is quite incredible in my opinion. I've worked out that during May, my overall video views will pass ONE MILLION. I'm just trying to get my head around that number of plays.

Here's the next in the series. It's a classic song called "If tomorrow never comes" by the one and only Garth Brooks. However, a rather famous Irishman by the name of Ronan Keating also had a hit with it. This is for everyone but especially for all the American friends who have been keeping track of my progress. Fitting, considering that the USA is the home of country music. This is my take on this wonderful song. I hope y'all like it wink.gif

I was making one of my regular trips to the post office the other day and there were a few children that waited outside and sort of half followed me back on my mile long walk. Before they turned off, one of them called out my name! It would seem to me that the only possible way they could have known me is through Youtube because I don't know anybody in my village, and indeed in the surrounding villages. This is not the first time I've been recognised in the street. I did some calculations and it seems to make sense. In my county alone it worked out that statistically about 1,000 people would have seen one of my videos!

I must admit that at first it made me feel a bit mystified when people looked knowingly at me, when I know that I didn't know them.

Which neatly leads me to the Youtube numbers.

My subscribers are climbing steadily and are currently at 1770.

The total times my channel has been viewed is 39,207.

My overall video views are an incredible 932,723.

I haven't done much on Youtube recently, so I'm hoping to rectify that by putting together more videos than I did last year.


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My rendition of Blackout

Mar 22nd, 2010 4:45:29 am - Subscribe
Mood: random

Now for video 96, and one of my all time favourite songs. This is one I've been itching to cover. A couple of years back I really got to like a band called Muse. After hearing a selection of their songs, I rushed out and snapped up all their CD's happy.gif

The song I chose for my 96th video is taken from their third album "Absolution", and the name of that song is "Blackout". In my opinion, it's one of the most moving songs ever penned. There's nothing spectacular about the music, but the words are so moving in their simplicity and the expression is wonderful. That's something I hope I've managed to get across in my version.

Check out my rendition of "Blackout".

Jeffstunes singing Blackout by Muse

Here's the latest Youtube statistics digest.

My subscribers have climbed up to 1,619.

My channel has been perused 36,499 times.

The views for all my videos comes to the grand total of 831,005.

There are no plans for the next vid yet. I might try and cross another off my massive request list, or maybe one of my original songs from my album!


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Get lost and then get found

Mar 20th, 2010 5:26:27 am - Subscribe
Mood: perky

The 95th video was yet another of my requests. I was recently asked by one of my subscribers if I could sing this and dedicate it to her boyfriend, who also happens to be one of my subscribers, and according to his girlfriend he is a big fan of mine. The title of this song is "Swallowed in the sea" by the one and only Coldplay. I've had lots of requests for many different Coldplay songs including this one. My youtube channel already has a good number of them.

It was taken from the excellent album X&Y. I hope you enjoy my rendition.

As always, it's time for some Youtube figures, and so far my Subscribers have climbed to 1,414.

The viewings of my channel have gone past the 33k barrier to 33,008. My total video viewings is creeping ever nearer to 700k at 687,830. I'm hoping that figure will be passed before the end of the month.

Now a look forward to my next post. I have already done a recording of the song, and in my opinion, it is one of the most wonderful modern compositions I've ever heard. I wont spoil it by saying anything now, and I hope I've created just a little anticipation. Until then happy.gif


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