Tuesday, May 9, 2017

the good bucket

So the bucket went over the 2,000,000 views mark this afternoon and looks like it might make 3,000,000 by tomorrow.  Just so you know...that translates into about $1,000 in ad revenue for TFL.  The video is being shared on a lot of sites now where the views are not counted and monetized by YouTube.  I fully expect that the attention will fade pretty quickly in the next couple of days and the mad rush will be over.  I have also picked up over 3,500 new subscribers to my channel.  So far I have turned down 23 media offers.  The only offer I got that I liked was from GoPro.  In return for giving them a copy of all my raw footage for them to edit and use as they please (while still giving me credit) - I retain full ownership of the footage to use as I wish in the future, it is a non-exclusive agreement that does not involve any revenue sharing with my current video on YouTube, and they will pay me $500 plus give me a new GoPro Hero 5 Black (although I am going to try to sweeten the deal for no cash but a GoPro Karma drone instead with the Hero 5 Black and an extra battery and propellers).  That is a deal I can live with.  91,94,64,0,B      

24 comments:

Sam Finn said...

Fantastic! Congratulations. You should've been a professional photographer. ;-)

John Wells said...

Ha...been there, done that.

Sam Finn said...

Sounds like a good deal with Gopro. Hope you get the drone.

Lynn said...

Beautiful video, made my day :-D

Porter House said...

I am so happy for this. The video was so very needed in a world where every day seems like chaos and sadness. I cried watching because it was so beautiful.

Margery Bills said...

Good. A good business man too.

Sam Finn said...

This "prequel" was always a favorite of mine too ...

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Josh said...

The sharing of water amongst creatures, the clouds, the music...Yeah, it is as if we get the water's perspective. The viewer is the water and freely gives without judgment. That's why this video is viral.

Dani said...

Personally, I shared your bucket video with Hout Bay Organised on Facebook (South Africa). Then it appeared on The Good Things Guy Facebook page (South Africa).

And finally I saw it on The Lad Bible Facebook page this morning...

A well travelled bucket, I'd say 😂

Jennifer Hawkins said...

Hi! I saw this shared on Facebook and clicked around until I found the original post. I won't go on and on about how amazing of an idea this was (not only putting a camera in there, but water as an offering) and how touching the results were. Instead, I just wanted to let you know a little tip that I'm not sure that you know. In the beginning, I noticed a lot of bees in the water. They do that in bird baths too (I make some to sell). They drown and it's a terrible thing - especially because of the recent decline in bee populations. What you can do is add stones or other "islands" that rise out of the water so that when one falls in, it can climb back out and not drown until its wings dry. Not only do you save bees, but putting out water sources (that they can't drown in) actually does a lot to help them. So I just thought I'd share because I had to learn that lesson the hard way with my bird baths.

ChinaDoll50 said...

Thank you for the beautiful bucket video! The music selection was perfect. I was a little surprised that neither the donkey nor the steer knocked it over. The goof in me wants to see all sorts of people (including you!) sip from the bucket. Ha!

_Unkown said...

You may also want to reach out to sites like this one that have embedded their own YouTube copy to see if they will share some of their own ad revenue: http://www.boredpanda.com/water-bucket-camera-thirsty-animals-field-lab/

Brian McCulley said...

That video was a lot of fun. Hoping you follow it up with another one down the road!

Roselyn said...

John, i feed geese and ducks twice day. I would love to make a video of my critters. Can you please tell me what camera and attachments you used for this underwater video? Its fantastc. Roselyn

Jon P said...

Glad to see you are getting recognition for what you like to do.
And you do it Well!

Mage said...

Sounds good to me.

Jolene Collins said...

A beautiful description!

John Wells said...

Roselyn...the camera I used is a GoPro Hero 3+. https://www.amazon.com/GoPro-CHDHN-302-HERO3-Silver-Edition/dp/B00F3F0EIU/

Larry G said...

Hey - you make just one of those videos each week and you'll be rolling in the dough!

;-)

Unknown said...

Wow, approaching 3.5M!!! Congrats

Unknown said...

I think it's about time you got one of those fancy pizzas delivered again...

Michelle de Villiers said...

Lovely video!

Eileen said...
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Eileen said...

Hi John,
Just discovered your Blog via The Bucket. What an interesting Blog and I am thoroughly enjoying your videos. Absolutely love what you are doing.. Take care, Eileen