Today (Wednesday) I gained 37 new subscribers in 24 hours...that is very exciting news, but I wondered what caused the spike in numbers. So I googled 'Whitney Sews' to see if I could find one of my videos featured somewhere. I came across some very interesting things.
One website I found was howcast.com. There was an account with the user name aglanceatmyworld (the same as my youTube account) and the user had posted 34 of my 41 episodes within the past 4 months. I do NOT have a howcast account. That is not me. I do not appreciate someone pretending to be me and stealing my videos off youTube to post on another site. And I don't know...it could simply be someone trying to help me gain viewers, but either way it is illegal. If someone wants to embed my videos into their blog, DIY website, facebook, etc. I'm fine with that because they are still linked to my youTube. But when someone is taking my videos and re-uploading them on another website as me it is not ok. (Can you tell I'm a little upset about this?) I have contacted howcast asking them to remove the videos and close the account. I have not received a response yet but I will keep you updated. They seem like a nice website so I'm assuming things will go smoothly.
I also came across the website VidoEmo where my videos have been illegally uploaded instead of embedded. I contacted them as well but I don't have as high hopes on a good response with them just from the look of the site...but I hope I'm wrong about that.
So anyway, I had a bit of a frustrating evening...but I guess this is just one of the things that comes with putting yourself out there on the internet.
I also want to mention that I do in fact read every single comment left on my youTube accounts, facebook, and blogs and try to respond to as many of them as I can. As for other places my videos get posted to (whether legally through embedding or illegally) I am unable to read/respond to those comments. So if you have a comment, show idea, etc. please leave it on one of my youTube accounts or blogs so that I will be able to read it and hopefully respond to you. I enjoy reading every comment and if it wasn't for all the Whitney Sews viewers and the lovely comments you all leave I would have quit this project a long time ago. So thank you for the support, it carries me through evening's like tonight.