Why Would Street Reportage from Denmark Get 100,000 Views?

I’ve made thousands of videos of reportage, and yet each time one is released, it can’t quite be predicted how it will fare out in the unforgiving world of YouTube, where cats on skateboards, make-up tutorials and reactions to Lady Gaga videos score millions of hits, but reportage can just disappear into the ether…

As a benchmark for reportage on YouTube, 10,000 views is a decent one. Look at this, a typical BBC propaganda piece from Crimea, 3 years ago, and for a pretty big revelation, 26 thousand views.

This report of mine, from Denmark, June 2016, about what people there think of Brexit, if they wanted a ‘Dexit’, and the Denmark-EU border, is soon to pass 100,000 views: 

What’s the story behind it? I was travelling around Europe doing reportage on a Brexit theme, and had just come from Latvia –

The trip hadn’t exactly gone to plan, with my car smashed into in France, so driving thousands of miles around Europe with a taped over window, not exactly conducive to an unfrayed state of mind, but anyway, the show really did have to go on. Stopping briefly to make the montage, from Latvia it was a 1600km drive, to Denmark, and to the town of Sonderberg, where this was filmed – the first sizeable town near the Danish border, population around 28,000.

What happened next? I made the edit swiftly after filming, and released. And then, nothing much at all. After a few days, it sat at 1000 views, making it hard to think it hadn’t been a lot of effort for nothing much at all. But then, out of nowhere – without it ever featuring in media as far as I know, it began to climb and climb.

Why the popularity? Firstly, the excellent level of English has clearly enthralled many, if you look at comments. Otherwise, the general geniality, openness of the Danish people. There also isn’t that much competition, as in there’s not much reportage from Denmark, which may have implied a lack of audience for it, but here, clearly not the case.

It was also on theme at that time, with everyone wondering what would come next, after Brexit, which has continued to be a talking point. As you can see from this video, while there was some sympathy from the Danish streets, there was no real sign of a movement there mounting for the next Brexit. Although, another point, the presence of a border did catch attention.

As it prepares to pass 100,000, it joins only a few of my reportages to make that milestone. Of course I’m pleased with that achievement, very grateful to all who have viewed, liked, left comments. Of course, when I look at it now, a year and a half on, I think ‘gosh if I did it again, would do this better, that better‘, I’ve got a year-and-a-half more experience of video editing to call on. Or, I may just do it completely unedited, But, generally, I’m fairly pleased with the piece.

I’d imagined it may get around 10,000 views, so to say it’s overperformed is an understatement. YouTube may be random in a lot of ways, but clearly this report has caught the imagination, and made its contribution to delivering information, just as it was, to a wide audience. Due to monetisation, I’ve earned $35.33 from this video, however due to a simple bit of lunch for myself and colleague Michael Spekkers, who helped me film this, coming to around 30 Euros, you could hardly say I’m raking in the financial rewards 🙂 But of course, none of what I do is for that anyway.

It certainly gives some appetite to return to do more in Denmark, perhaps more ambitious reportage even, knowing there’s an audience for it. Although perhaps if you’re reading this the word is already out and other news crews will be headed to Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg and more, for a slice of the hot Danish pie!

I’d like to say thanks to all the kind, friendly people of Denmark who gave interviews for this, and a gentleman called Viktor from Denmark, who for many years has been a supporter of my work from Donbass, and more! 

What Brits Really Think of Tony Blair!

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has very often got a lot to say, about a lot of things. You can still find him in the press every week, sometimes every day, casting out his opinions, keeping himself in the public eye, potentially eyeing up the return to the political arena we all know he would not only love, but really thinks the people are waiting for.

Blair’s opinions are known to even those who wish they didn’t. Loves the EU, doesn’t much like talking about Iraq (really thinks that’s all been covered, and really can we not just move on?). Or Libya. Yugoslavia. And some more.

But gosh, does Blair, who now runs a consultancy business and has set up various foundations in his own name, including the Tony Blair Faith Foundation,  really does love talk about the EU. In fact, it’s pretty much all he talks about these days.

If you’re reading about Tony Blair in the media, you’re reading about Tony Blair talking about the EU. And it really is pretty much all the same, and has been for a long time. 

Which actually makes much more interesting than the articles keeping Blair in the public eye, the comments beneath about what the actual public thinks of him. I’ve had a look at recent articles, and chosen those comments by people identifying themselves as British, where possible, for the purposes of this.

Daily Mail, 18th September – Arch Remainer Tony Blair brands Brexit a ‘self harming act’ and suggests the UK could STAY in the EU

England expects, suffolk, United Kingdom, 1 week ago

Do shut up you traitor.

He sold his soul to the devil and he will have his day of reckoning. Along with all the other co–upted politicians who signed their nation sovereignty away to contracts without their citizens consent.

Weapons of mass destruction! Liar and murderer.

Blair is not interested in this Country only what is in it for him.

Ok, that’s a national paper, let’s go to the regions. 

Brexit has one-in-three chance of reversal, claims Tony Blair – the Birmingham Mail, 19th September

NorthBrummie

Does this man not realise how despised he is by the British people? Anything he says has a devious undercurrent to it. His time is done, thank God, so he should butt out and maybe do another series of highly paid ‘speaking engagements’ as pay off from his masters in the USA.

WatchaDave

Why is this idiot not locked up

However, Blair also has a fan here – 

MaxPayne

Reassuring to know that this fine statesman is fighting for Britain.

Back to national with the Sun, from September 20th. 

Tony Blair enraged Brexit backers with bizarre claim that there is a one-in-three chance of overturning the referendum result

Dwayne Pipe

Even loathsome people call him loathsome. How I wish he would ffffffffade Away!

Boris Ivan

Once again we have the Sun fawning over it’s golden boy. Nobody is interested in this abomination of a human being. He’s a private citizen with no mandate from anybody about anything, and the sooner the media realises that the sooner this AH will fade away. Stop trying to rehabilitate this has been back into front line politics, he’s toxic and everything he touches ends up the same way.

SAUS

Hopefully there’s better odds on his asassination.

Tim Sabine

Tony B.Liar is a liar, a thief and a conman. He lied about WMD to go to war, he stole thousands of peoples pensions and sign up for the PFI (private finance initiative’s) that are now crippling the NHS and education budgets. The man makes me sick and anyone who listens to him or follows him must be smoking something illegal.

There we have it, how Tony Blair is regarded by the British public a little over 20 years from when he first came to power, in an almost unprecedented wave of optimism. A British public who he really does rather hope to return to.