A few posts ago I wrote about my experience with posting videos on YouTube over the past year (see: My year of posting videos—a little review). I noted at the time that my video entitled Bumble bees mating had been easily the most popular with 1649 views at the time. I also noted (unlike my other videos) the number of views of Bumble bees mating had been slowly but steadily increasing.
Well, I’m delighted, and somewhat mystified, to report that tread has continued. As of today, Bumble bees mating has now been viewed 3,246 times. Almost twice as many compared to when I last brought this up. There hasn’t been any real peak in views, just a slow trickle…an average of 40 views per day.
What really fascinates me is that only 1.5% of the views have been on the video imbedded in my blog. All the rest have been people watching on YouTube. What is even more surprising is that only 11% of the views have been referred from sites outside of YouTube (presumably my blog or a number of discussion forums I frequent). All the rest of the views have been from mobile apps and direct traffic (12%) or YouTube referrals (77%). In other words, people are mainly finding the video on YouTube and perhaps sharing it with others. I can’t help wonder how this works. Seriously, how many people search for videos about bumble bee sex?
Not that I’m complaining of course, it’s fun to check periodically and see that the number of views has gone up. I just don’t really understand why or how.
In any case, I really need to get off my butt and start shooting more video…