Canucks, Olympics, Kids, and Youth Ministry: A Breakdown of 200 YouTube Videos

Early this morning (or late last night…depending on your perspective) I posted a video of Sean singing Taio Cruz’ hit song “Dynamite” on YouTube. Check it out if you haven’t already…thank God he doesn’t take after me when it comes to singing talent.

A number to the left of the screen caught my eye; it turns out that Sean’s “Dynamite” video is the 200th video I’ve posted on my clayimoo YouTube account. I began reflecting on just how large of a number that is, especially when you consider the time it takes to film, edit, and then post just one video. By reaching 200 videos, I’ve proven that either I really enjoy making videos or I have no life. Probably a combo of both.

My first YouTube video was from back on July 4, 2006: it was Sean and Jake’s stirring rendition of O Canada…a video that has been viewed just under 2,500 times. Since then, I’ve amassed 177 subscribers, 19 friends, 11,500 profile views, and over 310,000 hits.

Of the 200 videos, 49 (24.5%) of them belong to the CCC series called Clay’s Canucks Commentary. I started doing the CCCs back in April 2010 on the heels of the popular Olympic Video Blog series I did for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Speaking of the Olympic Video Blogs, I made 24 (12%) of those videos. Coming in at a close third with 22 videos (11%) are my youth ministry and work-related videos. This number would have been a tad higher if I included my personal contributions to both the oyyamvancouver and ymovancouver accounts.

The rest of the video totals break down like this:
• 17 videos (8.5%) about Jacob
• 13 videos (6.5%) about our family vacations
• 11 videos (5.5%) that feature at least 2 of our 3 kids relatively equally
• 11 videos (5.5%) that feature live musical performances
• 10 videos (5%) about Sean
• 9 videos (4.5%) about sports or featuring live sports footage
• 9 videos (4.5%) featuring me doing something funny, silly or embarrassing (hello MuchMusic)
• 8 videos (4%) about Kayla
• 8 videos (4%) of me speaking at a conference, rally, workshop, or wedding reception
• 5 videos (2.5%) that were Imoo Boys Game Reviews…weren’t these supposed to be weekly?
• 4 videos (2%) featuring family and/or friends

A few observations about the breakdown:
• Combining the CCCs, Olympic videos, and other sports videos results in 82 videos (41%).
• The kids are featured in 51 videos (25.5%).
• I’ve posted 17 videos (8.5%) about myself and that doesn’t include the CCCs or Olympic videos…insert snarky (yet probably true) comment here.
• Despite being the middle child, there are essentially the same number of videos featuring Jacob (17 videos) as Sean and Kayla videos combined (18 videos). Jake’s a pretty entertaining kid.

With respect to date, I posted:
• 7 videos (3.5%) in 2006
• 27 videos (13.5%) in 2007
• 20 videos (10%) in 2008
• 18 videos (9%) in 2009
• 79 videos (39.5%) in 2010…thanks to CCCs and Olympic Video Blogs
• 51 videos (24.5%) in 2011…extrapolated to 68 videos by the end of the year

And here are my Top 10 Videos by view total:

1. The Ultimate Canucks Haiku (posted March 11, 2007): 29,500 views. Our entry into the first-ever Canucks web contest garnered us some publicity and winner of the Ultimate Canucks Family.
2. John Angotti Singing “I Can Only Imagine” (posted February 20, 2008): 17,000 views. Catholic recording artist and songwriter doing a moving rendition of Mercy Me’s mega-hit.
3. YMO Spirit Day 2007: Live Out Loud “Everything by Lifehouse” (posted December 9, 2007): 14,800 views. Footage of the first-time our office presented this emotional skit.
4. Dave and Kathy’s Wedding Reception Entrance (posted April 23, 2007): 10.800 views. One of the most creative wedding reception entrances I’ve been a part of…let alone heard of.
5. Matt Maher Singing “Alive Again” at NCYC 2009 in Kansas City (posted November 24, 2009): 8,900 views. Matt had the Sprint Center rocking with this powerful anthem about waking up for the Gospel.
6. Josh Blakesley “Be Lifted High” (posted December 10, 2006): 8,600 views. Taken from his performance at the National Catholic Conference on Youth Ministry in Las Vegas.
7. 2010 Winter Olympics Video Blog #6 (posted February 10, 2010): 8,300 views. The one time I let Sean host the video blog and it’s the most viewed-one!
8. Imoo Hockumentary: The Ultimate Canucks Documentary (posted March 5, 2007): 7,800 views. Witness Sean and Jake as toddlers in this 2005 video that started it all.
9. 2010 Winter Olympics Video Blog #8 (posted February 13, 2010): 7,700 views. I talk about the Opening Ceremonies, the Olympic Torch Relay, and visit the Bell Ice Cube.
10. Child-Like Faith (posted August 1, 2006): 7,100 views. The video I try to sneak into every talk I do. It’s also the video that shows far the boys’ speech has come!

I certainly feel blessed that I’ve been able to chronicle some memorable events and moments over the past few years. Whether it’s one of my kids performing or one of the Canucks scoring, I’m grateful to have these memories to relive at the click of a mouse.

And I’m thankful to all of you who watch them! Here’s to 200 more!