About Feed the Beast and YouTube

Friday, January 18, 2013

It seems like about half of the comments on my videos these days are "FTB". So I thought I'd take the time to explain why I haven't played the Feed the Beast mod pack recently, and how I'm going to approach it in the future.

The first thing to understand is how much effort it takes to produce a LP (or "Let's Play") in the way that I do. When I was pumping out Feed the Beast episodes, I making about one episode per day, by playing for about 12 hours a day. I find Feed the Beast pretty engrossing, and there's a lot to learn and do, so I can get lost in it. However, it does take a lot of time to read up on the various components in the mod pack. And also to figure out how to take on my automation tasks. The recording itself doesn't take up that much time, it's all the learning, planning and building that do.

And if my channel was all about Feed the Beast, this would be sustainable. However, it turns out that a lot of my subscribers don't really care about mods. A lot of people found my channel through my vanilla redstone builds, and that's what they've come to see. In fact, it even turns out that the folks that like the Feed the Beast videos are a (VERY vocal) minority. And it also turns out that if I take a break from Feed the Beast, it kills my momentum, and I need to take even more time to get back up and running with FTB. This has been compounded to a high degree by the new updates to the modpack, which seem to add twice as much content as there was when I was playing a few weeks ago. As far as I can see, if I want to make both FTB and vanilla videos, I'll essentially need to switch off, doing one type of video on week, and the other type of video the other week.

For now, I don't think I can afford to take entire weeks off of creative vanilla videos. Especially with the rate awesome snapshots are coming out. When I did take those couple weeks off of vanilla videos to work on FTB videos, my views and subscriber numbers languished. Since I don't have any other source of income than YouTube, I have to be very careful about how I handle my channel's content. I wish I had all the time in the world, and could make awesome custom maps, invent redstone contraptions and play Feed the Beast survival forever. However, it just seems to be a little bit too hard.

I don't know when I'll get back to Feed the Beast, or if I will. There's so much great content there, and I especially drool a bit when I think of the idea of custom maps built in FTB. Maybe I'll figure out some way that I can work with other folks to make FTB easier for me to switch back and forth with. For the short term though, I think I have to focus on vanilla Minecraft. Hopefully you can understand why.

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