Yes I made that word up.
I realized early this week that I've spent a year on YouTube as Abb3rz07 (previously known at Abberz07). Granted, I had my old channel for three years, but this channel felt like a new start. I've stuck to a schedule, I've built a relatively large (7,071 subscribers) following, and I've made a lot of friends because of this. It's crazy knowing that over 7 thousand people have clicked that button after seeing my face. It's just weird. For all my friends that aren't on YouTube, when I tell them that I have 7 thousand subscribers, they think it's the coolest thing ever. I mean, I guess it is pretty cool. I've gotten a bunch of people come into work and recognize me at Lush (my second day at work, even). That's my favorite thing ever, when people come up to me that know me from the internet.
Mary Lambert told me earlier this month that she recognized my face from Twitter when I met her at a show. I came up to her and told her how much I loved her music and appreciated her as an artist blah blah blah and she goes, "You're Abby, right?" And I froze. And I realized, this is going to continuously happen if I keep gaining subscribers. This is part of my life now. And it's weird and awesome and exciting and unknown and I'm so happy that I feel at home with the YouTube community. I've gotten a bunch of people with Big Frame and Wonderly actually tell me, "You should totally move to L.A.!" I know the perks of living in L.A. I do know that most of YouTube has migrated there and collaborations and working with YouTube and the network directly is really simple when you live in L.A. But it's also Hollywood. It's a thousand miles away from Seattle and it's hot and the traffic is even worse than Seattle and it's just not Seattle. I've thought about going to L.A. for a couple months for a trial run and to make connections. But then I think about everything I love about Seattle and I'm like, "nahh."
This got on a tangent. But what I basically wanted to say is that I'm so thankful for YouTube and all it's brought me, especially this last year. I love you all for sticking with me and being the best subscribers and followers and you're amazing. There are only a few more hours to enter my giveaway in honor of said anniversary, so go to the video above and leave a comment!