Adam, aka WeeAddy, is a Let’s Player on YouTube and Twitch who’s been making videos since 2006. He combines subtle comedy with his down-to-earth personality but his biggest strength is in his commentary. He’s a very descriptive and confident speaker as he games, adding a great layer of depth to his videos which would otherwise be one-way conversations.
“My channel is primarily a Let’s Play channel. I try to upload daily videos, as well as stream at least once a week on Twitch, and I play games I have an active interest in. I make a point on my channel to only play or do things, that I actually enjoy. I want no fakeness on my channel, as I also make a point to remind people that, whilst most people put on a character when they host their channels, that I am always who I say I am. I am Adam. I am WeeAddy. They are one in the same, there is no character on my channel.”
“To me, YouTube is an open door. It’s an opportunity for a dreamer like me do the impossible – entertain potentially millions of people.”
Like most YouTubers, Adam has followed the likes of Philip Defranco, Markiplier, NigaHiga, PewdiePie, Chuggaaconroy, Yamimash, all inspiring him along the way with their own brand of comedy and for some, game-related content. Each helped shape his Let’s Plays and on-air format and solidified how he wanted to go about his content in the future.
“Back on my first channel, WeeAddy31, I had no main focus. I literally uploaded anything I wanted. My content was all over the place, random sketch videos, Sonic The Hedgehog cartoons. None of it really had any quality, but I was super happy making videos. It wasn’t until about 2009 that I started doing gaming content, as I found channels such as Chuggaaconroy and got inspired to make Let’s Plays.”
Adam was happy making videos but despite following his passion for Let’s Play videos, it hasn’t always been easy. After over 10 years on YouTube, Adam’s WeeAddy channel has amassed 683 subscribers, a modest number for a YouTube veteran.
“2016 was the year that really beat me down. I had let the lack of views, lack of an actual audience, ruin me mentally. I never wanted to quit so badly, but I also knew I shouldn’t quit. It was the year that I got depression. YouTube was definitely a factor as to why, but also my job, and just dissatisfaction in my life. It’s not something I want to relive, but my journey is marked on my channel, and maybe people can learn from it, that’s all I can hope for.”
Adam has seen comedy channel Nigahiga hit his first 1 million views on Youtube and PewDiePie become the top YouTuber with over 60 million subscribers doing Let’s Plays.
“Be tough. You will need to be very strong-willed to keep it up, especially if you want to do gaming.”
“There are not many people that are still on YouTube who can safely say they’ve been making videos for 10 years, but I am one of them. There’s even fewer who are still here and are big channels, like Philip Defranco – and I’d like to join that elite group someday as one of those YouTube Veterans that have been here so long, but also made it.”
Adam has been gaming as long as he can remember. Having an older brother meant the world of gaming was almost instantly available to him as his house featured a Super Nintendo, a Sega Megadrive and even a PlayStation. In fact, he doesn’t even remember the first time he held a controller!
“I managed to have everything available to me right out the gate. Super Mario World, Sonic The Hedgehog, Donkey Kong Country, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, so many great franchises, and many other games I still own to this day.”
But one game and character always seemed to stand out.
“Sonic The Hedgehog 2. I played my fair share of every game we had, but Sonic 2 was my favorite. Something about Sonic’s cool attitude and speed made it my favorite title. It was just an awesome platformer that had me running fast, non-stop, through incredibly made levels with precise controls.”
Adam’s passion for gaming certainly stands out and his journey from gamer to content creator hasn’t always been easy. In fact, a lot of YouTubers are facing an uphill battle against new policy changes and a saturated market. And while WeeAddy was down by the end of 2016, Adam views YouTube as a journey and more importantly, his creative outlet.
“Never give up, even when it gets tough.”
“In 2017 I learned a lot about myself, managed to conquer many things that beat me down in the previous years. It got me to the mental state I’m in now where I let nothing stand in my way of achieving my goals on YouTube. To me, YouTube is an open door. It’s an opportunity for a dreamer like me do the impossible – entertain potentially millions of people. I don’t currently do that, but the possibility is there if I get lucky enough. YouTube, for me, has been life-changing, more-so as a personal growth rather than the kind of life-changing the successful YouTubers are referring to, but that’s still something that can happen for me as well, it can happen for anyone if they work hard enough. And get lucky.”
I asked Adam, a YouTube veteran, if he had any advice for aspiring YouTubers and Let’s Players.
“Be tough. You will need to be very strong-willed to keep it up, especially if you want to do gaming. The market is becoming very oversaturated, and getting noticed as a small channel is becoming harder and harder. You will need thick skin in case of trolls or hate comments, and most importantly you’ll need to work hard. Don’t resort to dirty tricks or clickbait, be true to yourself and make videos on things that interest you and that you like. Find people with a similar attitude to content as you and make stuff together, and be genuinely supportive of one another. Find inspiration, and let it guide you. I wish all up and comers the best of luck. Never give up, even when it gets tough. YouTubers can make a lot of money or become very popular, but do not start it unless you have a passion for it. Do not let money or popularity be your guide. If creating videos is something you truly want to do, I encourage you to do whatever you can to make your dream a success. And it’ll never be an easy journey, but if you really work at it, you can make it on this site and maybe even make a career from it. Put the quality first, and the rewards of the content second. Focus on building a community that wants you to succeed, not just mindless viewers who are just numbers to you. Remain humble, and pass on what you learn to the next channels that come after yours. Good luck, everyone.”
Adam, aka WeeAddy, is speedily following his passion for video games and comedy. His cool and positive attitude keeps him focused while his work ethic and thick skin allows him to overcome any obstacle that he might face. Sound familiar? It seems Sonic The Hedgehog was much more than just a video game character to Adam.