As you know, I was thoroughly irked this week, seeing unattractive comments about me and my research.
Then, once I stopped saying rude things to my computer monitor and calmed down, I decided to take action.
First, I posted a couple of YouTube videos, trying to correct apparent misunderstandings.
After that, I hired a team to see whether it’s worth my time to make YouTube a priority… but I’ll talk about that in a moment.
Anyway, about the videos…
For years, there’s been a curious, online fascination with my surname. (This has never made sense to me. Per Forebears, Broome is the 23,815th most common surname in the world, and 62% of Broomes are in the U.S.A.)
In case you’re as interested in quirks and oddities as I am, I stumbled onto this list of 100+ least-common surnames. My favorite might be “Bytheseashore.” (Seriously. It’s a surname. I would love to see the comments it attracts.)
So anyway, in case it might bring clarity, I created a YouTube video, sharing some details about the my surname. (Admittedly, this might be an absolute snooze for most people.)
I’m pleased that I managed to keep this video under one minute. As a genealogy enthusiast, it’s far too easy for me to go on and on (and on) about the Broomes and related families.
In addition to the obsession with my name, even more people seem to think I’m a newcomer to the Mandela Effect. Some suggest that I’m a usurper.
Really, as soon as I’d posted my four-part audiobook recordings at YouTube, one person actually said, “she came along and took ownership.” And then others followed with similar accusations.
So, in case it will do any good — admittedly unlikely — I created a YouTube Short video addressing that, too.
Meanwhile, musing about the general YouTube dilemma, I’d decided to ask some professionals whether I could create more videos on my two main topics – ghost hunting and the Mandela Effect – and get adequate traction with either channel.
I’m still in blink-blink mode, looking at their report.
Apparently, every month, an average of 930 people search on YouTube for “Fiona Broome.” Just my name. Nothing else with it. (Is there another Fiona Broome they’re looking for…?)
But – and this is what really astonishes me – the competition for that keyword is pretty steep.
So, at this point, unless the YouTube algorithm is being indulgent, neither of my YouTube channels is likely to be on the first page of results.
Even one that’s “FionaBroome.” (That’s the actual URL/name of my ghost hunting YouTube channel.)
And then there’s “Mandela Effect.” YouTube receives over 73,000 searches for that phrase, every month.
I have zero chance of ranking well for that phrase, too.
However, the team did find a couple of YouTube niches where I might be able to shine.
I’ll consider them as we’re packing for our next cross-country trip.
They might be on my to-do list for 2024.