Something that only struck me recently about putting videos online is this: to breadhead media corporations, it makes you look like a schmuck.
I've had a couple of requests from Big Corporations in recent months. Emails like "Hey! We at Big Corporation love Some Grey Bloke!!!! In fact, we think he would be perfect for our TV programme/corporate video! Would you be interested in producing some of your wonderful work for use in this way?"
And so I write back saying "Maybe. What kind of budget do you have for this project?", and that's the last I hear from them. I picture an executive reading the mail with a look of confusion on his/her face, thinking "He wants to be paid??!??"
Maybe when corporate types see you putting out free video content on a regular basis they jump to the conclusion that you put absolutely no value on your time and talent. And maybe that's a natural conclusion to jump to. After all, if I did value my time and talent surely I'd be selling them to somebody, rather than just giving stuff away to the anonymous masses.
Or they figure (correctly) that "LOLs" and the occasional "U r a comedy geniouus" from impressed fans are reward enough for all the hard work - and then assume that praise from a For-Profit Media Enterprise is of equal value. Or rather, greater value - because they're not asking simply to watch, but for editorial control as well.
Why are they wrong about that? (Answers in the comments section, please.)