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PewDiePie still gaining subs on YouTube break as he hits another milestone

Published: 1/Feb/2020 14:49

by Calum Patterson

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Top YouTuber Felix ‘PewDiePie‘ Kjellberg is currently on his first significant break from daily uploads in years, but the move doesn’t appear to be costing him subscribers.

Any successful YouTuber will preach that consistency is key, and this mentality has led to constant daily uploads from small to big channels alike.

Ensuring there is always fresh content appearing on your subscriber’s home pages is crucial to keep them coming back, but it looks like PewDiePie might be bucking that trend. Despite not uploading for over two weeks, new subscribers are still pouring in.

PewDiePie on Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby
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PewDiePie bid farewell to his fans on January 15.

Of course, it’s not like he needs any more, with a whopping 103 million already, but it’s a fascinating statistic nonetheless.

The Swedish YouTuber gained subscribers at a rapid pace in late 2018 and early 2019, spurred on by his rivalry with T-Series, to reach 100 million first. At times, he was gaining over 200,000 subscribers every day.

Since taking his break, the growth hasn’t been anywhere near as fast as this. But, in the two weeks since his break, PewDiePie’s channel is still gaining 33,000 new subs a day, on average, according to statistics from SocialBlade.

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PewDiePie is still gaining over 200,000 subs a week, despite being on a break.

His last video before the break was uploaded on January 15. Since January 19, he has gained an average of 233,000 subscribers each week, for the final two weeks of January.

He has even hit a new milestone while on his break, cracking 103 million subs on January 26, with almost half a million new subs since taking a hiatus.

According to SocialBlade’s estimates, he will reach the next million-sub milestone at around the same date in February, but fans will be hoping that he returns to uploading before then.

It’s not all good news though, as his raw video views have taken a big hit, down from 6.8 million on January 18, to 3.5 million on January 31 (via StatSheep). But, this is inevitable when not uploading any fresh content.

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Video views per day have decreased significantly, as he’s not uploading new content.

Before taking his break, Pewds may have worried that it might cost his channel growth. This is often the fear that binds YouTubers to a grueling regiment of uploading nearly every day, and can cause burnout.

Linus Tech Tips, another massive channel, although much smaller than PewDiePie, with 10 million subs, is another YouTuber who has expressed the burnout. Linus revealed that he had even been considering total retirement in an emotional livestream.

Perhaps other YouTubers can take a leaf out of PewDiePie’s book, and avoid burnout by taking a much-needed rest. And, if they’re lucky like him, it might not affect their sub count as much as they fear it will.

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JoJo Siwa reveals she was swatted after coming out

Published: 25/Jan/2021 19:09

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTuber and former Dance Moms star JoJo Siwa came out on January 22 — but while the internet was busy celebrating her announcement, Siwa herself was dealing with a frightening swatting situation.

JoJo Siwa is one of the biggest influencers among young people; boasting over 12 million subscribers on YouTube, Siwa has become a veritable icon for kids due to her bubbly personality, positive messages, high-energy pop songs, and rainbow-studded outfits.

However, it wasn’t her style that took over the net on January 22 — instead, it was her official “coming out” announcement, which she had previously teased by uploading a TikTok of herself lip syncing to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

JoJo confirmed what many fans had suspected by uploading a photo of herself wearing a shirt she’d been given by her cousin, which boasted lettering that read “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever.”

Needless to say, the internet went wild with excitement over Siwa’s announcement — but it seems that the weekend went in an entirely different direction for Siwa, herself.

According to the YouTuber, police had been called to her home in a classic case of “swatting” in wake of her big reveal, leading to a terrifying moment during what should have been a celebratory time for the singer.

“Our house got swatted,” she explained during an Instagram Live stream. “We were at our house and all of the sudden, there were a whole bunch of police telling us to come outside the house. And we didn’t know why. …The police were saying that somebody had called and made a claim, and then all of the sudden, paparazzi came around the corner.”

Siwa seemed to claim that the swatting had been carried out due to a call from paparazzi, who may have hoped to be the first to snap some photos of the star after her announcement.

While this claim has yet to be confirmed, it’s obvious that swatting is never okay under any circumstances. Swatting refers to prank calls that aim to send a number of armed police offers to a person’s home address, usually with allegations that the target is breaking the law or endangering others.

While it was no doubt a traumatizing experience for Siwa, she’s maintaining a positive attitude and hopes the caller will face consequences for their actions.

The star also revealed she’d filmed the whole ordeal and will upload the video to her YouTube channel sometime in the near future.