Do you like to watch videos worth watching? I sure do. That is why I created mBlip. Basically mBlip follows various YouTube channels that cover a variety of topics. Depending on the channel, mBlip checks for new videos every 1 to 3 hours and embeds them so that you can watch them here.
“Couldn’t you just… you know… use YouTube?”
Well, yes, and I often do. The problem with YouTube is that their algorithms ultimately try to funnel viewers towards things that are not worth watching. mBlip tries to focus on videos that might actually be worth watching. Of course there are a lot of amazing channels out there that we still don’t follow, so you can help by giving mBlip a heads up about YouTubers who have exceptional content. (ie Leave me a comment below.)
“So who is mBlip targeted at?”
I made mBlip for myself. I use it to watch videos almost every day. I check it when I go on breaks at work, I watch videos on it when I want to relax, and I work on it as a hobby. So the numero uno target audience member is me. Apparently other people like it too, and that’s just awesome!
“Why do some of the channels appear to be less accessible?”
The front page contains the stuff I feel is the most “mBlipish”. Certain channels get excluded from the front page for various reasons, and some channels were added at the request of other viewers even though I felt like they didn’t really fit. I still try to make it fairly easy to find all the channels carried by mBlip.
“Wait a second… Is this legal?”
Absolutely 100% legal. YouTube’s terms of service are on mBlip’s side, and we are not exploiting any “loopholes” or doing anything shady. YouTube content providers agree to these terms of service which absolutely allows sites such as mBlip to embed videos for non-commercial purposes. mBlip is a hobby site and does not generate any revenue. As you can see, mBlip does not serve any ads, nor does mBlip charge admission, and mBlip does not track visitors in order to sell their data to advertisers. Keep in mind that YouTube can still track you because none of the content is actually stored on mBlip. Because everything is embedded, mblip is like a cleverly designed window into YouTube. This is all fair and legit.
“I represent or own a YouTube channel that you’re putting on your site, and I don’t like it.”
I am sorry if you feel this way. Please send me an email, and I will remove all references to your channel and the embedded videos from this site without complaint.
“You seem to only embed YouTube Videos, right?”
Pretty much. mBlip is a sophisticated automated feed reader. It can embed YouTube videos from a YouTube channel’s feed. Theoretically it can embed content from any website that offers regularly updated feeds. It cannot link to just any website or web page. Sorry, but I will ignore all requests to do so. Now if you have a YouTube channel…
It doesn’t hurt to ask!
If you know of a YouTube channel that regularly presents decent content, please e-mail me with a link or the title to the YouTube channel. While some channels cannot be featured here due to technical issues, I enjoy adding other people’s personal favorites to the lineup. This is all free too, so you have nothing to lose by sending me your requests!
“Can you add ‘So-and-so’s’ channel?”
I can certainly try, but bear in mind that not all YouTube channels/videos can be embedded. Also, if your suggestion does not fit in the mBlip motif, I may still add it, but it won’t show up on the home page.
“Hey, there’s a dead link! -or- Where’d that video go?”
mBlip was never intended to be an archive. In under two months, the collection algorithms will amass a disturbingly high number of videos. In the interests of good housekeeping, I will occasionally purge mBlip of all its posts. The purge must be manually performed by me, and since I am a human with a haphazard schedule, this “pruning” will occur at irregular intervals. mBlip’s core is very feisty, so it doesn’t take the system long to repopulate with new content. So if you visit mBlip and see a message that says “There doesn’t seem to be anything here”, it’s probably because I’m doing one of those “purges”.
“Sometimes when I visit mBlip, the site seems like it doesn’t respond!”
I know, and it sucks. I don’t have a lot of money, so mBlip is being hosted on a cheap “shared hosting” account. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but mBlip cannot check for new content on its own because that would mean a constantly running process, and that’s not allowed. When you visit, mBlip checks the time. If it hasn’t checked for videos in over an hour, it kicks off the program that does so. It’s actually a lot of work for the computer. It’s checking for new stuff, parsing the new stuff, formatting it, and posting it, etc… Wait a minute and hit “refresh” on your browser. It should load fine after that.
I am always looking for suggestions!
So making websites is just a hobby of mine, and design and layout are obviously not my forte. Since I am not looking for any money out of this, I am also not willing to spend a lot of money either; that being said, you may have noticed that my grasp of taxonomy really sucks. If you have any helpful pointers about improving the layout, I would really love to hear them. Ideas for WordPress themes and plugins that could make the site flow a little better would be great!
While I have toyed with the idea of opening user registrations to allow for some kind of user submitted content, I have no idea how to do it… Thoughts? Ideas? Anything?
One thing I would want to avoid is becoming a “social platform”, since there are already enough of those things out there. My personal vision for mBlip is to cultivate a site that is not susceptible to social engineering agendas. I don’t want mBlip to start telling people what to think, but rather to present a balance of interesting ideas to think about.
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can just leave a comment below. All comments go into the moderation queue and will never be shown publicly. While I personally visit mBlip every day, I don’t actually log into mBlip very often. It may take a few weeks, but I do read the comments and thoughtfully consider what people tell me before deleting them. I never retain any personal information on comments. Still, I am always happy to hear from visitors, and I do care about your thoughts on mBlip.
Sorry if it seems like I’m about to contradict what I just said, but I have to add this: Before you leave a comment, please understand I am not interested in SEO packages of any kind. I don’t care how mBlip ranks on search engines. Also I cannot post links to specific web pages. I can add feed content to mBlip, but I cannot manually include posts. mBlip needs feeds. (That and a better taxonomic structure.) You tube channels all have feed pages, so cool channels you find are good to recommend. Heck, I’ll even entertain non-YouTube feeds if you got ’em, but mBlip is automated, and piecemeal additions don’t work.
I just wanted to mention that mBlip.com never accepts donations, nor will advertising be permitted on the site. Visitor info will never be sold, and I am not interested in selling the domain name for less than $150,000 USD cash in advance. (Yes, some con artist offered to pay up to $100,000, but I just laughed and deleted the “offer”)
mBlip has been operating since December 29, 2016, and has complied with zero government requests for information. The canary is still alive and kicking. But seriously… Why would LEO ever be interested in mBlip’s server logs? There’s no hidden secret section here. What you see is what you get.