I'm too tired and excited right now to say much of anything, but I really wanted to thank everyone involved in me winning third place overall in Gaming King of the Web.
This was no easy task: the channel is still relatively small compared to most of the serious and regular competitors and keeping the votes going for a whole fortnight was never going to be straightforward. The battle between third and forth was extraordinary and entertaining in its own right, even if I had at least seventeen heart attacks during the process.
Waking up this morning to discover that we were absolutely dead level on 31,108 votes was just madness and I'm very humbled to have the support to have fought off endless surges of votes to stay in a winning position.
Regardless of the final outcome, the way in which my subscribers, followers (and a load of other randomers) battled for and with me was quite something to behold. I got the impression of a community forming very early on in my video-making 'career' and it is not difficult to see that lots of people from different countries and backgrounds have come together over YouTube, Steam, and particularly Twitter to share their love of gaming, food and just being a bit silly. Seeing you all exchanging messages, chatting and sometimes even playing the odd game together because you met through my channel has been brilliant.
Although it's me who won the 'prize', this is a real achievement on behalf of all of you in the small but loyal group who, for whatever reason, keep coming back to watch more. There are too many people to thank individually but you will have no doubt got the message that I am incredibly grateful to every one of you.
There are some very cynical and often jealous people out there who hate to see things be successful and say 'you're doing it for the money'. If that was the case, I wouldn't be doing it - there is next to no money in this. I make videos because every day I get home from my 'real' job to dozens of messages from people saying that their own day was made just that little bit better by anything from a playthrough of a favourite game to a throwaway comment about cheese. That's what it should be all about!
I really hope we can become an even bigger collective and make each other's lives just that little bit better. If the horror of two weeks' worth of relentless campaigning and voting has helped that along, it's all been worth it.
Be proud of yourselves, and thanks again.