Today is the two-year anniversary of Sad YouTube’s first-ever post. Since then, I’ve posted something like 400+ beautiful, poignant or otherwise compelling YouTube comments, dug out from its infernal archives.
Looking through them, I’m sometimes reminded of the chapter in The Neverending Story (the book, not the movie), when Bastian digs through the snowy mines that contain all of the world’s forgotten dreams, looking for his own. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for when I started this project, and I’m still not quite sure what I’ve found, but I know that it is an experience that has been strangely meaningful for me, and, I think, some of you.
What’s next for Sad YouTube? I’m not sure. I’ve tinkered with the idea of winding it down, or finding some way to archive or organize it—perhaps even publishing an anthology of some kind. I’m not sure what form it will eventually find, or whether I’ll be able to stop—every time I consider putting an end to the project, I find myself down the rabbit hole again. I will say that as I put my energy into other projects, posts may become less frequent.
Thank you to everyone who has read and supported and shared this site, and to everyone who took the time to read my BuzzFeed article about it, and about how I went looking for my commenters.
And thank you, semi-anonymous YouTube commenters, for sharing your lives so honestly and beautifully.