I would figure that most of my readership is already very aware of Dudetube Online. (Especially since I sent some photos his way this week in honor of the blog’s 5th Anniversary!) If I’m not mistaken, I’ve frequented that site more regularly than any other adult blog over the course of the past 4.5 years.
I remember the early days when it began as a collection of YouTube videos of sexy collegiate guys participating in foolish, semi-naked antics. Before YouTube became so heavily censored, more risque videos of fully naked guys began appearing. DudeTube followed the trend and began showing more skin as well. The videos would last for a few days before being pulled. Then the content moved away from YouTube and towards XTube. The censors at Google-owned Blogger.com also had a hand in shaping the direction of a young DudeTube. When they shutdown then-named dudetube.blogspot.com, webmaster Matt was forced to go a new direction. A short while later, www.dudetubeonline.com was born, and it’s been full steam ahead since then.
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Peppered in between posts about hot amateur guys displaying their goods for all to see and reviews of web studio-produced scenes were blurbs about the latest comic book news to satisfy the webmaster’s inner fanboy. Content ranged from Matt’s favorite artists’ stints in major publications to all around badass plot lines. DudeTube had found it’s voice and the readership responded in kind. As it turned out, there were a lot of ‘dudes’ out there who identified very much with the content on the site. I mean, honestly, what guy do you know who wouldn’t be happy with a lifetime supply of comics and porn? Exactly.
I would be remiss to mention the fact that I owe my identity today to DudeTube. I was featured in my pre-Harvey days via my XTube channel. As a matter of fact, it was a result of those videos being featured that I was able to disclose to all of my friends in real life just how much I liked to show off online. It was during one of the DudeTube chats that I came to receive my first offer to appear on a website that I really respect, Real Guys Exposed. So, long story short, I owe much, if not all, to Matt and to his website.
Thankfully he was kind enough to answer a few questions for me that I’d like to share now.
What was your original vision when you created this blog? Was it an outlet, a hobby, a deliberate vision?
I had absolutely no vision when I started the blog. At the time posting youtube videos on blogs had just started to become popular. I thought the idea of a blog made up of all these videos could be interesting. I had just taken a temporary position at my job and my life have become much more stressful. I guess I was looking for a distraction or escape.
In what ways did Dudetube grow and evolve beyond your expectations?
It really was the audience response that made the site successful. I was lucky that very early on the blog got picked up by some influential sites. That attention inspired me to keep going and expanding. I never thought the site would make the leap to focusing on explicit content and porn. In the beginning those YouTube videos were pretty PG-13.
Of the last 5 years, what have been your proudest and most memorable moments?
I have to say that I’m very proud of the community that has formed around the site. For a time the chatroom community was very enaged and through that many people developed close friendships and even relationships. Personally I’m proud that I’ve stuck with the site and been able turn it from a hobby into my dayjob. Posting content 5 days a week for five years is a lot of work for one person, so I feel a sense of accomplishment.
After now having established yourself as part of the industry blogosphere, have you been surprised by anyone, anything or any event? (Surprised either positively, negatively or both.)
The most suprising event in the blog’s history was when early into the second year Blogger deleted the site without warning or explanation. It was devastating to have all that work just disappear. I received a lot of support after that happened, especially setting up DudetubeOnline.com, which was pleasantly suprising. I’m sure there have been lots of little things over the years that have made me furious or elated, but looking back they don’t seem that significant. I’m sure if you told me 5 years ago that I would be a full-time adult blogger I would have been pretty suprised.
And finally, what is your modus operandi for the future?
The evolution of Dudetube has been very organic, so I don’t have any grand plans for the future. I just want to keep delivering great content everyday.
And if you didn’t see the photos on his site, here’s my favorite from the shoot. Happy Anniversary!