I wasn't sure whether this was more suitable on the Games section of the forum or Everything Else, so if it needs to be moved let me know.
I was listening to the latest GWJ Podcast, and was quite interested when they began to discuss Let's Play. I thought I'd come and bring in a bit on the other side of the fence.
I run a (very small) Youtube channel and record Let's Play videos. Or more specifically, they are titled "Mortus Sucks At". So you can tell the type of quality work I produce. I actually only started doing it May of last year, but it's gone from a small hobby to an almost obsession. I churn out (on average) 14-18 videos per week, which is pretty time consuming. Considering I work 9 hours a day, have a 45 minute commute both ways, and have other household duties, you can imagine how difficult it can be. But the reason I do it, or rather the reason I started, was purely because of my enjoyment out of bringing entertainment to others. That and I'm slightly insane. But don't tell anyone.
Now there's a multitude of reasons why people decide to start producing LPs. It could be that they are just hobbyists. It could be their friends told them "you're funny" a lot when they played together and they thought they'd take it to the next step. And of course there's those that want to be 'internet famous'.
For me it was a bit of a no-brainer to take the next step, because I've always been one to talk out loud to characters in games I was playing. It was especially noticeable when I was playing a game with a voiceless protagonist. I'd start having actual conversations with the NPCs, which ended up leading to some rather odd moments (which usually got onlookers laughing quite heartily). I had some rather heated arguments with Navi in Ocarina of Time. Sadly my threats of violence using a tennis racket and a bottle of crisco went unheeded.
Now I did note previously that it's turned into a bit of an obsession. And it has. I've gone from someone with absolutely no experience in recording, video editing, etc. to being proficient in Sony Vegas and using multiple programs. Hell, I even know what different codecs are out there and what the benefits of each are, and even tried learning Blender just to make an intro video. Every day I'm researching, trying to eek out every bit of quality I can out of my software without making videos that border on ludicrous in size. It's a very fun juggling act. I've even gotten to the point where I've picked up a real mic setup instead of just rolling with a headset. As I said, obsession. But that's part of the experience of doing it. Not everyone has the time, or desire, or willingness to just jump in and try to figure something new out. Especially when it's something that can easily go to hell (I've had to scrap/record quite a few videos due to snafus on my part).
Now the amount of content I put out is a bit high, even by Youtube standards. The only reason I do it is because I'm quite A.D.D. in my gaming, and usually just record everything. Most LPers that I follow generally put out maybe 2-4 videos a week, and that works just fine for them. It's as much about the personality as it is about the amount of content.
And now that I've rambled incoherently for a bit, I just wanted to say great job on the podcast and I'll continue to listen as long as you continue to produce it.