From a post on the Lonelygirl15 forum: “A Message From the Creators”:
Thank you so much for enjoying our show so far. We are amazed by the overwhelmingly positive response to our videos; it has exceeded our wildest expectations. With your help we believe we are witnessing the birth of a new art form. Our intention from the outset has been to tell a story– A story that could only be told using the medium of video blogs and the distribution power of the internet. A story that is interactive and constantly evolving with the audience.
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Dedicated media trendsters should note that Lonelygirl15 is only the SECOND most subscribed to podcast on YouTube. #1 is…geriatric1927 an old dude who sits there and rambles on about the good old days and the directing career of Michael Landon. No one ever suspected he was a fake, although faking an old dude rambling on with no cuts and amateurish SFX is a lot easier than faking a hot young girl with MTV stylee jump cuts. Go figure.