IntroductionMidnight Maldives is a youtube channel launched on June 20 2008. The whole attempt was for the sole purpose of sharing rare and vintage media with an audience specifically for the Maldivians. As the author and the founder of this channel I wish to share the development of this channel with a worldwide audience which my channel has brought for me.
How It All Began
2008 was a very entertaining year. TVM started a 24 hour broadcast for every Thursday. The late night broadcast feature of my early childhood tv shows, like dhiriulhumakee mee, floak the international, bahabaru and so on. It even had vintage music show and songs which i would label were from the golden days of Maldivian entertainment. Every Thursday night I put my tv tuner to record and checked what I got in the morning. The quality was very good. And since every Thursday night a new sequel of each series appeared, I decided to keep all what I got since collection
of similar sets was another habit of mine. I watched these episodes of the
series over and over again, until it hit me that even though I may be a video capture freak there are so may who may not be and in this day where VHS was on its way out and DVD was in, it may be that only a handful may have the ability to do what i have done. And those of them who cannot would have to strain their eyes all night to watch their favorite tv shows. I decided that it was time that I share what i have with the people of Maldives and anyone else who yearns for these super hit shows. I went on youtube and made an account and started to upload all what i had captured from the midnight shows. I never expected any feedback or even an audience. But to my surprise, within weeks, my uploaded videos featured on blogs and web pages that others had made. And I was surprised to see that my channel was attracting an enormous crowd just to view the finest work of our people.
Soon afterwards we were welcomed by the glorious days of the holy month of ramazan. I started to get requests for the drama series, songs, and all other stuff broadcasted on TVM. I had to decide on a content filter and came to a decision that my channel will only feature pure entertainment pieces. So from then onwards anything entertainment related appeared on my channel.
Channel name and Icon
The name of the channel wasn't given much thought and it wasn't actually giving the true picture of the site as you see it today, but for the first batch of uploads being all taken from a Maldivian tv station which was broadcasted from midnight onwards, I decided that the channel name Midnight Maldives was perfect at the time. The main picture was to show that the ownership of the channel was held by a Japanese teenage girl who liked anime and admired the vintage tv shows of Maldives. It was a hilarious unbelievable story indeed but i decided to start as it is. The icon was from an all time favorite video game and anime character Mai Shiranui from Fatal fury series. Even though I never considered these factors to become as any major channel identities, The Mai Shiranui's pose and the channel name is what I use as my channel's icon.
Mohamedh The Messenger Of God series
The channel got most of it's exposure when i posted the famous Thihandhaanuga remix, where a a great number of comments and ratings flooded the channel. Upon arrival of this hectic audience I had to introduce a comment filtering system since a lot of the viewers left comments consisting of filthy language. The channel was meant for all ages, and I decided that such an action if left unattended, would result in leaving my channel as a source for children learning R rated language. I tried to get the viewer one by one to stop posting such comments and criticize with respect for one another. But i didn't get even a single response which showed any curtsy or even respect as an owner of the channel. So I posted a bulletin saying that anyone who posts any comments using filthy language, would be BLOCKED from the site without warning. And all videos which may be a target for mass comments were filtered for my approval. I got a some angry mails about my policy but today I find very few people commenting using dirty language on my channel. And I found an enormous amounts of criticism on videos which was negative, positive and neutral but which was good enough to be posted.