If you want youtube poop to be a popularity contest, mowub, don't let anyone tell you it shouldn't be. It's not a good idea to expect instant popularity or a fanbase, but if it's what you want to strive for then go ahead. Some people like being communityfags others like being subwhores. (Not everyone got into ytp to just interact with the community and be friends with every friendly person for the sake of friendship),
But I do agree with your parents. I'd chop my dick off and quit making videos without a second thought for a job like that.