For april 1st you tried a little too hard, you could of really had people going in the belief of a new 'bard's tale', but yeah... fail.
April fools is not about being cruel nor technically about being 'funny' it's about showing what gullible fools human beings are.
How you do that is by intricately misdirecting and misleading people subtly so they jump to conclusions that are false that for example they might try to pass off onto others as truth.
Without this necessary quality it becomes a moot point whether it's an April fools day joke or not.
People must trip up on their 'fact', to hence experience the humiliation associated with realizing they were so easily mislead and thus be humbled by the joke.
For explaining april fools you tried a little too hard. You could have had people believing you had a valid point, but yeah... fail.
April fools is not a day for elitism or any one narrow definition of what a joke is.
While I share your enthusiasm for more subtle, believable pranks, it really is just
all about good humoured trickery, no matter what flavour! One should at least be able to appreciate the effort they put in!