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Finally Starting my YouTube Channel in 2018: Why Didn’t I Start Earlier?

Starting a YouTube channel

As many of you may know from my ramblings on Twitter, one of the things I want to do in 2018 is to start a YouTube channel and guess what?

I FINALLY DID IT!

I posted my very first video on my channel yesterday and I’m so proud of myself for having the courage to do so. You can watch my first video on my channel over here or watch it below – I would love if you could give me a subscribe and like 🙂

Anyways, enough with the self-promotion 😉

What I wanted to talk in this post is why I wanted to start a YouTube channel and why I was reluctant to. Let’s go!

Why I wanted to start a YouTube channel

I remember watching YouTube videos in class during 11th grade (I know, I should’ve been paying attention!) and thought it would be so much fun creating videos. The main reason I wanted to start a YouTube channel is because I adore the online community and it would be great to be a part of it by making my own videos to share my life. I looked at it as a creative outlet from the reality of the world.

Now that I have a blog, I thought YouTube could compliment it as visual interaction rather than written so the YouTube journey begins…

What took me so long?

My desire to have a YouTube channel started back in 2011 when I was in 11th grade. I didn’t start one for a couple of reasons.

One, I was too scared of people that I know watching my videos. In high school, there can be a lot of gossip and rude people, and I definitely did not want people in my school to find out my channel.

Two, I wasn’t confident. I had braces and my skin was not clear (still isn’t today but it is A LOT better) so I hated being in photos. I also felt awkward speaking to a camera because I would always stumble on my words or not make any sense at all. Like, who would want to watch me…?

Three, I thought I wasn’t good enough. I’m sure many people have struggled with the feeling of not being good enough to do something. That was me with starting a channel. I didn’t think I was interesting enough for people to watch my content.

These are the three main reasons what took me so long to start.

So why did I spontaneously start a YouTube channel?

In 2018, it was time to face my fears. My fears aren’t going to prevent me from doing something that I want. I am happy that I have ticked this off my 2018 goals and honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Sure there were A LOT of retakes because I kept stumbling on my words and my makeup may not have been on fleek but I am so proud of myself for filming and posting a video!

But what about the recent changes for YouTubers?

On the 20th February 2018, YouTube will implement a policy where channels must have 4,000 watch hours within the last 12 months AND 1000 subscribers in order to monetise their content and be part of the YouTube Partner Program.

I agree that it is very unfair and demotivating for small YouTubers who are working hard to grow their channels but are suddenly set back by this new policy. However I didn’t start a channel just to monetise my content. With very little subscribers and content, I wouldn’t expect to get much anyway. I want to grow a community of people that enjoy my content. I also enjoy the process of making videos and interacting with others so it’s a win-win! 🙂

If you are thinking of starting a YouTube channel, I say do it! 🙂

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  • Maria Moen

    This is great! I’m so happy that you finally just go for it, even with fears! 🙂 I enjoyed watching your video as well and I look forward to see more from you in the future! 🙂

  • Jenni Kainulainen

    You can be so proud of yourself for finally doing it! Continue with the same attitude, 2018 is your year girl :)!

  • Dani🦁

    I absolutely love that you’ve conquered your fears! I can’t wait to watch more of your vlogs!

    Suffering Wanderlust

  • Juhita

    It is so cool that you have started your own channel. I already checked it out and would love to see more as you keep adding content to it. Good going.

  • Ja’d Kurumi🐨🌸

    I’m honestly so excited that you started your channel!!

    I didn’t know YouTube introduced this new policy, it seems a little demotivating but hey, I’m sure your channel will grow and you will have heaps of support from the online community xx

    • Yayyy!! I’m glad! Yeah, it is demotivating but I guess it’s now more fun to work towards the goal 😀 Thank you Ja’d! You are a gem xo

  • Such a great message Stephanie! So glad you actually started it and its never to late. I am sure you channel will grow in time.

  • Kelly 켈리

    I’m happy you started a youtube channel! We both started at the same time! I too am scared to make videos. Hella scared! I’ve always wanted to do it, and Realise that I can’t talk on cue or like when someone is filming me. I really hope to gain confidence in this aspect! Also documenting my travels and daily life as an expat other than blogging is cool too. My mom used to make home videos, so I guess this could easily be classed as “home videos” hahaha!

    Kelly
    http://www.thiswayandthatway.com

    • Yes! I’m so glad to know that you are doing YouTube too! My goodness, I’m still awkward when it comes to the talking videos haha, it’ll get better the more you film! Yes definitely! I like YouTube because it’s more personal and you can film your daily life but when you blog, you can’t really do that 😀 Oh that’s awesome! It runs in the family 😉

  • Kelly 켈리

    Oh and the gossip part is a big one. It’s one reason I didn’t want to share with people I know. Sadly, it only took one day for that to happen and I’m unsure how I am so searchable! I don’t use my real name!

    • Oh yes! I agree with you! Good thing it’s been 8 years since I left high school so no more gossip! (hopefully) I use my first and middle name since not many people I know in real life know this name!

  • GG

    That’s great. Maybe you could also do some videos showing us around Sidney or something.

  • Julia

    Glad you started! Keep going 🙂

  • RIkki Parker

    I think it’s GREAT you have started it up! I’m gonna use you as motivation to start mine that I have been wanting to start since 2009 which is when I was a freshman. I’ve always just been too scared to take that step!

    • Awww, you should definitely start yours!! It is scary at first but once you start, you’ll find it much, much easier 😀

  • I’m so glad you’re brave enough to start your own channel! Really enjoyed your first video and can’t wait to see more. Hope, one day I’ll also be confident enough to post something on YouTube

    • I am so glad to hear that!! I would definitely love to watch your videos 🙂

  • I’m really proud of you for starting your YT channel. Your vid was amazing too! I can’t wait to see more from you! 💕

  • I watched your video and I love your accent! Proud of you for taking the leap!

  • LifeWithFernie

    So proud of you for finally plucking up the courage to start making YouTube videos! ❤️

  • Yay, great work in overcoming your fears! I really want to get into vlogs myself but always stumble over the whole English-is-my-third-language thing. I’m so embarassed of my accent and really need to practice! 🙂
    I hadn’t even realized how harsh those changes were! Over 1000 subs just to become a partner? I personally love smaller channels and the sometimes less polished videos – they’re so much more charming and relaxing to watch for me. <3

    • Oooh I’d love to see your vlogs!! I guess you could see it as practicing your English while vlogging 😛 Then you can see yourself become more confident in English ^.^
      Yes! It’s a crazy amount to ask for for small channels! I agree with you too 🙂 I usually sway towards smaller channels because I find that I enjoy those more!

      • Yesss, that’s one way I’m trying to look at it! I’ll have to test how well my phone works for vlogging when I go hiking next weekend. ^^
        Big channels kind of have found a type of video that works for them, so they get repetitive. I mean, I get the reasons behind it, but I still prefer smaller channels. 🙂

        • Oooh that’s exciting!! It should work fine! Camera quality on phones these days are awesome!
          I get what you mean! I think it’s because smaller channels are still experimenting with videos and their own style so their content is more varied which makes watching them interesting 🙂

          • Haha, I really need to change my phone this year! <3

  • Melanin Squad

    Congrats on starting your channel!! It’s tough but you just got to keep going and staying on top of it. Good luck 🙂