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! 🙂