What I’ve Learned

So my channel has continued to grow. I’ve gone from 0 subscribers to 44 in little over a month. I’m certainly happy with that growth rate. Hell, I can hardly believe 5 people pushed the subscribe button sometimes. Every time I get a new subscriber, I jump for joy…sometimes literally.

I’ve really enjoyed the whole process. I’ve learned an incredible amount about making videos and I’m still learning like crazy.

For example, a few videos ago I was adding in all my video clips, including my intro and outro and then adding in my commentary and editing it so that the narration didn’t overlap with my intro and outro. It was a terribly frustrating, time consuming process.

Turns out…it was unnecessary. Instead, what I should have been doing was adding in just the action clips, then narration and putting my intro and outro in last.

So simple and so obvious once I did it, but I had never thought of it in previous videos. Pretty much each video I learn something new – sometimes something large and sometimes something small.

I’ve also had a blast finding small channels I didn’t know existed on YouTube and interacting with them. The YouTube community is so much more than the large channels with thousands upon thousands of subscribers. I’m almost ashamed that I had ignored these channels before I began my own.

Anyhow, that’s it for now. If you’d like to check out my newest video, you can find it below. If you like it, I hope you’ll take a second to subscribe and like the video.

If you’re reading this – have a wonderful day!

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Smaller YouTubers Need To Stick Together

I saw a comment the other day on a YouTube video that basically said, ‘smaller YouTubers need to stick together’. If nothing else, that comment has stuck with me.

I never realized how much work goes into one of those videos or how much it matters to people when they get a new like or subscriber until I started making videos of my own. Every new subscriber is adored and I jump for joy each time. I don’t know if it’s the same for established, popular YouTubers, but it must have been at one point. I’m sure they didn’t start off with 500,000+ subscribers. They had to work their buns off before they got there. Some of them make several videos per day.

Hell, I have a hard time making one per day.

And I’m on holidays right now. No joke.

But it’s fun. I doubt I’ll ever have thousands of subscribers and that’s fine. I’ll keep making videos because it’s fun and I enjoy learning the process.

To be honest though, I’m not going to pretend it doesn’t matter to me at all. I’d love to reach 500 subscribers so that I can change my YouTube link to personalize it. I hate it right now because it makes me hard to find. If someone asks me what my address is, I can’t tell them because my small brain isn’t capable of holding a thousand unrelated numbers and letters at the end of my website URL.

However, I’m going to keep at it. I often go looking for small, related channels in the hopes of sparking up a relationship. I really do think small YouTubers should stick together. Each one is a fountain of knowledge that we can tap into. One might be great at editing, another at thumbnails and another at commentary. We can learn from each other, like, comment and subscribe to each other’s channels and support each other as we struggle to grow.