It's a real struggle. I gain and loose subs. Not sure of youtube is removing some for violations. But, I just keep putting new content out. We will get more viewers than subs I do think. That would be normal. Getting them hooked and commenting is one of my goals.
I'm starting to do some shorts on specific days, that I normally do not post a video. I try to keep all my videos under 20 minutes. Most people loose interest after about 15 minutes or so. It's ok to sprinkle a few longer vid's in for good measure.
We also live on a small homestead in a double wide mobile home, are heading into our senior years, empty nesters, and I do cook all our meals. Most meals are from scratch. Always looking tips on making better video content.
I use intro's and so far they are grabbing my audience's attention. It is short and I introduce myself (for new subscribers) and give an introduction to what is happening in the video as well. I think music also plays an important part of grabbing attention.
I chose 5 pm central time, for my channel. Most people in the US are getting off work, so I thought this would be perfect for those ready to unwide with youtube content. So far, I am starting to see people show up to see the newest content.