Thank you so much for your input!I stay positive remembering who I am creating content for. At first it was me, but when it was just ME watching, I had to change my mind on who I wanted to create content for. It wasn't just me I wanted to reach with my content. Finding who I wanted to reach was hard, but I wanted to help creators create better content that could help them get out of their situations, or make a living off of their creative vision. That helped me find work in YouTube networks, which later lead to TubeBuddy, and that vision helped me create the forums we are using today. SO when it came time to keeping me going it was content creation, but also with who I wanted to entertain/help/enjoy with it. This lead me to my value proposition. Which is SUPER important.
Finding who I wanted to create content for is what keeps me going. I now use that almost as a filter to decide what content I will be creating next. If it doesn't fit my vision, maybe I don't make that content, or I make it for me. Again, when you decide who you're target audience is, A Lot changes. IT did for me, and it continues to help me create the best content I've ever done!
Thank you so much for sharing your journey and your advice!It's not easy. If you were to check my channel (not trying to promote myself) you'll notice the long gaps between every few months of uploading. I would often get discouraged because I felt I could not figure out how YT works and not get any attention. Even today, after reaching 89 videos, 129 subs and over 40,000 views (95% from a single video) my channel doesn't show any real growth, I rarely get a comment or a like. But I know starting a channel is not easy, especially in my particular niche (gaming) and on top of that I don't have the ability to create content on a consistent basis due to a huge amount of distractions around me.
However, I keep trying. I keep learning. I keep applying new ideas, new tricks and new strategies. I watch other channels and interact as much as I can, I follow on social media and do the same. Some people get lucky and are able to grow quickly for whatever reason, others either never grow or take longer. In the end, you have to keep trying if you really want it and you have to be flexible, willing to go outside of your norm to find what works.
My advice, as a person who is still learning the ropes, make sure you are creating content you like, that makes you happy. Do it for yourself first. Once you feel you have what you want (intros, outros, logos, avatars, everything you feel you need in your videos and channel), start focusing on getting noticed. Learn about SEO, proper thumbnails for your videos, tags, keywords, etc and experiment to see what works. Take your time and test what you have learned, see what gets peoples attention and what doesn't and adjust your style accordingly. And above all else, you need to accept that there is no foolproof plan that will make anyone a YT superstar overnight or even in the long run. Just do your best to reach your goals and try to have fun doing it because that is what really matters. That's what's most important.
Thank you so much for sharing your reasons. I started making my vids for myself and my friends. Deep breath and we keep moving forward.I was lucky. I made my channel really to share my new life in the Philippines with my family back in the US. I did not consider myself a 'youtuber'. One day (in 2016) YT sent me an email asking if I wanted to monetize, so I did. I never really felt the early parts of the growing pains because I did not really think about my channel, just making vids for family & friends.
I have been trying to grow my channel over the last 2 years, and it is painfully slow. My attitude of making the vids for myself is still with me and is helping me keep a good attitude, I think.
Of course! Great question, and very relate able I feel!Thank you so much for your input!
Thank you so much for sharing your journey and your advice!
Thank you so much for sharing your reasons. I started making my vids for myself and my friends. Deep breath and we keep moving forward.