Some late night thoughts on my YouTube channel and success
So this guy that broadcasted before me on younow yesterday was a bit odd. He supposedly got an article written about him in the local newspaper for his “YouTube success.” He also was offering to sign copies of the article and send it to viewers. Not gonna lie; that’s REALLY pretentious. But the worst part about it is that it’s undeserved. His top 5 videos are all thumbnail scams made to trick people into watching his videos (like OSAMA DEATH FOOTAGE and such). Out of those videos that he doesn’t do that he gets less than 300 views. Hardly worthy of a newspaper article, right? It gets worse though, because he’s a known YouTube botter who botted most of his subs/views anyway. What really could he be proud of? Would he really be comfortable showing his videos to his anyone he knows?
This got me thinking about my own channel. I’m always proud of a video I make, but looking back at my first 40 or so, it’d be a bit hard to now! Sure I was learning how to YouTube still, production quality was low, and I was really trying to find a niche, but I was really proud of my videos. Who’s to say I won’t feel the same way about my current videos come next year? Are my videos really as great as I purport them to be?
I used to mainly judge how well I was doing by how many fellow creators subscribed to me or commented on my videos. If I wouldn’t get comments, I felt I did a bad job. I matured a lot in my thoughts on that, and I’m much more understanding of people. I’m not gonna lie though; I still squealed a bit when someone with over 100,000 subscribers subscribed to me today. I just see it as a signal; I’m doing something right, and maybe if I keep at it and continue to try my best, I’ll make it some day.
But no one makes it by themselves. We each need the support from our friends and fellow creators, as well as the more numerous viewers that most enjoy the content we produce.
I wouldn’t be anywhere on YouTube without all the support I receive. I really appreciate everyone who has ever liked, shared, or even just watched one of my videos. I’m glad you’ve given me that time to try and make you smile. And who knows? Maybe I will make it some day on YouTube. No matter what, I’ll always be thankful for what I’ve got.