5 things I’ve learned from starting a YouTube channel

I would definitely not describe myself as a YouTuber. I am first and foremost a blogger and I know that blogging will always be my preferred way of expressing myself.

But towards the end of 2017 I made a goal: get out of my comfort zone. YouTube instantly came to mind because the idea of publishing a video of myself talking to the camera alone scared the shit out of me. “Well then, that’s perfect!”, I thought. I decided I would give YouTube a shot and I recorded my first video about My Top 10 Favorite WWE Moments of 2017.

After that, I published a video where I talked about all the TV Shows that I love and then my Royal Rumble 2018 Predictions! Now it has been a month since I published my first video and looking back, I realized some things.

1. Man, I talk a lot.

When I was editing my videos I had to go through like an hour’s worth of footage just to cut it down to 15-20 minutes. Writing is so much easier because I am more focused on what I am trying to say, whereas sitting on a chair is super informal so it feels like I am just chatting with a friend… which is why my video clips on my camera were always so long. Heh heh.

2. Blogging is definitely faster.

Taking photos and editing them on my phone takes much less time than editing a video on iMovie. It’s also a lot faster to upload those photos and write/publish a blog post than it is to upload and publish a video.

3. Publishing YouTube vids really isn’t that scary.

Now that I’ve recorded and uploaded 3 videos the fear of being on YouTube has definitely gone away. I think, like most things, taking the first step is the hardest part.

4. It’s fun to verbally express your feelings.

It feels like you’re really talking to a friend, because well, you really are sitting there talking… even though no one is responding, lol. It’s definitely a different vibe than writing out your thoughts on a blogging platform. I do really like that aspect about recording videos.

5. Canva is awesome.

I used to have Adobe Photoshop but I no longer do. When the time came to make a thumbnail I checked out Pic Monkey but was saddened to find that it is no longer free to use. However, I remembered about this other website called Canva and was very pleased that that was still free and they have so many cool templates and easy to use tools!

To be honest, now that I’ve published a few videos I really have no more interest in YouTube, hehe. My goal was never to become a “YouTuber” or to make money from it. I do remember wanting to post weekly videos but that is definitely not going to happen, not with all my school assignments that I need to get done and I would rather read than record, let’s be honest.

Truthfully, I just wanted to show myself that I could do something that scared me so that one day I could (proudly) say: “Hell yeah bitch, I did it!” And well, I’ll end this post with that very statement because hell yeah bitch, I did it!

But of course, if you want to know when I upload a new video, make sure you’re subscribed! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “5 things I’ve learned from starting a YouTube channel

  1. I’ve been wanting to make more YouTube videos although yes I find I ramble on a lot to but with each video I’m getting better… I think haha! I actually take longer to write blog posts than edit videos as I always dip in and out of blog posts but video editing and uploading I do all in one go. I agree though watching/making a video is definitely a different vibe than blogging and really enjoyable it’s kinda nice to express yourself verbally and see another side to the bloggers you’ve been following xoxo

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    1. Oh girl, I think if me and you were to ever be in the same room collaborating on a video it would go on for DAAAAYS!!! lol! but yes, seeing bloggers thru a video for the first time is always super interesting, it’s nice to put a voice to their face + words that I read! 🙂

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  2. It’s so good you went head on with something that scared the shit out of you, I think if I was a youtuber I’d be the polar opposite and not be able to think what to say lol! Lovely post x x

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  3. Love this, I recently started a youtube channel after making tonnes of excuses for so long. But you are right, uploading a video really isnt that scary. Love your blog and I’m definitely subscribing to your youtube channel ❤

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  4. Congrats on getting out of your comfort zone. I was terrified when I made my very first video and uploaded it to Youtube and I was so quiet lol. Now I do think of it as an extension of my blog but like you, blogging is my thing.

    At the moment my crazy messy office is putting me off filming and slow internet means a 7 minutes video takes about 12 hours to upload so by the time I’ve edited it I kind of lose interest. Those are my excuses at the moment hahaha.

    I will be uploading again soon and hopefully do some Twitch streaming which I’ve never done before. Now that’s something that scares me, at least we can edit the videos down hahaha and cut some rambling out, what about live streaming? ;D Yikes haha.

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