Ok I know, I know, I haven’t been here for a while and I apologize profusely however I would like to talk about the things that I have learned whilst putting up videos on Youtube.
So I started my Youtube journey around March 2016 and though I only have 31 subscribers, I have learned a lot about myself, the technology that I use and the power of the internet!
The first video I ever put up was a Booktuber Newbie Tag and I debated putting it online for a good half an hour. Its stressful and nerve wracking to put yourself out there and to be vulnerable for other people to judge you but with just ten seconds of courage, I decided to upload it and I am so glad that I did!
People were actually really kind and supportive and that is what propelled me to create more videos and to invest in cameras, lighting and good editing software to help make my videos a little bit more fun and unique.
The First Thing I learned: Is that even though it is hard to put yourself out there, sometimes it is the best decision you could make. It opens you up to a whole community of people from all walks of life. You become friends and share stories with people who you could never meet out in your world.
The Second Thing That I Learned: Was for me, the technological side of Youtube. editing, adding and sourcing music, creating links, tags, annotations, cross-platform advertising, analytics and so much more. These are skills that I can now take to any job to help with promoting products and ultimately, to promote myself as well.
The Third Thing That I Learned: There is never a hobby or a passion that doesnt have a community on the internet. I went into booktube thinking that there are maybe only 100 booktubers in the world but man was I wrong! There are thousands of people who share my love for reading, stationary and organization and again, if I hadnt put myself out there, I would never have met them.
The Fourth Thing That I Learned: Is that making videos and promoting them is hard work. Don’t get me wrong, they are incredibly fun but you also have to have a certain degree of self discipline in creating new content and then getting it on Youtube. You only get out of it as much as you put into it.
If I could give any advice to someone wanting to start Youtube, I would say absolutely go ahead as you will learn much more about yourself than many other challenges and you will also gain some great skills in presenting or editing as well!
I hope that you enjoyed this article and if you have any questions or comments, please contact me as you can find me all around the web!