Monday, March 2, 2015

Thoughts on starting a YouTube Channel

Since I recently made a commitment to starting a YouTube channel, specifically a Gaming channel, things haven’t being going as smoothly as I had hoped. Starting a YouTube channel seems to be a daunting task when you take a step back and look at all the things involved in creating one. Of course I am not aiming to be the next pewdiepie or anything of that sort, but it would be nice if the videos I spent time creating could be watched and appreciated.

This all sounds quite simple, but I assure you that this is not the case and these days everyone and their grandmother has a YouTube channel meaning that the market is somewhat saturated. The number of Gaming channels has also increased exponentially since the fame of YouTubers like pewdiepie, markiplier, ksi, ali-a and many others. Since there are so many existing YouTube users as well as daily new users (I think over 1 billion YouTube users in total), creating a channel is all well and good, but getting the exposure and a strong fan base seems to be a real struggle.

I think that anyone thinking about creating a YouTube channel or anyone the recently created one may be a little late to the party and as such it is more than likely that the new channel will get buried under the billion or so existing channels.

BUT, I have not lost faith (yet), I still believe the tried and true method that creating genuinely interesting content alongside consistent uploads will pave the way for a successful channel.
I am determined to not let a few road bumps prevent me from uploading the videos that I want to share with the world.

Although I will admit that having uploaded a video that I genuinely thought was ‘pretty cool’ or that I spent quite some time editing and seeing that it received little to no views is a little disheartening. This can then sometimes deter me from creating or uploading my next video. Hence the challenge to constantly create and upload new and interesting content on a regular basis.

I think a good way for me to be consistent regardless of the number of views I get on my videos is to upload videos of games that I enjoy playing or I actually want to talk about. I think that doing this over time will be beneficial to my channel in the long run. I have also started this Blog as a complimentary tool to my channel to keep a track of how things go, as I think this will also be quite useful. I can look back on the things that worked well and the things that didn't work so well and use that to improve my channel slowly over time.

I often tend to look at all the more successful channels and psych myself out the majority of the time thinking that I can’t be like them. The funny thing is I really don’t have to be like them at all and no matter how big a person’s channel is even they had to start somewhere. I just have to give it a shot and commit to learning and improving on a regular basis and I am sure everything will be JUST fine, or at least I hope so.



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