Why I Started YouTube + Advice for Starting a New Channel
So I recently hit the 1,000 subscriber milestone! I appreciate this is a relatively small landmark for lots of the bigger channels out there, but for me it was an important one. Along with the 1,000 subscribers I also hit nearly quarter of a million views on my channel.
One of the reasons I find this so amazing is because I didn’t have any aspirations for my channel when I first started. The reason I started YouTube was because I wanted to get at talking to camera so I could make more professional videos for my business, Falkon Digital, which is a web design and online marketing agency in Manchester. I thought it was going to be easy, but I was terrible at talking to camera. Despite being good in person, as soon as I saw that little red light blinking at me, I just fell to pieces.
So I decided to start vlogging just to get more comfortable talking to camera, and I started just filming things that happened in my day. The first video I did was a vlog where I gave blood. The second was a training video. As I started to create these videos I found it really fun and interesting; not just the filming, but creatively thinking about how to make each video different, and how to constantly improve from my last one. As such it became my primary hobby, and the more seriously I started to take it, and the more I could define the niche that I wanted to be within, the more my channel started to grow.
You can see my video on this below along with a lot more insights and some retro video from as long as 17 years ago! Essentially in my University days in 2000-2004 I used to make videos with my friends, and these were essentially vlogs, but back then we didn’t really have a social media platform to share the videos on. I realised it was something I used to love doing, and vlogging helped me re-discover something I used I found very enjoyable and rewarding.
In the video I also provide some advice for anyone thinking about starting a new YouTube channel. The main takeaways are making sure that you’re starting your channel for the right reasons, as well as making the point that Content is more important than Quality. To put this into context, I get a lot of people telling me that they’re wanting to start a YouTube channel but they are concerned they don’t have a nice DSLR, a microphone, lighting etc. While having these things is great and can improve the quality of your video a lot, the content is what’s most important. My most popular video at the time of writing this post was filmed in the spur of the moment on my mobile phone. Today it has over 60,000 views, over 300 likes and still gets around 300-400 views per day. Some of the videos I spent weeks planning, filming and editing have had no where near that level of traction. As such I’m a strong believer that the story and content of your video is the most important element. You can always upgrade your kit in the future, but having only a mobile phone shouldn’t stop you from getting started.