I spend most of my free time surfing the Internet and checking out various websites. One of my most commonly visited sites happens to be YouTube; I love watching vlogs. I've been watching YouTube videos since I was probably around 12 or 13 (I'm 20 now), and this past year I finally started a channel of my own.
This wasn't my first channel though, as I had first started posting on YouTube disguised in costume and by the name of Helga. It was a character I created and I would just sing along and dance to songs dressed up in bright red lipstick, an old sweater and extremely dark eyebrows. I shared these videos with all my friends and had absolutely no shame but when I look back on those videos, I cringe at how embarrassing they were.
After a while, I gave up on the channel and decided to stay behind the camera instead of in front of it. I put down my camera and simply became a regular viewer like most people. Eventually, I noticed I would narrate my life inside my head the same way vloggers do and I know this seems really weird but it didn't feel that way. So, I picked up the camera yet again and started posting vlogs, rants and tutorials on YouTube. I really enjoyed it but I felt as though I was missing something, so I gave up on the YouTube dream yet again... at least for a couple years.
Last year, I finally decided I really wanted to make this YouTube thing happen, so I contacted a couple of my closest friends and together we created "The Shady Bunch." We would each post a video of whatever we wanted on our designated day and we would occasionally collaborate on one bigger video that we would post on an off day. We soon realized that the YouTube dream was not for everyone and our group of 4 became 2. Thus, PAMTIMA was born.
PAMTIMA became the joint YouTube channel between my best friend, Pamela and I. Every week we would grind out a new video, whether it was a vlog, a rant, or a challenge, and we truly enjoyed doing it. We watched our view counts and subscribers grow (even if it wasn't an astronomical growth) and we were really proud of the way our channel was turning out.
Eventually, university life caught up to us and we found it hard to manage the channel but recently we realized that this is really what we want. So with that in mind, I figured I would give our channel a little bit of promotion by posting a list of things I learned from starting a YouTube channel.
1. Not everyone you expect to support you will. This was one of the first things we noticed when we started our channel, although everyone claims to be super supportive, the support system wasn't as strong as we had hoped. In fact, we noticed that it was quite the opposite.
2. You will get hate! You could post an innocent video about your puppy and how much you love it, but there will still be someone who thinks cats are better. For some reason, they'll also go out of their way to tell you this.
3. Consistency is so important. When we were posting our videos regularly, that's when we noticed we were gaining the most subscribers. When we started to slow down a bit, not only did our views drop but so did our subscriber growth.
4. It's more than just filming, editing and posting a video. A lot goes into running a YouTube channel, including promotion, channel art, creativity, design, and time!
5. No matter how many subscribers you have, people will try to use you in order to promote themselves. The amount of people who wanted to "collab" with us was so funny considering a lot of the people reaching out to me had, at one point, hated on the idea of our channel.
6. People will always think they can run your channel better than you can. Sometimes, they'll even take your ideas and run with them. You shouldn't let this bother you though, as long as you enjoy what you're doing, it doesn't matter if someone thinks they're better than you.
7. There are many nice people who eventually become subscribers and comment regularly. Make sure you respond back to them because these are the people who are giving you the support you need to grow!
8. Make sure you're willing to commit! It's hard and can feel hopeless at times to manage a YouTube channel, but if you're willing to commit and you enjoy what you're doing, it can become a full time job.
Although we don't have many subscribers and we haven't posted in a while, Pamela and I are looking for new ways to get back into the flow of posting on YouTube. We will be posting something soon, so look out for that!
September 10, 2018
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