**This blog post may contain affiliate links. Learn more.YouTube is something I’ve been wanting to pursue for a long time but never felt good enough for. Not to mention, starting over on new social media platform is just plain daunting. But I’m doing it anyway and I’m doing it for a few different reasons. I wanted to share my “why” with some of you who may be wondering about the shift!
Let’s be honest – there is potential to make money on YouTube just as there is with blogging. Making extra income while doing something you really enjoy is not a bad deal! However, YouTube has actually upped their requirements on the stats (subscribers, views, watch time) you must achieve before being able to monetize your channel. I really don’t know if I’ll ever hit the threshold but I’m dreaming big! Either way, I’m having a ton of fun creating consistent content in a way that feels new and fresh to me!
Documenting Daily Life
Another reason I wanted to start my channel is to document our life! I take tons of pictures and videos but a lot of the time if I don’t have a plan for them they just end up sitting on my computer. Having specific ideas for my channel helps me to remember to document more often. After Landon was born I tried really hard to write out updates about his milestones and document everything but I failed miserably. I have honestly just had a hard time writing down my thoughts since then. It comes in waves. I so wish I had taken more videos during that time because it would have been so much easier than trying to sit down and write.
Helping and Connecting With Others
The third reason is that I want to help others! It sounds silly to think of helping people through YouTube videos of daily life, cleaning routines, or shopping hauls. But I know that I have personally felt connected to and motivated by other YouTubers who share similar content. There is something a lot more personal about seeing and hearing someone tell you about their day, their favorite products, or something new they tried. Their personality comes across and you learn more about who they are. There truly is someone/something for everyone on YouTube. My favorite channels are just super down to earth moms living similar lifestyles to my own who share things that I find motivational. For me, it’s comforting to peek into the life of someone else that I can relate to. I hope I can be that person for someone else as I open up more/share more.
Is this just a phase?
I don’t think so. I’ve been blogging for so long and though I have taken breaks here and there, I always make my way back! I am really enjoying creating content for YouTube and I don’t think that is going to change for a while. It has been nice to shift focus a bit on to something new. I am also in the process of organizing my house/my life in general and documenting that kind of stuff is REALLY FUN, so it’s sort of perfect timing!
On a similar note, I tried out Twitch.tv for a while and I was super into it. But guess what? My MacBook is NOT a gaming PC and I am a perfectionist. It drove me a bit crazy that I couldn’t provide a quality stream. I know everyone has to start somewhere BUT I just felt like I needed so many things I did not have and do not currently have the money to purchase in order to do it right. I am not saying I won’t give it another shot, because I do love it! It’s just not at the top of my list right now.
What should you expect?
Right now I’m sharing videos on a variety of topics – cleaning motivation, recipes, shopping hauls, grocery hauls, and peeks into our life. In the coming months I do plan to incorporate more Lexington-based content back into my blog and channel. After-all, I overhauled my blog to share my favorite places, spaces, and events here in this wonderful city! So as the warmer months roll in and we finally come out of hibernation, you should see more of that content! I am currently using my DSLR for all of my videos. This works fine for at home situations where I can place the camera on a tripod, focus it on me, and film. It doesn’t work so well for basically any other situation. It is heavy, large, and not at all discreet. I have my heart set on this camera, which would give me a lot more freedom and much better quality videos. But of course, that is a lot of money to throw down on a new-ish hobby! I’ll be saving up and working on hitting some goals for sure!