Did you ever think “I think I’m gonna start up my YouTube channel” before? Well I’d love to say it’s easy peasy, but reality smacks you when you’re not looking, so I’m gonna say some things to make sure you don’t go in blind. Unless you have the willpower, stop reading right now, find a job, return to work, or do your school work; it’s all much more feasible then this ideal.
“Why are you being oh so harsh about being a Youtuber?” you might be wondering. Well, for starters, I want to be one. I’ve had the ideal ever since I thought about doing videos everyday. Whether it be Let’s Plays, Vlogs (even though they are not as popular anymore), videos for fun, and recently videos promoting other projects I want to get going. I want to get into it, but it’s precisely why I don’t get into it… right away I mean.
A Dream is Just That, Until You Act
As everyone is aware of I’m sure, you can’t daydream your perfect world into reality, you have to take steps in order to make it come to fruition. With being a Youtuber, in the old days it took just uploading regularly, getting views and making good, enjoyable content… it’s still a necessary thing to do, but it will take WAY TOO long to make a living like that. Now, having a product or service to build off of changes that. This Blog has all the steps you’d need to take to make a good YouTube channel. If you don’t have a product or service, the goal becomes far harder to achieve. Without initial drive to watch your videos, without fans either, or without using key words in your titles, you’ll earn maybe one or two subs… over a year’s time.
So, now that you understand why it’s hard to start up a channel, let’s move on to why it’s even hard to maintain a channel as well.
Social Media With YouTube
As with any social media outlet, content creators have to watch what they say or do at ALL times. One slip up in most cases can be covered with video editing before you post videos, that’s the same with most social media networks, but YouTube live streams change that comfort. Unfortunately, live streams are popular among fans, I understand sort of, maybe you do too, even if you don’t it’s an easy fact to see. Live streams are a great way to interact with fans right away, but at the large cost of making you an easy target for watchful viewers. If you say one sexist or racist thing, it’ll blow up in your face if people can make it happen (reason I say “if”, is that I’ve seen plenty of Youtubers say offensive things then immediately apologize, usually being forgiven afterwards).
Are the fans safe on YouTube? You’d think so. Even if they have worked on the issue since the last update, it doesn’t excuse the fact that people were being banned just by using emoticons as instructed on a live stream! The creator, Markiplier, had to explain to the fans and get after YouTube after the incident. This impacted him though, losing a ton of subscribers, who even were paying every month to his channel as well. If he had 23 million less subscribers, he’d have hell to pay for his channel.
How’d That Happen?!
It’s something that people who make sites put in place, so the overwhelming number of people who use their site don’t use it to advertise unwelcoming information. Algorithms. Algorithms are used in many ways, for social media, it follows coding that determines whether or not a post contains “bad” content. Of course, it’s not without it’s flaws. Given texting is often short formed (text = txt), this adds more variability, making it even more complex for a program to notice anything wrong. Also, it won’t be aware of what’s going on with the page. So, to answer how that Markiplier incident occurred, it was all due to a function to ban people who spam (send a lot of posts/comments consistently in a short span of time). Was it the correct choice of programming? Personally, I think not. People who spam are annoying and can make life hard for social media users. But to ban their Google account without warning? That’s too harsh in my opinion.
Another issue with YouTube content is, there’s TOO much of it. If you post something, people might lose interest in finding it because of the many trolls or pranksters that post videos as well. This issue I found written in fuller detail on this blog.
All In All
There’s many benefits to using YouTube, but the start up is the hardest process. Once a Youtuber gets a million or so subs, they can start to relax… a little. If however you use it to advertise, you already have a job, and/or you do it as a hobby, then go for it. If there’s one takeaway though; don’t rush into it and be prepared for a hard battle to get the views.
Is there any Youtuber you support? Let me know down below why or why not you support them! I personally enjoy Markiplier’s content and love how he does charity as well as bring entertainment to the world. Thanks for reading!
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