Struggles Of A Small YouTuber

I want to re-write some of my old blog posts, because I was not fully satisfied with them, and want another chance. Plus, they probably had grammar mistakes, however, I am using Grammarly to catch most of the mistakes. At the time I felt I could have done better, I will delete the old blog once the new version is up. This is going to be about struggles of being a small YouTuber. People overlook how hard it really is to be a small YouTuber. Most people look down on smaller channels, assuming our content ‘sucks’ just because of our size. Instead of telling someone their content ‘sucks’ how about leave some constructive criticism as to what could be better. Telling someone their content is bad is not constructive, however, telling them what could be better like editing, would be more acceptable.

Small YouTuber Struggles

Everyone who starts YouTube will start small, look a Pewdiepie, he has 64 million subscribers ( from the last time I checked) I’m sure he didn’t wake up with 64 million subscribers. I feel that it’s harder when you’re small than when you’re big.

Keeping My Viewers Engaged- This is a major struggle that I had, on videos that I had were 2 minutes long, people left around 1:15 seconds, and I could not figure out what was causing them to leave. I feel as though when you’re small, you won’t have active followers, therefore, you won’t get feedback as to what you’re doing wrong. And you have to find out the hard way what’s putting people off in your videos. I mean, people should be helping their fellow small YouTubers. Not sit there watching them make the same mistake over and over. I posted to a group about this, one person said they noticed in my videos my camera angle was too low and didn’t bother to tell me in a comment. And I had to find out the hard way the camera angle was putting people off or could have been part of the reason. It’s good we have people like Roberto Blake, I should have been looking him up and seeing what he has to say since my followers are gonna sit there while I keep unknowingly making a mistake putting off viewers.

Affording Equipment- In my defense, this is the hardest part about being small, lacking the equipment or the money for equipment. Most small channels start when they are teens, and teens, legally, cannot work full time to save up for gear. Teens can only work maybe 4-5 hours, 3xs a week. They probably will make 100-200 dollars per check, which isn’t a lot to put into equipment. There are people who also cannot get a job due to, not being able to find work, cannot work due to a mental/physical illness or disability, or cannot hold down a job for some reason. Solution? Small channels create a Patreon to help with equipment expenses. Sometimes they are told to ‘get a job’ and the commenter has no idea about the creator’s situation. It annoys the heck out of me when people tell me to get a better { insert item here} and I have to tell them that I cannot afford it, that I have no money coming in what so ever to put into equipment. I will re-write my autism blogs so I will provide more information as to why I cannot get a job. Another struggle is said equipment breaks, and the creator has no money to get it fixed/or get another whatever. Versus a large YouTube who is making enough and can replace/repair their gear when they get paid again. Another thing I wanna say is most small channels are shamed for starting some sort of crowdfunding. People just do not understand said creator’s situation. One asshat made a video ranting about these people telling them to ‘get a job and buy it themselves’ little does he know, Joe is in poverty, his job doesn’t pay enough for equipment, it barely pays for him to put food on the table. Don’t judge if you don’t know. So, please support your favorite creators.

Editing- This is one of the most important things when it comes to being a creator, editing your work to make it look professional. You see the cool effects most larger channels can put into their editing, look at this video for example. See how she cloned herself? My editor doesn’t have this function. VSDC editor is the only editor that will work on my crap computer. Editing can make or break your channel since so many channels make similar content. Your editing alone can entice someone to stay hooked to your video and subscribe to your channel.  Take 2 people, one uses movie maker, another uses Sony Vegas, who will be able to do more stuff, the guy who uses Sony Vegas, right? One rule I have is to always save your work frequently if your editor doesn’t autosave. You would be pretty mad if you spend hours on a video and your editor crashes. A new YouTuber just starting won’t have top-notch editing skills. It will take time for their skills to grow.

People With High Expectations- I think its kinda extreme to expect so much from a small creator. We are just learning, damn! When my Gaming Channel used to be games, vlogs, and tutorials. I made a video titled ‘My First Vlog’ keyword, FIRST. This guy who cannot understand keywords, shits on my video because it wasn’t what he expected. He shit on my intro, I used a Panzoid intro just until I can learn to make my own. He shit on my personality, he wanted me to put on a fake personality because he didn’t like me for me. He tries to change you if he is not happy with you. He complained about seeing my face throughout the vlog. Um, that’s the whole point of a blog, idiot! He shit on the quality, at the time I didn’t have a good phone with a good camera. The editor I used only saved up to 720P quality and my PC is not powerful enough to save in 1080P. It will save, but it will take forever. He had no idea that I lacked the equipment to make my videos better and proceed to act as though I been on YouTube for 10 years. Like come on, not all small channels can afford equipment like you. Unless you wanna buy it for me, here is my Patreon, donate instead of trashing my videos. I was just making a point if people wanna complain about your content but not do anything that will actually help you. Donating a couple dollars to your Patreon would be more helpful than shitting on the content. BTW I have a Patreon trailer to explain where your money will go and what you will get in return.

People Saying The Same Thing Over and Over- I made a video on my struggles being a small YouTuber before re-branding my channel. I made the mistake of looking at the screen of my tablet rather than the lens. And like 6 people pointed it out. I mean you wanna give feedback, fine. But check the comments, if it was already addressed, then find something else that needs improvement. I am sure the lens thing wasn’t my only problem.

Losing Subscribers- When you lose more subscribers than you are gaining. Not knowing why people are unsubscribing is even harder to figure out. Sometimes YouTube does a monthly purge of inactive accounts. If that account subscribed to you, your sub count will drop. Sometimes people are active on the account to the T and get unsubscribed. Because my subscribers don’t follow me on social media. They could have been unsubscribed and never knew because they didn’t follow me on social media. If they weren’t seeing me, they could have thought I quit YouTube. Tell the creator what you wanna see instead of just unsubscribing, speak up! Suggest what the creator can make videos about.

Getting Views/Slow growth- I dwell on views because I don’t want to put my sweat and tears on a video for it to get little views. My Simself series episode 2 video, only got 11 views and I worked HARD on it, promoted it EVERYWHERE. It seems like YouTube makes it harder by the minute to get views. Before I changed up my content, my channel grew super slow. I was stuck in the 170s since February. From February to July, that’s a long time. Whenever I gained a sub, someone unsubscribed days later, I had no idea what was the problem was. No one spoke up and asked for what they wanted to see. I ran polls on Twitter and people chose not to vote. You cannot just ignore my posts on social media asking for suggestions then unsubscribe because I am not making what you subscribed for.

So that’s all I have for this blog. I have a video on this, check that out if you wanna. Wanna start a YouTube channel, check out this blog on what you’ll need. Wanna blog more professionally? I made a sponsored post about Grammarly, check it out if you’re interested.



19 thoughts on “Struggles Of A Small YouTuber

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