Last night, I received this email from YouTube:
When I first read this, I was very, very upset… pretty much mad. I already knew you had to reach 1,000 subscribers before receiving any money from a YouTube channel, but at least I still had the tools. The 4,000 hours of watchtime is completely new to me, and after looking up my analytics from 2017, I only have a total of a little more than 284 hours of watchtime. I thought about how it would be forever until I reached 999 subscribers, let alone 1,000.
Then I had to snap out of it.
For about five-ish minutes, I was in the mindset of the greedy people who started YouTube channels; you know, the people who want money and fame and free products and free invitations to awards and movie premieres and a bunch of other stuff.
Then I had to remember why I started YouTube and the happiness I get every time I film. I remembered to be grateful for the hundreds of people who are already subscribed, who look past my semi-flawed editing skills and are genuinely interested in what I have to say/show. I thought about the supportive, positive, encouraging comments I’ve received.
YouTube has changed and needs to change (that could be a whole blog post in itself), and there’s so much drama around this alone. There are several vloggers and creators abusing the YouTube platform (I’m sure a specific person- or a couple of people- came to mind).
Some people are trying to make videos that will make them popular- it’s all about money and popularity. It’s literally the internet’s version of high school.
I’m just going to continue to make videos I like, no matter how many emails I get about useful tools being taken away, and continue to work hard at the thing I love. Lilly Singh, better known as iisuperwomanii on YouTube, said, “Working hard feels good. Of course it’s exhausting and stressful and causes you to miss a party or two, but at the end of the day it is so rewarding. One of the best feelings in the world is when you know that luck didn’t play a role in your success. Doing work eliminates the need for luck. I’m not lucky, I just took the stairs. And you should too.” I’m going to “take the stairs” and continue to put my ideas and videos out there. I love finding and supporting genuinely great small YouTubers with consistent and quality content; I hope that’s how some people view my channel.
When it comes to YouTube, this is something I always try to remember: quality > quantity.