Today I did something I never thought I’d do– I deleted my YouTube channel.
I joined YouTube as a small time video creator in August of 2014; I was simply looking for a distraction that would bring me happiness, and it certainly did that when I needed it most. My channel started under the name of JAM 2.0, and somewhere along the way, I changed it to It’s Milah; the above/featured image is my most recent channel header. Over the past five years of being a small YouTuber, I amassed just over 500 subscribers and 16,500 views, and I was (and still am) so dang proud of myself.
However, it’s time to say goodbye. YouTube is a platform strictly for uploading videos; whereas Simply Jamilah can be for videos, written stories, audio recordings, etc. I want my main focus to be this blog, but I don’t want to give up the enjoyment of filming and creating videos. Any videos I make and edit will go up on here, and I’m super excited (maybe I can even escape strict copyright rules). I already have several ideas of video-based blog posts, and I can’t wait to share them.
Saying goodbye to YouTube and my wonderful subscribers was hard, but I’m excited about having everything in one place.
Since my channel is pretty much non-existent, I wanted to share some of my favorite videos that I’ve made over the years (WARNING: None of them have a cute thumbnail):
Reacting to my Younger Sister’s Music
My Sister Does My Makeup (Round 2)
Songs That Make Me Happy
I Spent My College Spring Break at Myrtle Beach
College Week in My Life: Dead Week
Being the Only Black Kid in Class
A Work Day in My Life
Want to hear (or read?) something crazy?
Right when I decided to delete my channel and switch to uploading on Simply Jamilah, my sister (who is also this month’s Hidden Gem) starts a YouTube channel! She’s already doing so well, and I am beyond happy for her.
YouTube is a rapidly changing platform; it’s creating more opportunities for people, but I’m excited about posting videos on a platform that I can call my own (without receiving a copyright claim). It’s sad to say goodbye, but I’m excited for what’s to come.