I’ve learned a lot since I started vlogging on my YouTube channel March 21, 2010 (watch my first video here) and blogging here on rebeccakelsey.com this past June. I’m counting on learning a lot more as this dream continues but I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far.
- Not everyone is going to like you or what you are doing. It’s pretty hard to let that go at first (especially when I got my first negative comment) but it gets easier with time.
- Trying to please the people that don’t like you will only lead to more unhappiness. If you change your direction and content to please others, rather than yourself, blogging/vlogging won’t be fun anymore and you may quit.
- You are going to lose some followers/subscriptions along the way until you find your ideal audience. People come and go for a lot of reasons. Often it is (in my opinion) because you hadn’t found your “voice” yet when they subscribed, so when your content changed they didn’t see what they liked anymore. Don’t stress about it! The right people will come along.
- Everyone grows at a different pace. Just because another blogger/vlogger started the same month as you but has double the subscribers that doesn’t mean she/he is better then you. This was the hardest lesson for me to learn (I’m still kind of struggling with it). It is really hard to stop comparing yourself to others. Just consider that even if they grew faster, that doesn’t mean you won’t catch up. Sometimes they happen to have a viral hit and other times it is because they are generally considered gorgeous. I’m sad to say it but sometimes looks is a factor. Also, you could not be marketing yourself as well as you could be. There is too much to consider so I try not to think about it that way.
- It isn’t about the numbers. The number of subscribers you have should not be your first thought. Rather, are you enjoying yourself? Are you proud of your content? If both are a yes, then you can think about your ratings. Professionally, numbers are important; however, your first concern should be the content. If not, what is the point?
What have you learned recently? Share your tips!
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