Hey! guys, welcome back to my channel. and it’s also different than what you might be expecting.
Typically, in these expectations versus reality videos, people talk about things that they thought were going to be good, that turned out to not be as good as they expected.
And that’s actually the video I was going to make today. But as I was planning this out and I was writing down all of the expectations I had for being a YouTube girl, I was having a really hard time coming up with things that I thought were going to be good but turned out to be bad.
There was actually a lot more things that I thought were going to be hard or difficult that turned out to be a lot better than I expected. So that’s exactly what I’m going to share with you.
One thing that I definitely expected before I made my first YouTube video was that I was going to hate the sound of my own voice. I thought this because I had made a couple random little in the past.
I certainly heard my voice on a voicemail message before, and I really didn’t like it. It made me cringe.
And so I thought it would be like that for every video that I made. But it turned out that really I just wasn’t used to the sound of my own voice.
And there’s been scientific studies done that have shown that most people don’t like the sound of their own voice.
We’re used to hearing it come out of ourselves, of course, but when we hear it being played back to us, it sounds different.
I actually thought my voice sounded totally fine. So if you are thinking about starting a YouTube channel, but you’re not because you think that your voice sounds bad, maybe just give it a try.
Another expectation that I had was that I would have trouble filming my videos because I don’t really consider myself to be a techie person. And I definitely don’t have a background in the photography or anything like that. I actually really struggle with getting things to visually look how I want them to look.
So the combination of trying to use tech and trying to do some sort of design work, it just really intimidated me.
But the more videos I made, the easier I found it to be. And I actually realized that even though I wasn’t, techie cameras these days are really smart. And you can get started and make decent quality videos even if you don’t know anything about cameras or technology at all.
I was also really worried that I just wouldn’t know what to say, that I would sit down in front of the camera and I would just say arm and instead are alive and not have any idea what the value was or why I was talking to the camera or know what to say.
Now, I don’t know if you’ve ever had an experience like this, but for me, speaking to the camera was a lot like back in high school when I was on the debate team, when I first started being on the debate team.
I really didn’t have anything to say. I would stand up at the podium and I would talk for a minute or two and I would completely run out of things to say.
But as I got more used to debating, I got a lot more comfortable and I was able to become more conversational with it. And I mean, think about you talking to a friend.
You ever run out of things to say to one of your good friends? Right. When I started, I didn’t have that much to say. But really quickly, I started having way more than enough to say.
Another expectation that I had going into YouTube was that I didn’t know how to edit videos and that that would be really difficult.but it turned out that this was something that I could just learn by trying it out.
I started out simple. I started just using I movie and Windows movie maker and not getting in over my head with a more complex software.
Once I got really comfortable with those software, though. And so I moved into using Adobe Premiere Pro, which I now use and love. But it just wasn’t as difficult to go from knowing nothing about editing to getting my first few videos edited as I thought it would be.
I’m probably just going to get like zero views for a long time and then maybe 10 or 20 people will start watching.
That would take forever. But it turned out to not be like that at all. My first few videos did get only a handful of use, but then there’s a view counts started climbing and actually just 20 videos in two starting.
My first YouTube channel had a video take off and hit half a million views.
Even though I was just starting out, I didn’t know what I was doing. People still watched going right along with that. I thought that YouTube was so competitive that nobody would even find my.
And have the option to watch them. I thought that there were so many great YouTube channel out there that there was no way I could compete.
But what I discovered was that within almost every NESA category on YouTube, there’s really only a handful of channels that are doing things right, that are making good videos on topics people want to watch that have their audio sounding at least decent and have nice thumbnails and have written descriptions.
There’s not all that much competition. If you’re doing things right, sure, there’s lots of other crap on YouTube. But if you do things right, then you can stand out pretty easily.
Another expectation that I had was that I would get a lot of mean comments. I was bracing myself for that. I thought, I’m gonna put these videos out there on the Internet for anyone to watch and I’ll get all sorts of just hate comments.
I thought people would tell me that I was ugly and stupid and wrong and that there would be all these bullies leaving comments on my videos because that was what I thought the Internet was like.
.They leave the nicest comments. I would say ninety five to ninety nine out of every hundred comments I get is incredibly nice, incredibly kind. And sure, there is the occasional unpleasant comment, but it is such a tiny fraction of all the comments that are left.
Another expectation that I had and one that actually prevented me from starting my YouTube channel for a long time was that I thought that there was no way I would ever stick with my channel.
I didn’t think I would continue to make videos every single week. I have trouble sticking to things sometimes, and I have a pretty busy life. I’m running a business and I’m a mom. So my schedule tends to be pretty full.
But what I realized was that if I made my channel one of my priorities a scheduled in time every single week to make that I found the time and I was able to be consistent. It actually ended up being really easy to be consistent.
Once I built that habit. OK. And let’s just flip the script for a minute. One expectation that I had that was something that I thought was true, that definitely wasn’t, was that you can just make a YouTube video real quick.
I thought that you could just, like, set up your camera, sit down in a chair and start talking.
And that’s just not how it works. Most days when I make a YouTube video, I spend probably an hour getting ready. I might spend another half hour or our planning out the video and then another 30 minutes or so, setting up sometimes even longer than that.
But it’s definitely a more involved process than I originally thought it would be.
. I hope that you enjoyed it. And if you did, please hit that thumbs up button. And if you’re not some scary think channel.