In January of 2016 I started a YouTube channel for the express reason to get me outside more and have a creative outlet. In under a year I have been blessed with over 2,0000 subscribers and some great viewers. The experience of running a YouTube channel is not for everyone and its harder then I thought it would be. But the rewards for me have been great and I really enjoy it. I encourage anyone wanting to try to just do it.
Here are a few things I have learned
Networking is important and you are your own promoter. That means you need to post links on forums and social media to gain interest and views. It’s never ending, but it pays off!
Frequency means being diligent about posting videos. Try to keep a schedule if possible. One or two video weeks can be tough but possible. I fail at this regularly but it’s something I strive for. Life gets in the way, so don’t be hard on yourself if you miss a posting.
Being social on your channel helps. Answer questions, thank viewers and engage your audience. Once again, not always easy, especially with trolls baiting you into arguments, but being a positive and energetic host helps.
Hike your own hike is statement that applies to starting a channel. You need to do your own thing. Don’t worry what others are doing on their channels. Yes you can learn a lot by watching others. But you need to create your own content and make it unique to you.
There are many tutorials on YouTube on how to optimize your channel, how to shoot video, how to make money, etc. This is an information age and everything you need to know is out there if you look. You need to make yourself a student and keep learning.
Camera gear is not that important. If you have a decent smart phone you can shoot video. Once again you will need to study and figure out how to shoot and download video. Editing will big learning curve but there are many resources available.
Get out and try
My YouTube channel has really worked at getting me outside and sharing what I learn. It has made me a better woodsmen and keeps pushing me to learn new things and document them. It’s become a great outlet and gives me an excuse to get outside.
I encourage you to get out there and do it. You never know you might become the next big bushcraft star of YouTube. Ha Ha!
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