Overcoming Comparison: Re-Launching My YouTube Channel

Overcoming Comparison: Re-Launching My YouTube Channel

In December 2017, I launched my YouTube channel.

I was so excited because I felt like I had so much to share with the world. I was passionate about topics like decluttering, health and wellness, productivity, and the single Christian life.

Sounds like great ideas for a blog, huh? {wink, wink}

My first video was my entry for the $5 Goodwill Challenge, Christmas edition. This is a seasonal home decorating challenge hosted by a popular YouTuber named Hillary; her channel is called Old World Home. Home decor and organization videos are very popular on YouTube, so I figured it would be a great place to start. Here’s my video:

That video got quite a bit of views, over 800. In fact, it is my second-most viewed video to date. Now, to me, anything more than 10 views is quite a bit. I realize that many YouTubers have thousands of views, but I was happy with not only the views but the comments, too. People had actually watched my video!

Another popular category is planners! Oh my goodness! If you type planner in the search bar on YouTube, you will find thousands of videos on the subject.

I like planners, too, so I decided to join in on the planner video action. It was also the perfect time to talk about planners because 2018 was just around the corner. Here’s my planner video:

To date, this is my most-viewed video, with over 1000 views. I felt like a bona fide YouTuber. A content creator. I was on a roll, feeling pretty good about my YouTube future.

At the time, I was also on a weight loss journey with Weight Watchers, and figured I would start sharing my journey on YouTube. After all, there were so many videos on the subject like What I Eat In A Day On Weight Watchers and Weight Watchers Meal Prep. These were some of my favorite videos to film, but also the most challenging because of the editing. Here’s the first Weight Watchers video I published:

I was actually pretty proud of myself for the time and effort that I put into creating these videos.

Nevermind that I didn’t have a fancy, expensive camera. I used an old camera for some videos, and my cell phone for others. I also had no idea how to edit a video and didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on editing software. But, I didn’t let that stop me. I started using the discontinued (and FREE!) Microsoft software, Movie Maker, which is not as sophisticated as the go-to editing software, Final Cut Pro. It was good enough for a beginner like me.

I was feeling really hopeful, happy that I had discovered a great creative outlet. However, this feeling quickly diminished when I started doing the one thing that will always knock you off track: comparing myself to others.

Comparison: The Thief Of My YouTube Joy

After publishing several videos, and seeing that I was hardly getting any views, I started looking around to see how some of my favorite YouTubers were doing, especially those whose content was similar to mine.

They were getting lots of views and many of them had thousands of subscribers.

Even though my rational mind knew that most of these YouTubers had been publishing videos consistently for years, compared to my few months, I still felt inferior and discouraged.

I noticed that their video quality was on point, without the shakiness and not-so-great lighting that I struggled to avoid. I also admired their editing skills; some videos were edited so well that they almost looked like TV commercials! No matter how hard I tried to work with the tools I had, I wasn’t able to get my videos to turn out like theirs.

I just wasn’t in a place where I could afford to invest a lot of time and money into my YouTube channel, especially since it was just a hobby at the time. I honestly just wanted to share things that I was passionate about in a way that was realistic for me.

So, instead of hanging in there and continuing to create content, I quit after only three months and 20 videos.

A New Outlook

When I launched The Thriving Lady in March 2018, I rediscovered how much I truly enjoy creating content, especially about topics that I am passionate about. Writing has always come natural for me, so it is never a chore. Now, it is not easy by any means to come up with good, quality content. However, it is enjoyable because I write about things that are meaningful to me. I have also gotten some really good feedback in the comments, which is definitely motivating.

A few weeks ago, I started thinking about my YouTube channel. I remembered how much I enjoyed filming, even editing, videos. Even though YouTube doesn’t come as natural to me as writing, I realized that I was actually enjoying sharing through vlogging…until I started comparing myself to others.

Since I started my blog, I haven’t once compared myself to another blogger. I haven’t been compelled to check to see how many comments are left on their posts, or how big of a social media following they have. I’m just doing my own thing, learning more and more everyday about blogging.

Why can’t it be that way with YouTube?

It can. And it will.

Overcoming Comparison: Re-Launching My YouTube Channel

So, I have decided to re-launch my YouTube channel. This time, I won’t quit despite low video views and subscribers. Sure, I would love to see people watching my videos and commenting. However, I know that this will take consistency on my part, as well as slowly improving the quality of my content over time.

I also think that it’ll be awesome having a YouTube channel that compliments my blog. I’ve already published my first video since the re-launch, sharing an impromptu tidying and packing video from a recent KonMari Method session. Here it is:

This time, I won’t allow myself to be discouraged by comparing my videos to others.’ I want my YouTube content to be as good in quality as my blog content is and I realize that I have to put in the time and effort to make this happen. But, if I never start, or quit, I am not giving myself a fair opportunity.

I’m so excited to share even more of the things I truly love both here on The Thriving Lady and on the YouTube channel! Feel free to check out my YouTube channel here, or by clicking the YouTube icon in the top bar or the blog footer.

How about you? Have you ever considered starting a YouTube channel? Did you struggle with comparing your channel to others’? How did you overcome that? If you have a channel, please share your your channel name so I can check it out!

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