It’s been interesting. I have not worked this hard in ages to get something going. I started with writing e-books that I most certainly need to do again real soon and then blogging that I did for a straight year.
But this last year or so I have been vlogging on my YT channel.
And over the weekend I finally reached the threshold for payout which is around the $100 mark. No actual payment yet, but here is hoping.
To say that it was an uneventful ride would be a lie. Building a channel has so many hurdles that maybe if I had known I might have talked myself out of it.
The one good thing about doing a YT channel is that you document your successes, you share your valuable information and you have a record of the wonderful moments in your life.
And that in itself is the most important part. Now for the rest of it is a bit harder, to build it, to sustain it, constantly tweaking it, not to mention all the roadblocks they send up with the constant changes that cause glitches in the system. Sometimes it’s enough to make you cry in frustration.
The next part is to keep it interesting. I knew that I didn’t want to just sit and be a talking head…although sometimes we do that too, but to not be a talking head requires so much more work than what others are doing. Just ťhe thought of what to do next is quite exhausting some times.
And sometimes, regardless of the effort you put into it, others get more for less done and that can also be very frustrating.
Being a small channel, it sometimes does not matter what you put out there, the fact of the matter is, your content is not shared as much as people who have more than 1000 subscriptions because you are smaller and have less reach. So you keep working at it…hoping one day…it will all get what it deserves.
You sometimes watch other channels go dark for weeks and still grow much faster than you when they come back when you post every week no matter what!
But then again, no one said it would be fair.
You watch some ridiculous stuff get millions of views while your content gets for the most part ignored compared to these dumb things.
However, I feel so much better these days because of reaching that threshold. It’s finally started paying off…somewhat…lol
Now I’m not saying that is what my work is worth for all the creativity of 160 videos and hours of work to get paid only $100 but it’s a beginning and these things grow if you feed them.
So passing that line is very good juju for me. I keep hoping that my sub count will increase faster so I can reach that other threshold by end of year to unlock some more fun stuff and increase the speed of my growth but with the stall I am experiencing these days I won’t hold my breath.
My channel “A Decade To Freedom” now has more than 45,000 views and keeps growing every day.
The videos on the channel are funny and more than that I am proud of them because they are hearrfelt and featuring some of my favorite people in the world with some awesome topics which makes me grateful no matter what happens.
I am happy that we are contributing to folks who like us want help making their lives better, who are ready and open to new things and enjoy us sharing our thoughts and lives with them.
I wanted to share my small yet relevant success this morning. It’s been a lot of hard work and determination but if you work hard, things do eventually start happening.
All you need to do sometimes is try and then not give up.
If you haven’t heard or visited my channel I invite you to do so now.
Your subscribing and watching helps us grow and cost nothing to you the viewer, just a bit of your time and we appreciate it greatly.
I always find myself asking the very same question every single time I come back from vacation.
I realize that so many things in my life don’t serve my best purpose. Like the way the perfect vacation bed feels as opposed to the one you sleep in at home.
As in how you should probably take better care of yourself after having had the time to rest without losing anything like your full weekend to do so.
I always come back after two weeks and think, I know I am doing this all wrong somehow, because I feel like so much more myself when I have had the time to think about it as opposed the herd like routines we do everyday.
Even on vacation, I’ve realized just how much we have changed in the last 3 years of what we expect a vacation to mean. While the sense of adventure would surpass the physical demands of a long car ride, now I think we have decided that maybe we can stop trying to see everything all at once and enjoy more time in one spot and less time car weary from jumping from place to place.
We have also realized that how much money you spend does not dictate the amount of joy you will feel or whether or not people actually have manners (you would think it would but trust me, it doesn’t).
Sometimes the cheapest things brings you the most joy and other people such as yourself who enjoys these things are the nicest in the world.
And that although you think you will enjoy the $29 plate of liquid potato they serve you a lot more than anything you have ever eaten, in actuality, the much cheaper fried chicken dinner you sat and ate with hubby in your room on one of the last days was a ton cheaper and tasted a lot better than that fancy crap everyone tries to sell you.
I found that it comes down to a few things. Knowing what you like which is different for everyone and knowing the difference between crap and quality and not being so easily impressed by fancy names and fancy prices.
I also know now more than ever I want my time to be my own. Not because I hate working, but just because I give so much of it to working that I forget what I like and care for. It somehow gets lost in the everyday routine of things.
So my new days resolution will be to work every single day to be comfortable as much at home as anywhere else by making the space peaceful and start filling other baskets with as much passive income through as many different means so that I can concentrate on living and less on exchanging my precious time and personality in some cases for money.
How are you changing your life in the brightest way? Do you set goald for yourself every single day?
Life is good. Isn’t it?
As you know I have a YouTube Channel called a “Decade to Freedom”. If you don’t, well now you know. I used to write a lot more here in a blog, but have been taking a pretty intense break since starting up my channel.
But sometimes you just need to return to your first love. And writing is my passion. Always has been.
A lot of stuff is said and done in this world that I consider pretty ridiculous and I don’t reply to very much, not because I don’t have an opinion, but simply because I don’t really find I need to put my thoughts out there to be shamed or disagreed with as seems to be the case with everything these days.
As they say, don’t argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.
I put a video up a few weeks ago about being out of debt, but instead of rejoicing, it’s done in a way as a warning to any of the younger generation of what not to do when it comes to money.
While finally getting out of debt feels really good, it’s also a reminder of how far it took to get there.
But it’s not this that I want to talk about here.
What I want to talk about is the fact that I have been told that it is “the best video on my channel” or the “most sincere looking video on my channel”. While I’m thinking they are not literally meaning the quality since I stand in front of a window with hair a mess and zero editing.
Now a lot of you might say that people would rather a reality feel to a video than something that was meticulously edited, and for that I agree. However, the seriousness of which I speak leads me to believe that maybe the drama of this video is what most likely has hit rather than the actual content. The raw warning of how hard this has all been.
People seem to thrive on depression and sadness and hard luck stories. I can edit something edgy and fun. Make sure the shots are bright and funny and entertaining, yet I have come to the conclusion that a lot of people would rather listen to someone complain with bad hair how they had to get food stamps while they sneeze, spit up, cough, have bad audio and loud noises coming from everywhere, hem and haw and frankly bore me to death while they talk for a solid 13 minutes about the cat having left kitty litter on the floor while taking no time at all to do any kind of fine tuning whether it be to add a cute tune to their vids or even take out the 35 “Hmmms” so that people can actually hear how you get to the point, while their counter read 3500 views.
While I work a regular 8 to 5 job and put hours on editing for the 2 to 3 vids I create each week, the person who works under the table, collecting from the government gets the views and some even get “gofundme” pages (that really make a good amount of money) and thrives while people like me sit there scratching their heads of “what the hell am I doing wrong? All I really want is for people to watch my stuff for free!”
I’m sometimes left feeling like that person who says “I can’t give the stuff away!?” Especially to people I know. What the hell is up with that? While my counter read 50 views?
To say that this leaves me completely confused and irritated would be an understatement. I know I am not the only one who thinks this way and although I understand a hard luck story will always get the views, some of these are not hard luck but more self-causing. People who do not help themselves, some who have actually created their circumstances because of their bad choices. Regardless of this, they seem to get the attention.
Maybe it is because my life is so busy that I can’t waste away my days listening to someone’s day of mindless tasks and talk. I actually want to see the videos I create with some proof of any kind of forethought from others like me, cutting out the platitudes and adding funny bits.
So where are my peeps at? The ones who think like me? Leads me to believe they are off working somewhere with no time to watch anything. That must be it!!
And that would make all the sense in the world to me.