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Why do you want to start a Youtube channel? My advice for anyone wanting to start a YT channel!

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avatar TyllarTV
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Hello all! And by all I mean anybody in the internets sphere that happens upon this article. It's nearly 1 in the morning here, so all of my thoughts may not be 100% coherent, but I'll do my best regardless.

I decided to write this article to both remind myself as to why I started making Youtube videos, as well as offer my advice to anyone wanting to start a Youtube channel! The main issue I'll be talking about is the motivation or reason why you want to make videos, and how that will affect everything you do on your channel. Bearing in mind that I've only been on Youtube for a little over three months and do not have 10 thousand subscribers! XP So take everything I say with a grain of salt. Mmmm... salt.

So, to cut right to the chase. The main question anyone starting a Youtube channel has to ask themselves is "Why do I want to make Youtube videos?" Or another way of phrasing the question, "What do I want from Youtube?" Do you wish to entertain or inform? Perhaps a bit of both. Or maybe you just want to share your unique personality with others (and Youtube is an excellent platform to do just that). Whatever the reason, it has to be something sincere and something that will be able to act as inspiration through the ups and downs of your channel. Your motivation has to be something that exists independent of the desire for superficial success. I'll say that again but in all bold. In order to succeed on Youtube, your motivation must exist apart from your desire to be rich and famous.

Why? Because riches and fame do not happen over night to anyone. Including (if not especially) to those on Youtube. Growing a channel to the point of making a livable income takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work. It is most certainly possible, and not a bad thing to hope for, but if it is your sole reason for making videos, your channel will not succeed. Why? Because you've already defined what you consider "success". Money and fame. And if those two things do not come to you in a short period of time, you will lose the drive to continue making videos. There are literally thousands upon thousands of Let's Players, commentators, vloggers, comedy groups, musicians, makeup artists, and the list goes on. Standing out among all the incredible talent the split second you upload a Youtube video is very, very difficult. The odds of your channel going viral a month, or even a year after starting Youtube are nearly impossible. Again, if your sole reason for making videos is money and fame, you won't be able to succeed. From what I've learned making videos thus far, Youtube feels more like an endurance game then a mad sprint to the finish. Viewers want consistency and to know that the person uploading actually loves what they do. But if your sole motivating reason for making videos is to make money, and money doesn't fall into your lap immediately, you're not going to have fun making videos, and it will show. Especially to your subscribers.

But taking a step back, I do understand. I love watching all the big name Youtubers myself and will sometimes catch myself thinking "how cool would it be to be like them." Who doesn't want to be the next Sea Nanners? It can be inspirational to think "what if that was me?"
But ultimately the key to your potential success on Youtube falls into your hands. Don't aspire to be Sea Nanners, aspire to be you. And love what you do. If the mere thought of being in front of a camera repulses you, but you think it'd be cool to be hella famous, you probably shouldn't make movies! But if your motivation is something genuine (e.g. You love to make people laugh, or you love to help people) then I encourage you to make videos!!! Do it because you love it and it fulfills you as a person. Potential subscribers will be more likely to sense your sincerity and will gravitate towards you as a result. You will be able to succeed, because the "fuel for your fire" will not be driven and measured by worldly success, but by your own sense of self-fulfillment and accomplishment.

In closing, (if anyone made it this far lol) just remember these 3 key points when starting a Youtube channel:

1) Find your motivation. Why do you want to make videos?
2) Do not allow money and fame to be driving factors in your Youtube channel
3) Have fun and love what you do! Enjoy the process! And who knows, with a bit of luck and lot of hard work, money and fame might come some day. But until then, let your driving motivator be the fulfillment making videos brings to you as a person!


That's all from me folks! Have a good night and keep on gaming!


Tyler a.k.a. Tyllar My Youtube!
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  • poisonacid
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Architect
  • April 15, 2013, 8:10 pm
This is so true. Too many people make youtube channels cuz they think they will get money instantly, and they dont really like making the videos. Diamond for you!
  • TyllarTV
  • Level 25
  • Expert Ninja
  • April 20, 2013, 12:58 am
:D Exactly! Gotta be driven by some desire apart from material wealth! I personally do it because I feel fulfilled if I know I'm entertaining people or making them laugh! It's what gives me the motivation to keep making vids! :)
  • MrRivux
  • Level 22
  • Expert Artist
  • April 14, 2013, 9:37 pm
Well said, and your right, Everyone who is reading the comments TAKE TYER'S ADVICE! Make the videos for what you love doing, not just because you can, do it because you want to =3
  • TyllarTV
  • Level 25
  • Expert Ninja
  • April 15, 2013, 5:14 pm
Thanks MrRivux! :) Glad to see you share my thoughts!
  • shhkapuppy
  • Level 47
  • Master Modder
  • April 14, 2013, 1:09 pm
Nice, glad you're trying out horror games lol
  • TyllarTV
  • Level 25
  • Expert Ninja
  • April 15, 2013, 5:13 pm
XP My heart is probably gonna give out in a week lol But yeah I'm pretty stoked to do my best to beat some scurry games! hehe
  • Lightning393
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Pirate
  • April 14, 2013, 9:49 am
Well written.
Left some of that compressed-coal stuff.
I think they call them emeralds? gold? rubies? I dunno.
  • TyllarTV
  • Level 25
  • Expert Ninja
  • April 14, 2013, 12:22 pm
Why thank ye sir! I shall gladly accept your compressed coal thingies! XP
  • Groundedge
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • April 14, 2013, 6:57 am
Tyllar, i couldnt agree with you more. Listen to this, if you use this mentality throughout your youtube video making career, you will enjoy it 100x more then focusing on, "Hey, what kind of video can i make to attract thousands of new subs?". I'm really happy to know that you and a majority of the youtubers i know focus on entertainment, not getting paid.
  • TyllarTV
  • Level 25
  • Expert Ninja
  • April 14, 2013, 9:32 am
Thanks Groundedge! Glad to hear you share my thoughts! It's funny because I actually only adopted this mentality about a month after starting my Youtube. It was like a switch clicked in my brain. My motivation for "getting big" on Youtube now is to meet cool people and hopefully make people laugh! Because entertaining others has always brought me a feeling of self fulfillment, inside and outside of Youtube! :)

I've just noticed a growing trend of thousands of people starting gaming channels because they wish to emulate other famous people. Which is fine, we all have our inspirations, but being yourself is critical to showcasing a unique aspect of your personality on YT. Somehow people started thinking YT was the goose that laid a golden egg, rather than the cow that requires hours of pulling and hard work in the hopes that someday it may produce gold milk... Weirdest analogy I think I've ever written.
but sometimes you hit a jackpot with a video (like me). And then you find out you can't make money because your not old enough... :P
  • TyllarTV
  • Level 25
  • Expert Ninja
  • April 14, 2013, 9:26 am
That's awesome if you hit the jackpot! :D I'ma check out your Youtube right meow! I wish I'd hit the jackpot lol, not because I desire riches and fame, but because my main motivator is to entertain people. Having a massive crowd to entertain would be awesome! But if you're too young to be making money, I'd count it as a blessing in a sense! Money can't be a motivator for you until you're old enough which means you must genuinely enjoy making movies! Also, by the time you are old enough to monetize, you'll have that much more of a following to support you! :) Keep up the good work man!
Well i managed to get over 1.3M views on 1 video. so i see that as a jackpot :)
  • TyllarTV
  • Level 25
  • Expert Ninja
  • April 14, 2013, 9:36 am
O_O That's a lotta views for one vid! Must be doing something right! :) I subbed for what it's worth! Always looking for potential people do collabs with someday!
you just have to be lucky :P
  • TyllarTV
  • Level 25
  • Expert Ninja
  • April 14, 2013, 12:23 pm
Lucky or determined! XP
  • Assassin_Nico
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Warrior
  • April 14, 2013, 12:40 am
Thanks for the tips. I agree 100%. I have to be patient and not expect fame overnight.
  • TyllarTV
  • Level 25
  • Expert Ninja
  • April 14, 2013, 9:23 am
:) No problem man! Glad you enjoyed the read! Patience is key! There are also a lot of good ways to grow a channel (thinking about writing another article on that) but main thing is so long as you love what ya do, can't go wrong! :D

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