Last week, I took a much-needed sanity break. It happens……sometimes you just need to take some time for you and just you to re-center and re-focus, and it allowed me to do something I’ve not been able to really focus on a whole lot like I’ve wanted to – working on my YouTube channel.
In the time I was off, I created 8 different videos for my channel within those 10 days. Most of them were off-the-wall, random stuff (hence my channel’s name, MidnightBanshi’s House of Randomness, but I’ve notice that people tend to gravitate towards the computer and techie-type stuff. Well, I didn’t plan on centering just around computers and gaming, as I have other interests as well, so I need to find time to expand those other areas and make it truly more random, since my life seems to be a series of random events just thrown together in the order they landed up in.
My goal for the next 12 months (can’t say just this year, as it’s mostly over), but I hope to grow my channel to at least 100 subscribers. I know…….baby steps. I think it’s an attainable goal, but I need to devote the time necessary to make the content. When will it happen? Hopefully at least once a week, if not more. I know some people make good money at it – heck – some have even quit their jobs because their channel was so otherworldly successful.
Realistically, I won’t be the next PewDiePie – mainly because I haven’t done the one thing that does generate revenue – monetize it. Why don’t I? It’s a headache, in my opinion. You have to tiptoe around getting permissions for this, that, and the other thing, as YouTube’s algorhythms tend to pick up just about everything it can grab onto, even if you have permission to use it – then you have to go through the arduous task of disputing them. Yeah…………I don’t need that kind of hassle. Now……if my channel does start getting huge, then I might consider it, but the chances of that happening are akin to standing in the middle of the city and having a lightning bolt strike me directly on my left foot.
I plan to have fun making videos and sharing them with others, but do I want to make it into a business? Not likely. I got lucky and was asked to test some new fans for XFX’s new RX480 RS video cards, which I had a lot of fun doing. Do I think anyone else will ask? Well, I’m not holding out any hope here, but if they do, who am I to say no? I like checking new things out (as long as they’re not too risque for YouTube), so who knows what the future holds. I leave the door wide open and just sit and watch for that next opportunity.
In the past few months, I started doing something I’ve wanted to do for a while – make videos. In recent years, it seems it has become easier and easier for people to make videos for others to see all over the world. How? Well, nowadays, there are a number of sites that allow you to post videos, but one of the main ones is YouTube.
If you have a video camera, video capture device, webcam, or any combination therein (and possibly some others), you too can be an amateur video producer! Over the years, I have seen people make videos for any number of a large palette of reasons and interests – some more interesting than others. Some people even go so far as to make a living making videos, which for some, seems to be a very lucrative career.
That’s not what I do my videos for though. I have a real job, and really don’t need a second one right at this time……….but I do need a hobby – something to unwind on and focus my creative energies into, and this seems to be a very easy-to-access way of doing it. It’s something I can work on until I’m done, or I can save it as a draft and come back to it later – there is no time limit on how long I have in order to make a video.
So I started working on my channel this week – making an intro video, sprucing up the layout, and next up will be making the “channel art”, which is a banner at the top of your channel that is pretty much “you in a graphic”. Once I get that done, then it’s just up to adding more content. What kind of content is pretty much up in the air – it’s pretty random stuff. I know some people have certain categories of videos, and perhaps someday I’ll have categories as well, but for now, I just plan on going with the flow.
Come find me on YouTube @ MidnightBanshi – which is also my handle on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr. I look forward to seeing you online, and if you like what you see, give me a thumbs up or a subscribe. I make no money off of these videos – I just do it for the fun. My enjoyment is seeing you enjoying what I share, so I hope to make videos that you will enjoy. Peace to all.