This week I made my debut on the YouTube scene with my channel, RunningVeganNYC! It’s an extension of my Instagram and blog– still health/fitness stuff, but unscripted and off-the-cuff. I’ll be sharing vegan recipes and products, running/fitness tips, and probably a handful of random musings mixed in for good measure.
The idea of starting a YouTube channel had been in the back of my mind for a while, a sort of “it would be cool if I had one someday” type of thing. However, I never acted on it.
I’m not a youtuber. I’m a writer. I don’t have a huge personality that most youtubers have.
I figured I’d be awkward in front of the camera, my editing would be atrocious, and I’d have no idea what to do or talk about. I also don’t own a video camera, so I’d have to use my laptop or phone to record.
Then, last weekend, a friend from high school suggested that I start one. I explained my doubts to him, and he ensured me not to worry and just go for it, that I’ll figure it out along the way. As we talked, I realized my fears that no one would care about anything I vlogged about weren’t quite logical. YouTube is no different from other platforms like Instagram or Twitter; no one may really care or notice at first, but if you keep at it and post genuine thoughts and feelings, people will start to catch on and follow along.
The backing I received from my Instagram fam when I proposed the idea to them was also really nice. I decided if at least a few of my followers watched and enjoyed my videos, it’d be worth it. They also gave me a ton of video ideas, which I appreciate so much. It’s really amazing how enthusiastic and generous Internet friends, most of whom you’ve never met before, can be.
That little bit of encouragement from others shifted it from an unlikely idea to a viable project. I figured I might as well try it and see what happens.
It was strange recording my first video. I felt like a teenager again, when I would use my webcam to record pointless videos of myself on my friends’ Facebook walls. (Thank God that trend died.)
The entire ordeal was a huge question mark. I didn’t know whether I should stop and start over if I messed up or keep going. I didn’t know the acceptable amount of “um”s or “like”s I could slip in before annoying the crap out of viewers with my inarticulateness. I didn’t know how long to make it. I didn’t know what to say at the end. (I settled on, “Please like and subscribe!” because that’s how other youtubers end theirs.)
But, like anything, I’ll get better the more I practice, so the only thing to do is to keep trying and eventually my questions will be answered.
Right now, I have so many ideas for future videos that it’s a little overwhelming. I think it’ll take me a while to figure out what type of videos to focus on. I don’t know what I’ll most enjoy– whether it’s sharing recipes/cooking in front of the camera, simply talking and sharing ideas, or running around and showing my daily life. So until I get a better grasp on this whole youtubing thing, I’ll do a little bit of everything.
I have two videos up, so check them out and let me know what you think! And please like, comment and subscribe! ;) Hehe.