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Things I’ve Learnt Since Starting a Youtube Channel



Youtube is booming. It’s the place to be seen these days and audiences are flocking more and more to the online video sharing site. It’s currently where the industry seems to be going in my opinion. I’ve noticed a huge shift in the last two years with brands approaches to blogger outreach. Less and less I am asked for blog related collaborations, instead Im more often than not asked for two things- Instagram and Youtube videos. Not that I think blogging is dying I just see the online marketing market (?) shifting a bit.

For me starting a Youtube channel was much more daunting than starting my blog. I went into my blog blind, with no experience or outside view of the medium. I just did and didn’t think. None the less, I’ve only been making videos consistently on my channel for about 2 years and I still feel like I’ve not quite found the place I want to be in. But I’ve gained a great bunch of subscribers and made some awesome videos which Im SO proud of. But being a Youtube comes with its own set of problems that are unique to that platform.

Always have backups
Memory cards and batteries in ABUNDNACE. Its a weekly occurrence for me that I sit down to film and bam I have half a battery and I just KNOW it won’t last. Same goes for memory cards. Im forever having to delete stuff off the cuff because Im filming and didnt leave enough space. Picking up a few batteries and memory cards as well as a hard drive are are an absolute must if you’re getting into Youtube! I got some off Amazon for super cheap and they work really well. If you’re really into it then maybe get a AC adaptor for your camera to avoid batteries running out ruining your filming zen!

People are picky
I’ve never had anyone openly critique the way I run my blog. I’ve never had anyone tell me this is wrong or they didn’t like the way I did a post within the comments. Where as on Youtube I don’t think a video goes by where Im told the way I made the video wasn’t right or how they wanted it to be. I don’t really know why this is the case but I’ve just noticed that people tend to critique (critique being the operative word here, not hate) the way you make things. I don’t know if it’s because Youtube has become a serious game changer and people expect a certain quality or what. I just find it very odd being told how I chose to make something is wrong! 

It’s more personal
While blogs are personal to some degree I find Youtube to be incredibly different. Words don’t come out the same when you write them down as when you speak them out loud. You can say one thing and mean another. Unlike with blogging you can’t go back and clarify or change things if they don’t come out your mouth right. While editing is a life safer, if you fluff your lines too many times and you can’t use any of the footage the meaning of what you’re trying to say is lost. Vlogging is incredibly invasive and personal and I’ve had a lot of my friends not want to appear in my Vlogs because they don’t like the idea of people they don’t know seeing them online! So yeah, a weird one.

Editing does take ages
Same goes for Filming. While a standard video might be 10 minutes final edit, you might have anywhere between 30 to and hours worth of footage to go through and edit. But for example if Im filming a GRWM this would most likely take me 1-2 days to film and edit and these videos come out at about 3-4 minutes long. Straight up talking to camera videos can take about a day to finish and polish off (with breaks for tea and refreshments, obvi). I always seen people say “Youtube doesn’t take that long” but in reality I spend more time doing my channel compared to my blog because it’s simply a lot harder to do!

47 comments

  1. Lovely post! Great on how you see it so different from blogging. I only blog and often do thing about starting a youtube chanel so this gave me a whole new look on the youtube game. Thanks for sharing. xoxo Vanessa

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  2. Loved this post Lily! I've only been blogging for just under a year now, I've wanted to make the move to YouTube for a while but I don't feel ready just yet. Your honesty here made me realise that I should continue blogging for the moment and maybe in another year's time YouTube might be right for me... Love what you do ❤️ I would really appreciate it if you checked out my blog: http://lippietalk.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1
    Gemma ☺️

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  3. Totally agree with the last point! Filming and editing can be very time consuming sometime! D:

    xxx
    Caroline
    www.carolinemayling.com

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  4. This is really interesting! I never thought before that people on Youtube are more picky.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  5. Lovely post, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    I have a new post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:


    * Electric Sunrise - Fashion and Lifestyle Blog *


    x

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  6. I totally agree on the point about how the way you say things in a blog post comes out different to how you say things in a video. I think the essence of a blog post in expressing a crucial point can come across better than sitting in front of a camera and your mind going blank from time to time :)

    Sonam - http://fashtasticflare.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. A very interesting read! I think you will find your place in YouTube very soon, your videos are getting better and better!

    Hannah | Oh January

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  8. I definitely agree, all I use youtube for at the moment is for vlogs of trips away but editing is so time consuming, you think you're done but then you have to find music and then upload, it is definitely more work that still pictures <3

    The Quirky Queer

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  9. I definitely agree with everything you said and Youtube definitely takes a lot of time! But you've included some great tips here and I think you're doing absolutely brilliantly in both the blogging and youtube world :)

    http://www.emilyalison.co.uk

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  10. I definitely need to invest in more batteries and memory cards, forever getting half way through filming and my battery goes! I have to agree that it takes hours to put a decent video together!

    alice x // beautybyalicee

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  11. I've been thinking about starting a channel for a while. I'm a book blogger so it would be book-related which I'm hoping is niche enough to be able to get somewhere, unlike starting a beauty channel would be at this point really. I'm really trying to plan it and go into it with as much info and preparation as possible so this post is really helpful!
    I've loved your blog (well blogs) for absolute YEARS and have followed your YouTube channel since very early on and I've got to say that I've always found that your videos are so well crafted that it's obvious how much work goes in to each one. Keep doing you :)

    Sarah | Sarah's Chapter

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  12. Totally agree, it can be daunting sometimes when people critique your videos (well I find anyway). Great post by the way :)

    http://sapphiresaysfashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Really interesting points and I agree. Running out of memory and batteries dying while filming are such annoying things and I should invest in an extra set of those!
    Emma x

    www.wellemma.com

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  14. Great post! I really want to get into the world of youtube but just am so scared to take the plunge!
    Maddy, xo

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  15. Loved this post! I have been thinking about starting a Youtube channel as well. However, the one thing I would really struggle with is editing! I would love to see a post on how you edit/editing tips and what you use!!

    www.misskaylajane.com

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  16. I know editing is so time consuming but I love it!

    http://hashtagliz.com

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  17. I love this post, I started Youtube this year and find it hard to find time do do it as it does take so long filming and editing. But i love it, and love making videos and the people who support you are amazing. I am saving for a new camera to make my videos the best I can! Love your videos Lily, always watching x
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRUILrfDEZswtZ2E7GpoGFA

    Gemma x

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  18. It's so interesting to know that you're often approached with YouTube and Instagram collaborations opposed to blogging ones. I'd love to see a break-down of how you go about YouTube (i.e. software you use, time needed, etc) X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  19. I agree about people being picky, not that I film YT videos but I can tell from the comments on videos that people can be so rude and I don't really find that with blogs!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  20. Lovely post & thanks for sharing your experience! I've been thinking over doing YouTube for over 2 years, but if I'm honest, I'm scared lol! But I'm at the point now where I need to do it for me I think and not care about what other people think.

    Thanks again babe.
    xxx
    http://www.lauraannwilliams.blogspot.co.uk

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  21. Really interesting post. I know nothing about making or editing videos, but I know that yours seem to be so much more stylish than most. I also really enjoy your vlogs but find most other youtubers daily vlogs to be unwatchably tedious. I think this is your strength, you are very relatable. Many other youtubers in your age bracket and with your target audience seem a bit too polished and a bit too "edited". I know you don't share everything, nor would your followers want you to divulge that much of your personal life, but I guess you just seem more sincere than other youtubers.

    Also, and this is so ironic given the content of the post, but I found this post a little difficult to read in places... it might benefit from another proof read. I really hope that doesn't make me sound like a dick and I definately don't want to cause offence, just FYI and ignore me if you want.

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  22. I find my blog takes me AGES to plan, do, edit, publish, to a place I'm happy with
    Can't imagine how long it would take to youtube if you say it's harder!
    You got great balance though girl
    x

    AmBlog - Bargain, Beauty & Being Amber Blogger

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  23. I totally agree with you! I find myself much more timid when it comes to Youtube.. I posted about 6 videos and have since freaked out and made them private 3 times. For the record I think you're doing so well!

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  24. Thank you for your amazing tips on doing youtube! i did some youtube videos last year but i gave up because i was freaking out and i was being so busy doing other thing that i stopped doing them but i mite start doing them again !

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  25. I agree - filming and editing videos take so much longer than writing a blog post!

    www.gemmacarey.com

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  26. Commenters on Youtube vs. blogs are so different, I agree. YouTube is a much less positive environment, I find.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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  27. I totally agree with this and I just started YouTube and I understand the struggle. I also learned that a spare battery is my best friend for everything.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

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  28. This was such a great read, having started YouTube again this year it is so different but at the same time it's a fab way to get your voice out there - it really connects you to your audience on another level, and definitely takes longer to edit together but really allows you to embrace creativity more :)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  29. This post could not have come at a more perfect time! I actually just made my first ever Youtube video yesterday and it took FOREVER for a 3 minute video. So nervous but I kind of like doing the whole vlog thing more as it seems more personal. But as I know NOTHING about youtube (nothing at all!) I'm doing googling all day long today as to how to get your video seen or what counts as youtube video counts, basically everything about youtube. I'd love to read more insights about this, as I agree that it is a totally new blogging platform (at least for me) and I think it's going to grow like crazy. For me, I still find blogging an easier thing to do, as a viewer, since I prefer reading/looking at photos over viewing a youtube video but times are changing!

    Thanks for this post!

    coffeeslag

    (And my first youtube video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk3bkuRYPRw )

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  30. I didn't realise videos took so long, wow. Some interesting points here x

    Wonky Lauren

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  31. Great post! I'm always surprised how negative YouTube commenters are and I only started in February. It's odd how different the mood of commenters changes from different social medias.

    http://abigailalicex.com

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  32. Great post I don't think people realise what an effort YouTube really takes!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk/

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  33. I've just started up my Youtube Channel, after blogging for just over 6 years. It's definitely more personal. Great post!

    Abby xo
    www.athomewithabby.com

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  35. I absolutely love your channel and vlogs cause you're just so relatable and coool. I started my blog a long time ago around when I found yours and I have recently considered starting a YouTube channel, after wanting to for so long! I'm pretty excited and nervous! If it doesn't work out I'm probably gonna stick to blogging and getting a lot more stuck into it. Love the insight to it, Sophie X

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  37. I love this! It's those little things people forget! I've been considering starting my own channel but it's so daunting, do you have any advice?

    makeupbykaylaaa.blogspot.com.au

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  38. I so agree with you. I'm trying to join the Youtube hype since I love watching videos on YT but it takes such much more effort than blogging! I love your videos online, keep it up! x Jill I ate noodles for breakfast

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  42. Loved this post. I am thinking about starting up my own YouTube channel as an extension for my blog. This post has helped a lot and is great to get an insight into the world of 'video blogging'! Thanks!

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    http://iblogthefashion.blogspot.co.uk

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