From the moment that I’ve first created my account on Twitter, I have been bombarded by SPAM, from lots of companies trying to sell me junk that I DON’T need! Ugh!!! Cans and cans of Spam… I never liked Spam, even in its “meat” form. Although, I find the Monty Python skit a lot hilarious! ^w^
HOWEVER, this isn’t a post about spammers, spam, or Monty Python! My mind tends to wander a bit… This is a post about the few starting Youtubers that have rushed to “follow” or send me a private Tweet, hoping to gain another subscriber to their channel. Some would say their action is spam, even though they’re not selling a product per se, just urging people to look at their free videos and to like their content.
In a way, I don’t see their invitation as spam, IF a person request that I check out their channel ONCE, and as long as they understand that I may not like, comment, or subscribe. It becomes spammy when that person expects more than that and send excessive messages to urge a subscription. Spammers should take the hint, that if I don’t rush to subscribe, I’m most likely not interested. o_O
I’m not sure if asking people on Twitter to view a channel is the most effective way to gain more subscribers. I guess it could help a little, as I was approached by a very good music/art channel named: The Grand White Fox. I instantly subscribed to them and enjoy its music/art on a consistent basis. If not for Twitter, I may not have found this channel on my own… maybe.
To be honest, I am a 34 year old woman with an addiction to Youtube. I’ve replaced watching television (because there’s a lot of crap shows on there now), with watching Youtube. I tend to watch an hour or two in between my writing projects. Even though I’m nerdy and love a lot of the scientific channels, I also enjoy “let’s play” gamers, vloggers (video bloggers), and media critics.
Often times, I find a Youtuber while searching some topic that I want to explore, thus finding small videos solving my questions or curiosity of that subject. For example, I heard a lot of people talking about a game named “Five Nights At Freddy’s” and I was curious as to what the game was about. When I searched for it, TONS of videos popped up, but Markiplier’s video was listed second on the list. I clicked his video and enjoyed it a lot, so I checked out his other videos and (after a week of viewing) I had decided to subscribe.
I am NOT concluding that in order for a Youtuber to get a subscriber that they must have the top listing, as I’ve clicked plenty of top results on Youtube, only to walk away disgusted (if the Youtuber happened to include racist, misogynistic, or homophobic “jokes” in their content) or if the person was a lot boring to me. For those channels, I will NEVER return! o_o
What bought me back to Markiplier and many other Youtubers was the level of kindness and care within their content, their honest personalities, and the hours of chuckles they provided when I’ve worked hard all day on a novel or video gaming script.
FYI, about the boring comment: It has to be a pretty extreme kind of boring, for the fact that I’m in love with Quantum Physics and plan to go back to school for my PhD in Physics (if I can earn those education grants, of course!). I think Physics has got to be the most boring subject to most people on the entire planet! Not to me, because I love it so much that I wish that I could marry it… but, yeah, it does add a perspective on how boring some videos can be, if they can bore a science nerd to tears! ;^_^>
I often see a lot of new Youtubers struggling to get views and subscribers, either on Twitter or in comments on random videos. A lot of people ignore them (including myself sometimes), because it does come across as spammy. The Youtubers who have become successful didn’t really advertise their channel on other Youtuber’s video comments or spam people on Twitter. So, how did they become popular and very successful on Youtube?
From what I’ve observed (from my long time addiction to Youtube. It started in my early twenties.) every successful Youtuber have claimed that they didn’t start their channel with the goal of gaining millions of fans or subscribers. They started their channels often as an easy and free way to share videos with their personal friends or to post content of certain video games in tribute.
However, Youtube is a very public forum, so people outside of their personal circle viewed their content and loved it. This is usually a surprise for the Youtuber and it seemed to inspire her or him to continue uploading more content. This results in more word-of-mouth sharing, re-postings on Facebook and Twitter, and more fans.
Sorry, that’s my lame attempt at a joke, but my real theory is, the reason why some Youtubers are successful is because they are honest within themselves and don’t create their videos in order to become Youtube celebrities. They become celebrities as an after affect of their passion for video creation and uploading content that they themselves enjoy. Which makes sense, as that’s one of the fundamental rules for writers, to write what one knows and enjoy, because if you feel like what you’re writing is crap, the readers will feel the same.
Fans/subscribers aren’t stupid, we can tell when a person is just posting content in order to be the next “Pewdiepie” or “Jon Tron”. The act of imitating others, for the sole purpose of trying to gain someone else’s success, will always be viewed as a “poseur” in the social community. Poseurs will always pale greatly in comparison to the original artist and will gain less success than the person they’re trying to imitate. Way much less.
Not only is this a rule for media, it’s also a very old rule for any other kind of artistry. If Frederic Chopin decided to imitate Beethoven, and perform cover songs all the time, I doubt he would have been remembered. Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh had different styles, but are still relevant artists today. Who doesn’t have a poster of “The Starry Night” on their wall or a t-shirt? o_O
Charles Dickens and Shakespeare are great writers, but are different in style. My point is, the platforms are the same, yet the artists have different personalities, different styles, and a honest passion for their works.
So in summary to this very long post, my small advice to first time Youtubers for success (which you are free to deny or accept) is:
1.) Be yourself, It’s okay to be inspired by the works of others, but be original in your own content. And 2,) Enjoy your passion for creating, because if you’re not having fun in your content, neither will the viewers. If you follow this formula, you may be surprised on how many subscribers and fans you will gain! And I just may be one of them. ^_^
Again, that’s just one observational theory from one Youtube addict. Most of all, I wish everyone luck in their channels!
Thanks for reading! ^_^v