I get asked quite often how to start a blog/YouTube channel/creative Instagram, and while I don’t think that I’m an absolute authority on the subject (or an authority at all for that matter), here’s my advice.
Just. Start. Creating.
Think about all the time you spend scrolling on Instagram, YouTube, and the internet in general. All the hours in the day spent doing nothing but going on those social media binges that make you feel worse than when you started. Why not divert the energy spent on something makes you feel defeated, into something that leaves you fulfilled?
I first started creating YouTube videos in middle school. You won’t find them on the internet anymore (hopefully), but they were just me, sitting in my childhood bedroom with my guitar, singing country music into my laptop webcam. It wasn’t glamorous, luxurious, or anywhere remotely similar to the content I create today. Although I wouldn’t necessarily enjoy watching them back today (puberty was a rough time), the endless hours I spent learning how to mix music, edit videos, and developing my artistic signature helped me develop the skills that I use to create my content now.
It’s important to create for yourself. All the videos I produce, blog posts I write, and photos I shoot, are created with my own interests in mind. Creating for me is an outlet and a way to take my mind off the stress of life (a la school), and explore different facets of myself. No, not every single video is going to be a hit, and sometimes the content that you pour the most heart and soul into don’t “perform” nearly as well, analytically. But exploration isn’t meant to be clean cut, and easy. It’s pure, raw, and a little rough around the edges.
The space you create is uniquely your voice, and your tone, and the way you develop it is entirely up to you. It’s the imprint you leave on the universe.
I don’t know what spurred me into creating content, but it became addicting. There’s something so incredibly satisfying about pouring your heart and soul into a piece of work, sharing it to the people you love, and getting immediate feedback on your work. Once the ball gets rolling, it’s hard to stop. You’ve become a creator, and there’s no going back.
Just. Start. Creating.