I’m Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun).
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Hitting 1000 You Tube Subscribers. What Does That Mean? Well, first and foremost, it means I worked my hiney off for a goal I wasn't sure I would ever attain. 1000 YouTube subscribers, in conjunction with 4,000 watch hours (which I'm still shy of) would qualify me for monetization of my YouTube channel. What's monetization […]
Hitting 1000 You Tube Subscribers. What Does That Mean?
Well, first and foremost, it means I worked my hiney off for a goal I wasn't sure I would ever attain. 1000 YouTube subscribers, in conjunction with 4,000 watch hours (which I'm still shy of) would qualify me for monetization of my YouTube channel.
What's monetization all about? Basically, my channel would become eligible to apply to receive a YouTube partner program status and would allow YouTube to run ads on my videos and start to generate ad revenue.
Why is that important? Because keeping the website running isn't free, nor is the YouTube channel or any of the equipment. It's been an investment with no return *yet* and the prospect of at least getting the channel to support the channel and the blog expenses is powerful.
It's a lot of work. It's a lot of money. It's a lot of time away from other things.
It's worth it.
See the little 1k subscribers note under my channel name? It makes my heart do flip flops. 🙂
How Long Did It Take to Hit 1,000 YouTube Subscribers?
For my channel, about a year and a half.
Let me tell you, that's a long time to be feeling like you are talking to yourself. 🙂 When I decided to start this blog and the accompanying channel, I took a giant leap into a realm that I knew absolutely nothing about. I still learn all of the things I'm doing wrong with tags and keywords and analytics and various technology issues (okay, lots, not various. Copious. Let's go with copious 🙂 ) It's a whole new world out there, or in here.
There were some weeks when work was too busy, and some weekends when my candle and soap business was too busy. In those instances, I needed to give myself some grace to just miss a week.
Some Things I've Learned
Consistency is Everything
One of the things that I've learned over this part of my journey is that consistency is everything. YouTube really likes it when all of your content is uploaded on a regular and dependable schedule. And, YouTube really likes it when your content relates to other items on your channel.
I have obviously missed a few marks getting my "schedule" consistent. I have also missed a few marks getting my content consistent. I share the things that I enjoy doing and that is seemingly random at times.
Now that I have a little audience, I share the things that you/them want to know. When I post a video that gets 10 views...that's a strong sign I've totally missed my mark. 😉 I am paying attention.
Ego Needs to Go
The one thing I haven't yet done is shoot a video without my makeup. I cling to that one pretty hard (mostly because I feel like I look about 20 years older without some color in my cheeks!)
But the rest of the ego really needs to go. I think I learned this primarily from other people's channels. When you watch someone make mistakes, it makes them more human and relatable. Nobody wants to have a relationship with a robot.
I made a rule for myself that nothing gets filmed more than twice. In the beginning, I did take after take after take and ain't nobody got time for that! If it doesn't happen the first time, I'll try again. If it doesn't happen the second time, then you're gonna get me bloopering my way through it.
Using this rule makes it a little tiny bit easier for me to get content out. If I'm not worrying about making it perfect, I won't take forever editing and filming.
Staying Positive is Hard
I struggle with this on the daily. It's easy to get discouraged, especially when you are active on your platform on other channels. You see "competitors" growing quickly and uploaded a ton and crushing it completely. And in those instanced, it's hard to see your trajectory as anything except a failure.
Typically, I just go to bed (because these things are being done very late at night when I'm already feeling defeated from my day!). Editing can happen another day when my outlook is more sunny. I certainly don't want to turn on the camera and record a video when all I feel is dejected and like I'm never going to catch up.
But the next day, after some sleep, I feel better. I close my eyes and make a promise to myself not to give up. I want to see what happens next. Maybe I'm just naturally curious and too curious to give up? Regardless, hitting any milestone is important in your journey (I celebrated 100 subscribers too...triple digits, man!). Hitting 1000 subscribers in YouTube is one of the largest milestones for a new YouTuber.
SO IT'S TIME TO CELEBRATE!!
Let the Thanks Begin!
I uploaded a video on YouTube moments ago to announce a giveaway to celebrate hitting 1000 YouTube subscribers. I'm going to share it here in case anyone is reading this is real time and want to enter the giveaway for a $35 gift card to my shop (shop.amandatoryactivity.com)! There are 4 ways to enter:
Comment on the YouTube video posted below
Comment on the Instagram post re: the 1000 sub giveaway
Tag a friend on the Instagram post
Comment on the Facebook post about the 1000 sub giveaway
You don't need to do all of those things...but if you do, you get 4 entries in the randomizer. The giveaway closes on Monday, March 15, 2021 and 5pm EST.
If you enter, good luck! If you haven't subscribed to my YouTube channel, consider subscribing. I make a fool on myself on a somewhat regular basis, so that can be entertaining. 🙂