Why I Will (Probably) Never Become a YouTuber

Never say never and all that jazz but yeah, I will never be a YouTuber. I admire YouTubers. I admire anyone who can sit there and talk to a camera, alone, for hours without feeling hella awks. I’ve tried it in the past – in fact I filmed a wholeeee video, get me. I showed one person and that was it, it was never to be seen again. I’m liking watching YouTuber’s more and more recently and I now have a handful who I enjoy watching regularly but it just isn’t for me. Here’s why.

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I’m too insecure

A pretty lame excuse I hear you say? Making YouTube videos may increase your confidence, allow yourself to work on your flaws and bad habits and explore a new thing that will help you become a better person? Yeah… no. I cannot bare to watch myself on camera. I rarely even take selfies for crying out loud. That one, miserable time I did make a video, I re-filmed it roughly seven hundred times because I always looked stupid or the camera was at the wrong angle and made me look like a potato or my voice sounded like a man. And then the thought of actually having to spend hours watching myself, over and over again during the editing process. Holy cow, no, get me outta here.

I can’t edit

Which brings me onto this point. OnceΒ I’ve spend 40 days and nights filming myself and re-filming myself, changing clothes every 10 minutes to see what looks most flattering and talking in a variety of different tones and accents to attempt to mask my unnaturally butch, Essex / cockney whatever the hell accent I have – I have to edit. And I can’t do that. I don’t have the software or the programmes. I wouldn’t know where to start so you’d just end up with one, long, boring video, mistakes and all. I hate editing blog posts at the best of times so editing a video sounds like my idea of hell.

I like to focus on one thing

And on a more serious note, I’ve never had a desire to make YouTube videos. I’ve always loved writing and I’m good with words – in writing. In general, I’m quite an awkward speaker but writing, I am boss (sort of). Blogging has always stolen my heart and I love to put all my focus and energy into that and the different aspects of it. If I decided to start making YouTube videos, I would find it very difficult to keep both things afloat. Call me lazy or whatever, but when I have multiple projects to work on, almost always one of them gets put on the backburner. I wouldn’t want to neglect my blog and I wouldn’t be prepared for something to get in the way of that happening.

Are you a YouTuber? Do you enjoy it? Are you an aspiring YouTuber? What’s stopping you starting? What made you want to start in the first place? Let me know in the comments!

 

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60 thoughts on “Why I Will (Probably) Never Become a YouTuber

  1. Hi Jenny. I think I would just fall asleep and that wouldn’t be over entertaining.
    Some folk are certainly brilliant at it. I think you should give it a try. πŸ˜ƒπŸŽΆ

  2. I found that filming myself has helped me with performance – I sing and play as well as doing author stuff. And of course there’s there book reading, panel participating stuff, and knowing what I do that looks daft, helps. I don’t edit, it’s one take or it’s out. I powder my face, to not look like a certain reindeer, I take my glasses off, that’s about it. I’ve tried talking about things, but I’d rather just blog that, so the youtube stuff is for things I can’t do by other means – music, and book readings and the such.

  3. I’m exactly the same. At one point I thought about starting a Booktube channel, but then I quickly realised there is no way I’d ever feel comfortable enough to do that (although I guess you’re right – never say never). For one thing I hate the way my voice sounds recorded (I always really hope that isn’t what I actually sound like!), and I also rarely take selfies because I’m just one of those really unphotogenic people who can’t seem to act natural with a lens pointed at them!

  4. Ohh, I LOVE watching booktube videos and some of booktubers (like Dana from TheBookHoarder) I’d watch before reading any blogs, but I could never be booktuber myself.
    First reason – that editing thing looks like it takes hell out of time and I’m too lazy to learn everything, I rather stick to reading and writing.
    Second – I have balkanish accent and it sounds not so good, so….
    Third – and avtually the biggest reason – I’d die if someone I know watched my video and I don’t like to be seen and recognized in general so just no, that’s not for me.

    • I don’t watch an awful lot of booktube but I watch YouTubers on a regular basis. Editing looks like so much effort doesn’t it? I’m not fussed about people I know reading my blog but I think a video would be completely different as you’re so much more exposed!

  5. Same! After becoming obsessed with Booktube quite a few years ago, and lured by the call of free books, I decided that I too was going to become a Booktuber. I was given a gorgeous camera for Christmas, set it up, decided on a topic, turned it on and …. eurgh, it was horrible. I don’t think I have ever felt more awkward and unlike myself and the editing just forced me to relive the experience in minute detail over and over. I did post it to Youtube but after my mum’s less than encouraging reaction, it was quickly deleted. Now the camera is used for holiday snaps and both it and I are far happier.

  6. I have also thought about creating a YouTube channel, but like you, I don’t have any fancy editing software or know the first thing about editing. Alas, maybe one day I’ll learn. Incidentally, I think it’s funny that when we read each other’s blogs we usually have no idea what each other’s accents are. I was totally reading yours with an American one in mind at first.

  7. I follow YouTubers on a regular basis. There are a number of really good ones out there who take the time to produce high quality content; some of my favorites being Ryan Higa, Anna Akana, and Kurt Schneider. However, I’m not sure if I can ever be able to do the same, mainly due to how time consuming creating video content can be (and yes, I know this from experience), I have trouble talking to just the lens of a camera, and above all, I wouldn’t know what to make my channel about. That’s why I prefer having my blog instead. I work better in writing.

  8. Finally someone said what I’ve been thinking, and feeling, for ages! Thank you Jenny – I, too, could never be a YouTuber. I don’t have the confidence, I don’t have the time for both blogging and vlogging (and blogging will always have my heart) and I don’t even know how to edit videos. I did try once – and I showed the video to a friend, who said I sounded like a professor. I’m pretty sure he meant it in a nice way, but I deleted it after that. I’ve filmed 3, I think, videos that I’ve shared on my blog, but I hate them. I toy with the idea of deleting them everyday. And I’ve already decided I won’t be doing more. I do worry though, that in not vlogging I’ll fall behind other, more popular bloggers who all seem to be going that way! xx

    • The holiday at home video is sooo nice, i live in London too and this has given me ideas for summer as i’m a poor uni student! You have a new Subbie πŸ™‚

  9. I’m very shy and I just started a YouTube channel this past weekend…. I’m so shy that I made my first/intro video and posted it without telling anyone lol. I surprisingly had so much FUN doing it and cant believe how much time it truly takes! I will continue… but wont share it on my FB, IG or twitter just yet (even though my social network is a nice size). I just don’t have the confidence right now. I don’t know you so I’m not scared for you to see it…. if you want. https://youtu.be/NFCtyuIEuk8 . If you have feedback, I’m all ears!

  10. These aren’t lame excuses , they’re very legitimate ! But I understand where you’re coming from , I made a channel and I hated being in the same room while my boyfriend watched me. I can’t watch ppl watch me on camera but I have fun in front and behind it. I stopped uploading videos because my room is an incomplete basement and it just looked trashy. I’m gonna continue channel once my room is all fixed up!! This was a fun read and you are pretty good with words! Maybe you can take a look at my blog I recently started and I’d be happy to exchange likes on posts that we actually like of eachothers and a follow

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  12. “In general, I’m quite an awkward speaker but writing, I am boss (sort of).Β ” Clearly you are the boss of grammar as well.

  13. I’ve been making YouTube videos on several different channels for a while, I find it rather satisfying but it’s definitely a load of work. Making YouTube videos is definitely not for everyone and it’s difficult to get recognised out there. However, even if YouTube doesn’t work out, it has given me a load of skills that can benefit me in later life. You’re right, YouTube has made me a much more confident person and I’ve also learnt a thing or two about editing. However, I don’t own a professional editing software since they are quite expensive! You just work what you have and many popular YouTubers emphasise that you can’t ‘buy’ yourself YouTube glory by purchasing the highest quality gear, instead, you work your gear up along with your YouTube channel.
    In conclusion, I do enjoy making YouTube videos. It’s a nice way of unleashing your creative energy and when the feedback you receive is positive, the sense of pride is immense.

  14. Hey Jenny! You make some good points and being in front of a camera is not for everyone. I never really thought I would be able to do it. I’m a terrible public speaker…at least I used to be. I’m getting better thanks to YouTube. It’s great practice. Practice makes perfect. Same goes for editing. You can learn how to edit. It’s not that difficult to do the basics but you do you have to get creative if you want to be different. If you don’t have the desire, though, that’s a tough one to get over. I’ve always had the desire to be a filmmaker. From a very early age, 9 years old I believe, the neighbor kids and I would make movies on their camcorder. Later on in life I got into script writing and then directing. It didn’t pan out for me as a career, not yet at least, but YouTube is a great way to practice, express myself creatively and who knows, maybe someday it will be my career. If you want to see my silly antics feel free to check out my channel. Thanks for sharing with your words.

  15. Its OK to accept that u cant YouTube,.still give it a shot! And ya I’m a YouTuber since 2008. And I’ve enjoyed every bit of it! Good luck

  16. i would love to become a youtuber. i do public speaking and basically love speaking to people. my one problem is that i do not want to make a channel because i am afraid of my friends finding it, that was my main problem with creating a blog too. i dont want people i know seeing it!

  17. AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH SISTER
    I’ve always wanted to become a YouTuber, but I’m too awkward and nervous! I know how to edit out the awkward pauses, how to get ok lighting, and I’m very good with words – but I just choke! I started my blog so I can (at least) have it a bit easier without the sweating and the voice cracking and the shaking, but one day I believe that I’ll buck up and start actively making videos – because I even bought a video camera for YouTube for goodness’ sake! My point is, do things like no one’s watching but take your time. You can do it!

  18. I personally think that I am not photogenic at all. I hate looking at pictures of myself, I don’t know why. Also, my voice in videos always sound so weird, but I hope that’s not how my voice sounds to other people! I think that blogging is for me, and I’ll be sticking to that for a good while.

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