I have always been a shy person, quiet, an introvert. I used to cringe when I heard recordings of my voice, and I could not look any stiffer in front of a camera; actually, I still might, but I didn’t let that hold me back. I want to share the experiences I’ve had in the last couple of months since I committed to growing my YouTube channel. I’m sure many of you felt or feel the same way while you are contemplating starting a YouTube channel.
I am a software developer. I consider myself self-taught since I do not have a degree in computer science. I have been programming since 1999, and two years ago, I decided to start a niche account on Instagram with no expectations and called it @thedevlife. Surprisingly, that account grew very well, and the community is at 138 thousand followers at the time I’m writing this. Interacting with the community on Instagram, I realized that there is an abundance of people who want to become software developers and have no idea where to start. Some of them have a plan, but those plans do not align with their goals. From personal experience, I know their learning journeys will be lengthened if they follow those plans. I wish that someone was there by my side to be my mentor and streamline my learning plan. The goal for my YouTube channel is to share insights and experiences that can help new software developers starting their journey.
I cannot stress this point enough. Results on YouTube are not instant. Do not expect to publish one or two, even ten videos, and gain a thousand subscribers. It won’t happen, at least not organically. Growing your subscriber count takes time, so be prepared for that, and do not make a mistake many new YouTubers make of quitting three videos too soon. Be prepared for a marathon, not a sprint.
I did not start seeing positive results until I committed to publishing at least one video per week. Subscribers and views did not begin growing consistently until the second and third weeks. You will probably feel discouraged at the beginning, maybe for the first month, but do not give up and post at least one video per week, if you can do two or more in a week even better, but no less than one.
Do not judge your videos too much. Do not expect them the quality to be excellent, especially if you have no experience with video production. Remember, the most important thing is to express your ideas even if the video quality is not remarkable. The quality of your videos will naturally increase as you release more and more videos.
The formula is straightforward but not easy to execute. The best way to grow your channel is by creating and publishing videos. The good thing is that; videos are like pushups; the more you do, the easier they get.