What I Learned from Daily Vlogging

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When I announced that I would be giving daily vlogging a serious try during the month of August, I knew right away what I was getting myself into. Uploading a new vlog every day, I’ve always thought, cannot be easy. It requires a lot of time and patience. I was definitely quite nervous going in. After all, it was probably the biggest change I had done with my YouTube channel since joining as “thecreativeone” over 10 years ago.

As August ends and September begins, you have to wonder… How did my attempt at daily vlogging actually go? Was it what I imagined? Was it difficult keeping up with a daily schedule? 

Let’s talk.

Daily vlogging encourages creativity.

When you’re uploading a video that will be viewed by thousands every day, you kind of have to force yourself to look at your daily routine differently. This includes how you choose to present what you do throughout any particular day. In other words, you need to keep things interesting.

I’m not going to lie. My days? Yeah, they’re not all that exciting to the average person. I’m quite happy with my daily work routine, but not everyone can see it that way.

When your day mostly consists of you sitting in front of your computer and drinking coffee, it’s difficult to portray that on video in a creative way that keeps people wanting to come back. And that’s exactly how I felt throughout the second half of August.

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However, that’s not to say that I was feeling discouraged. Vlogging every day actually enhanced my creativity. It enabled me to look at things differently than I normally would, which is something I really enjoyed. From using a different soundtrack every day to having a little bit of fun with editing, feeding my creativity was my favorite thing that came out of daily vlogging.

Time? I had plenty of it.

Do you want to know what surprised me the most about daily vlogging? It’s not that time consuming. Sure, my vlogging style is pretty simple when compared to someone like Casey Neistat, but the time required actually wasn’t that bad.

My typical daily vlog was around 20 minutes in length. Once you factor in basic edits, dropping in some music and making sure the end card looks good, the average amount of time required was one hour. Of course, that doesn’t include the time required when sitting through the vlog once the edit is complete, but the overall turnaround time wasn’t bad.

One hour of editing every day may seem like a lot of time to some people, but to me it actually brought a sigh of relief. With the weekend vlogs, I’m used to the entire process taking a few hours.

My Patreon campaign didn’t stand a chance.

If there is one thing I absolutely regret, it was the decision to temporarily take away the patrons-only vlogs. The moment I announced this change, the performance of my Patreon campaign immediately took a hit — resulting in a drop of a few hundred dollars.

It was pretty obvious that patrons were going to miss the weekly exclusive vlogs that I had been delivering for over a year. And you know what? I really can't blame them.

The idea is simple. People enjoy exclusivity. Having access to something exclusive provides a nice feeling of reward — as if you are part of a secret society.

I’m happy to say that I have listened to your feedback and will be re-introducing the patrons-only vlogs next Friday, September 9th. If you are interested in re-pledging on Patreon, simply click here to make it happen. As always, I appreciate your support.

Support from the community helped.

Uploading videos about your daily life is sure to bring the occasional jerk. Sorry, but it’s the truth. But thankfully the positive always outweighs the negative — no matter how bad things seem to become. And I’m the perfect example.

Let me tell you, I have read some truly disgusting comments throughout the last four weeks. YouTube seems to attract some of the most vile people on this planet. I’ll never understand why. It has always been this way, which is why it’s important to focus your attention on the people who really matter. They are your true supporters.

Growing a channel through the use of vlogs was difficult, but I always had supporters by my side — and that’s why I kept going. The overwhelming amount of positive comments was my form of motivation to never give up. Thank you for that.

Now what?

Well, the daily vlogs are over. I think that’s obvious. Perhaps they’ll make a comeback at some point, but for now, I’m looking forward to going back to my regular routine.

First up is the return of weekend vlogs! The timing could not have been more perfect. As I am writing this, I can’t help but think about my family’s upcoming trip to Driftwood Too for Labor Day weekend. It’s going to be nice going back, especially considering we haven’t been there since before our Seaside Heights vacation.

Once I return from our Labor Day weekend trip, I’m going to revisit my typical schedule of content creation, including tech reviews and unboxings. Oh, and the patrons-only vlogs. They’re certainly going to be a priority of mine again.

It’s good to be back.