Why YouTube?

I enjoy making videos. Oh, that was simple. I thought I might have to justify why I've started creating YouTube videos (just silly little things), so I've preemptively written this for all those looking for an answer.

First, I'd like to cover why I started. I suppose I started watching Charlie McDonnell a few years ago, then Alex Day, then Hazel Hayes, then Dan Howell, then Phil Lester, then World of the Orange, then Emma Blackery. The list goes on, I'm sure you can imagine. Their videos seemed whimsical, but still as entertaining as any other media or creator's work. I liked that. I liked the idea of anyone - everyone - being able to make content, to make what they want to make. That's how it started.

While making my first video (the last of three ideas I made), I realised that I did quite enjoy it. It wasn't because I thought it was particularly good or better than anything else around, or that it was of value to people. I don't expect, or even want, a mass of viewers and followers - that's not what I'm looking for. I don't mind if people don't like the videos. I'm just making them for myself so I can be creative - that's all I want to do. I want to improve my editing skills, too; though I think I've taken on quite a bit just from watching others' videos.

To summarise: I'm making my videos for me, so I can be creative. But I do want to improve, so if you think my video's pretty terrible, let me know how I could make it better. Thanks!


Reading time: 01:31 Written by Graham Macphee