Making videos is an interesting process. After I’ve launched my website in mid 2016, about two weeks in, I put my camera on a tripod and hit record. Well, my first few video was really awkward; I’ve had no idea what I was doing. As I mentioned in my previous blog post I was living a box room, the walls were quite thin and also not really well suited for audio - not that the current place I use as a studio is any better in terms of audio, which is the 4th in line even since Trekkerprise first seen the sunlight.
Starting a YouTube channel was a fascinating process. Making a video was quite a challenge back than as I’ve had no idea how to record myself. I remember feeling awkward talking to the camera. I have watched many people making videos and I thought “I can do that.” How often we say that making videos are so easy, "you just switch it on and start talking, easy as that." Well, not really. Once you set up everything and you hit record suddenly everything stops around you. I was looking for words, for some structure, for some sense... it took me a while. I remember I have spend about two and a half hours just recording using up about two battery in my Nikon and for what... a 5-6 minute video where I sounds shy, clueless, also trying to convince the viewer that you should subscribe to my channel as it will be fun. It’s horrible, but I realised after a lot of thinking that if I never do that, a lot of it that I know would not be the same.
I have changed as a person after making more and more videos for the channel. Slowly my audience started growing and I remember that I was soo happy when I’ve reached 100 subscribers. The numbers started increasing and suddenly I started thinking “this is really working.” There are actually people who been watching my channel and my videos I make. Funny enough the most successful video I’ve made has almost nothing to do with Star Trek: Will The Orville Beat Discovery?; Mark Jackson interview and a Herbie Hot Wheels Review. The only Trek themed video that made it up really high and still ranking the highest in my list is a data-file video I’ve done on Guinan – clearly got more relevance after she has been announced for a return for Picard.
Aside views and number I’ve made friends and met with some remarkable people from the start. Having my good friend like Sean and Sohail from the Trek community; Taylor from Beard VS Geek; Sean the Orange Ranger and many more. Lot of great people, who I’ve got inspired and uplifted by. I will be forever grateful for them.
As a YouTube “creator” it is a fantastic journey that helped me become a better person, allowed me to connect with a lot of genuine people from all across the globe and also pushed me to do amazing things. It is great to do this and I’m glad that now I’m able to reach out to almost 2000 people with my story. Not to mention my podcast that is a new form of entertainment that I also had my first awkward moment with when I’ve started.
Still, to be continued...