I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but over the last few weeks, my YouTube channel has ‘taken off’ a little bit. The Disney vlogs that I worked hard to film and edit have got a lot of attention, which is pretty unusual for me. I’ve had 16,000 views on a travel vlog in two weeks. I’ve had over 1,000 new subscribers in two weeks (which is loads when you only had 2,000 to begin with) and the comments have been flooding in.
The increased attention has meant I’ve been seen by a troll or two, but the positive comments have outweighed them exponentially. I’ve had comments from families that all sit down together to watch my Disney vlogs. People that say they cried watching them. So many people that say I’m so genuine and they really feel like they’re on the journey with me. And people that say that they love my family, which is so lovely.
I’ve been feeling the love. From YouTube itself as well. For whatever reason, they decided to push my Travel Vlog massively in the four days after it was published and it was popping up in lots of recommended videos for people who had never seen my videos before. I’m so thankful for that.
Years of my work
It is hard to grow on YouTube nowadays. I’ve been doing this for two years without any famous friends or influencers to endorse me or any budget to promote my videos or buy followers to look more popular (sadly I know many people that do this on social). In fact, the only budget I’ve had behind me is the £350 to buy my camera in 2016 and the £75 to renew my blog domain name each year – which I can usually use my YouTube revenue to pay for. All my other revenue goes towards me drinking cocktails (sorry not sorry). Nah seriously, it has helped me out at the end of a few months and avoided me dipping into my savings account to get through the last week until payday, which has been a huge help.
I’m really proud of myself and what I’ve achieved in the last few weeks. It feels like I’ve been making good content for a while, and now more people are noticing. But I’m most proud that I’ve done it all by myself. No cutting corners, no jumping the queue, no making fake friends, just making the content I want to make and having the best time.
Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for your support. It makes me incredibly happy.
P.S. since you’re here, you might as well watch the videos if you haven’t already! Leave me a comment if you do. Thank you!