More and more often, I see bigger youtubers doing this one thing that irks me to no end. When asked by viewers, “How should I start vlogging?” They reply with, “Be yourself! You don’t need anything else” etc.
But in the same vein, they complain about how “quality” content on youtube is declining. How not enough people are trying to “be good”. How people who say nothing in webcam vlogs, or lip sync to copyrighted music, are ruining the name of YouTube.
And to that I throw a giant middle finger emoji because it is just blatantly wrong. You know why? Because YouTube isn’t that serious! It isn’t Hollywood! You dont need a producer and investors to get views - that’s why YouTubr is so great!
Of course it can be serious. There are many people who are making amazing amazingcontent. There are some who even make their living off of YouTube, but for the statistical majority - YouTube is just a fun website where you upload whatever you’d like! You can show it to friends, family, (if you’re lucky enough) an audience, or maybe it feels good to just have something you made out on the internet but you don’t expect anyone to watch it!
YouTube started out as someone trying to find a video of Janet Jackson’s nipple. It’s blown up since then, becoming a massive industry, and a platform for aspiring content creators around the world. But it is also the home of giggling babies, someone crying about One Direction, eating cinnamon in front of a camera for laughs, and so much more.
EDIT: In addition, if you keep shutting people down for making “sub-par” content, how the hell are they supposed to improve? Many don’t have (though may aspire to) have training in film, writing, etc. It’s a learning process and if you shut them down before they get the chance to evolve, there may just be a decline in content creation at all.
Those videos may never win an award or spark intense/thoughtful discussion. But whoever made it liked it enough to hit upload.
If you’ve got a problem with that, get off your high horse. Because like, who even rides horses nowadays?