Starting a YouTube channel at 70!

Actually, I’ve had the YouTube channel for quite a while and just never did anything with it. Well, after months of procrastinating, I finally started posting videos last month. Even better, I started posting here on WordPress again and linked it in my YouTube channel and vice versa.

I’ve been a photographer for a long, long time, mostly amateur, though I did venture into the “professional” end about 15 years ago…and hated it! I did wedding and portrait photography for a while. And even though I had been in the service industry for quite a while as restaurant manager, I was just not comfortable with the “business” end of being a professional photographer. In a nutshell, you’ve heard of the word “Bridezilla”? Well, add “Motherofthebridezilla to the equation! Simply, it was an exasperating experience trying to please the bride and the mother (sometimes the mother-in-law). Enough of my whining. It just wasn’t for me. Decent money, but not for me. Back to YouTube.

You could describe me as a Chef/Photographer/Writer, in that order. With that in mind, I felt it was time to get off my ass and join the 21st century…at the age of 70!

Youtube is a tough road. To do it right, you need to have a few skills, like video and editing skills, among others. Plus…it is a long road to making it “successful”. There is so much “crap” out there to compete with, getting your videos noticed required a full-time effort as well as a lot of patience. They will all say, “Making a successful YouTube channel is not a sprint, it is a marathon”. I suppose there have been overnight success stories, but, for the most part, you need to strap in, buckle down, prepare for the long haul.

And what we’re talking about here is something called “monetization”. Basically, it means your channel is viewed enough for YouTube to pay you per view…cash…money…income. I won’t get into algorithms and other technical jargon, but, there is no magic bullet to making this venture successful. There are a few basics that push you toward that goal, and two of them are “quality content” and “consistency”.

Quality content is a subjective term. Just look at all the cute kitty videos that get hundred of thousand of views. For me and what I do, it means producing decent looking, food cooking videos. One of the things the successful “content creators” always say, “Just start posting videos and you will get better”.

Consistency means do it regularly. I have been posting 2 to 3 videos a week for a month and a half. My goal was at least 2 videos a week and I have managed to do more than that. One of the worst things you can do is not post on a regular basis, ie, post hot and heavy for a while, then not post anything for weeks or even months.

There is a third basic that is really important, and that is find a niche and stay within that world. In other words, my channel is called “In the Kitchen and Other Places with Skip”. My plan was to make food tutorial and recipe videos that also, from time to time, ventured out to some food related place, like a restaurant or farmers market. That part of it has not happened simple because of our situation in the world right now. By the way, this blog was written and posted in April 2020. If you are reading this sometime down the line, you will remember the COVID19 Corona Virus apocalypse! When all the heinous stuff has ended, I will sprinkle in a field trip or two once in a while to my efforts.

I love taking photographs. I love doing videos. I love “creating”. People who post videos to YouTube are called “creators” and the videos are called “content”.

Doing it right and consistently is pretty much a full time job. It takes an hour to two to record the video content, then another 3-4 hours editing, at least. There is also this component. I have chosen to resurrect my blog efforts to go along with the videos so I can provide links and photos to my recipes. That takes time as well.

All in all, I feel good about what I am doing and what I have done so far. My fledgling channel is growing, ever so slowly, but it is growing.

If you haven’t already, please visit the channel by clicking on the link in the recipes on this blog. I’m still backtracking to include links to all my recent videos, so I apologize if you come upon a recipe without a link. I have tons of recipes posted here but only a few since I started posting the YouTube videos.

Yes, I just turned 70. Is it too late? I think not. I am retired and I have a lot of time of my hands to do exactly this….create content…on this blog and on my YouTube channel. By the way, if you do visit and video of mine, please hit the SUBSCRIBE button, that would really help move all this further along and allow me to do more and better “content”. Also, the little BELL button will get you notified of any new videos.

Thanks for reading this. Thanks for watching the videos. I appreciate each and every one of you.

Stay safe.

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