The Idea, Simply Put
For years I’ve contemplated becoming a ‘YouTuber’ and last December was when I decided to begin this journey. Fast-forward to this semester, I really started to find success. Inspired by the slick editing of the Sidemen videos, and the comedic persona of PewDiePie, I tried to find a series I could do consistently, and something that would work well as a digital artefact. Having explored potential ideas like a series based on YouTube tropes, and even potentially an editing tutorial, I finally took inspiration from the videos on Life of Tom and began weekly(ish) vlogging. This is something I thought would be relatively easy to film, as recording the events of your life is easier than coming up with a concept for a video. Additionally, it fit the FIST concept as being easy to film, not requiring any additional, simple and tiny in nature and something I could generally do with not a lot of thought. After filming clips throughout the week, I would edit down what I deemed to be the best bits into easily digestible videos no longer than 10 minutes, posting every Monday the events of the week prior.
The Artefact, Not So Simply Done
Early on I found quite a lot of success, with all vlogs reaching upwards of 50 views. This was my main source of feedback as comments were rarely anything to do with the content, and subscriptions, while on the rise (albeit inconsistently), could have been down to various videos I was posting at the time, and can’t directly be attributed to the vlogs even though they were my most successful pieces of content going out at that time.
While this was great at the time, I began running into problems with finding content to film. Weeks where I didn’t go out clubbing were quite difficult to record, as not a whole lot was going on. University regularly had presentations going on, which I deemed unsuitable to film, and weekends without much excitement left me stuck for content. Without a clear direction for what to film, I started exploring with how I would present what I would post in the future.
I started to play around with creating an aesthetic for my channel, something I discuss more in my prototyping blog for BCM114. While arguably it didn’t have enough time to really catch on, this is something that didn’t achieve great success and that I wasn’t overly happy with, and so I began working on a new aesthetic, with a new direction for the channel in mind.
I’ve learnt a lot over the course of my second semester, and I believe am finally starting to understand the ins and outs of running a YouTube channel. With big plans such as a documentary on myself in mind, I’m looking to build an aesthetic that I myself find visually appealing, and look to produce content I would find entertaining. While the vlogs had good utility, the process became too complex, and so they will be something that are produced in conjunction with big events, and things that I think would be entertaining to share.
That’s it from me! Take it easy, aaaaaaaand peace!
(Check out my channel if you haven’t already)
Life of Tom – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFYs3KYHDPoZfwGv0A4sYGQ