WHY I QUIT YOUTUBE

quit YouTube

I have had my YouTube channel for almost as long as my blog, so around two years now. But, I had never uploaded consistently. It was basically just a place for the odd video that I wanted to embed into a blog post, not really somewhere I was interested in growing a following.

Then last year, as December approached I decided to take part in Vlogmas. I’ve always watched Vlogmas videos and loved them and I fancied taking on something that would really challenge me. I thought it would be a good way for me to become more comfortable in front of the camera and get better at editing videos.

After vlogmas I’d really got the YouTube bug and was enjoying making videos, so I challenged myself to upload twice every week. I also saw it as an opportunity to start building up my subscribers and aimed for 1000 subs by the end of the year.

I managed to stick to this for the most part up until April when I started to get very disheartened with my video views. You wouldn’t believe the amount of time and effort that goes into creating just one video, and when that video then gets just 30 views, well, it’s pretty shit. I was also finding that I was spreading myself too thinly and my blog was suffering because of the time I was spending on YouTube. I love blogging and I hated that YouTube was taking me away from something that I loved for the sake of a few video views. I just couldn’t keep up with blogging, vlogging and Instagramming, I salute those who do it all!

Believe it or not I’m actually a pretty shy person and I like to keep myself to myself. I know this might seem strange as I do put a lot of myself out there, but I guess I just share the bits that I want to share. Vlogging felt like I was putting too much of my life out on the internet for people to judge, and I felt quite uncomfortable about that.

So here we are. I have decided that at least for now, YouTube just isn’t for me. Vlogging doesn’t come naturally to me, and I want to focus on my main loves – my blog and Instagram. That’s not to say that I won’t ever vlog again, I definitely do want to record certain events such as birthdays and family holidays because I love being able to looking back on those. But that will be more for us than for anyone else, if that makes sense. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll give YouTube another go, but for now it’s just not my main focus.

But what about IGTV I hear you say?! If you don’t know what IGTV is yet, it’s basically Instagram’s answer to YouTube that launched just last week. The idea is that you can upload proper videos, rather than the little snippets on Instagram Stories. Right now, I’m not really loving it and don’t see it becoming something I use much. But, I do like the idea of maybe using it for short daily outfit videos. I think that would sit quite well alongside my main Instagram feed and wouldn’t take as much time and effort as for example, a week of outfits video for YouTube would.

Tshirt – Primark, Trousers – ASOS (old), Bag – ASOS (old), Trainers – Vans, Sunglasses – Primark

If you followed my YouTube channel or you follow me on Instagram, I’d love your feedback. Did you enjoy my videos? And what are your thoughts on IGTV? Let me know!

Thank you for reading.


 

12 Comments

  1. July 4, 2018 / 4:05 pm

    I only do travel or review videos now as they get good views I hate the thought of putting so much effort in a video that gets 50 views – so disheartening isn’t it. You will enjoy it more now you will just create travel and review videos as and when x

    • Emma
      Author
      July 4, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      It’s unbelievably disheartening. It’s all a learning curve this blogging/vlogging/social media malarky isn’t it? x

  2. July 4, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Ha reading this and I’m the same. I want to do it because so many people want to see you, brands like videos and I thought it would be a good way to connect with the audience but I keep making things then deleting them because I’m struggling with the rushing of talking, not sounding natural and the thought of editing out all the bad bits makes me stress. I think a few videos here and there are fine but for those who blog lots as well as vlog lots I’m not sure how they do it all?!

    • Emma
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 3:08 pm

      I honestly don’t know how they do it all! It’s too much for me, I need to just concentrate on what I enjoy for now x

  3. A
    July 4, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    so weird only today i randomly thought…not seen any YouTube’s from you recently. sounds best decusion for you though x

    • Emma
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 3:10 pm

      I’m suprised anyone noticed, haha! x

  4. July 5, 2018 / 12:05 am

    I can totally relate to this Emma. I feel much the same about YouTube, I find it hard, I dont have a passion for it like I do with blogging and Instagram and I find it impossible to get views…I think I’ll be leaving my own channel behind before the year is out too as it’s just too much. xx

    • Emma
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      I love your channel Hayley! But it is so much work for very little back isn’t it? xx

  5. July 5, 2018 / 12:11 am

    Yeah it’s difficult. There’s so much competition out there on youtube now and only a few people make it. It’s almost like the amount of wannabee actors versus the Brad Pitt’s of the world.

    I also think that those of us creatives who like to make content think that we have to do it all, but we don’t. We’re better off to follow our loves and our passions and if that is blogging & insta for you then it’s probably best to stick to that 🙂

    • Emma
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Yes you’re right. We spread ourselves too thinly and we really don’t need to. It’s far better to put 100% effort into the things you love x

  6. July 5, 2018 / 3:15 am

    Good on you for knowing the platforms you like to use and not sticking with YouTube if it seems like the ‘in’ thing to do. Like you say filming and editing isn’t easy and can be time consuming. I’m not really a fan of IGTV, I get that it’s not as formal as YouTube but people can highlight and keep Instagram stories now so if they’ve made a quick video as a story they won’t need both. IGTV won’t be for videos longer than 10 minutes I’d say, users will be conscious of their battery life. I also prefer watching videos on a screen larger than my phone unless it’s Instagram stories x

    • Emma
      Author
      July 6, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      That’s what I don’t undertand, there doesn’t seem to be much difference between stories and IGTV and I don’t feel there’s a need for both x

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