I posted a video recently that started off a fair bit of drama from people who claimed to be a usual supporter of my videos. I instantly removed it from my channel when it started receiving comments from people who I particularly noticed usually enjoy my videos. The reason being because I didn't want to lose the respect from people who normally look up to me. After privating the video and reviewing over the comments that made me do so, I noticed one which stuck out from the rest...
"You say that you want to be different on YouTube but that doesn't mean you should PRETEND to be somebody else".
This comment got to me the most because of this being the exact very reason I feel like I cannot be myself on YouTube (and therefore different on YouTube). A video in which a whole lot of my personality comes out in is accused of being fake and not my 'normality'. How is that commenter (unless they are a friend anonymously posting) supposed to know how much of my 'normality' on YouTube is me? They literally do not know me as a person, and only as somebody presented in a particular way. Personally, my content is very particular and specific in regards to what I want my viewers to see. The teenage age group of 13-18 year olds completely dominates the majority of my audience's demographics. Therefore, the things I post need to be considered within those measures. I cannot speak for every other YouTuber though.
Realistically, I am 20 years old. In real life, I don't go by those rules. I can say and do how I please without thinking about what a whole ton of young teens are going to say about that. In the same principle, a YouTuber's content could be a whole world of difference to how they really are. I've met a lot of YouTubers, I know just how different they can be. I am in no way initially different, but I'm also not the same. For that very reason and for that very comment, I decided to put the video back up. I watched it back and I asked myself; is this something I still agree with?, does this still present who I am as a person?, and would I understand this as something to be lightly taken? After every answer was yes, I put it back and was done with it. The point of this post is for people to remember that these YouTubers you watch are spending day in, day out trying to entertain an audience using humour and ideas they already stand by. If somebody doesn't produce something you would usually expect them to, chances are they're not what you expect...
This is not a rant... just a thought!
Love and hugs,