I reached 100,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel today (NinkComPoop). One hundred thousand people. There are some countries that have a smaller population than that. Each one of those individual people have seen my personality stripped down to the very bare, and have still decided to come back. I describe my personality as 'stripped down' because I don't really hide much. Mainly because I like to watch my own videos back. If I did that and heard all this stuff that wasn't even true, how would I be able to notice how my opinions have changed and see how I have developed as a person? Everything would be fake. I wouldn't like that.
I think that is why I find hitting this milestone such a privilege. I don't need to pretend to be somebody else for people to like me. Sometimes that can be very hard in the real world , because you want to try and have as many friends as you can. But as I have got older, the number of friends I have doesn't matter as much anymore, and being true to myself matters so much more... So where did that get me? Well, it got me 100,000 new friends.
YouTube has become such a big thing recently. I signed up during a time where everybody knew every single YouTuber that existed on YouTube, and at 100,000 subscribers, you were an ultimate YouTube success. But now, the community have skyrocketed, opportunities have become huge and YouTube has become a career. Some might say this is a bad change, but some may say it is a good one. Personally, I think it's fantastic. It's like raising a child you've known since it was little and watching it grow and become awesome.
You could look at it more negatively, and say that it is harder to get YouTube 'success' these days because of how different it is now. But I wouldn't necessarily say this was true. A goal of 100 subscribers back when YouTube had a lot less content creators was a whole bunch harder than aiming for that goal now. Purely because there are so many people looking out for content nowadays. Subscriber goals just seem harder to reach because the numbers are getting higher. But the challenge of reaching high numbers remain the same.
If there are any aspiring YouTubers who have just started out, my main pieces of advice are to be yourself, don't stop until you have reached your goal, and remain close to your audience. Not only because these things have worked for me, but because nobody likes fake people, nobody gains success from sitting on their backside, and nobody who is ignorant doesn't remain liked for long.
Thank you poops, you make one hell of a troop.
Love and hugs,