I Started A YouTube Channel; Why You Should, Too!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Posted December 17, 2020 from Philippines

There are a lot of Filipino citizens whose lives have been changed as monetized content creators on YouTube. I'm talking about ordinary citizens who started from zero subscribers and grew an online following based on their chosen niche.

During this pandemic, a lot of people decided to become YouTubers with the hope of earning money by making videos.

To qualify for a YouTube Partner Program, where YouTube puts ads on your channel via Google Ads, you need to have at least 1,000 subscribers and 4, 000 watch hours within the last 12 months.

I have friends who are now being paid by YouTube. While writing this, I received a message from a friend that he got monetized already and YouTube paid him $10. Not bad for a start because the videos we put on our channel will garner more views, and it will eventually become a passive income as long as there are people watching our videos.

Earning on YouTube is more than just posting a video of yourself. Let's not forget that YouTube is a Search Engine second only to Google. Billions of people visit YouTube for either entertainment or education (How To's). To be successful on YouTube, your content shouldn't be much about you, but about what value you can offer people or how you can answer their specific questions based on your chosen niche (cooking channel, tech channel, education channel, make-up channel, lifestyle channel, dance channel, music channel, crafts channel, so on).

If you think you have the skill, expertise, knowledge, experience of a certain topic that will answer consumers' questions, then start a YouTube channel.

I DID!

I called it Radiant Fields.

My channel is all about ENCOURAGEMENT. The value I am offering the YouTube Community is a response to the increasing rate of mental health issues. Whenever I search for videos on How To Help Someone With Depression, I read in the comments about how they only wanted people to listen to them, not judge them. There are not many recent videos about how to encourage someone with depression. My channel is my way to reach out, provide an alternative solution,  promote empathy, encouragement, and advocate for inclusion.

Radiant Fields come from the inspiration of sunflower fields. Sunflowers look up and follow the position of the sun. This is where they draw their energy. However, during cloudy, rainy, or stormy weather, when the sun cannot be seen, sunflowers face each other and draw energy from one another. That, for me, is a lovely symbolism of encouragers. 

Sunflowers are ordinary flowers and yet their vibrance brighten our day. This thought motivates me that as encouragers, we may not be licensed professionals to help someone dealing with depression and anxiety, but we can be there holding a space to listen to them, show empathy, and offer a positive perspective. I hope to ignite the spirit of encouragement on this channel. Being an Encourager at World Pulse for three years now help me learn how to encourage women effectively.

This is the beginning of the #EncourageHer Movement (Encouragement).

There is an adage that says, "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great" (Zig Ziglar).

When you start a YouTube channel, identify who your audience is, they usually are a few steps behind you so you can show them the way.

Perhaps you enjoy 5 years of a healthy marriage, you can start a channel that will guide women who are 4 years married and below or single women who want to get married. Your topics could be to inform them of the red flags of an abusive partner or give them tips about relationships.

You can be a fresh college graduate. You can start a channel that will guide students with tips and tricks on how to succeed in school.

You can be an entrepreneur. You can start a channel that will help women who want to start a business.

You can be a writer. You can start a channel that will train students on how to write well.

You can be a health buff. You can start a series of videos on how to have a healthy living.

You can be a gardener. You can post tutorials on to nurturing a garden.

Again, YouTube is a SEARCH ENGINE. Find out what it is you are passionate about and make that passion your purpose in providing value to billions of YouTube viewers.

You can start a cause, a campaign, a culture through the power of tech and video. When you have an outlet for your passion, monetizing on YouTube becomes a secondary concern.

YouTube can also be your marketing platform to promote your business, organization, products, services, books, training, and more. But before anything else, you need to educate yourself on how to read the algorithms, create quality content, design click-worthy thumbnails, put searchable titles, write descriptions, and edit videos. It takes hard work.

It's easy to give up half-way, especially if there are no views or subscribers. That's why we need to be clear with our WHY, plan our HOW, and research our WHAT.

Here are the SEVEN REASONS why I started a YouTube Channel:

  1. Courage - Filming myself and putting myself out there takes a lot of bravery for me. But each time I do it, I gain confidence in my ability to speak. When I edit my videos, I see my flaws and weaknesses, then encourage myself to improve next time. I tell myself, "It's ok to make mistakes. You will get better one day. Keep it up." At the same time, I see my strength and good points, so I also give kudos to myself. 
  2. Creativity - Planning for content challenges creativity. I love the term "content creator" because it likes producing a show. It takes a lot of preparation and process to create a video with quality content.
  3. Connection - Attracting viewers whose hearts beat like yours is a real treasure. In World Pulse, I learn that sharing our story brings connection to the reader. I hope to attract people who have the same intention and heart about encouragement.
  4. Community - Finding my tribe, growing an online community, and pursuing a shared mission in creating caring and safe spaces is what I hope to achieve.
  5. Culture  - Cultivating a culture where we say "I'm Listening" instead of "Stop Crying", "Stop Complaining", "Stop Worrying", and so on would help people fighting with mental health issues heal.
  6. Compassion - Putting empathy into action is called compassion. I hope my channel will grow large enough that I will be earning and donating to causes I care about.
  7. Celebration - Documenting wins and achievements are worth immortalizing! I love giving kudos and appreciation. 

If encouragement is something you like to do, please subscribe to my channel! If time and schedule permits, I would love to interview Featured Encouragers on my channel so you can talk about encouragement and other things you are passionate about and would like to promote. 

I hope this post encourages you to start your YouTube channel. Let us utilize the power of tech and video to influence, to educate, to inform, to empower. Let's give women and girl viewers ALTERNATIVE videos to watch on YouTube. Let us create content that empowers and encourage them to silence the noises of " I AM NOT ENOUGH".

The time to start is NOW. I get my YouTube education from Think Media where they say, "Start before you're ready. Start messy, your first videos will be your worse videos, but it will be a learning experience. You will get better from there".

I want to grow my YouTube channel so one day I can mentor women and girls on how to be video influencers.

Business experts predict that YouTube will grow bigger in the next five years due to the shift to digital technology and virtual learning. Ride the wave now. Who knows your next source of economic power will come from YouTube? 

If you already have a YouTube channel, kindly post the link below so we can subscribe to your channel. Let us support each other on YouTube so we can grow our communities faster and qualify for the YouTube Partner Program, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Her Power. Our Power..

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Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020

That's three consecutive posts to celebrate my third anniversary in World Pulse! <3

Wala Lut
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020

Hi Karen,
Ur post is always wonderful.
It is really a great idea.

Have a nice day .

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020

Thank you, dear Wala.

jomarieb.earth
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020

Dearest Karen,
Congratulations on your 3 years anniversary with World Pulse. I am so fortunate to have arrived after you. Because I receive the benefits of you having been here. You are welcoming and encouraging.
Kudos to you for starting your YouTube channel. And for encouraging others to go for it as well in starting their own. Above is a lot of information and motivation. I have watched "three" of your YouTube videos, and enjoyed them. So thank you! I did "Like, Subscribe and Comment". You go girl! Bravo!!!
Hugs...JoMarie

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020

Awwww. Thank you, dear sister JoMarie. I only do what the older members showed me when I was new here, dear. This is how we pass on the #PulseLove. Encouragement shouldn't stop with us. We need to spread the fire!

Oh, you are such a supportive World Pulse sister! Thank you for watching three of my videos, dear. That is me staring before I'm ready, and starting messy.haha. Thank you for being with me in this journey. If schedule permits, I would love to invite Featured Encouragers on my channel and listen to your stories. I need to plan that due to our timezones. But I'm crossing my fingers. It would be lovely to show the YouTube Community how we lift each other up on World Pulse.

HUGS!

Nini Mappo
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020

Hello dear Kaye :)
You did it you did it you did it!!!!
Celebrating with you and looking forward to this little garden expanding and blooming with vibrant 'sunflowers' in due course. I love the insights on the YouTube world that you share in this post too. You truly have done your homework :)
Congratulations on this step, and on three years of faithful, compassionate service to the World Pulse sisterhood!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Thank you, dear Nini! By God's grace, I did it! I am still planning a year-long content for 2021. Yes, dear, I have been learning how to's on YouTube this year, and I'm still learning.

Chidimma
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Hi Dear Karen,
You always lift my spirit up and I feel challenged whenever I read your post, I tell myself "your doing nothing to help yourself". The seven Reasons why you started your you tube channel is very educative and inspiring. Congratulations on your 3 steps.
Thanks for always encouraging us on Wp and all you do to keep out spirit and hope alive. Your sure a wonderful sister.
Compliment of the season and kudos to your tube channel. More win win
Hugs.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Thank you, dear Chidimma, for reading this post. I have been contemplating how I would be able to help 1,000 women to start a YouTube channel and help and support each other on YouTube monetization. I will continue to ask God for guidance, wisdom, and direction. I hope every World Pulse sister will find financial stability and not be dependent on donors one day.

Thank you again!

Jill Langhus
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Hello Again Kaye,

This is a great inspiration to not only start a YouTube channel, but also to get out of our comfort zones. You're so good at it:-) Thanks for sharing, dear. XX

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Thank you, Jill. I am still learning.

Jill Langhus
Dec 30, 2020
Dec 30, 2020

You're welcome. We all are:-) Be kind to yourself, dear! XX

maeann
Dec 18, 2020
Dec 18, 2020

Hi Karen,

Congratulations! Ang galing galing! I am so proud of you. Happy Anniversary too. I'm so glad to met you thru World Pulse. You are such an inspiration. You have inspired a lot of women. Lalo pa na gumawa ka ng youtube, mas marami ka ma-reach out.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Thank you, dear Mae Ann, I am proud of you, too! I'm happy to meet you here, too. Dahan-dahan lang muna ako sa YouTube, nag-aaral pa. Maraming salamat!

Beth Lacey
Dec 21, 2020
Dec 21, 2020

Oh, Karen. This is so you! It's perfect.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Aww. Thank you, dear Beth! I am still learning!

Mesmerisa
Dec 22, 2020
Dec 22, 2020

Hi Karen,
Truly appreciate your efforts and also have gained a lot from it.
Keep it up dear sister

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Thank you, dear Mesmerisa!

Susu Mohamed
Jan 25
Jan 25

Dear Karen beautiful. Amazing wawa.
I liked your effort you learnt a lot I appreciate thanks

Thank you, dear!