Hello, my lovely inkblots! Welcome back to my blog and hello to any people who may be new here. My name is Ashelynn and I am a writer who is also a VTuber (or a VWriter as I have explained in this post). If you’ve been following me for a while, you may know that I have been working on my YouTube channel and this blog for about a year now— even if I have been a bit inconsistent with it. February 24th of 2021 was the day that I posted my first YouTube video and I feel like I have learned a lot since then. Today, I wanted to reflect on that and go over some of the lessons that I have learned in my first year of being a content creator.
(Sidenote: My content includes videos, stories, blog posts, and will be expanding as time goes on, but more on that later.)
Lesson #1: Numbers don’t matter, relations do
I recently chatted with someone from the VTuber community who said that they wanted to “blow up” like me. I was very confused because I don’t think that I have “blown up” in any sense. As I mentioned before, I am still a very small creator. They then pointed to my subscriber count on my channel and I had to explain to them that not everyone that subscribes to me is a massive fan of my work. Not all of them read my stories or watch all of my videos (or even follow this blog).
After that conversation, I realized that a lot of the support that I get on my content comes from friends and acquaintances that I have made over on Twitter. Most of them also come from the VTuber community or make similar content to me. Basically, what I am trying to say is that networking is essential and building relations with others will make them invested in you and your content, especially when you are just starting out. If I only focused on growing numbers instead of connecting with my kind of people, I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere and still wouldn’t be anywhere as a creator.
Lesson #2: Consistency is key
I always heard this even before I became a content creator. It is a commonly known fact that in order to grow or get better at anything you have to work on it consistently. I saw this first-hand back in June and early July of 2021 since that was when I was uploading to my channel and streaming weekly. My growth has slowed since then, but the only time that I have seen growth like that on any of my platforms was when I was being consistent with my work.
Lesson #3: Reflect often for insights for improvement
To put it simply, if you never go back and look at what you did, you will never see how you can improve. Sometimes this means reflecting on old posts or videos to see how you could improve in your SEO or editing. Even streamers do this by watching their old streams and taking notes on how to be more engaging and entertaining.
Lesson #4: Don’t restrict yourself to one medium
I actually struggled with this one recently. As some of you may know, before I became a VTuber, I was mostly a writer and a blogger. While I still write often, I let go of blogging for a bit to focus on my YouTube channel. I recently decided to return to it and try to balance both, especially since I wanted to expand the reach of my content.
This has resulted in me turning all of my new videos into blog posts as well and so far it has allowed me to share my thoughts with those that likely would not stumble upon my videos. From what I have heard, repurposing your content is always a good strategy if you can do it well.
Lesson #5: Don’t niche down too far
The final lesson that I would like to share stems from advice that most of us have probably heard when we began our content creation journeys. While working on my channel, I tried to niche down to just making content about my stories and my writing process in general. However, this kept me from covering other topics that I am incredibly passionate about, such as studying Japanese. Now, I am expanding to many other topics and taking more of a lifestyle approach to my channel and blog since I think more of the people that I am looking for will be interested in these things, too.
Anyway, that is all I have for this blog post. If you enjoyed it or found it helpful, please let me know by liking or leaving a comment. If you are also a content creator and have some of your own tips, feel free to leave them down below as well. I would love to read what you have to say!
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!