This is a blog I thought of just today when I had some internet troll try and downplay my work because I don’t have many followers on Twitter. Although, it didn’t bother me. It did, though, give me an idea for a blog today.
When you’re starting out with being a Youtuber or Twitch streamer it sucks. You grind many hours. You put a lot of work into editing. It takes hours out of your day because you want to take it seriously. But then you upload it into the world and wait for the views to roll in. You wait. And wait. And wait. OMG 1 VIEW. Nevermind, that was just you clicking on your own video.
That’s okay, you’ll keep trying. Days go by. Weeks go by. Sometimes months. Still nothing. Such is the life sometimes of being a content creator. When you finally start getting some views then you have internet trolls telling you that you suck and nobody likes you because you get no views or likes.
When you’re starting out the trolls are loud. I deal with this now because all of my accounts are new, specifically for this brand. It doesn’t bother me because I’ve been a self employed content creator for most of my life. This is something I’ve learned to deal with and these people no longer bother me.
I don’t have anything to prove to them. I don’t need to show them a photo of my bank statement to prove myself to a bunch of nobodies online who have nothing better to do than create 50 fake Twitter accounts to troll people all day. I have had my own apartment for 10 years. I’m doing just fine. I don’t live in mommy’s basement. Sometimes I wish I did, though. Rent free? I’ll take that deal in a heartbeat!
However, when you’re new to the world of creating content online this is going to break a lot of people. When the only messages you receive are personal attacks, it sucks. Especially when you put so much time and effort into what you’re doing. It’s not your fault the views aren’t coming in.
They’ll always find something to make fun of, because they’re mad at their own failures in life. They want to take that anger out on others. So you’re a target to them. No matter how good you are they’ll find something negative to say. Just know that it has nothing to do with who you are or what you’re doing. These people just live miserable lives. We don’t need to lower ourselves to their sadness and emptiness.
The trick to getting some engagement on social media is hard work and consistency. Try and maintain the same schedule. Put hard work and effort into what you’re doing. Try and give people something that nobody else is offering. I promote this website as writing content, but I do much more. I do podcasts, videos. I also write screenplays. Recently I created a choose your own adventure type story.
Sure, people might do one or two of those things, but I do them all. I have actual training and education in these things. I have studied for years. Perfecting my craft. It takes time. Always try and educate yourself. Don’t know how to edit videos? Take online courses. If you wanna get serious results you’re going to have to put in the work.
I once tried to be a Twitch streamer because I thought it would be fun. I was humbled very fast. If your thought to starting a career is “that looks fun” then you have the wrong idea. You might want to do something because it’s fun, but you’re not seeing the other side of the camera. The work that goes into making Twitch streams fun.
You see your favorite content creator having fun and you want to do it. Great. What you’re not seeing is all the hard work they’re doing behind the scenes to make it entertaining for their audience. You have to keep an exact schedule every week, stream at least multiple hours straight, for years to see results. You also have to educate yourself on how to set up a stream and why you’re doing the things you’re doing.
Whether it’s a blog website, a Youtube channel, or a Twitch stream. Consistency and hard work will pay off eventually. Keep at it and you’ll be fine.