Monday 29 November 2021

Authortube: The Community


I will have been on Authortube for five years in January. It's closer to six, but the first year of my videos are long gone because I just didn't like them. The sound was terrible, the editing worse, thumbnails also terrible, and I just didn't want to have them on my channel anymore. However, I have been doing better editing and such since, and so I look back on the videos from the start and I realise that while it took me a long time to work out what I was doing, I'm doing pretty okay these days.

The one great thing about Authortube has to be the community around in, within in, not just fellow writers, but readers and others who just like the content that Authortube produces. It took me a long time to find that community, but that was more because I was doing things wrong, not that it's hard to find. You have the big name channels, sure, but you also have a lot of smaller channels that are there to help cheer you on in whatever way that may be. The plus to that is there are always new channels popping up, or ones that I hadn't found before, and now have. It's a great experience, and an amazing thing to be part of.

I may still only be a small fish, in that I have just over 500 subs, but I like the people who come back to my channel, week after week, and add their comments. I love getting to sit down every morning and catch up with whoever has posted the previous day. I have my own routine when it comes to who posts when and while I don't watch absolutely every video, I do very much enjoy getting to know other writers, and getting to see their process whether they plan or not, whether they want to be trad pub, indie pub, or a hybrid of the two, it's great to have all these different people from different walks of life, and get to know as much about them as they are willing to share.

There are so many different types of channels out there these days that I guarantee that if you're looking, you'll find a writer who clicks with you, and from there you can find yourself enveloped into their part of the community. There's the straight up writing advice channels, there's the ones that do vlogs and take you along for the journey of their process and what they're up to. There's ones that do a mixture of vlogs and writing advice. There's ones that solely do livestreams and you can find time to chat with them while also getting some work done.

I could go on and on, but my point is that the community on Authortube is so very welcoming. I look at Twitter sometimes and see some of the subtweeting and such that goes on, and I find it a hard space to get into. Don't get me wrong, I have some good people on Twitter and I very much enjoy their posts, but Authortube, for me, feels more like a homely place where we can all gather around and chat writing, life, and everything in between. It's been something that I'm so glad to be a part of.

I have made actual friends because of the Authortube community, I have people around the world that I feel like I can talk writing with, and reach out to, and it's because of the community that I found my small circle or people that I feel at home with writing wise. So if you're looking to make the jump to creating videos, I can't recommend Authortube enough. Even if you just want to watch and engage with the content, the same applies. It's a great space to be a part of.

Any questions? Lemme know in the comments below.

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