A 10-minute video didn't take 10 minutes to film. Rendering footage, setting up videos to publish, and saving uploads on a backup hard drive are ALL time consuming tasks. Let me be your guide on how to keep a weekly posting schedule.
If YouTube is a side gig and you are not super dependent on income, then adjust your posting schedule to your mental health. It's not worth setting up such high standards for yourself that you burn out or get stressed out. And, I would never recommend daily vlogging. Ew. Miserable. Except maybe Vlogmas...
Fun fact! YouTube rewards channels that upload once per week. That's the sweet spot. But nonetheless, take the time to experiment with your viewers.
I currently follow the once-per-week rule for videos on my main and 2nd channel. I try to post 5x a week on Instagram. I forget to tweet on the regular. I often forget to weekly blog on here. And I always want to post something twice a week on Patreon. I do not have an assistant to help. I don't have memberships to any post scheduling websites (like HootSuite.) As you can see, I'm not perfect at nurturing all platforms. I'm just good enough to be making a blog titled 'how to keep a weekly posting schedule' and make an entire 'Small YouTuber' blog series.
How to Keep a Weekly Posting Schedule
Create something that realistically works. I used to constantly create weekly posting schedules that didn't make sense. How did I forget that I'm a sleepy girl? I'd nap through the majority of my plans. I did the same thing for my 2018 New Years Resolutions. I ended the year sad with so many incomplete goals. Don't do that to yourself.
Don't assume your future. It is easy to visualize that you will have X amount of subscribers by Y so you are guaranteed to make Z amount of money. It is nice to splurge here and there on your videos with colorful props and nicer equipment, but do not create a complex video project until you have the budget, time, etc. (Side note - do keep your receipts for tax write off purposes.)
Film what you like. If you don't love it, you will procrastinate. I struggle with this a lot, but I'm getting better at choosing ideas that sound fun rather than viral. You gotta love something to stick with it.
Just do it. Working for yourself can be hard because you are your own boss. Practice discipline and say no to some friend hang outs, late late nights partying, and Netflix binges, so you can concentrate on your craft. Don't wake up without a video on your posting day. You'll hate yourself a lot.
If you're looking for more resources, I suggest you check out the YT channel Little Monster Media that covers CTR, audience retention, and other factors of YouTube's algorithm. I plan to cover these eventually, but Mat is doing a great job teaching so far.
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