Why and How I Started Making YouTube Videos
I started making videos in April of 2011 and to be honest, I’ve gotten a lot bigger than I expected. I’m not saying that I’m like this huge YouTube star, because I’m not. I’m just saying that I never thought I’d see 12,000 subscribers or almost 4 million total upload views in my lifetime. Before I created my Quxxn channel, my sole purpose for visiting YouTube was to watch beauty gurus. I’m really big into makeup, fashion, and all things beauty-related. I was just browsing one day, and because I’m big on video games, I decided to look up some of my favorite games and see what was out there. I saw tons of people playing games while adding commentary, and it just seemed like so much fun. I wanted to do something like that. I wanted to have the fun that they were having. So, I made it happen. I researched video game capture software and came to the conclusion that if I wanted to make great quality videos that I was going to have to invest some money. Now, it’s hard to put money into something when you aren’t getting any back, but for me, $40 was more of an investment on fun, and nothing more. I bought Fraps, which records PC games at an amazing high definition quality. I’ve tried quite a few, and this is my favorite by far. Next, I chose a simple Logitech microphone for my commentary. My microphone is probably one of the cheapest microphones that you can find, but once you get the settings right, you can’t really tell. Then it came down to deciding which game I would play. I wanted to play something that I had never played before, something that I felt like I could learn easily but still be surprised by certain things. I chose The Sims Medieval. I have been a fan of The Sims franchise for years, and I really wanted to see what this game was all about. The first time I loaded the game, I was recording. I remember being super nervous. I had never done anything close to this, and putting it on the internet for everyone to see was a whole new playing field for me. I think I got my first 100 subscribers within a week, and then my first 500 within two months time. I was overwhelmed with happiness and surprise. I didn’t understand, and I still don’t understand, how the ounce of popularity that I have came about. Believe me when I say that I am very humbled that so many people come back to watch my videos and even click that subscribe button. It makes me feel… special . Once I saw how successful Medieval was, I just had to do a Generations LP. I pre-ordered the game so that I could upload the day of the release and boy, oh boy, it was the worst experience of my life. They didn’t release the game on time, and to sum things up, I didn’t get to play the game until 3pm that evening. At around 5pm, my first Generations part went up. From there, it is pretty much history. Many of you reading this already know the rest and what brings me to writing this. Even though I don’t make any profit doing these videos, it still makes me happy to record and upload. I’ve said this a million times and I’ll most likely say it a million more, I love what I do, I love recording, I love communicating with my subscribers, I love waking up in the morning and reading comments while sipping my coffee. It makes my boring little life so much more interesting and most importantly, it gives me a reason to smile.