Hello fellow content creators and future content creators! My name is Elissa and I am a vlogger on YouTube. Recently, I have really been thinking about something and I want you guys to hear it. It has changed the idea of YouTube for me and I hope it will change it for you. I propose a question: Do you understand your power as content creators? That question is quite a big question. Some may ask: what power? I'm just a content creator who posts what I want on YouTube. How do I have any power in that? Others may ask: What are you even talking about? Let me explain. Recently, I have been thinking about how cool it is to be a YouTuber. Do you know how cool the idea of YouTube is? People all over the world, posting what ever they want onto a website that has sooooo many people watching. Do you know how many people you can inspire? Do you know how many lives you can change? Do you understand how much power that is? It is quite a huge responsibility we have as YouTubers, folks. We can literally change lives. We can influence. We can help people find their way to happiness again. We can make people laugh and cry and feel. To me, that is the coolest thing. I know, some of us small YouTubers are sitting there thinking: Well, I don't have that many subscribers. I can't influence that many people because I'm never going to grow larger. We have all this self doubt. How am I going to grow my fanbase? How am I going to become a larger YouTuber? How am I even going to be heard? OUR WORTH AS YOUTUBERS IS NOT HOW LARGE OUR FANBASE IS, BUT HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE CHANGED BY OUR CONTENT. Let me say that again: Our worth as YouTubers is NOT how large our fanbase is, but how many people are CHANGED by our content. That is such a huge concept and an important one. Fanbase is great. The more people, the better, right? It is true that bigger fanbases are super cool. But, to me at least, the few people who are changed by my content is enough. I am here to change people's lives, not just become famous. You may think it is a little over dramatic. Change people's lives? Please, I'm just a gamer or a vlogger or whatever kind of content creator you are. That doesn't matter though. If you make someone laugh, you've changed them. If they comment how glad they were that they found your video, you've changed them. If you make them cry or feel or get out and do something, you've changed them. It doesn't always have to be the big stuff. But what happens when it is? What happens when someone privately messages you, "You made me continue to be strong today" or "My father just died and you made me smile for the first time today"? What happens when someone comments on your video and says, "You made me happy" or "You made me stick up for myself" or "You inspired me to get up and do something"? You may think it will never happen, but someday, it will. Someday someone is going to be changed by YOU. And that, in my opinion, is what our purpose as YouTubers is. Our purpose is to change our audience. Make them think. Make them feel. Make them find joy. That is what YouTube is about. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do, but the main goal (I think) should be to change our audience. Let the fame happen on its own. Strive to change lives because that will be so much more valuable than a number on a screen. Understand the power we have as YouTubers and how we can use that power for so much good. We can literally change lives. And for those people who are afraid to create content or haven't gotten a single subscriber/view yet, let me tell you: someone out there is going to need your content. Someone out there is going to watch your video and be changed. When that one person is changed, you will understand why we do this. You will understand why creators create. And then the second person and the third and the fourth will be changed. You'll get hooked on that feeling of inspiring and motivating and encouraging. And then, you'll understand your power. This is so important in the road of being a creator. Don't be afraid to create because someone out there needs you. Take the responsibility and change lives. So, thank you for reading this message. I hope something in this message resonated with you. Creators, we have power that we need to use to create good in this world. You can change lives. Make someone laugh today. Make someone think. Make someone get out and do something good today. That is our purpose. That is our power.