Hello, I am looking for some advice on how to get past the mindset of “this video should be good.”
Lately, I’ve been trying to make some videos, but I keep stopping myself. Sometimes I record, but then delete the recording. Other times, I consider recording, but I don’t. Mostly the reasons I tell myself:
- This videos should be of good quality, not overdone
- This video will represent my channel.
- This video probably won’t get discovered.
I guess I’m overthinking the video making process and thinking too much into the future. If you have faced this problem, what have you done to overcome it?
I think many creators actually do this and I'm someone who does suffer from a similar mindset so allow me to help you out.
- Not entirely sure what the "not overdone" means but I assume it's in regards to editing while over editing is a thing unless you go absolutley nuts with the effects editing adds to the content, it should compliment the video not be the main staple of the video (unless it's a montage or something along those lines then sure go nuts) A good idea to stop you from deleting things unessasarily is to get a second opinion from someone who is honest but has an interest in the type of content you create.
- In regards to representing your channel well... I've found that a lot of creators decide to delete or not make certain videos because it doesn't match their channel/brand but your videos, your brand in the case of youtube is you. It is what you decide to share with your audience if you decide to only create one type of video and strictly to stick to formats to be channel/brand appropriate you'll find that your content has no room to grow, evolve and change and your videos will stagnate and ultimatley be the same thing but with slight differences. It's why some channels that have uploaded thousands of videos never grow they stick to one format/category and expect results, trying something new branching off to different kinds of content even if it is still within gaming is always benefital look at the big channels that you watch are their videos from the beginning exactly the same as the videos they create now? Nope it's because they've allowed some wiggle room when it comes to content and not stuck to what is an appropritate representation of their channel.
- Finally not uploading because a video wont get discovered sounds awfully contradicting, if you upload the video it's possible that people will discover it, they might not but if you never upload the video it has a 100% chance of never being discovered ever. It's like a fisherman getting upset that he didn't catch any fish when he didn't even put his line in the water.
My advice (I've taken a quick peek at your channel) if discoverability worries you then work on it learn about tags, work on your thumbnails (there's room for improvement), Create titles that are descriptive of your content but will also grab the attention of someone scrolling. Always Strive to improve no matter how good you are there's always space to improve. Look up editing techniques not just video but learn to clean up audio aswell people are more easily offended by their ears than their eyes so if there's any flaws in your audio it's more likely to put off someone who actually has discovered you. I watch each of my own videos before I upload them and depending what it is I figure out whether it will acheive the goal/purpose of which I created it. Will it make people think? Would I find this type of content entertaining? Will my audience learn something? Etc.
In terms of maintaining conversational topics I suggest if you're making a video solo having a few bulletpoints of things you can talk about during a playthrough so that there's as little down time as possible and less silence to cut out.
If recording with friends or in a group just be yourself and have a good time if you are enjoying yourself your audience likely will too. I also use banter (joking around) when recording with others to keep everyone's energy high.
I've written quite a lot here but I think it's all important and has helped me greatly when creating content honestly just don't doubt yourself and release content you're proud to call your own.
If you want any more advice from me or just want to chat this applies to anyone reading this hit me up here or elsewhere (I'm easy to find twitter is best) I'm always happy to talk youtube and content I'm here to educate and entertain even outside of my own channel xD