I’m always thinking of ways to make The Video Gamer’s Advocate YouTube Channel better. Because of that, I don’t hesitate to try new things and experiment with ideas that I may have. I also make sure to keep a balance because of my health issues so I don’t put myself in a position of being overwhelmed or burnt out. Whenever I’ve started to feel that way, I would take a month off or make adjustments to the amount and type of content I would post. Continuing to create content on this blog and the YouTube channel are endeavors that I want to carry out for the long term.
It blew me away that the YouTube channel reached 700 subscribers in mid-February. I’m thankful to all of the channel’s subscribers. If you are reading this and are one of them, THANK YOU. Since I launched the channel in December 2020, I’ve uploaded hundreds of videos featuring gameplay and gaming topics that are based on my interest. Watching other successful YouTubers, I found that many of the ones I enjoyed always stated the importance of staying true to themselves as content creators and not compromising just for the views. I’ve seen other successful YouTubers that became burnt out, drastically changed their channels, or just stopped creating content altogether for that very reason. So the most important principle that I’ve adopted with The Video Gamer’s Advocate channel is that if it doesn’t represent me as a gamer, I’m not uploading it. This will remain my stance if my videos sometimes only get single-digit views.
At the start of this year, it became clear to me what I wanted to channel to be at this point. The Video Gamer’s Advocate YouTube Channel is a place where you will experience a focus on PC gaming mods, awesome fan-created games, and occasional gameplay videos of a game that I may just want to showcase. You will see plenty of first-person shooters, sports, and wrestling videos because I truly love playing those games and exploring the plethora of mods that are associated with them. My goal has been, is, and will continue to be about building a channel that represents me.
One thing I decided early on was to avoid trying to keep up with all the latest games and news. There are gaming channels that do a fantastic job with new releases. Some feature gameplay videos days prior to the launch date. Other gaming channels look to try and cover all of the major gaming news. When a huge story breaks, a video on the topic will appear on their channels within a few hours. I happily leave that to them. It isn’t me. I don’t mind waiting a year or longer for some of the new releases that may catch my attention. To this day, I still haven’t purchased a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S. With new games, I don’t feel the need to make Day One purchases like I did when I was younger. Furthermore, after working as a journalist for nearly 15 years and knowing what that is like, I’m not interested in trying to keep up with all the news. I’m not doing this to be a journalist. That’s why I just implemented the RSS feeds of three major gaming news platforms right here on the site. And in the main menu of links near the top of the page, there’s a nice selection of sites to choose from to get your news from the ones that specialize in that.
I have a blast posting on this site and on YouTube. Even on days when I don’t feel good, I still will work on these two platforms if I have the energy. I’m enjoying exploring the DaVinci Resolve free video editing software and learning new things as I go. That’s why each month you will notice something different in a video whether it is a new video effect I’m using, new lower thirds to display the name of a game/mod, or adding an equivalent of a commercial break in my wrestling videos to promote another video and break up the action a bit. Trying new things is very exciting.
Reaching 700 subscribers is drawing me closer to my goal of 1,000 before the end of this year. But I am patient. It’s amazing to have gotten this far while staying true to who I am as a gamer. Thanks for reading and for your support. Spring will be here soon and it is my favorite time of year. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.