What Uploading Everyday For A Month Taught Me

Vlogmas, created by Ingrid Nilsen, is a YouTube tradition where a bunch of YouTubers vlog every single day throughout December until the end of the 25th. This year, I decided to attempt it.

 [Image Description: A screenshot of Rikki's Vlogmas 2017 videos Playlist on YouTube]

[Image Description: A screenshot of Rikki's Vlogmas 2017 videos Playlist on YouTube]

I wanted to attempt this for a few reasons:

  1. I failed VEDA (Vlog Everyday In April) so I felt like I needed to redeem myself.

  2. You get the most money in December out of all the months and since I have some bills to pay, this was supposed to be the month for that.

I’m happy to say that I have successfully finished Vlogmas but it came with a price.

I’ve learned that uploading every single day stressed me out. Not only was it difficult to come up with enough video ideas, it was difficult getting it filmed, edited, and captioned in time. If I couldn’t get a speaking video ready to go in time, I had to come up with something that I could do in ASL. I felt like videos were sometimes rushed because I needed to be consistent with my uploading time. A new video would go live everyday at noon. (Sometimes, I would be a half hour or an hour late and that stressed me out.)

Another thing I learned is that I became worried about the numbers again. To be fair, I’m always worrying about my numbers but my Vlogmas numbers are currently my worst of the year. Granted, this may end up happening to quite a few people because every viewer’s subscription box is now going to be flooded with daily videos from multiple creators for an entire month. It can be very difficult for the average person to get through everything as early as possible. Unfortunately, as someone who has been trying to work on not being so obsessed with the numbers, something like this was sucking me back into that dark hole.

When my last Vlogmas video was scheduled and ready to go for the next day, I was so happy. Unfortunately, I also ended up with a major headache that kept going for two days, my body was absolutely worn out. It felt like I was in an episode of Sailor Moon where the citizens are getting all of their energy sucked out by the demon of the day. I’m doing better now, as better as you can be when you already deal with being in pain and tired all the time.

Would I try Vlogmas again? I likely would because, like I said, YouTube money is the best in December. The only downside is that I uploaded everyday for 25 days but made significantly less than what I made last year only uploading twice a week. This, of course, is due to the current Adpocalypse that has been happening all year. I would definitely try to figure out yet another way to do Vlogmas that is easier for me. I was definitely more prepared for Vlogmas than I was for VEDA, but I know I can do better.

I know for sure that I don’t think I would ever want to be a daily vlogger, someone like Casey Neistat, Lilly Singh, or Joan Kim. It’s very stressful. If I had an editor, I think it would be possible, but when you’re doing all the work by yourself, it’s too much. (Not only that, but the vlogs would just consist of me sitting in front of a computer all day. That would bore all of you.) Shoutout to everyone who uploads daily.

Until next time.

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