In early 2018, I made the decision to start a YouTube channel. Now at this point, I was no stranger to social media, having run business FaceBook pages, and a stint as a podcast host for 6 months (I had even, in 2014, had a local AM radio show, so I get it).
So I set up the camera, and recorded my first video.
Then deleted it.
And on and on that went until 2019 hit. Tragedy struck in February of 2019 when my older brother passed away from heart complications in a sudden and heartwrenching moment (You can watch the video detailing that story here).
I decided that I couldn’t wait. Life is short. It was time to write, time to record, and time to let myself be free and out there because I know other people struggled like me.
The channel was born.
That it was nerve-wracking and anxiety-inducing to put myself out there would be an understatement. The channel plugged along and I had some fun for a few months, then … bang.
A two week period saw thousands of subscribers, thousands of comments, and thousands of watch hours piling up.
Something was working. That something was simple authenticity. I have received emails and messages from across the world in such a short period of time, and most all of them say:
“Thank you. You understand me.”
People, we’re INFJs. We are aliens. Damn right I get you. 👽
I don’t do the YT thing to become famous or to make billions. I do it because I enjoy it, I can speak freely, hold myself accountable, record my thoughts and my life for my kids, and help others along the way. It’s everything. It has built a community of people who feel like aliens, and I’m grateful for each and every one of them.
There is more content to come, of course. Better production, better audio and video (though it’s pretty damn good right now) and more words to be awkwardly said. GO THERE AND SUBSCRIBE, says I!