Faith and Vlogging

It’s been a couple of weeks since I launched my new YouTube channel. I suppose it’s been going pretty well. I’ve made two videos, have had some good feedback and interactions, an encouraging number of subscribers, and have learned a great deal about what it means to be a YouTuber in 2017. I’ve operated YouTube channels in the past, but of course so much has changed in the last few years, from cameras, to computers, to editing software, to YouTube itself. It’s been a steep learning curve, but also a thoroughly enjoyable one.

I’ve been working hard to draw people’s attention to my channel, mostly by engaging with people on Twitter, Facebook, and here on WordPress. I’m someone who believes that the best form of marketing is sharing love and encouragement, and that is what I have tried to do. After all, it’s not just about my subscriber count (although I am keen to grow my numbers) but also about sharing the gospel, which is the ultimate purpose of my channel. So I always resist the urge to use aggressive marketing techniques and instead stick to trying to make conversation and get to know people in a personal way.

If you don’t use YouTube very often, you’re missing out on a whole world of amazing resource and encouragement. One of my favourite hobbies these days is searching YouTube for testimonies about people’s amazing experiences of meeting Jesus. There are dozens of Christians who have uploaded such videos. I’ve actually started a playlist called ‘Amazing Testimonies’ where I’m gathering together all these wonderful stories into one place. You can view the playlist so far here.

But as amazing as joining this global community of vloggers is, it’s easy to get discouraged. I think creative people everywhere will understand me when I say that I’m a perfectionist and have to fight against the discouragement I feel when my videos are lacking, or things are going slowly, or someone leaves a negative comment, or decides my channel is not for them. The remedy for this discouragement is to stay focused on Jesus and remember that my purpose is to serve Him and glorify God, rather than be concerned about my own popularity.

Please pray for this channel, as I do believe it’s something God has placed on my heart to do, and I need inspiration to make the right kind of content so that this channel is not a vanity project but useful Kingdom work. If you’d like to take a look at the channel and view my videos so far, here’s the link:

The Growing Christian:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClvtdRdDGDWva41qAievnkg

God bless you and thank you for reading 🙏✞

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