Diary: 2018 Week 28

Starting a second YouTube channel, a slow start to IGTV and the inspirational Gary V.

Glencoyne on Ullswater in the eastern Lake District

Monday 9th July 2018

Yesterday I spent all day at a friend’s nursery as they were having an open day for the National Garden Scheme.

I have shot photographs for them before but this time I spent some time filming the day and have agreed to put a small video together.

I have also agreed to help them to launch a YouTube channel by filming, editing and managing all of the SEO. I am very excited about this opportunity to help someone else to reach a new audience.

Tuesday 10th

Views of my last couple of videos have not been very good.

Perhaps my expectations are too high but I pride myself on having a relatively high view to subscriber ratio when compared with others in the same genre.

I felt that with the fine weather that we’ve been enjoying coupled with the World Cup that people’s attention might be elsewhere so I decided to withdraw this week’s video and take a little break myself.

Wednesday 11th

Back from Scotland a day early so that I could watch England play in the World Cup semi final with my wife.

We lost.

I feel that Gareth Southgate’s greatest achievement was not steering such a young side to our first semi final in 28 years but reconnecting with the fans, myself included.

Thursday 12th

 

Friday 13th

I released my IGTV video from Haweswater this morning.

Views have been low and a lot of people have been saying that they don’t think IGTV will take off. They might be right but if they are wrong I want to make sure that I have done everything possible to establish myself on the platform.

It feels a little bit like the early days of YouTube when I was producing videos that no one was watching. That experience has taught me that so long as I stick at it someone will eventually notice and I find that prospect very comforting.

Saturday 14th

I spent the day with fellow YouTube photographer James Burns climbing Hart Side from Aira Force.

It was a baking hot day, very windy and I struggled with my heavy pack crammed full of all of my photography gear. The harsh light was not good for photography and we both came away with nothing.

Despite arriving back at the car feeling like a broken man I had a great day hanging out with a good friend. For me photography is becoming less about the final image and more about the journey and those we choose to travel with.

Sunday 15th

I’ve been ready ‘Crushing It’ by Gary Vaynerchuk over the weekend.

In it he shares his strategy for building a personal brand using social media and has inspired me to put more effort into sharing my passion for landscape photography.

I want to grow my reach so that I can inspire as many people as possible to grab their cameras, head out into the world and capture what they see and experience.

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