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Is it still worth being a youtuber?

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hi guys my name is Lily and today I want to make a video about if it's still worth being a youtuber so as you know I'm a youtuber on YouTube since 2011 and I have done this full-time for 3 years now before that I was an accountant at an accountancy firm and yeah the job there wasn't too bad actually it's a good job good an honest job but actually I'm more of the outdoorsy person so I always felt a little bit trapped inside of the office yeah being on the continent is it's quite a thorough job you have to do a lot of thinking and when I was coming home after 8 hours of working my head was full and I couldn't do anything else I didn't want to cook anymore just wanted to lay on the couch and watch TV and after 3 years my health deteriorated I got sick I got an autoimmune sickness I got sick with my stomach with my guts and so on and also after 3 years I got a full-blown burnout so I couldn't read the newspaper anymore and yeah it was really bad but clearly at the same time I was making YouTube videos as a hobby and then suddenly it was possible to monetize the videos and suddenly I had a second income and then I was really glad about it because I was done anyway with the accountancy chop so I decided to take the step and quit my job at the accountancy firm and I became a youtuber so pretty awesome story right and now my life has completely changed I am much more relaxed I can sleep more hours now I'm a freelancer I can work when I want you know I have my own company so when I'm sick then I'm sick when I want to work until 1 o'clock in the morning then I just do it you know I don't have a boss so it's awesome and I really love being a youtuber it's an awesome job and YouTube is really a great thing you know so

I'm making a video and I get paid for my work and people can watch my videos for free occasionally you have to watch advertisement but basically YouTube is for free and I think that's a great concept and I'm pretty happy being a youtuber and some people say they want to become a youtuber as well and I can understand why because it's really an awesome job but you have to know that there are also a couple of downsides of being a youtuber okay that's that at the beginning so when you are still a small youtuber you won't have a lot of problems let's say you have 2,000 fans that's a pretty awesome size and people will give you a lot of positive feedback and occasionally you will have the one or the other hate comment but in general it will be quite an awesome time but when you get bigger you have to consider that you will get much more hate and troll comments and some people they can't take it so I know another youtuber who makes an awesome content okay primitive survival channel I don't want to mention his name but he makes a super awesome content but the fans destroyed him because a little bit later primitive technology was coming up and his fans thought that the other guy was copying primitive technologies videos but actually he was not because he was much longer on YouTube and he made similar content but not really the same yeah and these fans were hating the one youtuber so much that he gave up and he stopped making videos and that's really sad so not everyone is the person who can take this crap that a lot of people will give you okay I'm confronted with hate comments and troll comments every day every day and at the beginning you you get very angry about you know you will say yeah why is this person writing this now right so I haven't done anything to him and he's giving me this hate comment yeah and then it will get more and more and you basically have to deal with these comments every day and for some persons that can be a really big problem like I myself I was pretty shy when I was a teenager but now I have grown a very thick skin which is similar to an elephant because now everyone who is coming can say everything to me it doesn't touch me anymore and that's one defense mechanism when you are a bigger youtuber in the past I've always deleted these comments and I think I have found like 1,000 people from a channel but you know actually this was a mistake because you have to see it as a business everyone who is writing any comment on in your comment section is a support for you because then YouTube will recognize how much comments you get and the more comments you get the more YouTube will recommend your videos so you have to see it like this and yeah now I still read through my comment section but when I get a hate comment I just scroll on I don't care anymore I don't even read the comment as a whole so you really have to get this relaxed view on the world and you really have to see it as a business and that's what it is right now the things that I don't ignore are serious frets

for example I've gotten sexual threats rape threats I've gotten other threats like some guy threatened me to slit up my throat and such crazy stuff really so some people they're really sick ok so you're you're dealing with a certain percentage of people which are sick in the head

and that's what you have to understand so after that I was always you know filing a report at the police and yeah these things happen as soon as you get past 100 files subscribers you're getting comments like this especially as a woman yeah as a as a man you probably won't get sexual harassment like this and yeah one time a guy followed me to my bug-out camp and he approached me there he found out where I lived so yeah that was one stalker that I had and I reported him to the police as well and especially as a woman in the survival niche you know I have 85% males male viewers on my channel this is going to happen you know so you have to be aware of that as a male youtuber you probably won't have these sexual incidents stalking stuff yeah maybe but definitely not so much not so many rape threats but you still will get a lot of hate now as you're getting bigger and bigger it will happen that other youtubers will steal your name they will use it in their tags in the description they will even use it in the title of the video because it will boost their video a little bit if you use the name of a popular youtuber yeah that's how it is you know most youtubers think that other people can't read their text but that's wrong so I know a lot of people who stole my tags and yeah I think that's just business as usual you know it's business so I don't feel personally offended anymore about that but it's just how people are they're going to take you know your name and try to get a benefit from it they're going to make videos about you and criticize you and they just try to bring in a discussion you know bigger youtubers they make videos about each other every day maybe they're running out of topics but they like this kind of YouTube or I'm not such a person you know I've had a couple of people now who made videos about me I would never you know respond to that because I don't want to give them

my advertisement value and also I would never have the idea to make a video about someone else criticizing him or her because I usually mind my own business

but you have to understand that other people are not like this and they trying to get a piece of your fame so that's what's going to happen right so one time Chiron enlists you know I told him that was my last interview I told him that I got stalking incidents rape threats and everything and I even told him that I want to read through the article before he publishes it and he agreed to it and he sent me the article but then at the end before he published the article he added marry my real name to the article and and then I was really you know what what was he thinking you know I told him everything that I got stalked and everything and he just inserts my real name in the article so things like that are going to happen right

one time my address got published and I really had a hard time to reverse that now I have moved to another place so I don't really care anymore but it's really awkward you know so as a public person you're going to be exposed on a business level it's going to be much tougher to so yeah one time I approached the company because I inquired about the costs of a website and then as soon as they found out who I was it was like they were doubling the price so they wanted me to pay six thousand euros for a small website with foreign products yeah this is going to happen people are trying to rip you off if you are a big youtuber because they always assume that you make millions which is not true I just make a normal salary yeah and later there was the ad pocalypse on YouTube and it was really hard to survive that because there was some kind of advertisement scandal and big companies pulled back with their ads and then suddenly you're left with 30% less income so yeah that was pretty too so I was glad I had so many subscribers so I could still make a living from YouTube but smaller youtubers they really had or they still have troubles with it you know so it's getting hard on YouTube the cake is the same but there's more competition more and more youtubers are showing up more and more channels even in the survival niche in the camping scene there are so many new channels and to start now with YouTube it's going to be really hard so if you don't have big YouTube friends which help you out it will be really hard to build a big channel fast so you can still do it by being persistent over years and years but you know I have built my channel over seven years so it's going to take time of course if you are a guy like primitive technology who comes in and just that's the biggest channel then yeah it's still possible I'm not saying that it's not possible but it's going to be very hard for the average youtuber to be able to make a living from it if you start now is it still worth being a youtuber I think yes so I think for me it was the right decision that I quit my job as an accountant and that I follow my passion and I'm really happy with the thing that I'm doing yeah so this is it I want to thank you for watching now you got a small glimpse of my life behind the camera and what's going on when you are big youtuber maybe this brings a little bit more understanding to some people and yeah I want to thank you for watching please if you want to support my channel do so by buying some survival t-shirts you'll find a link in the description below thank you for watching and stay tuned till next time

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Survival Lilly

Survival Lilly

Survival Lilly is a true passionate bushcraft girl! She likes spending a lot of time in nature practicing survival and bushcraft skills. Her YouTube channel is very interesting as she publishes new videos often and also test out survival and outdoor gear to find the best items you can have in your survival or camping rucksack, and the video quality and photography is always excellent.

You can find all her videos on her YouTube channel.

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