It's 2:00 a.m. Finally finished the video editing. It's been a long night and there are two videos ready to upload. I'll start the process and hope the internet uploads while I sleep. My head hits the pillow and sleep ensues. Morning comes too soon, but I'm excited for the day to begin.
7:00 a.m. I check the stats on our channel while I make and prepare the coffee. A few new subscribers and a short celebration by toasting Tom with our coffee mugs as we stare out the motorhome window. While drinking our coffee, ideas start flowing of all of the things we hope to share in the coming days and weeks and we write down our ideas.
8:00 a.m. Tom has been back at work for a bit and I'm feeding the kids and getting them ready for school, all while trying to figure out how to find people to check us out and share and spread our channel. We started the channel to keep up with family and friends; however, this is quickly becoming a full-time job and we're not seeing any family and few friends commenting. We can't see all of our subscribers so there's no way to tell if even our family is viewing our videos. I quickly remind myself that everyone we know has busy lives and not an unlimited amount of time to watch and I remind myself, they may be the thirty some odd subscribers and they may be watching, or reading. And friends are often "out of sight, out of mind" and having been traveling in our motorhome for almost a year, there are probably several friends who have moved on and forgotten about us.
Then I think that maybe I'm the one that's being a terrible friend. Maybe it's my fault these relationships are not being refreshed. Then I wonder if there's something I could do to keep these relationships going. I quickly realize that Facebook, while I check it daily and respond to other's posts and others respond to mine, it doesn't necessarily constitute true relationship and community.
9:00 a.m. Now that I'm deep into contemplating friends and family, community and relationships, I get the kids dressed and starting their homeschool warm- up activity. I hope that homeschool doesn't take forever today and think of when I can get my thumbnails created and associated to the two new videos I have up.
10:00 a.m. Still doing school and thinking of today's post at 2:00. I give the kids an independent assignment and create the thumbnails and go into our YouTube Channel, create tags and a title and schedule the post to go out at 2:00. Now, all I can do is wait and hope and pray. I'm an artist creating something deeply personal and as I've poured out a little more of my heart and soul I now sit and wait.
I remind myself again, that God's got this. He's the one giving us these ideas and the ability to take them and create something with them. It's not perfect, but it's ours. It's our life and our story. And no matter who chooses to look at the content, it's good and it's worthwhile. The kids will have an amazing history and a visual representation of all the adventures we have. We'll be able to go back and look at our lives and remember our journey and through the videos we'll be able to have a great memory. So, if no one watches it, then it's okay. We'll still keep going.
12:00 hits and it's lunchtime. But it's also 2:00 p.m. Central Time which is the time our video hits. A few minutes go by and as I'm putting the peanut butter and jelly on the bread, I find my phone and can't resist. I go into my YouTube channel and take a look. We've got a handful of views. Yay! But, then again, are those my views as I was uploading and associating tags and such, or are they unique, individual views? I can't help but keep checking back every few minutes to see if we're picking up views. They'll be there soon. I pray. I hope. I take a look at the other YouTubers that I subscribe to in our niche. They've received hundreds of views already. I'm in the single digits. Trying to remember they've been at it longer than we have and knowing that our product is just as good if not better and that we've got just as much opportunity as they have, I quickly turn that thought into a how can we market our video even more.
Our social media posts go out and Tom and I both let our networks know we have a new video. We remind them to Like, Subscribe and Share. I pray and leave it for a few minutes and promise myself as soon as school is over, we'll go to the pool and forget about YouTube for a bit.
1:00 p.m. We wrap up school and head for the pool. I don't know why I bring my phone but I do. And then, I look for more views and more subscribers and see if we can respond to any comments. This time, We actually have a few comments! I quickly respond and then spend time in the pool with the kids and spend time relaxing.
3:00 p.m. Heading back from the pool, we shower and change and the kids play for a bit. I tackle a few household chores and respond to some housekeeping emails. I decide what we're doing for dinner and make sure we have everything. But still, I'm thinking about those silly views and subscribes. Once we build that foundation of views and subscribers and are able to produce content that can be monetized, we won't have to continuously push our facebook friends and family. We'll be able to build more organically.
5:00 p.m. We get ready for dinner and meet up with Tom who has been busy at work. We take a break and sit together as a family. I put my phone and computer out of reach so I don't touch it. Tom and I discuss his CCIE studying and how we can optimize our YouTube reach on Instagram or perhaps Pinterest or maybe there's a new social media platform out there.
7:00 p.m. We read together as a family while all these ideas are spinning around in my head. I'm hopeful and I'm positive but I'm exhausted from all of the mental energy expounded over my "baby" my project. I would love for it to take off and I know if everyone of my friends would just share one or more videos we could easily reach our goals. But how do I reach out to them and would they be open to the idea of sharing or would they simply ignore me?
Tom's techie brain solved two problems with getting the Subscribe Button to associate on our Facebook group page and on our videos, which could help a little. He goes back to studying and I snuggle the kids and we get ready for bed.
10:00 p.m. Tom finishes studying for his lab test coming up and I take over since his computer is more powerful than mine and better equipped to handle the editing of our video footage. I log in to Premiere Pro and get started on my next days footage.
2:00 a.m. My eyes cannot handle anymore editing and with only one finished and one halfway edited I know that tomorrow's day will be much more like today's, but with one more video finished and uploaded and ready to release into the YouTube sphere. I pray that God will grant sleep to my eyes and wake us up ready for the events of the next day.
I thank Him for the opportunity to create, to love and to experience life in a whole new way and drift off to sleep.