by Phoenix A. Desertsong, The Perpetual Prose Machine
"The Prose Machine Interviews” is a series where we interview AWESOME content creators and share their insights about the content creation craft! Today, we’re SO EXCITED to have the lovely and talented Miss Amy Rach, YouTube and blogger extraordinaire from the Isle of Wight in the UK! She covers a variety of topics including beauty, decluttering, food, and her beautiful home of the Isle of Wight! We discuss balancing Youtube and blogging, among other things :)
Amy Rach: First, I just wanted to say thank you for having me on board. I have loved reading your interview series so far and am very excited to be part of it!
Q1) Since beginning your blog back in 2017, and already having been on YouTube on and off for a time, how have you found a balance between the two?
Amy Rach: I started my YouTube channel as a way to focus on something that wasn’t my job. Through experience, I found that I enjoyed it. However, as work got busier, I found I had less time to dedicate to my channel, hence dipping in and out of it over a number of years. I always wanted to do it full time but wasn’t in a position to take that leap.
Things changed in early 2017 and I hatched a plan to be able to work on it full-time. For 8 months I juggled a busy full-time job with YouTubing more consistently and being a noob in the world of blogging. Then in September 2017, I went full-time. I used to upload everything to both YouTube and my blog, but recently I have changed my approach. Giving myself a structure and deadlines have been key to balancing the workload. At the moment I publish 4 times per week, Monday is a blog post under one my category headings and then Wednesday, Friday and Sunday form my YouTube uploads. Usually, my blog posts align with my YouTube content to provide additional detail and perspective.
The Prose Machine: That’s great that you were finally able to find balance! Seems like you found a structure that works for you!
Q2) What have you found are the similarities and differences between YouTube and blogging?
Amy Rach: I think this can depend on individuals as well as the platforms but in the early days of both YouTube and blogging, it can feel that you nobody is seeing or cares about your content. You have to love what you are doing. Both my blog and channel have taken a long time to grow and become more interactive.
For me, YouTube has been more rewarding but this may be because my channel is older and feels more established than my blog. My YouTube subscribers are amazing and their comments often have me sporting a big cheesy grin. Although I often smile at the lovely blog comments I receive, in the early days of blogging, interaction predominantly comes via comment swaps with other bloggers. I am definitely still at that stage.
Another aspect is the time in terms of content production. In no way am I saying that blogging is easier, it is just different. Many of us spend many hours crafting and honing our blog posts, but YouTube videos are a whole different ball game. There is so much more to it than many people think. From the filming to editing, rendering, upload times, thumbnails and subsequent SEO and promotion, there is a huge amount to do.
The Prose Machine: Yup, the two are simply different. They really take the same level of effort, it’s just different. Some people prefer one kind to the other. It’s cool that you’ve been able to do both!
Q3) What is the best advice for someone who wants to vlog on YouTube and blog at the same time?
Amy Rach: Four things spring to mind:
1. Give yourself a schedule and stick to it. This assists when planning content and provides structure and deadlines to help stay on track. During busy times, it can be easy to let things slip.
2. Create content you enjoy making and I know everyone says it, but be yourself. Find your own style. Videos, especially, enable your own style and personality to shine through.
3. Integrate yourself into online communities in order to get yourself out there, make friends and learn from each other. Lots of bloggers attribute this to the success and positivity of their blogging experience.
4. Most importantly, remain patient. There are a lucky few who enjoy a meteoric rise in exposure but for most of us, it takes a very long time. Stay consistent, don’t give up and give time to those who follow you in the early days.
The Prose Machine: Patience is definitely key. That plus consistency is a great recipe for success. :)
Thanks bunches for your lovely answers!
Amy Rach: Thanks again, Phoenix. I have thoroughly enjoyed answering these questions and very much hope it makes an interesting read for others.
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Often known by her nickname "Ami," Ms. Phoenix Amelia Desertsong has written for many online publications, often under pen names.