Today I take a few minutes to reflect on ten years of making woodworking videos on YouTube. You may be surprised at how maker content has evolved in just ten years!
When I started making YouTube videos for fun in 2008, the platform was nothing like it is today. There were not many YouTube businesses and YouTube celebrities in those days. No channel had even grown to a million subscribers! Since then, several YouTube features have been changed and a few have been added.
You also might be interested to hear how I got started – first with a lot of personal videos, including POV roller coaster rides! Then came the famous woodworking video that started it all – a six-part documentary of creating a chess board. I did it mostly for myself, but as I saw the interest sparked by this video I began to create more, and eventually, Wood Working for Mere Mortals was born.
As YouTube has evolved in the last few years to become a highly-competitive space, the focus of the platform has become more on entertainment, not education. In order to make a living from YouTube, you have to be willing to pump out a large quantity of popular videos, instead of focusing on creating quality material. This poses a problem for people like me, whose goal is to put out educational how-to videos that often aren’t as popular and take longer to make.
For this reason, I have turned my focus to creating valuable wood working training and content OFF of the YouTube platform. However, I will continue post to the YouTube channel, just not as often. And as always, my focus remains on teaching great wood working tips and skills with simple tools in your own garage.
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