Penned 2 years ago. It will take about 2:18 to read.
It was 80°F in San Diego, CA with a few clouds. Fists of Fury by Kamasi Washington was playing.
Okay, strap in internet, this is going to be a bumpy, cranky ride.
Over the last year or so I have been forced to re-evaluate one of the core tenants that I live my life by, that came out of my work with open source communities and projects. Namely, that you have a moral obligation to help someone if you can.
And look, people forgetting you after you've helped them? That's old hat. I've helped people get jobs, learn skills, hell even have a wedding, to only have them forget about me and what I did for them.
That's life. It is what it is. But during this past year building my YouTube channel, I've learned quite a few things, and as is my want, I am trying to find places to share them.
What I am finding though, is that people just aren't interested, because I don't have enough subs. I mean, sure I only have 1410+ subs, but you have 40 that you have built up in the same amount of time. I might know or a thing or two you don't.
And I am excited to share the things I've learned, with anyone who would want to listen! It's one of my favorite things to do! Teaching and mentoring are what I get out of bed for, other than to stop my four year old from using my stomach as a trampoline.
I mean this website is famous in some circles for the tutorials, themes, training and plugins I wrote for WordPress back in the day.
My preference is always to work with people one on one, since that is where the most good can come, but that just isn't possible with the way people seem to look at the world when it comes to YouTube.
And to answer the question I posit in the title, I am hell bent on helping.
So I'm just going to have to change my process. I will start adding articles to this site again, as well as creating videos for my original YouTube channel, Sillyness and Such.
I have been planning on resurrecting that channel anyway, so it's a perfect place to add this type of content I think. If you are reading this article, and would like to chat about the things I've learned over the past year, from getting traction in YouTube searches, to philosophies around how to design your videos, you can find me on Twitter and of course on YouTube.
You can find a hashtag for this article below, so if you want to ask a question, you can tag it and I'll get back to you!