Most of you know that I started a YouTube page and I’ve been putting a ton of content there. Along the way I’ve met many other YouTubers, some are nice while others are very cutthroat or guarded. I quickly learned why. YouTube is extremely competitive, cutthroat, and full of content stealers. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve encountered who pretended to befriend me only to steal my content ideas, steal photos I’ve used in my blogs, or who flat out try to steal away my subscribers – and I have no where near the following that they already have!
Yeah, it’s time to regroup.
I’m a naturally friendly person, and silly me thought that other YouTubers would be the same. Not true. I’ve found that when a Youtuber – and by Youtuber I mean locs or natural hair Youtubers – find out that you’re a fellow content creator, they get very guarded and territorial. They are slow to follow you back (if they follow you at all) to show you the same support you are showing them. They rarely interact with their followers or respond to the comments made on their videos, and if they do respond, it’s usually a short two – five word response. Of course I thought that was downright rude and unfriendly. These are the people, your followers, who helped make your channel successful! The least you could do is engage with them and acknowledge them. Many often type a reply of “Thank you” or “Thank you for your support” which to me isn’t directly addressing the comment left. At least not in a way to make the follower feel appreciated. Especially when they see that you’ve left that same, blah, dry, general response for all comments.
There are those who have a lot of followers that say there’s just to many comments to respond in depth to individually and they don’t have enough time in their day to do so. One of the main ways you show your followers that you appreciate them is to acknowledge them and respond back in a thoughtful and meaningful way. But maybe that’s just me. Yes, I’m sure it’s time consuming and a headache. And no, not every comment deserves a response back. Let’s be honest – there are a lot of trolls and downright nasty people in this world who sit behind a computer, tablet or phone who LIVE to put others down and criticize you in the harshest way. So I understand why many creators are hesitant to put themselves out there so to speak. However, all YouTube creators have access to the block and delete options. You can report such ones. And if you don’t have time to monitor such things on your own, find an admin that is trustworthy to help weed out such comments.
I know I’ve neglected my blog for quite some time because I’ve found that I truly enjoy making YouTube videos about my loc journey and things I’ve found to be very helpful in helping my hair grow stronger and be healthier. I enjoy interacting with my followers and having great conversations with them about hair and many other things. But I’ve also found that the YouTube world has a toxic underbelly that can sap you of your joy if you allow it. I’ve had some pretty unpleasant experiences lately that involved fellow YouTubers following me, commenting on my posts and questioning me on my content in a condescending manner and then making a video of their own talking trash about me! I’ve had fellow YouTubers try to steal my followers away from me, use my Facebook page to promote their YouTube page and asking my followers and FB friends to follow them. I’ve had YouTubers steal or copy my page look, content, etc. and if finally came to a head to where I had to make a video addressing these shady broads.
Writing is my first passion, and it always will be. For the past two years YouTube had all of my attention but it’s time to regroup. It’s time to get back to what I love most – writing. So expect more posts from me because I have a lot to say and share!
My hair when I started my loc journey in 2018 to today at 2 years and 6 months locked: