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My cringe youtube story as a Developer

What's up awesome developers on the internet!!

It's Monday and just finished my cup of coffee. Ugh, you know-how Mondays are :(

Story Time!!

I remember I started a youtube channel of my own, where I wanted to upload video tutorials obviously programming related. Cause I'm a loser and I don't have any other cool hobbies like playing the guitar or making travel vlogs. I always had a fantasy to create my channel but I'm a very shy and ugly person in front of the camera. So after two years of me hesitating I finally created the channel and started recording tutorials in my native language because if you don't know already I'm from India. So, I thought if I start creating the vids in my native language then it will boost my confidence, and then I can move on to create tutorials in English.

So, I started recording tutorials in Java (because it's a very popular language among Indian College students). So I uploaded 25 tutorials (If you understand Hindi you can watch it here). Not many people watch it, I can understand why though(I hate my voice).

After uploading 25 videos and I was not getting any views which made me feel very less of myself. Cause you know I was working hard. I was recording the audio from my headphones after coming from my Day Job and if the Fan was on then the audio was horrible. So, I have to sit in without the Fan and record the video. And this time of year (i.e, Summer) in India is extremely hot.

On the 12th day, I lost all hope and was frustrated with the number of views. The count was zero and I was not getting any new views even after uploading every day. I was heart-broken and depressed, I remember I was sitting in my balcony with a cigarette in my hand, it was 2 AM. I wanted to record another tutorial but I didn't and went to sleep.

I know most of you are thinking that it's only been 1 week of uploading I should've been more optimistic and I totally agree on that but think about constantly recording and editing tutorials and then uploading them every day creating a habit and still seeing the number zero not even a view.

So I wake up the next day and I played my own video on incognito mode and then switched to youtube and there one view shows up. And I manually did this again and again and some hours later I had 22 views. I was happy that's why I ignored the guilt inside me.

And after some time I was bored with me watching my videos on Incognito mode. And that's where my inside developer took this self-conscious act to another level by automating this guilt trip of mine.

Below is the code I used to automate the process.

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The process was automated but after uploading 13 more videos and using this script to satisfy my ego, I finally realized the fake view was not the point why I was doing this. I just stopped uploading videos and now I'm taking some time to think about how to be a better developer and continue creating Videos after some time.

I know it's very shameful and it was very hard for me to share this publicly. But I feel a lot better now after sharing this๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

Stay Safe, guys. See you next time. Peaceโ˜ฎ๏ธ.

Top comments (6)

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Hello! If I could advise you, I would say you should invest in better audio and work on your confidence. That two things are in my opinion crucial to get popular on YouTube. Believe or not, most people don't like having to focus on understanding what you are saying instead of what you have to say. And they won't watch your videos because they can't understand you. The problem is NOT your voice, just low volume and noises.
Also be confident! You have to sound like an expert, people need to hear you know what you're saying. It's hard but if you keep recording it will come itself.

Lastly, don't worry about viewcount unless you promote videos e.g. on Facebook. There are tons of videos like yours and it's hard to get popular with new thing. Keep doing what you love and soon or later you will succeed.

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Programmer Things

Thanks for the kind words.. and yes I took a break from recording and started learning new things also I'm trying to keep my head around this view counts and other things. Also, I got the job I was looking for. Now, I can invest in better gear and start again with new energy and motivation :)

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Yogananda Muthaiah

Nice Article, BTW what is the theme of editor you used in script ... which i see everyone uses now .. its the trend i guess right

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Programmer Things

The theme is "Seti" you can use this website to create code snippets like above ๐Ÿš€

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Abhijit Hota

Courageous indeed! All the best!

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Programmer Things

Thankyou so much. I was afraid that people are going to judge me ๐Ÿ˜‡

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