Here's what the journey ahead looks like: Step 1: Make your first piece of content Step 2: Get in the habit of creating Step 3: Make your first dollar Step 4: Get 10,000 followers Step 5: Make $10,000/month Step 6: Financial freedom A note about habits: Reaching all six steps is possible, but it's a long road ahead. If you're only creating content for views, followers, or money, then you probably won't make it. In the beginning, you won't get those things. So you'll quit. The solution is to fall in love with creating. To create out of intrinsic motivation. Because you enjoy it. And just the process of creating helps you. A note about money: Money is important. But I don't think it's our end goal here. Content is growing exponentially. Our attention is limited. The role of the synthesizer becomes more important every single day. Our end goal is to commit to solving the 'disjointed knowledge problem' full-time. Now that's a meaningful goal. A note about $10,000/month: It is possible to earn much more than this through synthesizing, but this is roughly the point where your happiness stops increasing as you earn more. A note about Financial Freedom: The goal isn't to sit on a beach and drink cocktails. The goal is to use this freedom to make art. To create something beautiful for the other people on earth. At this point significant impact can be made. A note about "Celebrations": This community has exceeded my expectations in terms of energy and aliveness. I didn't quite realise how strongly being synthesizers would resonate with you guys. Thank you, sincerely, for your response. I've added a "celebrations" post category. I think this will add to the energy of the group. Whenever you hit part of the roadmap, make a post! We will keep track of how many people are at each level. Also feel free to post other celebrations not on the roadmap. Final notes: This roadmap is definitely not final. If you see any problems with it, comment below. If you can think of anything you think should be added, comment below.
That's what I felt like doing a year ago, last March. I started my channel January 3, 2021 (STEP 1) and posted several videos. I was excited and put a ton of effort into it. But then I hit the "Dip". People weren't watching and I got out of bed with a "vulnerability hangover" every day. As my feet hit the ground next to my bed I thought, "I will just stop and delete it all of it. Who do I think I am?" 🤢 Then in April, a video that I had previously posted, somehow latched into ranking in search and started to pick up steady views. I'd like to say that I was strong enough to keep going by myself, but this little push was desperately needed. Mother Algorithm threw me a bone. She's not all bad. 🦴 After that, I took months to put out a few different videos, but not because I was procrastinating anymore, but because I was learning what I needed to learn to put out videos that more matched the vision I had for them. I still wasn't completely happy, but I was getting better on all fronts of the Youtube creation cycle. By September I was cranking out fresh videos consistently along with breaking up older longer videos and releasing them as more digestible clips. (STEP 2) A few of these then even got picked up by Browse and Search as well. Plus, I felt like my content was getting better. My first video was no cuts with a title card and a sprinkle of music. Now my edit timelines look like a murder scene. 🔪 I even started to make money on Anchor by releasing my videos as podcast episodes (STEP 3). By the end of December and into January I had spikes on multiple videos. But then it fell back down. Was I a failure?! No, the numbers just fell back to about November's average, but I had already adapted. The reality is that I had a spike, and I'm still picking up subs. But it won't be exponential every day. And part of me wants to blame the recommendation system, but I know it's actually on me. I need to make a better product, especially in the thumbnail and title department! Quantity plus quality WILL get seen. I've already seen it happen. Just do it again. And again. And better. And then again.
@Corey Bennett Boardman Yeah I think it's best to show it, it's just makes it feel like you're hiding something I think? and people are so used to using it as a guage for your content that I think it's overall positive. I don't know though, maybe you have loads of subscribers and we don't know!!
I've got covid so had to shoot all my b-roll in my bedroom haha - decided to make a video about sacred hours (a topic @Andrew Kirby featured in the Classroom I believe) because it's a really powerful concept/tool in my view. As always would love your thoughts, the good and especially the bad! https://youtu.be/ggkUG4Q-0fQ
Hey Synthesizers, I'm Michael and my story is that I'm a TikTok content creator (@michaeldrift) who is looking to transfer my ambitions to YouTube. My TikTok content is around men's self-improvement (fitness, mindset, habits, nutrition) and I was able to amass a following of 350k with a couple of viral videos (some of which were actually pranks on my mom lol). However, while TikTok is a great platform to get exposure, its inconsistent viewership, low follower conversion to other platforms, and sensitive video/account flagging system are making me take my efforts to YouTube in the hopes of building a more dedicated and reliable audience on a more consistent platform. I'm basically starting from scratch since a few of my followers converted to my YouTube when I started it a month ago so it's going to be another grind. I identify heavily with the synthesizer title which is why I'm here and am looking forward to growing with you guys. My Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgXgm6kosja2j2N1OoU-yjA
@Michael Drift I really like your presence on camera, it makes sense that you were big on TikTok! You can defs convert it you just gotta be consistent but sounds like you're much further ahead than most of us here anyway :)
Lots of us YouTubers also are keen writers, so I thought I'd share this 1 minute blog post by Scott Adams called The Day You Became a Better Writer. It is incredibly straightforward but it is a great example of the Pareto Principle, if you do the things this blog talks about, you'll get 80% of the results for 20% of the effort. https://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/06/the_day_you_bec.html Another good blog to check out is this one about "delayed gratification" by James Clear. Being consistent on YouTube often relies on the vision of future success, and delaying our gratification, so its useful to know how it works! https://jamesclear.com/delayed-gratification
When I was younger I really used to not feel creative at all. Compared to everyone else at school I just felt like creativity was just something I didn't have and would never have. However, since starting to make videos I've learned a few things about creativity and how anyone can learn to be creative. Creativity is a muscle than can be grown like any other muscle in your body. It might be useful for anyone struggling with ideas for videos or with confidence in their creativity in general.
#Have an Audience of One I made this video yesterday and wasn't sure about its value, but then one of my friends messaged me and said that it was the perfect video for them at that time. They were thinking about lots of big decisions like quitting their job. It reminded me that if the video is valuable for one person, then its a valuable video, and lots of others will probably like it too. Also, @Ahmed Hallajian and I were discussing the thumbnail on this vid, would be really interested in anyone's opinions on the emojis/icons, are they tacky or engaging?
@Nav Warrior thank you Nav, but honestly it’s something that can so easily be improved with practice, after a while you just realise that you can be yourself and not think about the camera. If you do a little bit every day I’m sure after a couple weeks you’ll feel totally fine. I’m still not totally relaxed / as relaxed as I want to be but it’s all just a learning curve
@Allan R. Hey Allan yeah I'm not sure what happened to the quality in this video but I think my mic wasn't really plugged in, quite annoying because I liked the content a lot! But thank you for the support as always!
Gear really doesn't matter when you start making videos on YouTube, because the most important thing when you start is that you keep going. Gear only helps make the videos better and that is not the main issue to target at the start of your journey, the main issue to target is your momentum and not letting yourself quit. However, gear can make it easier, so here is what I have bought over the past 6 weeks. Let me know if you have any questions on any of it :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56xvsAKOkw8 2 videos in a week! This community is really motivating me :) Please let me know your thoughts on it (positive and negative): I'm excited to get your feedback!
As @Andrew Kirby recently tweeted, it used to be the 5 people closest to you that influence you most, now it is the 5 people you follow online that influence you the most. This is your information diet. I've used this idea over the past few years to find people who inspire me to do the things that I want to do like write online, create YouTube videos and make money on the internet. In this video I talk about the most influential 5 for me, which is Mike Boyd, Ali Abdaal, Brene Brown, Gary Vaynerchuk and Naval Ravikant.
@Andrew Kirby I think Corey has outlined it well, but personally the best place is through podcasts and her books. She has her own podcast called Dare to Lead (https://open.spotify.com/show/3oEPsPKDhPVoNNL7pH5db6?si=59b21895130c4b6b) and a great episode to listen to in particular is with Adam Grant called the Power of Knowing What You Don't Know (https://open.spotify.com/episode/683bEXlSWMNSU3oQ26UXIL?si=1728ea4335b74da6). Her books are a great place to get her ideas but if you have Shortform I would recommend just using that to read them. Hope that helps :)
No, I'm not copying @Ahmed Hallajian, but he did help me with the decision a lot. As ever, he has been a source of inspiration, ideas and most of all support. Even if I do say so myself, this is without a doubt my best video yet. I increased the production value with a new lens, and upped the content value with 10 useful decision making tools about careers. I hope this is useful for any of you who are considering quitting or just thinking about your career in general. I am not just quitting to make YouTube videos, as I am no where near earning money on the platform yet, but making videos lit a fire in me that I couldn't ignore. I started to disconnect from my job and knew that I had to move into the world of education and creating useful content online. Can't wait for that first $1
@Andrew Kirby the one about clickbait being unreasonably effective is incredibly useful and also makes me feel better about trying to get more attention. Personally I struggle with making a thumbnail that feels disingenuous, but Veritasium explains nicely how you can generate more intrigue whilst still being truthful to your video. Thanks for the vid helped a lot
The value of this video for the Synthesiser Skool community is to show that it's good to be vulnerable and vulnerability can help make your content more relatable. I'm experimenting with this one to see if people engage more, despite the fact that it is completely unedited. Sometimes it might not lead to virality, but it will help lead to a more engaged audience and returning viewers, which I think is really important to maintain a stable view count.
Tried some different things in this video, in my series on Meditations by Marcus Aurelius! If you want to check it out, great. If not, I get it! Less consuming, more creating... 🙃 https://youtu.be/7MepwWssgLQ
Honestly doesn't feel that momentous but I thought back to the month of November when my growth was super stagnant (hovering around 80 subs) and 500 felt like a million miles away. I'm trying my best not to hedonically adapt and to enjoy every milestone even though it might not instinctively feel particularly incredible. Big thanks to @Andrew Kirby for including me in his most recent newsletter which is what probably pushed me over that 500 mark and to @Tintin Smith for being my rock throughout this whole journey!
Here is the simple video that I have put together about my services, but is just the first version, I plan to create at least 3 more. I have been helping other people create such videos and when it comes to my turn I was super hesitant with it.
@Wiktor Romanowicz haha I appreciate the tag here. I just try to make each video better than the last. Trying new things with every video means that you learn more and more every time, and you also find the perfect formula over time. It's really not about making huge leaps in terms of quality and learning, its just about improving 1% every day/every video. I will most likely take Ali Abdaal's Part Time YouTuber Academy course though which will also help with quality.
I've shared this on here before but given there are a few more members on here now I thought I'd share again, as I think this podcast has value for beginner youtubers and I wish I could have seen it when I was starting. It's me and my friend @Ahmed Hallajian and we just talk about our journey on youtube. This is the latest episode.
After seeing @Tintin Smith blow up with a 'day in the life' type video, I decided to follow suit and make one of my own. Because I'm very early stage I'm quite happy to take risks with my content and with this video I kind of threw out all the traditional advice about maximising for retention and keeping the pace up and instead opted for a more relaxed vibe. I'm not saying I'm Emma Chamberlain but this was a fun video to make and I'm keen to hear your guys' thoughts! https://youtu.be/DM1S60JV3EQ
In Honor of @Tintin Smith & @Ahmed Hallajian quitting their jobs, I wanna share with you all an on topic book. The Pathless Path is a new book by Paul Millerd (ex McKinsey & Bain consultant). It was one of the best easy reads I've read in a while. Also, Ali Abdaal tweeted a pic reading it in his Tesla. It also inspired me to write this blog post about rejecting the default path from society: https://cswidmaier.substack.com/p/the-pathless-path Hope you enjoy! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09QF1ZCT2/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
This is excellent @Connor Widmaier, loved the blog and really keen to read the book now! I related a lot to your story, I've definitely had a lot of pressure to follow a certain path and it feels good to now be doing things my own way!
I'm building a platform for curators! As someone who's consumed thousands of hours of content over the last two years, I've tried using notion, evernote, google bookmarks and more to organise my online learning journey. There are a lot of platforms to create content. There are a lot of platforms to curate content. What are some of the BIGGEST PROBLEMS you face as a CURATOR? (Some specific questions that come to my mind) How do you organise all the heaps of content you consume? How do you revisit the learnings that are most relevant for you when the time comes? How do you plan to organise your lifelong learning journey? PS: I've attached a sneak peak of the platform.
@Shivam Jha this is really interesting and I think organising the content you consume can really level up the content you produce. However, it is hard. Personally I just have two note taking systems, one for just thoughts that I have throughout the day and I use Apple Notes for that, the other is for notes on specific content like a book or a podcast and I use Notion for that. I think in the future using something like Roam Research might help as it looks like a good tool for linking all of your different material
#Build an information capture system This video was absolutely inspired by something that I'd written down previously about the circle of control as @Andrew Kirby talks about in this lesson. I re-read it and realised I had been using it a lot recently, so had to make a video about it. Love to hear what the synthesiser community thinks!
@Corey Bennett Boardman 100% I’m in it for the long run so camera stuff is definitely an area I’m going to need to level up on. Always appreciate any advice there because I’m a real novice in that area
Happy 2022 everyone!! My name is Alex, I go by the pseudonym of "Vulphin" After a long break for the holidays, I feel highly motivated to start the year by working on my projects and learning how to become a synthesizer. The type of content I love the most is that about stories, but not just common stories, I love stories that are told by unexpected ways: gameplays, animation, improv, video editing and much more. I specially love that content that while being educative/enterntaining tells a story throughout the whole thing. The type of problem I am currently resolving is about learning to find ways to make quality content without taking too much time and using the limited resources I currently have. I hope to learn and grow alongside all of you on this journey!
@Alex Aldana great to meet you Alex! I think your problem around wanting to make quality content in not too much time is the universal youtube problem! Good luck on your journey though, this community is a great place to help get you started
I mostly made this video for myself, so that I could internalise all the important things about how to achieve things that you set out to do. The process of making videos about things you know are important is so helpful for actually getting you to remember them and act on them. So I hope this might help some of you with sticking to your goals and staying on the right path. 2022 is going to be our year!
@Alan Casey So glad you liked it Alan thank you. I love that idea too, its so nice and easy to remember isn't it. Fear is a strong emotion and sometimes it can cloud our thinking, definitely a useful thing to bear in mind for YouTube!
I made a commitment to upload a new video to YouTube by Sunday December 26th at 11:59.. but I wanted to get it up sooner then that, so here it is! Self Love: The Principle We Avoid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJdTsm8Q5UM&t=39s&ab_channel=OurJouney This video draws on personal experience and theory learned from Actualized.org, and others, talking about the mind, breaking addiction, mental division, and the power of Self-Love. I would love any feedback you all have, how to improve, how to get better, the more honest the better!
Hey @Andrew Kirby , I think we'd all be interested to know (and benefit from) what percentage of the actual words you say in a YouTube video is scripted/planned before? It seems the biggest YouTubers generally script above 75% of what they actually say, so I was wondering what your approach is?
@Ahmed Hallajian completely agree because when I really tightly script it I feel a little limited and constrained, but maybe I should try practice that a little more to deliver it a bit more like an actor lol
I hadn’t created a video in well over a year and went though a lot of personal development before I was able to film and publish this. It positioned me to be offered future funding opportunities; some of which might expand beyond my own business and will help the entire community (more details to come when I have them…) Truly, I thought no one would be interested in this. I’m thankful that I was very wrong and tried something that scared me anyway. “Congress wants to Silence YouTubers”
Last August, I flew to Croatia without a plan. I had just graduated from state college and had a part-time job teaching Chinese kids English. But then I stumbled upon Naval's Teachings.📕 From there, I spent the next 12 months doubling down on my strengths, reading books, and improving my habits. When I saw @Andrew Kirby come out of early retirement with a host of Naval content, I decided to take the leap of faith.🤷♂️ On September 14th, I posted my first YouTube video comparing my old commute to American high school with my new commute to German high school. Yesterday, I checked all the boxes for YouTube monetization.💸 I have been super lucky that there is a market for "American in Germany" content and that people like @Andrew Kirby, @Jay Alto, and Naval are on the internet, giving us the playbook of a lifetime.🏈 But at the same time, I put myself in a position to capitalize on that luck by following my curiosity— German, Stoicism, Persuasion, etc., and taking public risk under my own name. "Make luck find you."🍀 Steps 4-5: In 2022, I will launch my first online language learning course. I am considering two options: "The last German class you will ever buy (for potential expats)" 🇩🇪 —How to leverage the internet to effortlessly teach yourself German without ever stepping foot in the classroom or country. OR "English Mastery for German Native Speakers" 🇺🇲🇬🇧 —To teach German speakers how to effortlessly leap from intermediate to advanced English without ever stepping foot in the classroom or country. Please DM me if you are interested in getting involved in the project or if you have feedback on the course ideas. Thank you to Andrew for showing us what is possible! The value of this community is beyond words. Feels like it works!🚀 P.S. Blog Post: "Make Luck Find You" https://cswidmaier.substack.com/p/make-luck-find-you
@Connor Widmaier this is so amazing to see, definitely an inspiration for the rest of us! Monetisation is that first really difficult milestone so having examples of people who have hit and hit it quickly too, is really helpful. Nice work!
@Connor Widmaier That's part of it though don't you think? You had a luck situation and you used it, played to your strengths and made even more of your own luck. @Ahmed Hallajian made a great video about this here, its a really important concept