On July 13th, 2017 Joshua Brown was featured as a contributor for VloggerGear.com in an article entitled: “Insights From Successful Online Content Creators On How To Keep Motivated”. Below is Joshua’s excerpt, you can click through below to view the entire article.
Staying motivated, is a tricky thing. Because by simply asking the question, you are revealing to yourself that you have lost some motivation. Perhaps you are tired, or bored, or not seeing the results you had hoped for.
When we started our YouTube channel in 2015, it was just a personal travel log to share with family and friends. After 6 months and 500 subscribers, we thought, ‘Hey this could be a thing!’ After a year, we had just barely crested 5,000 subscribers and getting 500 views on a video was an achievement.
Christmas rolled around and we took a small break from making videos. During that time we felt free, but purposeless. It was then we decided to put everything we had (literally) in to making YouTube videos and share our experiences around the world with the world.
Fast forward to last week. We have 27,000 subscribers… and could barely get 1,000 people to watch a video. In that moment I felt defeated. I didn’t know why our videos had been doing so poorly. And motivating ourselves? Well that’s not really possible when you are having a pity party.
So what did we do? Nothing.
By which I mean to say, we didn’t change anything. We pressed on.
Motivation in and of itself doesn’t come from anywhere. It’s a strong will to keep going despite the current circumstances. It’s the gut feeling you know that you are giving your work everything you have. Motivation is knowing that no matter what ‘value’ others are putting on your work, that you have created something to the best of your ability. Motivation is knowing that in the end, it will all be worth it.
As the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going.