YouTuber here!

Hi Everyone,

I know I’ve been talking a lot about YouTube, so please forgive one more post about it. I spent the weekend working on my channel and cleaning things up, including updating my YouTube page here on my blog.

I learned some cool things. If you’re also a YouTuber, you may already know them, but I thought I’d share them here. I’m definitely not trying to be an expert.

I basically went into the YouTube world knowing nothing. Just like blogging, really. And I have been learning as I go along. My videos were kind of all over the place, but working on my channel forced me to define myself and my brand more. That’s also just like blogging, isn’t it?

I’m really lucky to have kids who are way more in touch with YouTube and social media because they have helped me tremendously.

One of the things I learned yesterday was that you can design your own thumbnails instead of using the best of three possible ones YouTube gives you. I haven’t learned to edit my videos yet, so this was a great discovery because sometimes my face looked crazy in all three! I designed the thumbnails in Canva and I spent the whole day yesterday doing that, plus uploading them to YouTube, then putting them on my YouTube page here on my blog. It’s so tedious, but very satisfying once it’s done. And, thanks to the family member who gently reminded me that they are thumbnails, not thumbprints! Getting old is tough.

Last week I learned how to place social media widgets in my YouTube banner because, you know, getting the word out everywhere is the goal, just like everything.

The other thing I learned was how to make YouTube playlists so that your videos get more exposure. It was fun organizing the videos into different categories, which also helped me think about my brand.

And getting back to the blog, I have to say that I think I like the new block editor better. It’s a lot more powerful and I discovered a lot of new features today. That said, it’s definitely not obvious how to do things with the block editor.

Also, I can’t believe how great Canva is. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. They figure out so much for you and the free version has seemingly unlimited options and features.

So if you’re interested in seeing all my videos and their links (plus the thumbnails), you can do that here.

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

16 thoughts on “YouTuber here!

    1. Thank you, Jill. I became a little obsessed over the weekend. You can’t do that kind of thing all the time, though! Thanks for the visit. Hope you are doing well. What’s for dinner tonight?

  1. Hi Barbara, well done on creating such a professional looking channel. I must look into this as I am also trying to grow my YouTube channel. Keep sharing the information you discover as it is so useful.

    1. Thank you so much, Robbie and I appreciate you visiting my channel and leaving comments. It’s been a little tough ramping back up because I’ve forgotten a few things about the steps of doing the videos and uploading them etc., but I’m forcing myself to get better and learn more.

  2. I have a youtube channel, Barb, but it’s pretty limited. Just 4 book trailers at this point. I’d like to expand it in the future, but… oh, the lack of time! Thanks for the tips! I knew about the thumbnail, but the rest was new. Good luck with your channel!

  3. I’ve become a Canva addict over the past couple years and probably spend WAY too much time tinkering with graphics. I’m the same as you with jumping into YouTube with both feet then learning along the way. I picked up a Dummies book for YT from the library, but haven’t bothered to look at it yet.

  4. I have a YouTube channel, but nearly as sophisticated as yours. Just today I added 3 movies that I’ll use within this week’s blog post. I don’t have time to tinker much with my channel, but I do enjoy your work here — and your enthusiasm.

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