Should I be a YouTuber? (10 of 30)

So, this is shocking, I know… But I am still asking the question of:

what am I doing with my life?

and I still don’t have any answers.

I have a list of things that I have interest in and I have started on all sorts of different projects (I published a children’s book.. I have an Etsy shop… I have this blog… I have a stack of art and illustrations in my studio… I know how to sew… I like learning about personality typologies… I have a passion for language and reading and childhood and creativity and small businesses and education and lists…).  I currently get paid for doing occasional architectural freelance work (that’s what my college degree is in), babysitting, and cleaning a couple houses.  So I make some money, but not much. And I am married. Just in case you are wondering how I am not homeless yet…

But anyway, recently I have been considering the possibility of starting a YouTube channel.  While I think it could be a cool format to share some of my passions, there are all sorts of things hindering me from doing this… but I decided to take a bunch of online quizzes to see what the internet had to say. Here are the answers I got:

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Let’s just take a second to laugh at the one that said I should have a Beauty channel.  I don’t know what I possibly could have answered to get that outcome, but I can assure you that I am neither qualified, nor do I have any desire to start a beauty channel. (Props to people who do! That’s just SO not me.  The only makeup I put on most days is eyeliner. I don’t even own eyeshadow.  My little sister had to teach me how to use foundation before my college graduation.) Needless to say, Beauty Channel won’t be the direction I go with my future.

I can’t say that these were the most enlightening online quizzes I have ever taken. (But I also cannot say that they were the least enlightening either…) There were also some YouTube videos that I watched about the process of making a YouTube video and some of the things to consider.  Here’s one of them:

I also watched (and took notes on) the free portion of the video series here… which had some good points, but was honestly pretty intuitive information overall.  Here are the notes I took:

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While the this whole process did not end up being remarkably helpful for determining if I should or should not be a YouTuber, I did listen to a podcast yesterday that included a lot of good things to consider. Find it here on Personality Hacker’s website. Basically it was suggested that those of us ‘who don’t know what we are doing with our lives’ are asking the wrong question.  We should instead be asking, what skills would I like to develop? And who can I talk to who is successful in something that might be even slightly interested in? Because a job/career path is more likely to be the emergent of these things that it is just going to fall in our lap one day while we are taking online quizzes.

So I guess that’s what I will be journaling about for the next few days… what skills do I want to focus on developing?  And who would I love to gain some wisdom from in my life?

Do you feel like you have found your passion in life? What got you to that point?  I’d love you hear your stories, so please feel free to share them in the comments!

Should I be a YouTuber? (10 of 30)

3 thoughts on “Should I be a YouTuber? (10 of 30)

  1. I loved some of those quizz responses. Be glad you are not into beauty products. That is an already overcrowded YouTube genre. What does “learning about personality typologies mean”? That sounds intriguing. Could that be a starting point for some videos? Could you do a channel reviewing new children’s books? Could you make architecture more accessible for people who are interested but have no clue?

    Yep, I’ve found my passion. Like you, I’ve always been a creative type. My health has been in a downward spiral for 25 years or more. When I was able to work less and less and even then only in fields further and further away from my chosen career, I found that a hobby I started whilst living overseas and travelling was inspiring me more and more. My passion for photobooth photography developed due to having more time when I needed to rest (meaning more time on eBay to add to my collection) and limited means for being creative. I cannot sit up for long enough to work on the projects that previously inspired me. (Meaning photobooths became an important creative outlet as one can be in and out, with a great end product, in a few minutes). The turning point was starting my blog and discovering that other people were interested in my collections. The incredible feedback, generosity and opportunities that my blog has generated has lead me to become more and more excited by, and committed to my project and my collecting. Could it be that you just need to start with something you already love and see what happens?

    Great post. Hope you get lots of comments!

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    1. m says:

      Thank you so much for this comment! I read it a few days ago and have been thinking about it a lot since then. You brought up some really awesome possibilities for my work/future/direction and I appreciated reading about how you got to where you are now. It’s so helpful for me to remember that things develop over time and that that’s okay… I don’t know where I got this idea that I had to KNOW what I was doing and where I was going before I started. (I mean, probably from people always asking what I wanted to be when I grow up and telling me I could achieve anything if I put my mind to it… but that’s not a whole lot of help if I don’t know what it is that I want to achieve!)

      But anyway, yes, I think you’re right: I want to start with something I already love and just take it from there and see where it takes me. I have an illustrated/scroll-able post in the works about personality typologies because of your comment, so thank you for encouraging me to just jump in! We’ll see where this all leads!

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      1. I’ll look forward to seeing that post!

        I’m glad you found what I wrote helpful. It also helped me to reflect on the journey of my passion.

        There is definitely something to be said for putting the irritating question of “what do you want to be when you grow up” in the garbage! It is a closed question, isn’t it? Better to say “what is your passion at the moment?” And then the child can lead a discussion about what inspires them without having to make a definitive, limiting reply.

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