Dealing With Creative Burnout

The problems of creative burnout and demotivation have existed for as long as humanity has used imagination to entertain, make art, solve problems and innovate. No matter what type of video content you produce on your YouTube channel, you’re likely to encounter these challenges as well if you plan on making regularly scheduled, long-term videos.

Many big-name YouTube creators have suffered from burnout, in part due to the site’s search and suggestion algorithms prioritizing channels with extremely frequent upload rates.  Sooner or later, you’ll have a day where the ideas just aren’t forming in your head and you can’t bring yourself to start recording. Creative burnout and motivational issues are difficult to deal with for many, but they’re not impossible to overcome. Below, I’ve listed some tips for creators who are struggling.

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Take Your Time

This is easily the simplest yet somehow underappreciated solution to creative struggles. Take a break! While it’s true that long breaks can hurt your SEO, your mental wellbeing should take priority to your channel’s schedule. Physical activity and relaxational mental exercises can calm your mind and reduce stress. If taking this approach, be sure to notify your viewers with a quick update video and/or post on social media. Just like any other job or hobby, you’re going to need to take a “sick day” at one point or another. As a side note, if you’re thinking of quitting altogether, chances are you just need a long break.

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Try Something New

If you feel like you’ve been pigeonholed into making certain kinds of videos, it might be time to branch out. Forcing yourself out of your comfort zone and experimenting may be the spark you need to reignite your creativity. If you’re worried that parts of your current audience won’t be interested in your new videos, you can always make an additional channel to keep your content separated. Popular vlogger Philip DeFranco has successfully taken this approach, separating his more personal and family-oriented content from his main account and into secondary channels.

Don’t let your creative slump get the better of you. These feelings are natural, and are bound to occur no matter what type of content is being made. What do you do when you’re feeling unmotivated and can’t seem to find the energy to make more videos? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Sound Professional – Microphone Recommendations for New YouTubers

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No matter what you plan on using your YouTube channel for – vlogging, reviews, podcasting and so on, your audio quality is an element of video production you cannot ignore. After all, poor audio quality is one of the major reasons users will lose interest in your content. In addition, the official YouTube Creator Academy segment on recording audio states that viewers will be more forgiving of poorly recorded video footage than lackluster audio.

So, what is the best microphone option for new YouTube creators? There are a couple I can recommend for people interested in video making, but aren’t yet ready to spend an absurd amount of money on making a truly professional recording studio. If you have a microphone you’d like to suggest, feel free to leave a comment below and let me know!

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Blue Yeti

The Blue Yeti is by far one of the most popular audio recording solutions and is suggested by creators all the time – and for good reason. The quality of the sound picked up by the Blue Yeti is unmatched by other microphones in its price range. I myself use the Yeti for recording my audio and I love it. However, I can’t fully recommend this microphone for new video producers without listing a few downsides, the most obvious being the price. The idea of spending over $100 on a microphone just isn’t realistic for many people. In fact, the Blue Yeti can in some situations be too good. If you don’t have a quiet or soundproofed location to record in, you’ll pick up unwanted background noise you’ll need to remove with audio software like Audacity.

Blue Snowball

Thankfully, this is where the Yeti’s younger sibling, the Blue Snowball, comes in. The Snowball is a more affordable (yet less professional-sounding) microphone for people who want great quality without going overboard. The Snowball also isn’t as sensitive as the Yeti, which sacrifices a bit of quality for the convenience of not having as much audio editing to perform after recording.

Overall, you can’t go wrong with either microphone. They’re both great and will give your videos the audio quality they deserve.

The Quality vs Quantity Debate

An argument I’ve seen time and time again between creators from all sorts of backgrounds is the quality vs quantity debate. After all, does it really matter that someone has a massive amount of content in their portfolio if the majority is unimpressive, or even worse, absolute garbage? The concern does have merit. After all, good audio and video quality are a vital component in retaining your viewership.

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But there must be validity in the quantity argument, right? Especially when one considers how frequently successful YouTubers upload content. According to these YouTubers, creating a reliable flow of steady video content builds up an audience that will keep coming back to watch more. Not every video needs to be a masterfully edited, award-winning short film, it just needs to be good enough to be enjoyable and hook people into wanting more.

One creative roadblock that took me years to overcome was the fear of making something that was bad. Whether it was creative writing, graphic design or video production. I’d often get halfway through a project before completely scrapping it and starting over or just moving on entirely. However, I eventually realized by never following through with my ideas, even if they turned out poorly, I was hurting myself as a creator.

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The truth is focusing on quantity will eventually lead to better quality as well. If you’re serious about making videos and are open to criticism, having a body of work that people can give you feedback on is much more helpful to improving than spending hours upon hours theorizing best practices and experimenting with nothing to show for it. Search engines prefer quantity too, and there’s a higher chance of someone stumbling across your work if there’s more of it online.

Quality is important, but you won’t improve without practice. Quantity is the key to success.