In it for the money: Being on YouTube

I think it’s safe to say that anyone who goes on YouTube is there for the money. I’m not judging you if you fall into this category because I’m right there with you. If you have been over on the Latte Lindsay channel then you will be familiar with our podcast and it does deal with some “interesting” things that could cause us some backlash. Although I’m not happy with the backlash, trolling or whatever term you want to use, Ryan is. But the big question is, is it safe to be on YouTube now, even if you are only in it for the money?

I’ll be honest, the only reason we have the Latte Lindsay channel is for the money. Myself and Ryan are both writers at heart. That’s our passion. But with writing being considered as a cheap commodity with poor rates being offered to those who create content, it’s not surprising that many writers are turning to YouTube as a way to help with their income. Recently it was made public that HuffPost doesn’t pay the writers who create the content for them. Instead they use “exposure” as a way to pay the writer. Let’s be honest, and I’m not the first person to say this, exposure doesn’t pay the bills. But HuffPost isn’t the only website to be guilty of this. There are literally millions of requests being sent out to bloggers around the world, asking them to create unique content for a brand with no hope of being paid. This might not be a big thing to you, but think of it this way. Imagine that you come up with an idea, pitch it to someone, but wind up being screwed out of the recognition or money that your idea generated. This has happened to everyone at some point in their working life. Now do you understand why writers aren’t happy with just exposure?

But what has this got to do with YouTube? Simply put, if I put a post on here, I don’t get paid. I only get paid if someone clicks on our affiliate links and buys stuff. It’s the same for a lot of bloggers. We don’t mind doing that for ourselves. Our blogs are our passion and we get total creative freedom with them. We accept the fact that we might not get rich doing this but we are happy to create something that we love and that you can enjoy for free. But if I put a video on YouTube there is a chance that it will be seen by a lot more people. And, the rates of pay on YouTube for showing adverts is pretty decent. We have all heard the stories of people who put a video up of a random activity, it goes viral, and they become rich off the advertising revenue. What’s not to love about that? And why would anyone consider blogging if vlogging pays better?

This morning I was putting my makeup on to make a video, and while I was getting myself ready I was listening to a video from Boogie2988. If you don’t want to watch the video, here is the jist. There are loads of “reality” channels on YouTube that have fake content. One of those channels is KidBehindACamera. Not a big thing, but someone decided to blackmail the guy behind the channel which prompted this video. Boogie goes on to explain that he has been a victim of abuse. Not a big deal, right? If you put something on the internet then you expect trolls to appear. But I’m not talking about trolls here. Someone found Boogies address and started sending him stuff in the mail, including a massive pile of horse shit. It got so bad that the police got involved because he was afraid for his life. Someone found out where he lived, harassed him, and made threats on his life. Just let that sink in for a second.

Normally at this point in the post I have a solution to offer but in this case I’m stuck. I’m a writer and writing is my passion. But why should I only create content for this site when I can have total creative freedom on YouTube as well? Especially if YouTube is going to pay a lot better. But if I take myself to YouTube, I run the risk of exposing myself to crazy people who might want to kill if I become successful. So what are we to do? Live the life of the starving artist by getting paid little to nothing for writing? Or go to YouTube and make my fortune but run the risk of being stalked?

What are your views on this? And what do you think of YouTube? If you are interested in learning the science behind trolls then click here for a video from ASAP Science. Or you can watch our video on the subject

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