Hey, I've known about BHW for a while now, decided I'd make an account. I'm sure I have an account from maybe 2 years ago, but unfortunately my memory doesn't hold that information.. Well, onto business. I've been wanting to start a YouTube channel that I can stick with for a while now. My channel right now has pretty much no audience, or fan base. My only subscriber is myself on a different account, but I'm not counting that, so it's safe to say 0 for now. I have 2 videos up right now, both of my gameplay. As of now, I have a logo, and an icon just so it's not plain, I made the logo using a online YouTube logo maker (free), and I got the icon off of google. Both are related to my channel. Niche: My channel will revolve a specific game called "Paladins: Champions of the Realm" the game has not "exploded" yet, but it has a big audience. I believe within the next year it will become more popular, last time I checked it had about 9 million players. Its on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. So I have the opportunity to reach all of them. I named my channel "Paladins Gaming", because my channel revolves around Paladins (obviously) and the gameplay. I believe this was a good name because when this game does blow up to around 20+ million players, I'll have most likely a good amount of videos to be discovered on, and chances are in my opinion they'd click on mine because of my name. Plan to Grow: As of now, I have a Twitter, Reddit, and Paladins forum account. I'll be pushing my content to those platforms to get views. I'm also learning to optimize my titles and descriptions for SEO. I'm using a plugin called "TubeBuddy" to help me with this process. From TubeBuddy I get recommended keywords , and I can see large Paladins-related youtubers tags. Also from TubeBuddy, I can make custom thumbnails that appeal to the average viewer. I've also been consuming content on growing a YouTube channel, and making actual quality videos. I also comment in the large youtubers channels something relevant, and then subtly reference a video of mine. So in short: Push content to Twitter, Reddit, and Paladins forum. Optimize titles and descriptions Use TubeBuddy for keywords Look at other paladins-related youtubers tags and implement them myself. Continue to consume content on growing a YouTube channel Comment on large youtubers channels with Paladins-related content, something genuine, then subtly reference a video of mine. How is my channel looking right now?: (Btw, where you see Channelytics, that's from TubeBuddy, and in the upper right, you can see a "tb" that's TubeBuddy. Although I only have 2 videos, I've made playlists for the types of videos I'll be making, because from videos I've watched, I've learned they're good because it looks organized, AND if someone stumbles upon your video, you have more of an opportunity to get them to watch more of your videos and possibly subscribe. Onto the juicy stuff, my short term goals, my long term goals, and my problems. Short term: Get enough videos up to fill out my Channel page, just so it looks more professional Get 100 ACTIVE subscribers, not just the count, but actual subscribers that look at my videos Get around the 500 subscriber mark, this won't be easy Build my accounts on Twitter, Reddit, and the Paladins forums, so I become more "reputable" Start to upload highlights, montages, pro player perspectives, analyses, VODS, just to have more videos on my channel, which gives me a higher chance of someone finding my videos and subscribing. In other words, the more the merrier. Have an organized channel, with everything in playlists. Long term: Get to 1500 subscribers Have my Twitter account to about 1000 followers Have my Reddit account seen as an active, contributing user Have my Paladins forums account seen as an active, contributing user Have my channel looked at as the "go-to" for Paladins content, with a variety of videos relating to Paladins. Very far down the road, maybe next year, start monetizing my videos to make some sort of income. Problems: At the moment, I have to use my moms laptop for uploading, efficiently managing social media, doing research, watching videos, and it's just a slow laptop. It takes forever to do anything. I can't edit on it because if I tried rendering something, it'd probably fry the laptop. The above bullet points leads me to my next point, I can't edit with this laptop. And because I'm still a teenager, income is not easily gotten to get my own laptop or computer capable of performing the necessary functions. Although I'd like to do analysis, montages, and rant-type videos, things other than just gameplay, it's not very viable at the moment. So for now, I'll just stick to gameplay because I record using the PS4 application, and I can render using it to. Then just upload on the laptop. So the problem stands, I need a PC or Laptop capable of performing the functions I need it to perform. Conclusion: For now, that's all I have. Updates will be kept in the comments, and I think I might also update the thread. Updates will be posted possibly weekly, but I don't think I'll have a specific schedule, but I'd like to update it atleast once a week. If any of you have any tips I'd love to hear them! I'm always looking for insight on things, and even if you think I'd know this, please post it anyways incase I don't. Other than that, thanks for reading, and wish me luck on my journey!