So, I finally did it. I took the plunge and created a YouTube channel and have even managed to upload TWO WHOLE VIDEOS to it! I know, unbelievable, right? It sure felt that way! Anyone who has read some of my previous posts know that I’ve mentioned making videos a time or two before. I want to say, it’s been over a year since I felt like the Lord was leading me to do something like this. Of course, I gave Him every good reason possible to “not to”.
I Wasn’t Ready for YouTube
Back when I first felt the nudge to make videos, there was an immediate response in my spirit: NO! I mean, not that I was blatantly being defiant to God, it was more like, “I CAN’T, God! You know I’m not that kind of person!”. All the good reasons ensued: I’m an older woman, and most of the YouTubers I see are young. I’m not the best looking person, a little overweight and letting my hair go gray. I also have a horrible Southern accent that’s sure to get made fun of!
Anyways, I set the thought aside and assured God that I could keep blogging and saying all the things I wanted to say, and everything would be fine. He didn’t strike me with lightning for not listening, and I’m abundantly thankful for that 🙂 BUT… he desires obedience, not sacrifice.
Not only did I have all these good reasons to “not to”, but I could also add in the fact that people are mean. Especially to Christians. I mean, I get it, people are mean all the way around. But some of the things I’ve seen said to Christians never fails to blow my mind. It’s like there’s a personal vendetta, and I just knew I wasn’t ready for comments like that.
Then again, if that’s the worst I have to worry about, I need to suck it up and move on!
The First Step
I didn’t know it at the time, but God was orchestrating some major shifts in my life in order to get me where He wanted me to ultimately be. Over the course of my blogging, I met this awesome lady named Tammy. She writes over at Grandma Mary Martha, and if you like Christian content for women that’s really uplifting, you definitely need to check her blog out. I enjoyed it so much, I subscribed and we exchanged comments a few times and wound up as Facebook friends.
It wasn’t long after that she invited me to be a part of a couple of Facebook groups she had started. One of those groups is for Christian women of all ages to come together for encouragement, Bible study, fellowship and so much more. I guess you could say I got in on the “ground floor” as there were only a handful of us at that time. That was earlier this year. Now we are well over 100 members, with more being added almost daily.
Suffice it to say, God has had His Hand on this particular group since the beginning. Over the course of a few months, I was asked to help moderate the group and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic. Along with another amazing woman of God, the three of us keep up with all the daily activity as well as the ministry avenues in the group, and we are never less than amazed at the things we see God doing!
At one point, we decided to initiate a ministry within the Facebook group for daily Bible readings. We decided, a different woman would read a short Bible verse every day, and add whatever the Lord had laid on our hearts. When I was approached to do one of these readings for the ministry, I was amazed! Here I was, all over again, the Lord asking me to do videos. However, this time I had a safety net!
How could I say no? It is a closed Facebook group, and at the time, only a handful of women would be seeing the videos, and most of them were bloggers that I was at least somewhat familiar with. Add in the fact that the videos couldn’t be shared, and I felt just safe enough to say yes. So I did!
It’s been amazing, the things that God has shown me in the several months that I’ve been a part of that ministry! I never believed it could be so different from writing! There’s just something about getting face-to-camera that adds a certain feeling of “sisterhood”, at least within the group anyway. It’s something I’ve come to appreciate as an entirely new art form.
Isn’t God amazing?!
Taking the YouTube Leap
After praying, discussing it with several sisters, and then praying some more, I finally decided to create the YouTube channel and announce it on my own personal Facebook page. The channel is called “Wells of Faith” and, as I said earlier, it currently has two whole videos. I had, and really, still have, a lot of plans for the channel, but I am actually experiencing a “deer in the headlights” scenario at the moment. And it’s the craziest reason!
I started making my videos with Windows Movie Maker. It’s free, it comes complete with some versions of Windows and is really super easy to use. Well, after you’ve messed with it for a little while. I felt pretty good about those productions of mine until I found out that the YouTube population in general thinks videos made with that program are pretty novice and lame.
I mean, I guess I can see why. It’s a program that’s so easy to use, anybody can do it really. But at the same time, you aren’t given very many options at all. You can put video footage together, add still frames and do voice overs. You can add titles and credits and text and such, but that’s really about as far as it goes. More complex editing just isn’t possible.
So, what do I do? I decide to go ahead and research the best free software, in addition to my already existing copy of Adobe Premier, which they say is excellent for editing. I decided, YEAH, if I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna DO THIS!
And then reality promptly slapped me right in the face!
I’ve always been a person that could pick up pretty much anything computer related. I’ve taught myself just about everything I know about software and programs, and I’m not too shabby with most of it. Excel can go on somewhere, but who really uses that? Ha! I went on to download these several free programs, but I was NOT prepared for that in any shape, form or fashion.
I’ve heard it said that the best way to learn something is to “just get your hands in it”, and for the most part, that’s true. Most mistakes can quickly be corrected or just started all over, and I figured editing for YouTube wouldn’t be that different. Boy, was I wrong.
Adobe Premier has left me feeling subhuman, somehow. Even with tutorials, I can’t get the first project going right to save my life. I’ve also tried Shotcut, OpenShot Video Editor and HitFilm Express. Granted, they said right from the start that the learning curve on these programs was pretty high. The problem was, I thought too highly of my own self and wound up whimpering away with nothing to show for my efforts!
I’m really laughing at myself, honestly. I should have known… I love tech and software as much as the next person, but I’m not “gifted” in it the way some people are. IF I learn it, it’s going to take a while. And a LOT MORE tutorials!
On the other hand, Windows Movie Maker may just be my only option! At least until I get well-off enough to hire a video editor!
So… the Lord knows my intentions are good, but we all know how that story ends. Y’all just pray for me! If I’m going to learn a decent editing program, it WILL BE through the grace of God!
In the mean time, if you have any hints, tips, awesome links, or any other seasoned advice, please feel free to drop that in the comment section, or message me personally! Thanks!