ONE YEAR of YouTube | 10K Q&A | Channel Housekeeping

ONE YEAR of YouTube | 10K Q&A | Channel Housekeeping

July 17, 2019 61 By William Morgan


Guess what? I’ve been doing YouTube for a
year.
Crazy! I also recently hit 10,000
subscribers, which still is something I’m
trying to wrap my head around. So I
figured I would do a year of YouTube /
10k subscriber…Why is my hand doing this…? Q&A, starting right now. Hey, guys! Welcome
to A.D. Keto. My name is Aaron. This is the
channel where you can watch a weird dad
work his way through the ketogenic diet.
I do some keto eating vlogs, I do some
keto product reviews, and I do some keto
giveaways. If this is your first time
here, please consider subscribing, and if
you do, make sure you’re on Notification
Squad by clicking the bell. So it’s been
a year! That’s crazy.
It seems like just yesterday I started
this thing. I actually got a nice email
from my buddy Glen, over at Papa G.’s Low Carb Recipes,
because we are… we are on e-mail. And he
said, “Man, it seems like just yesterday
that THIS happened.” And he sent me a
picture that I had posted to Instagram
last October, and it was a picture of my
subscriber count, and it said 100. And
that, at the time, seemed like a
monumental achievement. And to think that
I’ve done that since then over the last —
like, nine or ten months — a hundred times?
That’s mind-boggling to me. I can’t quite
wrap my head around the fact that I’ve
got more than ten thousand of you
watching and subscribing to my channel.
So thank you to anyone who’s ever
watched one of my videos, or has
subscribed. I truly and humbly
appreciate it. So thank you very much.
Before I get into the Q&A section, a
couple of housekeeping things about the
channel: As a channel with more than ten
thousand subscribers, there are a couple
of perks that I receive from YouTube, the
first of which is the Community Tab. And
this is something where I can post
something other than a video to the
YouTube feed that’s on your home page, on
your phone, usually.
It can be a poll, it can be a picture, it
can be a link to another video, it can be
a gif, even, I think. So that’s cool.
I will not overuse that. I’ve subscribed
to a few channels who post tons of stuff
to that community tab, and it is can get
pretty annoying pretty quickly. There is
a way to filter it, based on how much
content you want to see. I think it’s
like, “view all content”, “view only videos”,
“view some content”, I can’t remember what it is, but at any rate, Community Tab has
been activated, so that’s cool. The other
thing that YouTube doles out to channels
with more than 10,000 subs is something
called the “Merch Shelf”. As of this
recording, I have not yet received the
“Merch Shelf”, but by the time you see this
video, perhaps I will have received it.
It’s basically right under this video.
When I do receive this “Merch Shelf”,
again, always… I guess this is a
prerequisite for saying the words “Merch Shelf”. It’ll be right
underneath the video. It’s a link to my
Teespring page, basically. I’ve always had
a link to Teespring in the description
of my videos, but this is a more
streamlined thing (so they say). You can
see all the merch that I have available
right underneath… underneath the videos.
You can get a t-shirt like this one, I’ve
also got mugs over there. And 10% of
anything you purchase goes to the
American Autism Association, so that’s
cool. So the “Merch Shelf” may or may not
be here by the time you see this video,
but it’s coming, I think. So those are the
two pieces of housekeeping I wanted to
talk about. So let’s get into this 10K
Q&A. I put out a request for questions
over an Instagram a couple of weeks ago,
and I got some responses. So I’m gonna just scooch over here a bit. The first one is
from @trejosworld, and he says, “How can
a fatass like me who binges on carbs
stick to keto?” This is something I identify
with quite a bit, because I was that
fatass binging on carbs all the time,
and the thing that worked for me was
finding foods that I could eat all the
time. The first week I was on keto, I
ate nothing but eggs, bacon, and avocado.
And I just stuck with that. And
as I continued to eat that stuff, the
cravings for the carbs slowly subsided,
and that’s how I kind of went about it.
So I would say find foods that you like,
that are keto, that work for you, that you could eat. Or maybe remove some of the carbs
from where you are, if that’s possible.
Like, if you live with someone, Maybe
that’s not a possibility, but maybe if…
you know, if you can remove some of those
things from your general area, so they’re
not there to tempt you. But that would be
my advice, is to eat something that you
love, and eventually those cravings, at
least they did for me, subsided. All right.
The next question is from my buddy AGG,
@antigravitygains, and he says, “What do
you think the pros and cons of Paleo
might be compared to keto?” I’ve never
done the Paleo diet, but I know that it’s…
like keto, it’s all about eating whole
foods. The major difference, as far as I
know, is that things like fruit are
something you can eat on a Paleo diet.
Fruit is something that I that I do miss
quite a bit, so that’d be one pro for
Paleo. I could have a banana. I could have a an apple if I wanted. One of the cons…you know,
I’m… Having never done the diet, I can’t
quite say for sure, but I do know that… you
know, in eating things like fruit, you
know, that fructose is going to create an
insulin response, and perhaps Paleo does
not have the amount of non-weight loss
related benefits that Keto has, as far as
mental clarity, and… you know, hormone
regulation, and dealing with… you know, the
positive effects that keto could
have on things like depression, and
anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and
Alzheimer’s, and all kinds of other stuff.
I don’t know enough about it to answer
that intelligently, but that’s my initial
take, AGG, is that Paleo is good… they’re
BOTH great, compared to the Standard
American Diet. I will say that Paleo…You
know, our Paleo brethren enjoy their
fruit, but maybe we Keto folk enjoy a
few more of the benefits that eating low…
super low-carb affords.
All right. The next one is from @gormy_goes_keto. He says, “Ideas for breaking
out of a food funk?” You know, since going Keto, I don’t know
that I’ve ever had a food funk. Like… I
like the food so much. I feel like I could
eat a ribeye every day. Whether or not
that’s a funk, I don’t consider it a funk.
But I would say maybe if you’re feeling
bored with what you’re eating, perhaps…
you know, find a food blog that you’ve
never seen before. Maybe check out a keto
cookbook for inspiration. There are tons
of things. The thing for me is that it’s
got to be easy to make. So I’m sure
there’s something that fits the bill
somewhere on the internet, as far as that
goes. The next one is from @jen_lee_rosso,
and she asks, “What does your running
training a plan look like?” I wouldn’t
call it a plan. I have a pretty regular
running regimen. I will go on three to
four 5Ks every week in the mornings,
sometimes in the evenings. And then a
longer run on the weekends, usually over
ten miles. When I was on the Standard
American Diet and training for marathon,
I had a very regimented running training
program, but I’m still currently not
officially signed up for any races, but
I do still have a vague notion that I’m
gonna be running the Mohawk-Hudson
marathon in October. I have not been
doing any sort of specific training for
that, other than what I usually do, which
is 5Ks during the week at varying paces,
depending on how I’m feeling, and then a
longer run on the weekends. It has seemed
to do the trick for me. The next two
questions are the most humorous of the
bunch, and the first is from my friend
Erin, also known as @keto_in_california.
She asks, “Why don’t you give LeBron some
love? [Laker-colored hearts]”.
Come on. You know me. I’m a die-hard
Celtic fan, so this is doubly funny to me.
I’ve never been… you know, I will give
LeBron his due. He is undoubtedly
talented. Undoubtedly one of the top five,
six, seven players of all-time in the NBA,
and seems like a great guy off the court.
It is on the court that I have a huge
problem with him. Firstly because he whines and he flops, and for being one of the
greatest players of all time,
complains and tends to act like a baby
when things don’t go his way. And I feel
like he gets by more on his sheer
athletic dominance than skill. A lot of
people compare him to Michael Jordan. I
think Jordan had him beat hands down, as
far as fundamentals and skill. And LeBron
tends to just bulldoze guys. So I mean…
that’s not ALL he does, but I feel like
he can rely on his physical advantages
more than MJ ever could. So whatever. I
hope he wins zero titles in L.A. I don’t
like the guy. I wish him the best when he’s
done playing, but he’s ended too many
Celtics seasons for me to ever consider
cheering for him. The next funny question
is from @katie_ross526, and she asks,
“What’s your least favorite part about
being a YouTube sensation?” I’d have to
say the paparazzi. The harassment, the
zero privacy, them trying to take
pictures of me through my curtains and
blinds. It has totally got to stop. It’s
ridiculous. Call off the paparazzi. Next is a
question from my buddy Ben at @PrimalBro. He says, “How hard do your early videos
still make you cringe?” You know, I’ve been
an editor my entire professional life, so
editing has never been an issue for me. I
don’t cringe at the editing of those
early videos. What I do cringe about is
the quality of the footage. I’ve never
been a camera person. Never been huge
into production. My life has been spent
in an edit suite, so production is
something I’ve never done, and the sound
of those early videos… I had no idea what
I was doing.
Yeah they’re a little cringey, particularly the thumbnails. Here’s one
of the early thumbnails I thought would
be good. Oh. No, I don’t like that blue at
all. This is way better. So yeah, there…
there… I cringe a little bit, for sure.
Next are two questions that are kind of
in the same realm, about editing software,
from @ketobfray and from @mommy_in_ketoland. @ketobfray, Brent, asks, “Would you
ever edit using Adobe over Final Cut?” The
answer is yes. I DO edit using Adobe
Premiere Pro. As a professional editor
who used Final Cut 7 for many years, the
switch to Final Cut X was laughable. I
think Apple just completely said, “Hey,
professional users — we don’t CARE about
you anymore. Here’s something that iMovie
users will be comfortable with.” So I’ve… I
used Final Cut X when it first came out
for a few days, and knew pretty instantly
that was not for me.
I switched over to Premiere, which
behaved a lot more like Final Cut 7
(which I adored), and I’ve just stuck with
Premiere Pro.
@mommy_in_ketoland says, “What camera and software do you use to make your YouTube
vids?” I use Premiere Pro, like I said. I
also use the Adobe Suite. I know my way
around Adobe After Effects a little bit,
I use Photoshop. And the camera I use is
my iPhone 7 Plus. That’s it.
Early on, I used an iPhone SE, but
I’ve upgraded since to the iPhone 7 Plus.
That’s all you really need to start.
People ask me, “What do I need to start
YouTube?” All you really need is a phone.
That’s kind of it. Yeah, I’m still using my
phone. Hopefully that changes in the near
future, but for now my phone. Next is a question
from @faithr4ketokitchen. She asks,
“Will you be doing more cooking videos
with your daughter?” And this iis a tricky one. I mean,
she’s almost 13, and I feel like I want
to protect her privacy a little bit, and
just protect her in general. So I kind of
limit her exposure, both here on YouTube
and on Instagram. She loves to help. Like,
that’s the thing — she loves it.
And whenever I’m not doing a video down
here in my studio, she’s my camera person.
So you know, she’s gonna be in them.
You’ll hear her. I’m not sure that you’ll
see tons of her. I do love when she helps
me out, though. So the short answer is: I’m
gonna try to limit her exposure on the
internet, just because I’m an
overprotective dad. And the last question
is from The Notorious KKC, @kittykatcollins.
And she says, “When you started,
did you ever imagine how many cool
people you would meet doing this?” The
short answer is no. When I started, I was
like, “Hmm… I’ll put out a video. Maybe some people will give it a thumbs-up. Maybe
I’ll get a couple of comments.” But the
fact that I have — not only here on
YouTube, but on Instagram — met so many
people who I consider real-life friends,
and just the fact that I’ve been able to
be part of a community like this, and
kind of cultivate my own little
community here on my YouTube channel, is
astounding to me. Like, it is so rewarding
to have met so many people who are in
the same boat as me, who are eating the same way I am, who… I feel like we’re all going
in the same direction, and who… I feel
like we’re all part of the same thing.
It’s really, really rewarding. So no, I
never thought I would meet all the
people I did. But I’m super, super-glad that I
did. And actually, that’s a really good
transition to the next little part of
the video I wanted to talk about. And
that is kind of the future of this
channel, and where I sort of see it going.
I have some pretty concrete goals for
the next year, and they’re not really
about any sort of subscriber numbers or
anything like that, thouth. You know,
having a lot of subscribers is nice, but
if you don’t have things for your
subscribers to watch, what’s the point? So
the thing I want to do for this next
year is really continue to make videos
that you guys like, that you enjoy
watching, and they give you some sort of
value. So my first goal is to upgrade my
computer. The computer I use to edit is…
I’ve said it before, it still technically
qualifies as a computer, but it is super-
old. It’s a 2009 MacBook Pro. Keys are
falling off of it. Sometimes when I edit,
I have to turn off the video, because
it’s so slow that I only get two frames
a second. So first order of business is
getting a new computer. That will enable
me to make better videos, more quickly,
get you guys things to watch that are
entertaining, that you enjoy watching,
that you get value out of, some sort of
value out of. That’s the first goal. The
second and larger goal is that I really
want to attend KetoCon 2019. When KetoCon 2018 happened, seeing the videos on
YouTube of people who were there, seeing
the Instagram feeds of all the people
that I follow who were there, who were
taking these awesome pictures of…you
know, all these familiar faces together, it
made me so angry that I wasn’t there! It
looked like such a blast. So that is a
huge goal of mine, is to go to KetoCon
2019. And here’s the way I’m going to go
about doing those two things. I wrestled
with this decision for a long time, but
I’ve decided to set up a Patreon page.
and initially, I thought, “Oh, this is so
disgusting. It’s… it’s asking people to
give me money.” And I was like, “I’m not
doing that. That is so gross. I don’t want
to ask people for money.” But checking out
Patreon, I checked out the site, and it’s
different than just giving someone money.
It’s supporting creators that you enjoy,
in such a way that they’re able to give
stuff back to you. There are sort of…
tiers that you can join, whether it’s… you
know, one dollar a month, or whatever,
there are perks that the creator can
give back to the people who are
supporting them. And I thought that was
kind of cool. And I thought it’d be an
interesting way to sort of grow this
little community, and grow the channel.
I’m never gonna look to sell you gross…
you know, give you the hard sell on
anything, but I thought this patreon
thing could
help me get to those goals that I have, of
continuing to create videos that you
guys like, that you want to watch. And I
feel like if I were able to go to KetoCon
2019, I would vlog the living crap out
of that, make some cool videos, and meet
people, and be able to just sort of keep…
continue to grow this community, so if
you’re interested great. I’ll leave a
link in the description. If you’re not
interested, great! I’m gonna be here, doing this thing
no matter what. And that’s kind of this
video, guys. I hope you enjoyed it. I
really appreciate you watching over the
past year, subscribing over the past year,
I really appreciate the comments that
you guys leave. I’ve loved connecting
with all the people that I’ve found here
on YouTube, so thank you so much for
watching. I do appreciate it. I hope you
have a fantastic day, and I will see you
next time.