What is #100DaysOfYoutube?
It’s inspired by #100DaysOfCode, a challenge created by Alexander Kallaway, where you basically code for 1 hour every single day for 100 days. I gave this challenge a twist and I decided to make 100 videos where I’d publish them on youtube. A couple of years ago I also did the 100daysofCode challenge, you can read about it here, but this time I wanted something more special and creative.
~ The official website for 100DaysOfX challenges.
What was my goal?
Usually, during the summer I have some free time that I try to be productive while learning some cool things. This summer I decided not only to learn but also share that knowledge.
~ How would I do that?! By making videos about the things I already knew or I wanted to learn.
The problems I would have to face: Time management and editing
I started the challenge during the summer time which means I had some free time, maybe on the weekends it was kind of hard (because I was going to the beach) but in general, it was ok! Time-management problems started in September where I was working full time, started doing a master part-time, I had to travel abroad and I was freelancing, all at the same time… But still, I managed to find the time to work on videos.
Another issue was my editing skills. Now and then I used to upload videos but they were pretty raw… this time I wanted something better and something with value for the viewer. I started using more and more Filmora (an editing software program for videos) until I’d have something I liked.
What are the videos about?
I started with reviews on free or paid online courses I had already participated in. People seemed to enjoy them.
When I was on the 25th day of the challenge I did the last course review. You may ask why “the last one”, the answer is: I haven’t participated in any other online course… so I cannot review something that I don’t know.
I continued with some illustrator videos. I was trying to learn how to use it and I thought it would be fun to show everyone my struggles and bad designs!
After a while, I wanted to continue my education on freecodecamp so I made quite a few videos. A few months back freecodecamp had updated the curriculum hence I took the chance to record some videos on the challenges I wanted to complete.
And then it was time for something that kept me going almost through the end of this challenge: collections of UX, UI, Web tools.
I also wrote an article where I include all the collections I could find, you can read it here.
I found myself intrigued to start vlogging, I was afraid of being judged plus I was too shy to talk to the camera… from the other hand, I wanted to share my passions, my struggles, my trips, and my everyday life.
My very first vlog while I was traveling to the Netherlands…
In between these videos, I created some random ones like:
Or another one which I am actually quite proud of:
Ok, I’m almost done with the videos… Just let me share the 3 top requested by viewers
What did I gain?
“The sky is the limit”
- I got improved at time-management and scheduling
- I created a morning routine that I could actually stick to it (I was waking up early to record, edit and upload / I’m still waking up early to work and study)
- I got improved at searching, browsing, and brain-storming
- It got me motivated to create videos I knew people would either enjoy or find helpful
- I got feedback on how to improve my editing skills, as well as I, received a few tips on how to improve the video/sound quality
- I gain followers on YouTube and on Twitter
- And probably the most important: I learned, all the things I wanted to learn, either by searching or by other people sharing their knowledge with me.
My journey has not finished just because a challenge came to an end, my journey is actully just starting. I will continue creating videos, learning about tech, developing mylsef, sharing my passions and helping others as much as possible.