Have you considered doing audio only youtube videos where you talk/lecture about things you like?
Like those video game critiques/book critiques videos, no matter how niche a subject is there will always be an audience if you are giving a quality product
Well, the same thing is true of ebooks: there will always be an audience if you're giving a quality product. But as my posts indicate, the problem is that I'm not capable of delivering a quality product. If I can't succeed at selling ebooks, why would I be any more successful on YT?
I have written a bunch of nonfiction articles about gaming and related subjects. I never made any money there, either, which is why I stopped writing them. If it takes me 20 hours to write the article, and I make $0.15 off it ... well, it's not sustainable.
Maybe I would try YT, except that seeing myself, or hearing my own voice, triggers my gender dysphoria and sends me into a tailspin of suicidal depression. Even if it didn't, I'm old and ugly and weird looking. I'm never going to be popular. And I have no technical skill in that direction whatsoever, nor any of the equipment I would need to make a quality program.
Originally Posted by Persephone The Dread
There are lots of writers who never made any money until after they died, so I don't think it says anything about quality just visibility/networking. Also almost everything creative that is popular is just easily consumable trash now anyway. Lots of people also eat fast food. I really like this channel but it's just a bunch of text to speech videos with really bizarre **** using other people and other people's characters, set to very poor animation which is somehow part of the humour (and they have like a million subscribers):
But I know that doesn't help in terms of money
The easiest ways to get money/attention (which often leads to money,) seems to be to just make YT videos about controversial issues as they're happening. I watched this nb/transguy go from a couple of hundred subscribers to 6000 in the last 2 months mostly because of that and got a bunch of patreon people donating now (50 atm which is $184 a month apparently) they seem relatively nice too so I'm happy for them. Obviously it helps if you're attractive and/or have a British accent (In the past I would have people repeatedly request I make more videos with me speaking when I'd only uploaded one with me speaking,) but if you're willing to really generate content that angers people you don't have to be and you could probably not even show your face just **** with people's emotions until a bunch start paying you (there are many who never do, just have some still image up while they rant and get paid.) But 9/10 the easiest way to do that is to be an ******* unfortunately who provides ragefuel to the common denominator. Which also explains the state of the internet in general.
(I don't actually have any ideas/motivation which is why this rambling paragraph exists, although it is interesting to go on patreon since that's how most people are funding themselves now that and ko-fi and see what people are paying to who and for what.)
There are authors who were not famous in their own lifetime, who became famous after their death. Kafka never published his writing, and wanted all of it burned at his death, but his friend disregarded his wishes and published it. And he is a brilliant writer. But that's a rare exception. Many of the other great artists and writers, who were not recognized during their lifetime, were supported by wealthy patrons who believed in their work. We don't hear about other talented artists, if they existed, because they never had that support and their work has been lost because it wasn't considered worth preserving. That I might, hypothetically, not be a terrible writer makes no difference to anyone, because it has no impact on anyone's experience.
In any case, I am not a great writer, nor am I trying to be (though I try to produce the best quality I'm capable of). I got into writing because I need money, and I will write absolutely anything to make money. I don't care how crass and commercial it is. You can't get
any more crass and commercial than the stuff that I write. I have been trying
to write "easily consumable trash" for years. The problem is that I am obviously terrible
at it. The bar has been set as low as it can be set, and I still can't jump over it.
I can't realistically go the YT route, for reasons I mentioned above^. Even if I were willing to provide that kind of ragefuel, I just wouldn't be any good at it, because it doesn't come naturally to me. Even that video you linked is way beyond my own technical capabilities (though fairly entertaining, imo, tbh).
It's easy to point out weird stuff that has succeeded for one reason or another (slapping chickens, bad animation) but it doesn't actually present an objective picture of what is possible. These are the flukes. These people have struck on some winning combination accidentally. We don't see the countless equally weird experiments that fail to catch on because they don't catch on. The 99 people who tried something as stupid as slapping chickens but that nobody found amusing.
So while it may be true that "there's a market for anything", that does not mean that "there's a market for everyone". Plenty of people will try to find their own market and fail. And I happen to be one of those people. Unfortunately for me, it's a matter of life and death. I have no other job to fall back on and I don't want to do a job that I hate (I'd be as bad at it as I am at writing anyway). Maybe it sounds like I'm being precious (I'm sure that it does) but aside from satisfying work, I have no reason for being here. I can't have a family or a relationship; I have no hope of fame or wealth or glory -- the reasons other people have to keep going, to keep doing the **** jobs that they hate. The one thing that will keep me here is having a job I enjoy. Otherwise, there's no happiness for me anywhere. If I hate my job, even when I'm not working, all I'll do is sit around dreading my job (like I did the last time).
Sorry for being so negative. I do appreciate the kind sentiments.