Uploading consistently is important to keeping your channel’s place in the YouTube video ranking algorithm. However, there are bound to be some weeks you just don’t feel like filming. Maybe you’ve been too busy with other projects or you’re just feeling burnt out. It’s okay if you create a more low-key video occasionally.
Here are a few things you can do when you don’t feel like filming a video.
Use outtakes from previous uploads to create a blooper reel.
Whenever you edit your videos, you probably cut out a lot of flubs, mistakes, and off-topic segues. If you’ve saved all of that footage, then you can turn it into a “blooper reel” video. Behind-the-scenes content is always fun for viewers, and highlighting your funniest flubs will make it especially enjoyable for them.
For example, a few years ago, AmazingPhil wasn’t feeling well enough to film a full video. So, instead, he filmed a short intro then created a blooper reel. He used outtakes from his channel, his roommate Daniel Howell’s channel, and their shared gaming channel.
Do a laidback live stream then upload the file as a video.
If you’re on a time crunch but still want to create some original content, then you should do a live stream. It will only take about an hour of your time, and you can upload the file to your channel afterwards. Be sure to let your viewers know when you’re going live and tell them that they’ll be able to watch it back later.
Gaming vlogger Clare Siobhan uses her second channel for live streams. She captures the footage from Twitch then uploads it as a YouTube video. That way, her viewers who are in different time zones can watch whenever they have time.
Use footage from a video that you scrapped to create a “lost” video or a “fail” video.
Finally, if you look back through your archives, you might be able to find footage from a video idea you scrapped. Even though it didn’t work out before, you might be able to reimagine it in a new light. You could frame it as a “fail” video or a “lost” video.
For example, a few years ago, vlogger Joey Graceffa wasn’t feeling well enough to create a brand new video. So, he compiled some random vlog footage he’d filmed over the past month to create a new video. He framed it as “I Wasn’t Going To Show You This,” which piqued plenty of viewers’ interest.
Creating high-quality content is a key part of building a successful channel, but not every video needs to be a major production. Giving yourself a bit of a break with a low-key video will give both you and your audience a chance to relax.
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Kristen Harris enjoys listening to a wide range of music, from Taylor Swift to, on occasion, Celtic instrumental. She also spends her time writing, reading, and baking.