It has been close to a year since I opened Sublime (my then IDE, which I substituted with VS Code) and saved
1<h1>Hello Kisho, you are going to be the best front end developer in world </h1>
I type phrases like this instead of Hello World or some gibberish since these positive affirmations help me push myself harder. Seeing this text appear on the screen after the hot reload was one of the best feelings I have not experienced for some time. It was very trivial, I know, but for someone like me who had looked at IDEs of other developers and considered themselves to be magicians doing something I could never do, this was a big deal.
Why I started my YouTube channel
1. Having a YouTube Channel helps me become a better teacher and developer
Albert Einstein once said that “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.” and this is a quote I firmly live by as I have been a teacher for over 3 years in several universities before I started coding and have discovered this to be true. Recording myself on YouTube makes me realise several things
My voice does not sound too good in my ears (I apologise if you feel the same way)
I do not know what I am talking about enough to teach it
I need to polish my delivery of thought and make it more comprehensible
These insights then make me go back to the drawing board, learn what I need to learn to fix the above issues and then deliver the content in an easier to understand manner. Doing this and understanding the topic in this depth then makes me a better developer.
Having a YouTube channel definitely give me exposure as it is another channel through which clients can find me in addition to my Website, Medium and LinkedIn. Having such a channel I believe lends me credibility in the eyes of the client as they are hiring me for my expertise which they get an understanding of via my YouTube videos. I say this as this is how I feel if I was searching for a developer for my project + based on conversations I have had with my friends and family.
3. Making new friends
By sharing my knowledge and learnings, I hope to make new friends in my fans and fellow YouTubing developers and improve my social skills. From what I have already seen on other YouTube channels, it might also be a good place to improve my ability to deal with negative comments (because let’s face it, not everyone might agree with me).
4. It might help me get headhunted or improve my chances of landing a job
Before I even started writing a single of code, I reached out to and interviewed a lot of friends and friends of friends who are involved in hiring developers for their companies. The overarching theme from these conversations was that companies today are not looking for developers who are only proficient in their technical skills. Companies today are looking for employees who are technically proficient (and no, you can even be self-taught without a CS degree), but also those who are willing to undertake continuous learning, take part in knowledge sharing, speak English and be a good cultural fit. Starting a YouTube channel helps display almost all of these, so hey who knows, I might even land a job thanks to this channel!
5. Generate some side-income with YouTube
Sure, I might not have a huge number of subscribers now, but who is to say that I won’t one day? At the moment I might not be the best developer-oriented YouTube channel out there, but If I keep improving myself with regard to this and be patient and consistent, there is nothing to stop me from earning a few extra bucks here and there.
I believe that starting a YouTube channel will really help me become a better developer and improve my chances of landing more clients. Starting this channel was not easy as I was worried about whether I would be liked but after some thinking I have come to realise that it does not matter. What matters is that I will try to teach all I know in the easiest possible way to understand and make a difference in the life of at least one developer who might be stuck with a problem I had some time back. If I can make that difference, I am happy.
Here is the link to my YouTube channel. I would love it if you could show me some support by subscribing or sharing this 😊