Vlogging 101: What Happens When You Run Out Of Video Ideas?

4 May 2017, 15:46 | Updated: 17 October 2017, 09:47

We the Unicorns

By Liam Dryden

We've got the perfect advice to get you out of your funk.

Every YouTuber’s worst nightmare is that fateful day where they turn the camera on, ready for another great new video - and they’ve got nothing. And while Vlogging 101 has covered a lot of things about how to make videos in its time; it helps to actually have some video ideas in the bank before you get anywhere near a camera. Trust us.

Running out of ideas is one of the worst feelings as a creator. But the good thing about this is, you’re not alone - every good YouTuber finds themselves stuck for ideas at some point!

It’s not easy to get yourself out of the funk, but it is possible; and we have the answers.

Watch our Vlogging 101 episode on coming up with video ideas below.

And as always, here's the written version:

Watch what everyone else is doing.

Take some time to watch a bunch of other people's YouTube videos. Step out of your own creative process for a while, and look at how some other people achieved the results of theirs. And this isn’t to copy what they’re doing; sometimes it helps to see how somebody else has approached a subject or a style, in a way that you can draw some inspiration.

Read the news.

A lot of YouTubers seem to forget that your channel doesn’t need to exist in a timeless bubble outside of current events. You can talk about what’s going on out in the world; and, if you feel comfortable, offering your take.

There’s a lot of weird stuff happening in the world that people need to be informed about - and at the moment, YouTube is sorely lacking in people willing to do this for their audience. So give it a shot!

Don’t be afraid to ask your audience.

There’s a lot of taboo in how people present themselves to their followers, and they don’t want to seem like they’re struggling to make things. But it’s all about how you ask. Do things like run a Twitter poll asking what kind of video people want to see; or ask for something like their "craziest idea".

(Although if you choose to do this, be prepared to sift through a lot of bad ideas. YouTube subscribers don’t always know what they want).

And if all else fails…

Find a tag video.

There’s no shame in jumping on a bandwagon once in a while, as long as it doesn’t become all you do. Find a recent video trend like a tag or a challenge, maybe grab a collab partner, and eat that American candy. Who knows, you might find that you have a lot of fun!

It’s very easy to let a lack of inspiration take over your mind - especially if you post videos to a schedule. But it’s really worth it to sometimes ask for some help, and not take the whole thing too seriously - these are just videos on the internet, after all.

For more advice on nailing your first YouTube videos, check out the other videos in the Vlogging 101 playlist below.