Over on YouTube, I’ve been having a lot of fun reading kid’s books out loud. Being consistent has helped me to grow my channel. I’m getting more and more views each month, with a steady rate of growth of subscribers, too. But I have a goal, and I’ve set myself a sorta reward. The next hurdle for my channel is getting 100 subscribers. And when I hit that goal, I will do a YouTube live stream, reading Roald Dahl’s The Twits.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, in part because I know that once I commit to something like this, I have to do it. I can’t push that off for the 250 subscriber mark, or the 1000 mark. I’m definitely going to read The Twits out loud once I have 100 subscribers.
But I’m also mentioning it here because I need your help. The reality is that bloggers, YouTubers, and other content creators make their cool content because of some kind of passion. They want to share their knowledge, ideas or insights with the world. And I’m no exception.
I read kid’s books because I know the benefits that it has for little ones to experience great stories and books. To see the pictures and hear the words.
I also know as a mom how hard it can be to find great books. There are tons of them out there, but how do you know which ones are worthwhile? How do you know if a particular book is going to align with your kid’s interests and your own values? I’ve gotten so many books over the years that just haven’t worked for us. Either they have questionable morals or lessons, or they are completely boring for my kid.
That’s why I like to read fun books on my channel. I like to share cool videos with fun messages. Or interesting stories with stunning illustrations. I try to read a range of books from a variety of perspectives, to share some of my favorites so that other moms and kids can not only experience them but also buy them for their own homes and know that they will be worthwhile.
So, back to that help thing. Too often, I feel like people ask for help in gross ways.
For example, I tried to volunteer with my local Democratic party during the election, and all they kept hitting me up for was money or canvassing. No matter how often I told them that I wanted to get involved in ways that worked with my skills, and that I couldn’t keep giving them money all the time, that was all they wrote to me for. But then, at the beginning of this year, the new committee realized that they need to grow their website, their social media presence, and they reached out to me. Now, I’m getting to volunteer in ways that feel worthwhile for me, that work with my strengths and make the best use of my time.
That’s why I’m asking for you to help in ways that work for you. If you’re someone who shares cool videos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever else, please just share a video or a link with your friends. Every share really does help. Even if all you do is pin this post for later on Pinterst using the pretty vertical image at the bottom, that could help someone else see this fun YouTube channel I’m working on.
If that’s not you, that’s also totally fine. Maybe just tell someone about me when they talk about wanting to buy a book for someone’s kid. Or put my video on for your little one and see if they like it. If they like it, leave a comment on the video on YouTube to let me know. The more comments, likes, and shares a video gets on YouTube, the more it’s suggested to other people.
See, I’m not asking for your money. Or for you to do mindless sharing or spam subscriptions. But just check out the videos. If you like them, let me know. And maybe let someone else know, too.
Oh, and why The Twits? I remember reading it as a kid and loving it. It was one of the first Roald Dahl books that I was able to read myself and led to me going on to devour ALL his books.