Here we are almost 3 months since we started the West Family Music YouTube Channel! The past few months have been a real learning curve for us. I think Angie and the girls have been the most hard working women I know. Not only recording and editing the videos, but also learning music, and playing and singing as well. Who knew the struggles with lighting, sound, backdrops, shadows, and background noises. After spending a lot of time watching YouTube videos, Angie became our "video editor", another title to add to her already long list of titles. I simply play, or talk when I'm told! We usually put out two videos a week, a fiddle/singing one and a gospel one.
Angie has been very diligent with getting us on social media as well. You are now able to, not only follow us through my website (www.craigwestfiddler.com) and Facebook (West Family Music - Craig West), but also on Instagram (@fiddlinfam). These platforms have given great opportunity to connect with people.
The challenge with YouTube is to build our following and get people to subscribe, like and share. It's a lot of work to make the videos original and creative. Did you know that in order to get income from the YouTube channel, you need 1000 subscribers? We're at about 125, since writing this... Needless to say, we've got a ways to go...
In early November, we started doing what's known as the Blind Challenge. This series has served as an extra bit of content to give the audience a chance to get to know me as a blind person. We hope to continue this in the new year.
Thank you all for your support and generosity as we continue this crazy venture through a weird world...
Wishing you a joyous Happy New Year!!
Craig, Angie, Elisabeth & Erica West