Last year I started a YouTube channel for this site, and have made about 75 videos since then. Many of the videos actually cover topics that I’ve already covered here in written form in the past (e.g., the 10 largest Amish communities; Amish children & discipline, etc.) as well as some new topics.
I have heard from some who like the videos, and from some who prefer printed content. I can understand both points of view (for me, my first preference is reading printed content, though watching videos has grown on me).
I started making videos in an effort to reach people who prefer videos as well (there are a lot of them). It’s simply expanding the formats Amish America covers (which also helps me keep the lights on 🙂 ).
So in many cases, I’m essentially converting existing articles and posts into video format.
But when I share a video here as a post, I have also been trying to add some written content to those posts when I can. Or, a link back to the original article that the video is based on – keeping in mind people who prefer reading.
So I am aware that not everyone likes to watch videos. But I hope you don’t mind that I am also doing this new-for-me challenge (each video is a lot of work – equal to about 3-10 blog posts – but it has been a fun and stimulating experience). After years of only writing, it is a nice change of pace.
You can think of them as just an additional piece of content – or in some cases as a previous article that has been transformed into video content. And of course I won’t be offended if you just skip the video posts.
Do I plan to keep writing traditional posts?
I’m still posting regular written posts, and I don’t plan to change that. I still post more traditional written posts than videos (by a 3-to-1, or 4-to-1 ratio), and that’s what I plan to continue to do.
I won’t make videos forever, but I do plan to make 100 of them, and then re-evaluate how things look as far as work required and how successful the channel is at that point – in deciding if and how to continue with making videos. But, regardless of how that plays out, I’m not planning to stop what I’ve been doing with this site for 15 years now.
I appreciate everyone’s feedback on this and of course I appreciate all of you as readers here.