Just Send Me the Free Tech Already!
I’ve been going back and forth about what I want the subject of my YouTube channel to be. It all started as a podcast, where I planned to read my Medium articles and essays and talk about what went into writing each piece.
But if Medium is any indication, nobody is interested in my writing except for me and my 10 true fans. I decided I would do a podcast because I had this bullshit idea that I was too ugly for YouTube, but I decided that, hideous or not, I really wanted to make video.
Then I thought I would just make a video version of my podcast idea, but again, no one is lining up to read my writing, which is fine, because I am still learning, and very patient.
So, I did an exercise that I normally do with people when I am trying to help them decide on a niche for their blog. The secret is to make a list of your talents, skills, and interests and find where they intersect with profitable niches.
That is the sweet spot.
For me, I have a lot of interests and being a polymath, I’ve turned quite a few of them into skills and expertise.
But I was also looking for something else in a channel. If I was going to make that kind of commitment of my time, I wanted to do a channel about something I enjoyed.
I want to have fun and make money at the same time.
After a lot of brainstorming, the thing that kept coming up was tech and computer gear. I can sit for hours and watch tech reviewers on YouTube and read and research every blog post and deep dive about specific technology I want to purchase for myself.
Hell, I spent 4 months obsessing over which Apple Mac M1 I wanted to buy, which configuration I should get, and the accessories I want to go with it.
But my current obsession with the Apple ecosystem isn’t the whole story.
The thing is, I don’t have a lot of money to buy tech, but I don’t want that to make me decide to buy cheap knockoffs that will break within a week. I look for quality-made technology that doesn’t break the bank. Often, you must look for items that aren’t from a well-known company, but sometimes it takes a bit of digging to find the right combination of cost and value.
I’ve become an expert on it.
Which made me think, since I don’t want my channel to be the same old tech reviews that everyone else does, maybe I could focus on cheap and inexpensive tech for people who don’t have a lot of money to spend.
Maybe I could focus on the technology that is worth spending a bit more money on because the quality is so good that it is future-proof.
Maybe I could help people who are broke like me avoid the trap of buying the cheap plastic knockoffs because that is all we can afford.
I think I found my niche!
I am in the process of writing scripts and filming. Thankfully, I just spent quite a bit of money on new tech so I have quite a bit of material I could use.
As I go forward, I will buy all the tech I want to review at the beginning of the month and spent the rest of the month filming, building, and publishing videos on YouTube. I imagine once I get popular, companies may send me tech products for free to review, but I can’t count on that so I need to come up with a way I can afford tech on my limited funds.
Along with the video, I am going to publish a written review right here on Medium, since I don’t want to take the time to build out another blog.
I’ve trimmed back my life so I only have a few balls in the air, and I can focus on what is important without having to hustle and grind until I die. A lot of the time, I try to do way too much.
Jack-of-all-trades, master of none.
Again, I just want to enjoy what I am doing and earn a living at the same time.
How You Can Help
What has been the tech you have purchase in the past 6 months that has turned out to be a good purchase? For me, it was the MacBook Air. Best money I ever spent.
What have you bought that checks off all the boxes?
Leave a comment below or contact me a firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the channel is ready to launch, I will be sure to let everyone know.