The harsh reality of being a content creator

We are born in a generation where as long as you have the internet and a device (phone, laptop, video camera, etc), you can upload things online and share with the world. Depending on the person, there may be conflicting views on this. But we can’t deny the fact that the internet has created a lot more opportunities for people overall.

Today, I would like to blog about the harsh reality of being a content creator. Content creators are basically people who create content usually targeted towards a specific group of audience for their entertainment purposes.

Back then, most content creators started off as hobbyists. For example, when Youtube first became popular, most people were just posting random clips online. People never really thought of making money from it.

Eventually, people realized it was possible to make a living off Youtube. As long as you develop a huge following with lots of views, you can earn ad revenue!

So, people then started to make all sort of content in hopes of getting viral.

Maybe if they get popular enough, they could quit their jobs and pursue their dream career and do what they actually love!

While it sounds simple enough, reality is far from it.

In order to quit your job to pursue this type career, you must earn enough from your content so that it could replace your income. The problem is, most people do not want to pay for content.

Can you imagine if I charged you to read this? Chances are, you would just not read it. LOL

With so many other options, why would we pay for something that we could get free elsewhere?

Thus, if your dream is to become a content creator, you’re going to suffer A LOT. You’ll constantly be trying to get followers. Even if you have great and free content, you’re competing against countless of others and there is no guarantee people will watch/read/consume/follow.

Without people paying for your content/services/products, you will not be able to survive financially as a content creator.

It is very, very difficult. Some of you may say, “Well, can’t you earn lots from ad revenue?”

Honestly, ad revenue is almost non-existent. As the owner of, I can tell you that I earned less than $40 from 100k views last month. Generally speaking, I earn roughly $1 a day. Haha. There is no way you can afford to pay anyone/yourself a stable wage if you’re relying on ad revenue. It’s just pocket change.

This is what makes it so hard. Readers don’t want to pay to read. If you try to enforce a paywall, they will just go elsewhere.

But if you don’t charge for anything, then you’ll just doing free labour.

Ultimately, content creators need paying customers if they want to do this for a living.

Hope you guys found this post interesting. Are you guys currently supporting any content creators? What are your thoughts?

P.S. If you would like to read some steamy content and support me, you can follow me on patreon! 😉


Author: gchan7127

I just want to share all my knowledge, ideas, and experiences with the world. It makes me happy to know that I can inspire others.

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