I’ve had 6 months on YouTube and it’s been a steep learning curve. I did a full analysis and wrote myself a long paper on where it was all at and what I had learned. It was a great document if you ever want to get into YouTube, but then I had an epiphany.
In Season 1, I think I fell into the trap of becoming a professional YouTuber, asking for subscribers and chasing the coveted 1000 where I can monetise the channel. This season, I’m making documentaries because I want to find out the story behind each photo. There’s usually an amazing tale of a Tasmanian who had a life so different from ours and faced challenges that we just can’t imagine today. And they often achieved much more than we could hope for.
I went on a holiday and discovered my passion for the stories. I’m making documentaries because I want to see them. They’re sort of a by-product of the research into each photo. And my focus is on telling the stories. I won't say I've totally given up on monetising YouTube to fund the collection, but I have given up on thinking about it and trying to make certain numbers move a certain way on YouTube's statistics. I'm making the sort of documentaries that I like to watch and hopefully you do too.
I have found it’s really hard to do this on my own. Your feedback is really important to me as well as your input into the stories.
If you wish to and are able to, you can contribute to the collection by making a pledge on Patreon. Just a small amount each month really helps keep the lights on and the collection out of mothballs. And a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has already done this.
I wrote a lot of marketing stuff as part of that long YouTube document, but here's the mission statement, I think that is worth keeping. The rest can sit in the cupboard for now.
Forgotten Tasmania shares the wonder of Tasmania with the world.
John Watt Beattie left a legacy. He started a passion for Tasmania that is still burning more than one hundred years after his death. His photographic collection gives us a view of Tasmania’s wilderness, industry, our people, both those that arrived in the last 200 years and those that were here before; our indigenous, convict and colonial ancestors.
These photographs are an extraordinary window into our past, they can take us back in time
and show us how things have stayed the same or changed with the ebb and flow of history.
We are Tasmanian, these are our stories.