I have always enjoyed talking about philosophy, but I never really believed that I would be able to make money by doing it. I do not have a college degree, but I have managed to learn a whole lot about philosophy simply through reading and studying all on my own. Because I do not have a degree, there is no way that I would ever be able to get a job as a philosophy teacher, and so I have always had to find other methods of getting my ideas out to the world. A couple of years ago, I started a YouTube channel that was basically just me sitting in front of my web cam and talking about all of the ideas that I had come up with and all of the great philosophers who had interested me. It had always been a relatively small channel with only a few subscribers, but it has recently grown quite a bit.
Probably the main reason that it has grown so much recently is due to the fact that I decided to try to buy YouTube subscribers. I know this does not necessarily sound like the most rational thing to do, as I had at first just assumed that there would be a bunch of fake accounts subscribed to my channel. However, as time passed I found that there were a whole bunch of people who were not only watching my videos, but also commenting on them. In fact, there were people in the comments sections getting into heated debates about the content of my videos. This was the first sign, to me, that I was beginning to grow quite a bit in my online presence. The fact that people were actually commenting led me to believe that these were not fake accounts, but were actual people who watched the videos and had their own thoughts about them.
I now have about fifty thousand subscribers, and I have even set up accounts so that people can donate to me and help me to earn a living talking about philosophy. On top of that, with the amount of views my videos are now getting, I have also been making money directly from YouTube. It really is exciting to me that so many people are willing to listen to and discuss these ideas, and I think it provides hope for the future of philosophical thought. Not all of my subscribers always agree with me, but they all seem willing to listen to my ideas and discuss them.
I never would have thought that I would have been able to have a career talking about philosophy, but here I am. I now have a relatively big YouTube channel that supports itself, and the money that I have earned has allowed me to purchase a new microphone and a new camera, which has made the content that I have been creating much higher quality than it ever was in the early days of the channel.