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YouTube has matured so that some channels are huge setups with lots of people involved. But what if you’re a one-woman-band who doesn’t have a group of people to help you create content?
In that case, you need great and simple ideas that are possible to do, even when working alone, which is what this post is all about.
So without further ado, here are 16 YouTube video ideas you can make as one person.
1. Introduction Video
If you’re starting up a new YouTube channel, what better way to begin than by creating a great
Depending on the type of channel you have, you can introduce yourself, your company, or your team. You can even create a high-quality “preview” for your channel, showing viewers the different types of content you’ll be sharing.
There are also more creative ideas for your introduction video, such as “Draw My Life,” where you tell viewers about yourself by doodling events from your life while narrating a voiceover.
Vlogging is huge these days, and becoming a vlogger is one route to success! Viewers love to
see that their favorite entertainers are real people too, and vlogging allows them to observe
what your life and personality are really like outside of your typical content.
Becoming a vlogger is a good idea to rack up some additional views; many YouTubers actually create a separate channel for vlogging altogether!
You can vlog pretty much anything – simple video ideas are key here. Your vlog could be a typical day in your life, your trip to the grocery store, the process of cooking dinner… If you have loyal subscribers, they’ll be interested in everything you do as a vlogger!
3. Review Video
Review videos are extremely popular, and they’re the perfect choice if you’re searching for simple
video ideas. With the Internet at our fingertips, it’s widespread to look up reviews of a
product before purchasing it.
The same goes for movies and TV shows, video games, recipes, technology… You name it. People are looking for a review of it!
Regardless of your channel’s niche, you should easily be able to find something to review. Your subscribers value your opinion, so a review video is a great way to gain some YouTube traction.
4. Explainer Video
What is your channel all about? Do you have a product or service to talk about?
A brief explainer video is a great way to clear up any common questions and give your viewers some background information. It also works as a way to advertise your company, product, or service!
YouTube videos can be linked and shared across many different types of social media, so you
can put your explainer video up on multiple platforms to really engage with your audience.
A tutorial is another idea that works for any type of channel.
What’s something you know how to do well? Whether it’s putting together an outfit, doing makeup, coding, pet care, playing an instrument, there are people out there who are interested in learning how to do it!
Share your knowledge in a fun and easy-to-understand way. There are so many different creative ideas when it comes to YouTube tutorials, so don’t be afraid to use your imagination.
A Q&A can be great for beginners as well as YouTubers who already have a following. Beginners can ask friends and family on social media for questions they’d like to see answered in the video.
More experienced YouTubers can either ask subscribers for questions or collect common questions they’ve received in their videos’ comment sections.
Either way, a Q&A is a great way to engage with your audience and let your personality shine!
7. Milestone Video
A milestone video could celebrate your 10th video or your 100th video, your 100th subscriber, or
your millionth subscriber – you get the idea.
Anything that you consider a milestone to your channel can be made into a milestone video. Celebrate with your subscribers, and be proud of yourself for your accomplishment!
It doesn’t matter what kind of contest, as long as it relates to your channel, and inspires your
viewers to participate!
If you provide a product or service, you can make the contest into a giveaway.
Make sure to brainstorm and put together a list of creative ideas. It’s always a good idea to make your contest stand out by adding your own unique twist!
Storytime is a great choice if you want to showcase your personality and really interact with your
viewers. You can make it funny, emotional, reflective… The options are endless!
Some funny video ideas include your most embarrassing moment, something silly you were punished for as a kid, and the worst gift you’ve ever received.
10. Opinion Video
For beginners and longtime YouTubers alike, opinion videos are a good idea to engage with
your audience and bring in some new viewers.
Respond to another YouTuber’s video, discuss something you think is overrated, share your political viewpoint, or talk about your favorite food.
Be yourself; show off your personality and be authentic.
11. Tips and Tricks Video
What are you good at? Share your secrets with your viewers by creating a video filled with
handy tips and tricks.
A few examples are to teach your subscribers how to make a craft, how to beat a particularly tricky level of a video game, or how to do yoga. It’s up to you!
12. Travel Video
Create a travel diary, a vacation lookbook, or a vlog detailing your experience while visiting a
place far from home.
You can talk about future travel plans, past travel memories, and the lessons you learned along the way.
Show off your adventurous side, or get creative with your camerawork in exotic locations.
You can keep your video simple or go all-out; it’s ultimately your choice as the content creator!
13. Comedy Skit
It’s time to bring all of your funny video ideas to life.
You can perform a skit or choose to create a standup comedy routine. Showcase your one-of-a-kind sense of humor and show your viewers how hilarious you can be.
Humor is always a hot commodity, so don’t shy away from filming those funny video ideas you’ve been thinking about!
14. Music Video
You can create a music video for one of your favorite songs, or even for one of your own songs
if you’re a musician.
You could also film a performance if you sing, rap, play an instrument or make a video to show off a beat you’ve created.
The music niche is a big one, and it’s a great area to get into if you want to let your creative ideas flow.
15. Highlight Reel
This is an especially good idea for YouTubers who have been creating content for a while now.
In a highlight reel video, you can show off the high points of your YouTube career, including
your funniest or most popular moments.
You can even put together a blooper reel if you’d like! A highlight reel is similar to a walk down memory lane, reminiscing over all you’ve accomplished on your channel.
16. Mail Time
If you already have a following on YouTube, chances are you’ll start to get mail from your fans. You might even get sent products from companies that hope to get their product featured on your channel.
Do a section called ‘Mail Time’ where you open the mails and gifts that people sent you. Depending on the amount of mail you’ve received and want to feature, this can be a part of another video or a whole video in itself.
Make sure to mention who sent it to you, and always remember to say thank you. Your fans have taken the time to send it to you because they appreciate your work. Make sure to let them know that you appreciate them too.
A shout-out goes a long way!
The Bottom Line
It’s common for both beginners and longtime YouTubers to get stuck trying to think of new content ideas.
But hopefully, our list has sparked your creativity and given you the simple video ideas you need to succeed on YouTube!
Whether you prefer creative ideas, lean towards becoming a vlogger or enjoy funny video ideas, there’s a way to personalize any video so that it fits your individual channel and personality.
About the author:
Jan Sørup is a videographer and photographer from Denmark. He owns filmdaft.com and the Danish company Apertura, which produces video content for big companies in Denmark and Scandinavia. Jan has a background in music, has drawn webcomics, and is a former lecturer at the University of Copenhagen.