I stumbled across Curious.com about a month ago and was intrigued by the idea. The site has tons of video lessons on a variety of topics. I was most interested in their classes on technical topics, like setting up your own WordPress website (which has been on my to do list for a while), using Google Analytics and the like, but they have classes on just about everything. I’ve seen digital scrapbooking (didn’t know that was a thing), knitting, orgami, baking, interior decorating and even dog training.
For $8.99 a month you get access to all lessons on the site with no limit (that I’ve seen so far) on how many you can take. I think that’s a pretty good value. For example, I found a 17 lesson class in Mastering Images in Adobe InDesign. Since I am currently taking a class in cover design, I was very happy to see that course!
Many of the courses include small quizzes to see if you were paying attention. I like those because it’s helpful for me to confirm I got the basic idea.
One complaint. Some of the classes could be updated. The class on setting up a WordPress site has screen shots of HostGator which were out of date, and I had a difficult time finding the correct link to quick install WordPress. I’m good at navigating strange websites, and I almost didn’t find the link.
Why Curious.com instead of YouTube? There are certainly lots of video tutorials on YouTube, and it’s likely I could find similar content there. A quick Google search found, for example, plenty of InDesign tutorial videos, and I’m sure some or all of them were of comparable quality to Curious.com. For me, it’s a personal preference. I like the way Curious.com is set up with complete courses. It satisfies my desire to feel like I’ve finished something. I’m also one of those people who values something I’ve paid for which means I’m more likely to schedule time to view the tutorials because I’m aware I’ve paid for them.
If you are interested in offering tutorials, they do have an instructor program. I’m not sure it will pay better than monetizing YouTube videos, but I have a couple of tutorials I’ve been meaning to create, so I’ll probably give it a try. It might pay for my subscription. They even offer a class on how to make videos for your classes.
They offer a free trial (7 days, I think), so you can see if the selection offers you something of interest. I doubt I’ll keep my subscription indefinitely, but for now I’m enjoying the classes and the structure they offer.