Sunday, 11 August 2019

Why I've Put Off YouTube For So Long


Ever since I started watching Zoella videos circa 2011, I have been obsessed with the world of YouTube. Embarrassingly, I even filmed a 'favourite products' video when I was 14 and thought I could follow in Zoella's footsteps. I thank my lucky stars that the video never saw the light of day because I realised it was far too cringey to upload. But why is it that I love to watch YouTube videos but can't bear the thought of me uploading one?

I have always been worried about people making fun of my blog and YouTube. No one that I was friends with knew about my blog for the first year that I was blogging and they only found out because one of them came across it by accident on Instagram. To be honest, I'm glad they found out that way because it avoided an awkward conversation of trying to explain it to them. I was pleasantly surprised by how supportive and interested everyone was in my blog - I had been telling myself for years that people would take the p*ss out of me for having a blog, which is why I'd only promoted it amongst other bloggers. However, YouTube feels a lot more daunting because I won't just be writing, I'll be talking (through a camera) to people.

Previously, I have uploaded a few travel vlogs to my YouTube channel (almost 2 years ago!). But these don't feature me in at all - they're just some clips from the places I've visited with music in the background. I wasn't too nervous about uploading these because I feel like I'm not really exposing myself to criticism since I'm not actually in them. Not that people necessarily would criticise me but it's a constant worry in the back of my mind. I also know that I shouldn't care what people think but it's a lot easier said than done! I haven't really promoted my YouTube channel across my social media channels, mainly because so many people from school and university now follow me on them and I still get the initial worry that I got when I first started my blog, but I know that it's something I need to do in order to be able to grow it. And YouTube is something I've been wanting to do for YEARS so I need to stop getting in the way of myself pursing my dreams.

I filmed so much travel content during my travels this summer (despite not knowing whether I was going to upload it), so I've decided to bite the bullet and put it out there to the internet. I would like to get into a routine of uploading weekly to my YouTube channel, however I need to get over the initial nerves of filming YouTube videos. Hopefully I will stick at it! I would love to meet other YouTubers who are in a similar situation to me so we can support each other. Let me know your YouTube channel below and I'll check it out.

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  1. I couldn't relate to this post more. I've recently done a couple of IGTV's but mine have been just travel footage with music in the background too. I'm definitely going to watch your NYC YouTube now, I miss New York!
    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. It's so daunting! I would love to do some IGTV videos too. Thank you for watching it! x

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  2. Youtube is so scary and daunting, isn't it? I tried it last year and it really helped to boost my confidence but I just didn't have the time to film and edit alongside other everyday demands. Blogging is definitely way more me. But I wish you all the best with it. Filming and interacting with everyone was so much fun. So I'm sure you'll enjoy it and you'll feel more comfortable the more you do it xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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    1. Yeah I hope I will become more confident the more I film! It is quite time consuming so I'm just going to see how it goes - hoping I can keep it up! Thank you so much x

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  3. I'm glad you are building your confidence up with youtube! I worried too and my first few years I wasn't in the frame at all. I've been trying to branch out more and try more sit down in front of the camera videos, it's nice to get positive feedback when I do so! :)

    I find editing the biggest frustration with youtube now, I'm getting better at the speaking to the camera side!


    Hope that you have had a great weekend :)

    Away From Blue

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    1. Hopefully the more I do it the more confident I will get in front of the camera! There are so many videos I would love to create but I keep stopping myself from doing them. The editing can be quite time consuming but it'll come with practice :) x

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  4. Awww good luck with it hun, I love Youtube. I was the same, I used to feel embarrassed about my blog but now I'm so proud of it!! x

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    1. Thank you! I feel like it comes with time - the longer I've been blogging the less I care about what other people think! x

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  5. So great that you got the courage to upload your video content.
    Good luck!

    www.fashionradi.com

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  6. This is so exciting, can't wait to watch everything! x

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