YouTube Really Isn’t My Thing.

YouTube Really Isn't My Thing.

[dropcap]Y[/dropcap]ou may remember, but probably don’t, that a little while ago I set up a YouTube channel. I posted a grand total of three videos, showing you around Berlin, the Norman/Breton coast of France, and a little bit of Paris. I then decided that actually I loathed every second of the whole process, hated my blog because of it, and pretty much hated myself. Bam, it was swiftly deleted and never looked back upon.

I can’t even link back to those videos because I literally have deleted the whole channel. It’s not like I’ve just conveniently forgotten about it, or just not bothered to share it with you. I have literally pressed the ‘delete’ button. Not sorry.

Weirdly, the feedback on those videos were actually really good. People seemed to like them, and the views were relatively high for a brand new channel, and I guess they were pretty good. It just didn’t feel right.

I get very torn between wanting to blog my life, and wanting to keep my life a secret. Obviously I post on insta on the reg, and at least twice a week on here, so as far as secrets go, my life isn’t one of the best kept. That said, filming my world was just that step too far for me. It revealed just a little bit too much, while all completely harmless things, and made me feel quite uncomfortable.

Normally I wouldn’t be too bothered by the fact that YouTube isn’t my thing, but lately I’ve noticed that a lot of my fave bloggers seem to be slowly making the transition to video, or at least branching out their brand to contain the odd YT vlog. I’ve been starting to worry if I’m going to start being left behind. It’s 2016, for flip’s sake, and I should be embracing all aspects of ‘blog life’.

The truth is, I’ve never really been into YouTube. I used to love it, back in the day. People like Charlieissocoollike and all the old school YouTubers. I totally missed the rise and rise of the new Zoella gang and I do feel like I’m kinda struggling to keep up. There are, of course, a few vloggers with whom I keep up to date (looking at you Robowecop and Hannah Gale), but on the whole I tend to use YT to listen to songs I’m not quite ready to pay for yet, and clips of American sketch shows.

Am I missing out in not embracing the YouTube generation thing? Will my blog and brand suffer because of it?

I don’t know.

I love the idea of doing vlogs, until I do them. I’m not one for having photos taken of me, and neither are the people that feature the most in my life, and that makes for pretty uncomfortable filming and viewing. My life isn’t a whirlwind of dinners out and fun with friends. If I vlogged this summer it would just be reruns of me watching reruns of random, probably average, TV shows. Cool.

On the whole, however, I just feel a little uncomfortable with the whole idea. And a little inconvenienced. It was no surprise that on the trips that I didn’t film my every move, or even photograph them, I felt so much more free and relaxed and able to enjoy my time doing whatever I wanted, without constantly putting on a show. I felt like my life was far more in control, and that the things I was doing were being done for myself, and not for some kind of online figure. That said, I’m always taking instagram shots so maybe I’m a hypocrite.

On the whole, the YouTube thing just made me feel like doing less. Blogging less. Being less happy.

Maybe once I have myself really established on here, I’ll branch out a little more. When my following has grown just that little bit further and I feel more comfortable being me online.

For now, however, I’m going to sit back and let everyone else do it.

Have you embraced YouTube as a way of furthering your brand?
Do you think not embracing YouTube will be detrimental?


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  • Sarah Smiles says:

    I totally get this. I started out doing Youtube and in the end, same as you, ended up deleting my channel because I just wasn’t into it anymore. I think its totally okay. This is your space and if you aren’t comfortable with Youtube – its fine, make your own rules! 🙂 xxx

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

  • Alice says:

    I actually had a chat with an old blogging friend about this yesterday. We met blogging back in 2012 and then YouTube was a smaller thing for the community.. More people didn’t do it than did! We were talking about if I should start making videos etc but I I’m with you – I just don’t think it’s my thing. I am comfortable with writing and not a fan of being in front of the camera in many situations! I don’t think blogs should suffer as a result of this 🙂

    Alice | Whiskey Jars Blog

  • Jennifer says:

    I haven’t branched into YT and I’ve got a real inner-conflict about it! My head says that everyone’s doing it now, that if I’m taking my blog seriously I need to get on it. But then my heart tells me that I know I’d hate it! I like taking photos, then getting on with my life. Not filming my every move! Equally, I like editing photos, but editing videos sounds like stress I don’t need. Right now I’m not taking my blog over to Youtube, I’ll stick with what I do. I have just started out with Snapchat today though and I’ll see how that works out for me!
    (PS. I also loved the old school youtube of charlieissocoollike etc. and missed the rise of Zoella & Co.)
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  • woodenwindowsills says:

    I totally know what you mean, I think I’d be really awkward if I vlogged. I do love watching other peoples too, esp Hannah and The Fletchers. I think there shouldn’t be any pressure to have to go down every brand route just because other people are too. Alice xx

    http://www.woodenwindowsills.co.uk

  • kellyannerist says:

    I filmed a couple of videos once and when I watched them back I felt so deeply self conscious that I deleted them. I could see how uncomfortable I was compared to when chatting away in a blog post and I knew then I didn’t really have the confidence. I sounded sheepish, I wasn’t sitting up straight and as I don’t have a YouTube audience I struggled to talk like I was addressing anyone directly. Maybe I’ll revisit it one day but for me the whole experience was horrible!

    Kelly

    http://www.kellyannerist.com

  • Jess Acorn says:

    Loved this post! I’ve thought about doing youtube many times but I don’t think it’s right for me, at least not right now anyway! And I don’t think your brand will suffer from not doing it because your brand is YOU and if youtube isn’t right for you then it shoudn’t be part of your brand! You’ve got an amazing blog and I know that I’m not the only person who think so, don’t make yourself do things you don’t want to do just because other people are doing it! xx

  • Aqy✨ says:

    Personally I don’t think it’s extremely necessary to have a YT channel, if videos aren’t something that we are comfortable with then we shouldn’t be forced to have one. I was a film major, but I find it more comforting to blog than make videos. I do have thoughts about making a YT channel and be committed to it but talking to the camera gives me anxiety so I’m still considering. Your blog is great and if you are already doing so well with the content and photos then I don’t think not having a YT channel will make your brand suffer 🙂

    Skinny Decxf Latte xo

  • Aimée Julia Cottle says:

    Yeah, I can relate. I’ve done 2, maybe 3 YT videos so far with another lined up. But I don’t really enjoy a) filming there, or b) putting them out there. I get a lot of positive feedback, though, which is why I keep going with it. But I don’t think YT will ever be my ‘main thing.’ Whether my blog will suffer for that, I don’t know. But if you don’t like something, and doing it doesn’t make you happy, why bother? x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • I know how you feel, youtube always sounds nice but just don’t think it will work for me! Snapchat is a good alternative as then I never have to worry about it but can still put some video content out there!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • I’m with you 100% here. Don’t think I could ever do youtube – I like watching certain vloggers, but I’m just such much happier writing than filming myself. Really nice to hear others feel the same because I did feel like EVERYBODY was heading across to youtube too..

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  • Sam says:

    I LOVE this post! I’ve been blogging for years but still a small blogger and I’m watching everyone move over to YT and I’m like ‘noooo way am I doing that!’. If this is the ‘new’ blogging then I’ll stick the old blogging and just do it for me – like you say, I can just watch for now! xxx

    Sam // What I Know Now

  • Lucy says:

    I’ve put up a few videos on Youtube but I’m not sure how keen I am to carry on posting – I totally understand it feels like you’re sharing a little bit too much!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Miu says:

    I prefer reading blogs over watching videos. Watching videos takes more time and I am feeling very easily embarrassed for other people, so it happens more often when watching videos.

  • kate/idoscope says:

    well YT is not necessary…i have a youtube channel and i love it for various reasons: it forces me to keep practicing English, editing and I really love to shoot lookbooks. it is the next step for someone who loves taking fashion shoots, then you have the vlogging part which is great because I have this huge fear of forgetting memories and YT helps me not doing it.
    but then if you don’t feel like it something that belongs to you, just leave it. it is a struggle and it takes so many hours of your time, so just follow your instincs and you’ll be good.
    have a good day<3

    xx from italy
    Cate ღ kate/idoscope

  • Dulce Sunshine says:

    i do videos just for fun, i don’t think in my blog as a brand because mainly i do it as a hobby so it’s the same with my videos, and mainly i do booktube, because books are my favorite subject in life and that is reflected on my blog and channel 🙂
    Maybe they are not the best videos but I have lots of fun doing them and edit them

  • Katie Louise says:

    I love watching vloggers on youtube, but yeah I just don’t think it’s for me personally. I can’t imagine carrying a camera everywhere and constantly talking to it when out…!

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