[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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