I've been struggling with things to write on my blog for a little while now. If any of you follow my YouTube stuff, you would know I have been posting so much for the summer so I haven't really had the time or had any ideas. But a friend did recently suggest that I spoke about my own experience with my very own little YouTube journey; how I have learned and developed from having a very small audience... to now.
I have always said that YouTube has been the only hobby which I have ever been truly passionate about and not lost an interest for. Technically, I have been making content for the website since 2008 and have also been watching YouTubers religiously ever since. Back then, not many people were into the whole YouTube thing and nobody was making money from it - definitely not making a living. The YouTubers I remember finding were SuperMac18, iJustine, Shaytards, Katers17, Nadine, AmazingPhil and KyleMonkey. Because of the content I was watching from them, I was very much into skits and sketches, so I loved posting the typical 'how to...' and 'ten things...' type of videos. Probably because I was just trying to find my feet and was solely being inspired by all these other people on YouTube. Nowadays, I have come to realisation that the main reason I have had such an interest with the website is how easily I fall in-love with people's personalities. I adore getting involved with people's lives and learning all these tiny little pieces of information about them that eventually form into a whole person. Which is why I decided to go into a vlogging route on my channel; a more common, but interesting reason to be a YouTuber.
Telling my friends that I was on YouTube
This can sometimes be an issue; mainly back then when YouTube wasn't the "norm". Telling your friends that you made these silly little videos was always awkward because you would either have to wait for them to find them or just confront them and wait for a reaction. My friends were actually quite cool about it because they had said that they wished they could do it themselves and I had got them into YouTubers in the first place - hooray! It would always be really nerve-wracking to hear that somebody else who I would never have imagined seeing my videos to say that they have seen me on YouTube. I would usually just smile and say 'really?' as if it didn't bother me but inside I would cringe and wonder what I have recently said in my videos. Family would be even worse. Family members seeing me be weird on camera was just way too cringey for me to even comprehend. Nowadays, it's hard to find somebody who hasn't seen my videos. (I'm not being bigheaded; for some reason, all my friends just seem to know for one reason or the other). It's usually the first thing a friend would say to me who hasn't seen me in a little while. I could greet a friend and guarantee the word 'YouTube' would be brought up in the next few seconds. It doesn't bother me, but sometimes the same conversation overtime can get a little dry - haha! As for family, with my dad around, it's hard for somebody not to know. They are always asking about it or posting my videos up on their Facebook. Not that I mind anymore. Because they are so supportive and think it is such a new and exciting concept. I think that must be why my friends want to talk about it so much - I mean, if I worked at a local supermarket; would they want to sit over a glass of wine and talk about how the veg is these days?
Getting noticed in public
Getting noticed for doing whatever it is that I do on YouTube was never a thought that entered my mind in the beginning. I was too busy thinking about if my friends were going to notice that I do YouTube more than anything. But then there was the first ever girl who had asked me if I was 'NinkComPoop' in public... I didn't really know what to say. Yes? No? Maybe? ...I don't know? Haha! It just shocked me really. Did she want a conversation? A photo? But luckily, she seemed just as embarrassed as me and promptly walked off after a photo. However, this was at one of the very first Summer in the City events (an annual UK YouTube gathering), so perhaps the chances of seeing somebody who watched me were higher. But then trips to London and Brighton meant that I would most probably see somebody who would pop by and say hello. Conversation came a lot more naturally now that I was used to it and taking the odd selfie was so nice to do because I could look back at them and smile. Having the odd person pop by in my local area say hello is usually the most unusual as shopping for some milk is when you least expect a hug from somebody. However, it's always super cool to be greeted with a smile in somewhere like Disneyland Paris once - that happened once and it was awesome.
My future on YouTube?
Everybody is doing YouTube for different reasons. Whether it be because YouTube is becoming such a successful platform that people are seeing financial potential at, or because it's a good laugh. Personally, if I am being honest, I started it to kill time and it has ended up being an awesome opportunity to do on the side of studying at university. It's always nice to do something creative and media related while I study media. Meanwhile, all my friends work at supermarkets or in jobs they hate to pay the bills while I get by with the amount I receive doing something that I would do for free. I have absolutely no clue of what will come of the future for my channel, especially after university when I have to go into the world of work. In an ideal world, living from doing this passion would be my version of perfection. Who knows though, as long as I am happy and doing YouTube alongside something then that's good enough for me. It might not be my full-time job in the future but it will always be something I will do until the days of YouTube are over.
Love and hugs,