I have had my YouTube channel for almost as long as my blog, so around two years now. But, I had never uploaded consistently. It was basically just a place for the odd video that I wanted to embed into a blog post, not really somewhere I was interested in growing a following.
Then last year, as December approached I decided to take part in Vlogmas. I’ve always watched Vlogmas videos and loved them and I fancied taking on something that would really challenge me. I thought it would be a good way for me to become more comfortable in front of the camera and get better at editing videos.
After vlogmas I’d really got the YouTube bug and was enjoying making videos, so I challenged myself to upload twice every week. I also saw it as an opportunity to start building up my subscribers and aimed for 1000 subs by the end of the year.
I managed to stick to this for the most part up until April when I started to get very disheartened with my video views. You wouldn’t believe the amount of time and effort that goes into creating just one video, and when that video then gets just 30 views, well, it’s pretty shit. I was also finding that I was spreading myself too thinly and my blog was suffering because of the time I was spending on YouTube. I love blogging and I hated that YouTube was taking me away from something that I loved for the sake of a few video views. I just couldn’t keep up with blogging, vlogging and Instagramming, I salute those who do it all!
Believe it or not I’m actually a pretty shy person and I like to keep myself to myself. I know this might seem strange as I do put a lot of myself out there, but I guess I just share the bits that I want to share. Vlogging felt like I was putting too much of my life out on the internet for people to judge, and I felt quite uncomfortable about that.
So here we are. I have decided that at least for now, YouTube just isn’t for me. Vlogging doesn’t come naturally to me, and I want to focus on my main loves – my blog and Instagram. That’s not to say that I won’t ever vlog again, I definitely do want to record certain events such as birthdays and family holidays because I love being able to looking back on those. But that will be more for us than for anyone else, if that makes sense. And who knows, maybe one day I’ll give YouTube another go, but for now it’s just not my main focus.
But what about IGTV I hear you say?! If you don’t know what IGTV is yet, it’s basically Instagram’s answer to YouTube that launched just last week. The idea is that you can upload proper videos, rather than the little snippets on Instagram Stories. Right now, I’m not really loving it and don’t see it becoming something I use much. But, I do like the idea of maybe using it for short daily outfit videos. I think that would sit quite well alongside my main Instagram feed and wouldn’t take as much time and effort as for example, a week of outfits video for YouTube would.
Tshirt – Primark, Trousers – ASOS (old), Bag – ASOS (old), Trainers – Vans, Sunglasses – Primark
If you followed my YouTube channel or you follow me on Instagram, I’d love your feedback. Did you enjoy my videos? And what are your thoughts on IGTV? Let me know!
Thank you for reading.