I think the whole YouTube topic is a very funny old thing to talk about. I can’t say I am really used to it not being a YouTuber. And for me to talk about it when really not knowing a lot about the platform is slightly odd.
A slightly weird and very embarrassing fact is that I actually used to have a YouTube channel… Yeah I know. I was 13 if that, thought I was being cool. God I even thought I had the perfect set up and I knew all about makeup etc… I can’t say it lasted too long and the cringe created from it still exists. It sends shivers down my spine even thinking about it.
But now I am a little bit older, wiser and surrounded by people who would be more accepting of my choices I still follow the idea I don’t want to venture into YouTube. When I first started my blog I would say ‘When I leave school I will make a YouTube channel’ because I wasn’t surround by people who would make fun of it. I was always worried about that side of things. Not everyone will understand you, and people will talk behind your back. That is the reality, hence why I kept my blog quiet for the first nine months of blogging. But I thought when I leave school I will escape that and then I can push myself into YouTube.
I have been out of education and in uni for almost a year now. But I still haven’t branched into YouTube and I can firmly say I won’t be. Watching videos on YouTube is something I love – in fact whilst writing this I am watching a bit of Saffron Barker. I often watch YouTube – specifically vlogs – just as a little pick me up too or before I go to bed. This world that YouTube provides mean we have an endless stream of content to binge on. I sometimes get sucked in and then 6 hours later I am watching cute cat videos. No your crying not me…
But similar, if not more so than blogging, YouTube as a space is becoming very saturated. Both physically and creatively. Its a challenge to produce content that people haven’t seen before. And it is a challenge to grow because there is just such a MASS amount of competition. I have spoken about this before in regard to blogging and in fact I did a whole essay on it last year at uni! Conquering that in the blogosphere is hard enough, let alone on a whole other platform too.
I also don’t agree with some of the content out there and trending at the moment. This is only matter of opinion, I totally appreciate the work YouTubers put into creating their content. But for me I am an old school YouTube fan at heart. I like all the old vlogs, the old collabs and the fave YouTube faces at the time. Even now when I watch YouTube it is going back a rewatching vlogs from however many years ago. I find nowadays some of the trends not really my thing. But these are the videos that do well because so many people are watching them. For me I would want to make content I LIKE not what I think others will like.
Time is also a big issue. For now, when I am not at uni I think I could just about manage it. But in a matter of time I will be back to uni and keeping up on my blog will be a challenge
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