I’m having a lot of fun working on my YouTube channel. It’s actually the first time EVER that I’ve looked at the platform as a separate entity to my blog. If you were to ask me three weeks ago how I defined myself, I would have answered that I was a blogger who occasionally used YouTube to help support my write-ups. Well, something changed in me after visiting the YouTube offices with the YouTube Kids Parent Panel earlier this month. I decided to stop trying to be the next VLOGGER X, Y, Z and instead…. just be myself. The reason why YouTube has never stuck with me over all these years is I used to force myself into a category that I didn’t feel comfortable being in. For example, my husband doesn’t particularly like daily vlogs. How could I then film our lives on such a personal level when I have one member of my household so very against it? That wouldn’t be fair to him. So, I tried to film around him for months!!! As if I could do such a thing. The dynamic caused me stress which made me not want to film at all which resulted in unappealing footage for my viewers. BLEH!
This year, I decided that I would film whatever I wanted to talk about and not worry about including my family. I also am no longer focusing on views or niches or monetizing like crazy right out of the gate.
While I have over ten years on the platform, I now consider this a very new venture. Everything I am doing is TRULY trial and error. I’m learning how to make thumbnails, search for tags, and schedule my own content. I know. I know. My 13-year-old cousins could teach me these tricks, right?? LOL! Well, either way… I’m having a blast and that’s all that matters.
One part of YouTube that I don’t particularly enjoy is the mean comment arena from the Internet Trolls. I have come across a handful of pretty nasty people and cannot understand why they give so much time and energy to hate. Don’t they have friends and family to love? Maybe not?
Praying on them and that’s the truth. There’s too much hurt in this world already.
It took me some time to decide how I would handle Internet Trolls and I am pretty happy with my decision. Take a look at my video and let me know what you think. Do you feel like it is the right move?
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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.