I haven’t written a blog post in ages, I’m not sure what’s been happening but it’s been a combination of lack of motivation, being busy, feeling down/exhausted, and just not wanting to sit here and take a couple of hours to write out a post. Even now, it’s taken me several attempts to get into writing this one even though I know it’s not as much effort as writing a review or a recipe type of post, I just don’t have the ‘oomph’ I used to have for blogging.
Anyway, I’ve got 5 blog posts planned from now until mid-July so hopefully I will keep on track and get back into the habit of blogging again because I do enjoy it- for the most part!
Today I wanted to share my experiences in my first month of vlogging- for those of you who don’t know, I now have a YouTube channel where I upload weekly vlogs of my adventures around London. The idea for this sprang from watching The Michalaks every week and loving the creative way in which they capture the memories of their baby son growing up. I thought it would be a really cool idea to do the same thing for when I go on my Year Abroad in September, as I can watch back the videos and my friends and family at home can share my experiences as well. Because I’m living in London over the summer for the first time since I started university up here, I thought that I may as well begin during the summer months after I finished my exams, because there’s so much going on in London and it would get me into the habit of filming, editing, and keeping on track of it all.
And so my vlogs were born!
I have been loving it for the most part so far. It’s quite a struggle sometimes when I really don’t feel like getting my camera out, especially after a long shift at work, so I have to be creative with my shots and plan my time effectively. I use a weekly planner specifically for the vlogs to show me how much footage I’ll accumulate each day, and it’s really helped me get out more and experience my city instead of simply going to work then coming home and holing myself away in my room or going home to see my boyfriend and spending all weekend at home, doing nothing.
Not everyone feels comfortable with a camera in their face, so I always have to be respectful of this. Lots of my shots don’t include faces and I barely include sound, so my friends don’t have to worry that they look or sound silly. It also looks like I spend lots of time by myself, and while this is true due to social anxiety, it’s simply because my flatmates/friends and I all work full and part time, so our schedules don’t often overlap at a place where we can all spend time together. Still, I try to make plans with people as often as possible and the vlogs vary from one week to the next in terms of how much time I spend with friends.
When this post comes out, I’ll be almost finished my 5th week of vlogging which has gone so quickly! I love watching them back, and it’s interesting to see how much time and effort goes into it- a week’s worth of filming and editing all results in just 10-15 minutes of footage set to music with some cool transitions. And then it all starts again the following week! I let it get on top of me sometimes- my blogging has obviously suffered, my room is an absolute state with wires, chargers and papers everywhere (let’s not even talk about my desk), but I am slowly getting into more of a routine and it shows in my work.
I’m really proud of the content I’m creating, and I’m not doing it for the subscribers (all 14 of them) but to create some amazing memories that I can look back on in years to come- and more importantly, to get me out of the house and making the most out of each experience!
Thank you to anyone who watches my videos from here, it really means a lot to me!