I wanted to reach out to you all because I need your help. I also wanted to have a bit of a heart-to-heart with you because there have been a lot of changes to my blog recently, and I haven’t checked in for a while.
You can probably tell that I was having trouble with time management as I started graduate school last month. It’s a constant work in progress, but I really appreciate how supportive you all have been, and how patient you’ve been with me when I’ve let a week or two go by without posting. You guys make me want to be better, to keep going when I’m feeling swamped. And that’s a pretty amazing thing!
You’ve also probably noticed that I’ve been focused on building a YouTube channel to go along with my blog posts. I’ve kept it going for about three months now, which seems insane! I feel like I still have so much to learn and that I’m still just starting out, but I have about a dozen videos up already. It’s been quite a learning curve, and one of my videos has over 1,000 views!! That’s so freaking cool. I’ve been enjoying this new road and have even talked a bit about starting a second channel once I can put in the time for it.
YouTube is something I’ve been thinking about for a looooong time. It’s crazy that I’m finally doing it. I knew that I could put it off the rest of my life because it’s scary, and because there was no way my videos would be perfect from day 1. I’ve had to let those thoughts go and just dive in, and accept that I’ll always be learning along the way. I can achieve everything that I want to achieve, but only if I start somewhere. That’s a really powerful and intimidating thing to think about. It’s made me look back a lot on the beginning of this blog, and how I was so scared to start this too, but how much I feel like I’ve grown because of it. So far, like this blog, YouTube has been an amazing experience, even when I’ve gone through times when I’m kicking myself for putting so much of myself out there, or when I’m not feeling totally sure about its place in my future. All I know is that I keep going back to it, and I want to be better at it, and that’s enough to make me want to keep pushing forward.
However, as of right now, I’m sensing that I don’t have a very good balance with my blog and my videos. I feel like I’m not writing blog posts as often and spending more time with my videos, and that makes me really sad, because I started with blogging, my first love. And each time I post a video to my blog, I struggle with figuring out how much text to put with it before it becomes redundant. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time, and it’s hard to know what’s more efficient–posting the video with a little text? Posting an entire post along with it? Only writing additional information in the post and keeping the video’s information solely within the video? I don’t know. I keep straddling this awkward middle ground because I keep coming up with blog post ideas and realizing that they’d make great videos too, so I end up trying to do it all but never knowing which direction to go in. That’s not fun for me, and it’s not fair to my readers.
With that said, I’m so excited to be moving forward, and to always be working to improve. I’ve been having a blast making these videos, and I really hope you like them! I just have to figure out how to make the videos work with this blog.
If you’re still with me, thanks for hanging in there. The bottom line is, I would LOVE some suggestions on how you think I can find a better balance. Am I neglecting the blog for the videos? What kinds of posts would you like to see purely as written posts? What kinds of videos would you want to see more of?
Please take advantage of the contact form at the bottom of this post if you’re not comfortable with posting a comment. If I get a lot of responses, I’d be glad to post an update to let you all know my game plan for tackling the issues and ideas that you all bring up. If you have something you’d like me to respond to directly, make sure to include a way for me to contact you in your note so I can follow up.
Thank you again and again for your support through all of these changes, and thank you in advance for your ideas and advice to help make this all work. It is so humbling to wake up and see your comments and kind words each morning, and I can’t imagine you guys not being a part of my life.
Until next time,