As we will be entering 2016 in a matter of days I thought I would share my one year experience on Social Media with you all…When I refer to Social Media for me, that mostly means YouTube and Facebook.
I began my YouTube channel in August of 2014. At first it’s what I like to call the “honeymoon phase”. You know how it is when you begin a new relationship and everything is wonderful, all lollipops and unicorns. That’s how making videos was for me. This lasted about four months and the reality set in. By reality I mean, I realized that I was broadcasting myself to hundreds of people and those hundreds of people all have different opinions, values and personalities.
Most of the time I was blessed that those who left comments were always very kind, supported me when I needed it and supported my channel by always watching my videos and sharing them. On occasion I would get that lone keyboard commando who would send me a private message because they didn’t want people to see what they were really made of and they would say things just because they thought they could. Word of wisdom. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
I had a lot of fun in this past year making videos and sharing with everyone but as time went on, YouTube began taking too much of my time and I began neglecting most other parts of my life so I made the decision about two weeks ago to stop producing videos on YouTube and start focusing on what is most important to me and on my list is my blog. I am writing again when I can and I am truly enjoying it.
YouTube also caused me to spend money on items I wouldn’t have normally purchased and it helped me amass a ridiculous makeup collection. By summer of 2015 I had enough makeup to last ten years, most of which would go bad in months, I could have supplied twenty women with the stash that I had and I wasted a lot of money that could have went to better things. I have since purged my makeup collection four times and I am down to mostly only what I know I love and will wear. With the exception of lipsticks but that’s coming. I will share with you my now much smaller makeup collection and I still feel it’s a bit too much…
There is one thing though that I will always be grateful to my YouTube experience for. Some of the relationships I have been blessed with that, if I had never picked up my camera most likely they would have never happened. I had made many, many acquaintances but I have also made a few strong friendships that will last beyond YouTube and to me, those kinds of relationships are priceless. So, thank you YouTube!
YouTube showed me that while there are people in this world who love to try and drag others down and make them as miserable as they are through cruelty, it also showed me there are wonderful people out there who have truly loving hearts who will accept you as you are and where you are.
So what is my conclusion of my one year experience of making videos on YouTube? I believe one must be careful who they allow into their lives, one must be careful how much information they put out for the world to see, one must be careful not to get caught up in the “newest thing” being praised but, also be open to new experiences and most of all be open to those who truly want to be in your life. So for me I would say that my experience was 99% positive and I wouldn’t change a thing!..