When I tell most people that I have a blog and that I make YouTube videos, I usually get funny looks, a couple laughs, and people concerned about my safety. I’m definitely no blogging superstar, but i have plenty of experience. I’ve had this blog for around 2 years and been off and on youtube for about 8 years, and I feel like I have learned so much…except for how to grow a following (if you have any tips please email me). Over these past 8 years, I have found that many people are interested in what I do for fun but they don’t fully understand it. So, here is my story of how I got into the universe of blogging and why I do it.
How My Blogging Obsession Started
It all started the week before Halloween when I was in 7th grade. I decided that for my costume that year, I wanted to dress as a creepy doll. It was the first year that my mom let me throw a party at my house, and I wanted to be the best dressed. I didn’t know much about makeup then, so I thought it was a good idea to look on YouTube. Back then, the YouTube community was very small, but I came across a few good “creepy doll” makeup tutorials. After I watched the first one, I was hooked. I couldn’t stop watching all of the makeup tutorials.
It took me 9 months to film my first video and set up my channel. I filmed it in the Teddy Bear Room at my Great Aunt Nancy’s House in Canada with my cousin. My YouTube channel name was honeypeachbelle and needless to say, that video never got posted. I finally posted my actual first video in 9th grade…a couple years later. It was a what I wore on my first day of high school video, and I left for dinner and came back with over 150 views. It was so exciting for me that people were watching my video and that I was getting to entertain and help people.
What Blogging is All About to Me
Helping others and entertaining. Ever since I watched my first video, I knew that the information that I was consuming was entertaining to me and actually helped me. Learning how to do my makeup helped me feel more confident, and the videos became the main source of media that I consumed. All of these girls were just like me, and I loved it. I know that, if they helped me, I could help others too.
To me, blogging is about connecting with everyday people, crafting quality content for readers to enjoy and learn from, and creating opportunities for yourself. I view blogging as a business, and even though I don’t get paid right now, my blog represents my personal brand. I imagine myself as the cool older sister with tons of tricks, tips, stories, and advice up my sleeve. I want to be able to entertain people and make them laugh, but also present helpful information.
After my video in 9th grade, I took a little time off. I was having some kids at school make fun of my videos, so I stopped…one of my biggest regrets. I still had it in the back of my mind though. I ended up creating 3 or 4 more channels before I finally just ended on one. My name, Regan Mullis. In 11th grade, I started posting vlogs on my YouTube Channel . After graduating highschool and finishing dance, I decided to expand to a blog. A blog brings more opportunities. With more opportunities you get more creative freedom and more chances to turn a hobby into a buisiness.
The Business of Blogging
I will make a whole sepparate post about the business side of blogging, but to put it short…. when you blog you have readers. Every blogger wants more eyes on their content. If you have a ton of eyes on your content, companies will want to borrow those eyes. You chose to put ads on your content, use affiliate marketing, or do sponsored posts. By doing this, you may get products and/or payments from different companies. This is why blogging opens the door to opportunities.
I Still Don’t Get Blogging…?
So, I get it. You still don’t know why on earth someone would want to broadcast their life to strangers on the dangerous internet when nobody cares about you in the first place. What most people don’t realize though is that the internet is safe…but also not safe at all. My rule of thumb is that I don’t share anything more than what I would share with the person sitting beside me on an airplane (no addresses, no place of work, no phone numbers, etc.). That being said though, you can basically find out everything about a person by looking at their private Facebook profile, if you want to enough.
As far as broadcasting your life to people who don’t care, if people don’t care, they wont visit your blog. Blogging isn’t people saying “May 1, 2017: I ate really good Mac n Cheese today”. It is people working hard to share valuable advice or to entertain others. It is what allows your google search to have results, so don’t knock it.
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