It could very well be the end of an era in my life.
I am changing and clearly so are my interests and hobbies. One particular interest and hobby has been on the back burner for months now and it has recently occurred to me that I may just not be all that into it anymore. Feels strange but sadly, is true.
I am referring to my dear old friend YouTube. I have blogged about this in the past as I do recall my interest beginning to fade some time ago, but then it returned for a short time. These days it seems as though my desire to even go on Youtube has severely dwindled.
I found YouTube at a time in my life when I was very lonely and in search of some, or any connection to people… Nice people… I found Kandee Johnson who immediately became my new role model. I watched her videos day and in day out, I often stayed up all night watching tutorials and reading her blog(s). It wasn’t long before I decided I too wanted to join the “broadcast yourself” party. I started my channel and have since made over 100 videos.
It took me more time, energy, money, tears and frustration then I could have ever imagined to produce, edit, and upload videos. And out of all the things I quit in my life, for some reason I refused to quit this. I have learned and immense amount over the past 5+ years and for that I am grateful. I have also met and conversed with a lot of amazing people which is magic in itself. YouTube was there when no one else was. When I was depressed, lonely, and not sleeping, YouTube was my friend. No matter what time of day or what time of year I could sign in and see my online friends. I could escape my own reality 4-10 minutes at a time.
There was also a point in my life where I really felt I had something to offer the YouTube community. I had knowledge and things I wanted to share. These days I do not feel as though I have much to offer the YT community nor do I care to share.
I have always loved to write and type. I don’t so much love seeing myself and hearing my voice with video. It gives me too much of an oppurtunity to pick myself apart. I have however discovered that photography (and blogging) not only interests me more but makes me feel better then seeing myself and hearing myself.
I am still kind of lonely, depressed, and in search of human connection but I don’t feel the insatiable pull to YT that I once did. I am behind in my subscriptions and have been for months now. I have my own videos waiting to be edited but I just can’t be bothered to edit them. I have comments on my channel that I am lazy to respond to (sorry guys!). I am sad that my heart is no longer into filming, editing, uploading and watching but it is what it is.
It is the end of an era, but perhaps it is also the birth of a new one. One where I live in the moment and stop picking myself apart. One where I love myself enough to put myself and my feelings first. YT is a wonderful platform and will always have a place in my heart but I feel now more then ever that it is not for me. I respect and appreciate my fellow subscribers and channel owners as you were there for me when I needed you most. But for now I must go, take a break, have a breather.
For now all of my videos have been privatized so that only I may view them. Oddly enough I actually pre-wrote this blog months ago and the recent hubbub surrounding YT has only solidified my feelings. Sometimes I feel like whipping out my camera and starting again but most times I decide not to. That may change in the coming months, who knows? One day I just may jump start ye-ole channel but today is not that day.
Today I work on my blog… and not overthinking my YT “channel”.