Five Common Fears When Starting A YouTube Channel…

Five Common Fears When Starting a YouTube Channel Bold

Okay, so I still sound a teeny bit like a vintage steamroller – hence the lack of video this week – but that doesn’t mean I can’t blog about YouTube, right ladies? 😉

Actually I’ve been meaning to have a chatter about this topic for quite a few weeks now & today seems like the perfect opportunity to get started… so as most of you know, a few months ago I took a leap of faith in setting up my YouTube channel. Of course for some lively little beings out there this may seem a ridiculously easy thing to do but if you’re anything like me (a natural born worrier with more insecurities than you know what to do with) it ain’t an easy task at all. Nope, not one bit. However after biting the bullet, you lovely lot (along with my own friends & family) have been nothing but darn right supportive – in fact you’ve made it virtually pain free. Yet now the ball is rolling, I’m always amazed at how many others admit how much they would LOVE to set up their own channel but are just too frightened to take the plunge. Totally understandable, it’s a scary thing for many of us to embark upon but it would seem the same five excuses are brought up once too often… I reckon it’s time we tackled them together 😉

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Show me a human being who claims they’re not in the slightest bit concerned about being judged by others & I’ll show you a fibber. We all get the sweats about what others think or assume but more than likely it’ll be ourselves conjuring up the negative assumptions whilst others are just pretty darn impressed that you have the swingers to get out there and make a go of it. Do you honestly think the likes of Zoe Suggs & other huuuuge You-Tubers didn’t (or don’t) have the same hang-ups or anxieties? If we all let our minds run riot about worrying what others would think we’d probably never leave the house… c’mon, YOLO people!

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I’m pretty sure none of us were pre-programmed when we entered the world with the knowledge of how to create a ten minute video and upload it onto the internet – so calm down, you’re in very sympathetic company 😉 I for one am huuuuugely terrified of technology but thankfully there’s a whole tonne of easy peasy tutorials that talk you right through the fundamentals regardless of what device you’ll be using – pc, Mac, tablet etc. It’s all there right at your finger tips & it couldn’t be more simple. If you struggle with reading a tutorial then look one up on YouTube itself, you’ll find a whole community of super helpful folk out there who dedicate their entire channels to helping the likes of you & me get started!

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Wow, hold up! Are you launching a Television network or starting your own YouTube channel? Sure your favourite video stars may have their bedrooms kitted out with ring lamps, tripods & expensive DSLR’s gallore but how do you think they started? Just look up some of their first clips & you’ll more than likely see a very different set up to the one they have now. You don’t need to empty the contents of your bank account by any means – natural lighting, a camera phone & a computer is your 3 basic ingredients to get started. If you’d like to invest down the line (once you’re in the swing of things) then by all means go for it, but for now just get yourself out there. Practice makes perfect & you’re wasting precious time!

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Negativity in your self-belief is a massive confidence killer. However lets look at this from a different angle for a moment… if you’re expecting the rest of the world to love you for being utterly perfect then stop and think about the HUGE expectation YOU are putting on YOUR shoulders – no one else. Yes, we all have things we really dislike about ourselves whether it be shape, size, skin, voice – the list goes on. But you know what the awesome thing is? What you consider flaws makes the rest of us want to know you even more! Being able to relate to someone who’s not perfect is much more fun than sitting listening to someone who thinks they are. Take these gorgeous bunch of awesome YouTubers as an example:

Em my pale skin

Meet Em, from the channel My Pale Skin. This gal is adored by thousands for her ability to help encourage so many others who suffer from acne problems. Don’t get me wrong she’s had her fair share of negativity but knowing that she’s inspiring & helping so many others is undoubtedly what’s keeping Em creating the amazing videos she loves sharing with all of her *almost* 200’000 followers.

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lizzie velasquez

This is Lizzie Velasaquez, she’s one of those people who just literally fill up a room (or computer screen) with her infectious personality. Even with battling her incredibly rare & physically affective illness she just oozes positivity, motivation, encouragement & fun. Most of all she’s adored by over 350K loyal subscribers worldwide – me being one of them!

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Bunny

Finally this is Bunny. Yes *thee* one and only Grav3yard Girl. Although Bunny doesn’t battle acne issues like Em or have a rare illness like Lizzie; Bunny still shares one common attribute – she’s embraced for being herself. Her ability to chatter away in front of a camera with (more than often) a make-up free face, sipping on iced Tea & making the rest of us chortle at her shenanigans is just utterly addictive. People adore her because she’s relatable, not because she’s perfect.

Are we seeing a pattern here peeps? Being imperfect is the new perfect gals 😉

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There’s that pesky word again ‘perfect’ it should be held accountable for causing 90% of the self-belief issues we battle. Starting off on YouTube (like anything new) is a learning curve, we’re all on it, we’re all here to get better at it *fingers firmly crossed* but without actually DOING it we’ll never give ourselves the chance to practice getting better. Always remember YOU control whatever YOU put out there. Just because you’ve rambled for 10 minutes at your iPhone doesn’t mean you have to upload it. If it isn’t right, delete & start again – just don’t get too obsessed with it being ‘perfect’… most of us much prefer to watch someone we can relate to rather than someone who we can’t!

There you have it, my suggestions on tackling five of the most common excuses to keeping  you from starting your very own own YouTube channel. You’ve nothing to lose, just a heap of subscribers to gain. So dust off those insecurities and get filming.

Do you have a YouTube channel you’d like us to check out & subscribe to? If so, do feel free to leave the link in the comments below so we can take a quick peek 🙂 Otherwise do say a quick hello if you’ve stopped by for a read!

Don’t forget you can also check out my channel by clicking on this handy-dandy little link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwM3ZfCiQuq-65OGMKYuZ6Q

Cheerio chums…

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87 thoughts on “Five Common Fears When Starting A YouTube Channel…

  1. Loved this post so much!
    It just describes my fears with YouTube perfectly, esspecially since no one knows I even have a blog xD (so imagine the mini panic attack I get whenever I see a view from where I’m from)
    Hopefully, one day I’ll bite the bullet and dive into the YouTube world. :·)
    You’re so brave, though, and it might not seem like much to some people, but to us, the anxious, worried bunch, it’s courage. :·D
    Keep doin’ watcha doin’ ;D

    xx

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    • Awh I completely understand Dora & of course not everyone wants the world to know who they are!! Are you worried about being judged hun? Or do you just prefer to keep your personal life private? Maybe some day we might get to meet you through your lovely blog – til then you have a whole host of readers who love keeping up with you 🙂 Oh it really is a tough thing for us anxious bunch – starting my blog was a huge leap to begin with but probably the best thing I’ve ever done for me & my anxiety 🙂 Keep doing what you’re doing too huni & thanks for stopping by lovely Xxxx

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      • I suppose that I am worried about being judged, mostly because here, blogging isn’t something that’s popular and ‘accepted’, shall I say. I do like keeping some things private, like most people, but it would be nice to post a selfie of a makeup look without being worried if someone was going to find my blog and… call me out? Make fun of me? I don’t actually know, now that I think about it. 😮
        But I just know, one day I’ll be able to do all of that with full confidence. 😀

        I agree, it’s such a massive confidence booster. 🙂
        Thank you so much, and you’re welcome. 😀

        xx

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      • I completely understand your situation huni, and I can imagine that must feel very frustrating somedays but the thing is you have an amazing blog and so beautifully designed – as long as you love doing what you’re doing that is all that matters & if we get to see you one day then that’s simply an extra bonus ❤ XXXXXXX

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      • Thank you so much, Karen. 😀
        It trully means a loooot to me.
        I’m sure I’ll make myself ‘visible’ on here one day, I’m just waiting for the right time. 🙂
        Thank you so much for the kindness, you’re incredible!
        Really made my day! 🙂

        Thank you!

        xx

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      • You’re so welcome huni 🙂 Well, just whenever you’re ready – will surely be lovely to see you for sure one day… however it’s just so great to have your friendship, support & encouragement 🙂 Glad your day was made *huge hugs* XXXXX

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  2. You are so right and have truly given me some hope about changing my perspective about doing s YouTube channel…I of course plan on being myself but idk if I’m ready for that bc so many ppl are so negative and hate filled but of course the plan would be to focus on the positive loving ppl of course so totally re blogging this bc it was awesome!!!

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    • Honestly Courtney the ‘block’ button is so darn useful to weed out the nasties but I’ve been doing it 4 months now and never had a bad comment – as have most of my blogger chums. I think we all see the awful hate comments on some of the big YouTubers and assume these nasty people will do the same, but it doesn’t happen. For every hater there’s 100 people that will love what you do 🙂 Great thing is if you feel it’s not for you (which I know you won’t feel lol) you can always remove your channel!! Please do give it a go – you’ll be surprised how much you love it!! You’ve got your 1st subscriber here 🙂 XXX

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  3. These fears are so common for starting anything in the interweb. I remember thinking I did not want anyone I knew to find my blog when I first started and did not think I could figure out WordPress. I now love my blog and treat it like my baby. I love showing it to people I know and mostly they’re impressed! I actually have recently gotten 3 friends to start them themselves!

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    • Awww Christina that is wonderful news and seriously well done you for inspiring others with your blog!!!! As you say it can be incredibly nerve wrecking starting anything online, but once you’re going it makes all the difference in overcoming those fears & before long you actually begin promoting it!! lol I always think it helps to know there’s lots of others in the same boat – so your comment is really appreciated lovely 🙂 XXX

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  4. I’m so glad you finally blogged about your YT channel Karen! I love your videos and you inspire me to try and put more of my own conent! I hope to have some new videos out soon and look forward to seeing some of yours!♡

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    • Awwwh thank you sooooo much – what a lovely compliment!!! I’m so glad you like watching the videos as much as I do creating them 🙂 It’s still a bit nerve wrecking but hey, it all takes time. If this post helps others take the leap of faith then all well and good!! Keep up the awesome work huni – we all inspire each other that’s for sure ❤ XXXXXX

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    • There really is some very mean comments on YT, it seems to be the more popular the channel get’s the more likelihood you are to receive them. The block button is so darn handy in that case 😉 lol Thankfully for every hater there’s lots of others who are nothing but supportive! XXX

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    • You are so very welcome!! I really do hope you take the step and upload them huni – okay, it’s nerve wrecking the first time but when you realise you survived it, it just gets easier and much more fun. You won’t regret it – let me know when you do & I’ll be ready to subscribe to you ❤ XXXXX

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  5. Karen, this was such a wonderful post you wrote! I just literally watched Em’s video and I’ve seen Lizzie’s video too. Of course I watch Bunny, she’s hilarious and a true gal! Definitely insecurities can get the best of us whether starting a YouTube channel and even blogging. Sometimes, you just have to go for it and forget the critics. All it takes is just one idiot to ruin it if you allow it to. Of course we are our own worst critic for sure. I love your YouTube channel and am so glad you started one! You do such an amazing job! 👍🏻 xoxoxo

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    • Awwh thank you so so soooo much Leah, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it huni 🙂 Yes, those girls are fab – I’m particularly addicted to Em’s channel at the moment as although I don’t suffer from acne I just adore watching her transformations. She really is super talented and such a great gal 🙂 You’re very true in saying that we are indeed our own worst critics! Unfortunately there are some very nasty people out there but thankfully 95% are wonderful. It’s keeping focused on the positives and literally blocking out the negatives… the block button is an awesome device for this lol I’m so chuffed you like my wee channel… it’s so much fun chatting to you guys 😀 Thank you soooo so much for the encouragement and support – it means so darn much *HUGE HUGS* XXXXXXXXXX

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      • Oh yes! Their transformation is so much fun to watch and see how they grow (not literally) but you know what I mean. The block and delete button are your best friend! Having a YouTube channel and even not, blocking the negative people out of your life can be so great. I’ve deleted people before who weren’t so great. Yayyyy, Go Confetti and Curves aka Karentastic! Xoxoxo huggggggs and huggggs from a little feline over here 😺💗💗

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      • As much as I hate it – it’s like weeding a garden… no one needs that kind of negativity growing in a great little community 🙂 Awwwwk thank you sooo much – sending lots of hugs right back over ❤ XXXXXXXXXXX

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  6. I’d wanted to start a YouTube channel for the longest time and have always been reluctant to. This post explains every single worry! Maybe one day I’ll start one.

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    • Honestly huni I had every single one of those worries too – of course it’s never a good thing to rush yourself into doing something your not ready for but I just wanted to highlight so many of the common things that hold us back from doing something we would love & thoroughly enjoy 🙂 Please let me know if you do get one up and going – I would love to be a subscriber! XXX

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  7. This was such a great post Karen! You made so many great points here. I hope to start a channel sometime when I get my life a little bit more organized…that’s my excuse lol. I definitely wouldn’t want to do it when I am going to be moving and having to deal with all of that. Maybe I will try being a guest on Brooke’s channel sometime if her and I ever get to end up in the same state…hopefully she will be moving soon as well! 🙂 Anyhow, I hope that you’re getting plenty of rest! 🙂 XXXXX

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    • Ooooh Katie – the day I see one of your videos prepare for a peek in viewings! It would be such a treat & I sincerely hope that day will come soon 🙂 You’re such a fab blogger, I know you’d rock the socks of YouTube too 😀 Awwwwh Brooke would absolutely LOVE that I’m sure!!!! Oh what a fab thought – you too lovelies lighting up our screens! Has to be done 😉 *hugs* XXXXXXXX

      Ps: thank you soooo much for the kind comments huni – off to catch up on Plus Beauty now 😉 XXX

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      • Haha! I will try to make it happen one day soon! 🙂 I would probably be a bit shy at first being in front of the camera. Even though it’s just the camera and I can decide to upload it or not lol. I really would love to get into it though. I think I might be more for it after I move and get settled. We’ll probably be getting our apartment at the last minute in September. I’m anxious to go and get that done but everything seems to have to be last minute because of Ron’s work. You’re very welcome! Going to go to see what comments you left me now! 😉 XXX

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      • Of course you would huni – we all are, it’s quite nerve wrecking but once you get going it’s not so bad 😀 Could be a good little project for later in the year when you are sorted!! Shame about the last minute organising with Ron’s work – that would be quite stressful for me as I really need to know in advance. I’m a worrier, but 99.9% of the time there’s no need lol All you can do is be as organised as you can be your end – the rest will fall into place 🙂 XXXXX

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  8. Another great post Karen!💋I was feeling the same about starting my blog! Especially the ‘perfect’ part. One day I said to myself: f*** it, let’s start! And you’re absolultey right.. I’m still perfecting things and getting better each time. X

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    • Thank you so much Sarah 🙂 Oh gee I can totally relate to that – it’s like you keep putting it off but itching to do it and then that carefree breaking point hits and you just think ‘what the heck’ lol But the moment we stop learning or bettering our selves is the moment it all becomes so much less fun 😀 XXXXX

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  9. Karen, you are a post master! This is prob one of the best and most motivating posts I’ve read in a awhile. I’ve been on YouTube for about 10 months now and I started with my cell phone and hiding behind the camera just showing stuff on the ground. YouTube isn’t quick… just like a blog you have to take time to learn how to edit your stuff and load it but it is easy if you have the patience to just google anything you need to know! But before long, you’ll do it all yourself super fast! Personally I don’t like to follow “perfect” looking/acting people. I love to see imperfections and people who are goofy 🙂 But this just as you said just takes time and practice you just have to start somewhere 🙂 SUPER great post!!!

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    • I’m telling you Kaily this is one heck of a HUGE compliment coming from you huni!!! Truly it is!!! Wow, that really is one heck of a learning curve in such a short space of time – your videos are fantastic, always beautifully edited! Like yourself I’m much more drawn to quirky individuals that seem much more real and welcoming to watch 🙂 It definitely takes time, I’ve only started my little yt journey but I hope it’s going to be a fun one!! Thank you soooooo much again for your incredibly encouraging words – you’re a gem! *hugs* XXX

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  10. This has completely summed out all of my YouTube fears! I’ve been tempted to try vlogging, as I have no idea what I’d do! I’m definitely going to try flying into the world of YouTube before the end of Summer!xx

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  11. I completely agree with everything you said lovely! some of us need to face things with more courage and leave aside any judgemental ideas! I love and enjoy my writing too much and it gives me so much satisfaction ! it’s the thing I was “trained” to do for 4 long years in Uno! but I wouldn’t say no to YT just because I’m afraid of whatever a certain somebody might have to say about me!
    point is: ladies, start your YT channel if that’s what makes you happy! I’ll be the first to subscribe! 😉
    have an amazing day lovely!
    lots of xx, Annie | Annie’s Beauty

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    • Such a great comment Annie – so very encouraging & supportive huni, great to get your input and thoughts on this too!! You really are a fantastic writer & of course YT isn’t for everyone so sticking to what you know and love is always best 🙂 I just feel there are so many out there who would love to give YT a go but let these fears prohibit them for taking the opportunity 😦 Thanks again soooooo much for such an awesome comment Annie – you’re a gem ❤ XXXXX

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  12. Great tips in here Karen! I am sure everyone has their own personal little hang ups, but I totally agree with you it shouldn’t be stopping you from enjoying something 🙂 If you want to start a YT channel, just go for it.
    I always love your videos, especially sneakily watching them at work with head phones on 😀
    xxx Anne

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    • lol lol why am I envisualising you ducking behind a computer monitor listening to me ramble on abut whatever – that IS DEDICATION!!! What a supportive wee chummy 😉 hehe Thanks as always for the kind comment huni, I’m so chuffed you enjoyed it – I know YT isn’t for everyone but always surprises me how many out there are held back by their fears 😦 Soooooo happy you like my vids, that’s made my day *huge hugs* Hope you have a super weekend ❤ XXXXXXX

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  13. I’ve really been thinking of starting a public YouTube channel. I have videos up, but you can only view them if u have the link (my blog viewers). This definitely changed my mindset on a public YouTube channel. Thanks so much!

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    • Hey Vanessa 🙂 I’m so glad this helped a little bit, however that’s great that you have already been recording videos … I really hope you continue to make them and hopefully one day will feel confident enough to share them with the public 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by huni ❤ XXXX

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  14. I absolutely love this. Every fear you wrote about I struggled with and still do, and probably will forever. People don’t get how hard it is to do something like YouTube, but I think we (as YouTubers and bloggers) also forget how many of us there are going through the same fears and struggles on a daily basis. We’ve got to stick together and press on to find our place in a big wide interweb and do what we love to do!
    Jessica xx

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    • What a fantastic comment Jessica – thank you so much ❤ I think we all have those fears swirling about within us but honestly for me it is never about watching the huuuuge YT names to inspire me but the others starting off. I completely agree about sticking together and supporting each other 🙂 that's how a brill little community blossoms into a great one ❤ Hope you're keeping as well as can be!! Thank you sooo much for this comment once again Jess XXXXX

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  15. This is such a brilliant article! I really love reading your help posts like these and the information about blogging, etc. I think they are all so brilliant!
    A friend suggested that I should start a YouTube channel a while ago and what I didn’t tell him is that I have actually been considering it for a while but I worry that I won’t have time and I have no idea what program I would use to edit my videos since I don’t want to have to pay for it. What do you use to edit?
    This article has really made me feel like reconsidering it. 🙂 xxx

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    • Hey huni, so glad you enjoy the post – I’ve spoke to quite a few people who feel the same way, they’re thinking about it but just feel a bit apprehensive for one thing or another 😦 I think you should just go for it, if you keep your videos snappy enough you’ll be able to film a few in one morning so hopefully that shouldn’t be too demanding on your schedule?! Honestly I’d stick to Windows Movie Maker to begin with – just do the basics, there’s some great editing tutorials on YouTube which are really helpful 🙂 Hopefully we’ll see you gracing our screen very shortly! How exciting!!!!!! ❤ Xxxxxxxxxx

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      • Thank you so much for the advise! 😀 I was playing around with a movie maker last night, well, the early hours of this morning, and I am starting to get the hang of it so maybe. I am still deciding whether I will venture into the world of YouTube or not. 😀
        The whole YouTuber thing is a little scary to think about but maybe when I stop overthinking it something will come of it. Thank you for being such an amazing, supportive friend! 🙂 xxxxxx

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      • Well it’s still good you’re at least having a play around with Movie Maker as if you do decide to go for it then you’ll more than likely have a better clue when it comes to editing 🙂 I’m sure you’ll give it a go when your ready huni! Awwh you’re so welcome – thank you so much too *hugs* XXXXX

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      • That was my thinking too. 😀
        Haha my videos will still be quite basic though. I am not exactly tech-savvy when it comes to things like that but I suppose learning something new is good for the brain. 😀
        Sending hugs right back to you. 😊 xxxx

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      • Haaaa you’re talking to the LEAST tech savvy person you will ever meet Dini lol But hey, learning all this new stuff keeps us out of mischief, right?!?! haha XXXXX

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  18. Thank you for this post! So timely, not just for the YouTube element, but for confidence as a whole. Everything you said can be applied to life. When people are genuine and imperfect, that’s what draws you in and keeps you coming back. I will definitely be re-reading this post and working on engraining the things you shared. Who knows maybe I’ll venture out and create my own YouTube channel. Thanks Karen! 😀😘

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  19. Wondeful post hun ♡
    These fears are very strong in me, lol (and more), but I loved how you explained them so well, in a very inspiring way.
    Thank you so much for this post, I was playing recently with the youtube banner and thinking (“if only… “), lol.

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  20. Thank you for this post. Wonderful list! I recently took the plunge and started my own YT channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/sillyfacealice) — it took a really long time before I felt ready to do it and share it with others. I wrote a blog post about my insecurity here (https://aliceinliuliuland.wordpress.com/2015/06/19/thoughts-on-overcoming-self-doubt-and-sharing-my-blog-yt-channel-with-pride/). Thank you for making me feel like I’m not alone and inspiring me to keep going!

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    • Alice thank YOU for sharing this huni – firstly I’ve just subscribed to you on YouTube & can’t wait to check out your videos, I’ve also subscribed to your blog too – so lots of reading to catch up on lol
      That link is fantastic – thank you for sharing that, honestly I connect so much with it, i know others will too!! Superb post & thank you so very much for stopping by lovely 🙂 Great to meet you XXXXX

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