Recently I published my first video on YouTube and what can I say, I’m super proud of myself for finally doing this. I have played with the idea of it for some time now, mainly because I was so inspired by historical sewing YouTubers. I thought, ‘this must be so much fun! I could totally do that too.’ Friends have told me they think I live an interesting life so I’d definitely have something worth sharing.
Now there is several reasons why I’m doing this.
First of all, having fun! I genuinely want to do this for myself and have a great time. I particularly love watching other Youtubers create parodies, memes and the like so I want to make my own. I already have tons of ideas so look forward to some historical costumes in action!
This leads me to my second point which is being motivated to go out and do stuff with my life. I am quite the homebody but I have also realised that since I now live in London, there are so many things to do, I can’t even keep track of everything that’s on offer. Having a project hat doesn’t just require me sitting at home and sewing is the perfect way to motivate myself to leave the house and go to interesting places. I have already noticed that even just compiling vague video ideas has made me discover tons of opportunities to dive into some ~culture~ and expand my horizons, as cliché as that sounds.
It’s also a great way for me to capture more good memories. I kind of had a realisation that these uni student years might be the best time of my life so I better treasure this time and make the most of it. We forget about a lot of things and I don’t want to be standing there in a few years, not being able to recall what I did when I lived here.
Now the videos I wanna make are mainly stuff that I personally would like to watch and I’m basing the content I make entirely on what I find interesting but I also really like the idea of inspiring others and helping them with their projects. I want to make videos that past me would have needed and loved to watch in order to improve her skills and knowledge.
But really I think it’s mostly myself leaning new skills here! Just a few weeks ago I had never seriously recorded a video, not even thought of editing. But I was determined and had an obsession with this idea of where I want to go with this and that spurred me on. So watched tons of videos on buying the right gear, filming and editing, sat down for a day and taught myself the basics of editing. I’m still in the process of acquiring those skills but I’ve noticed that with every video I make I can add a new skill to my list an that is an incredibly liberating feeling. It’s smart to expand your skills in an area that you have to previous skills in because you make sure that you’re not backing yourself into a corner.
Acquiring all those skills also helps me with my sewing because it enables me to present it better. Photos can only show so much, but a video has the capacity to capture the movement of a skirt, the sparkle of a tutu, whatever really! Going into this industry we’re always being told that we need to get our work and name out there so this is what I’m trying to accomplish.
I have noticed that people don’t really read blogs anymore, or at least it’s incredibly hard to build a following. And yes, that is understandable because I too like to watch a video and multitask whereas I cannot do that when I’m reading. I do by no means intend to abandon this blog or make it a mere supplement, but I think that in the future I will be focusing on videos more and embed them here with some additional information.
Anyways, that’s it for my ~7 reasons why~. I just wanted to capture my thoughts in this moment and explain my reasoning.
Thanks for reading!