In the real world, I have a really shy and timid personality. I have been like that ever since I was little and I never really came out of my shell. The I turned 20 (a couple of years ago now) and I decided to start my very own blog. I thought it would be a great way to express what I’m loving and speak to new people.
At first it was a lot to get used to, trying to promote my blog on my Twitter was really difficault at first as I hardly has any followers. Until I decided I need to follow lots of people who are exactly like me. I followed a load of bloggers and youtubers and just started to engage with them through twitter.
I soon started to pick up who was keen to talk and answer my questions and who wasn’t. Some of those people I still speak to now but have never met, and to see them grow is an amazing feeling.
After a while of doing this, I picked up the courage and decided to start a Youtube channel. Again, I was terrified to start this as I didn’t know what people would think of me, and I didn’t know what my friends and family would think too. I really clicked with the whole Youtube thing, and really enjoyed making videos. I did the same thing with my blog and subscribed to smaller channels and started to get to know them and have general chats.
After having my blog and youtube channel for a little while now, I feel like I have really grown in confidence to be able to talk to people and engage with them a lot more that I would have before my blog and youtube channel.
I now speak to a handful of people on the internet, who I have never met before. Don’t get me wrong, some people think that’s really weird, but I feel like they are probably some of my closest friends. As they have the same interests as you do, I have a lot in common with them and a lot more to talk about, without them looking at me like a complete weirdo.
I recently met up with Gemma, who also have a youtube channel. We decided to meet up in London, somewhere central for us as we live quite far away from each other. We started talking over twitter, until we soon exchanged numbers and finally decided to meet up. We went to London to have a girly day, have loads of chats and just a nice blogger day together. I never would have even thought of myself meeting someone I had never met before, in a busy city. But blogging and youtube gave me the confidence to do this.
I met up with Gemma, and she is the most lovely and sweet girl I have ever met. We got on so well instantly, it was almost like we had known each other for ages. As the day went on we realised how much we really had in common, basically twins. I did vlog our day together which you can watch here. I felt comfortable to vlog with Gemma as she also blogs, and vlogged her day too. I knew she wouldn’t look at me like an alien as soon as I whipped my camera out.
Overall, I think the blogging community is a scary place, there are so many different people, on different levels of success. My tips for you are to just be yourself, be natural. If the flow of conversation happens, then it happens. If it doesn’t, no biggie. But once you find those few people who you can chat too, you will feel a lot more confident with speak to different people, and maybe even find the courage to meet up with them, like I did.
Love always, G x