Life has a funny way of surprising all of us when we least expect it sometimes and last week was a perfect example of that for me. After 1 year and 2 weeks of creating videos over on YouTube, my channel reached 1,000 subscribers! This magic little number is a serious milestone for any YouTube creator. To be honest, whenever I hit “publish” on a video, I have no idea of how it will be received by other people. What I’m particularly proud of though is the discipline and perseverance I’ve proven to myself by trying to be consistent, considering there were so many times I felt simply like giving up.
I decided to start a YouTube channel a few years before I actually took the plunge. To be honest, I came up with a variety of excuses for delaying starting it. What actually pushed me to go ahead and finally start, was the fact that it was becoming more uncomfortable for me not having started the channel – in comparison to the original discomfort I felt when I was coming up with excuses for why I couldn’t start it yet. Taking action, being willing to be a complete novice, making mistakes and learning from those, are some of the best ways to learn how to improve. Which over time naturally leads to an increase in your ability, skills and, hopefully, your confidence.
Finding a community is a great way to feel part of something greater than yourself and to hopefully give back some value. That’s how I see my channel over on YouTube. Everyone who likes and/or comments on one of my videos, each person who chooses to subscribe to the channel, is as important as the person appearing in the videos. I’m not perfect and I don’t have all the answers. I have a lot to learn and I love to share what I’ve learnt so far… as well as sharing my mistakes, to help others potentially avoid making the same ones I have done.
What inspires someone to choose to support a complete stranger? This is a question I’ve spent a fair amount of time pondering. We’re all different with varying interests, attention spans and motivations. Time is valuable and in today’s instant gratification focused world, we’re used to consuming content (and sometimes, getting what we want) at increasingly faster speeds. This is why when I see someone has chosen to take time out of their day to click that “thumbs up” button, or to thoughtfully share their feedback in the comments, I’m surprised and grateful. For a stranger to devote a few seconds or minutes of their life to me is a blessing and something I never want to take for granted.
This is why to celebrate reaching 1k, I’ve decided to share a giveaway, as a way to give back and say thank you. I reviewed my recent videos and given my channel is primarily focused on style and fashion, it seemed only right that the giveaway be fashion related. I noticed that the Sézane review and try-on videos seemed to be enjoyed by others on my channel, in comparison to some of the other brands I’ve reviewed. I’m giving away an e-gift voucher from Sézane worth $350USD on my channel to one winner as a way to say thank you for your support! If you want to participate in the giveaway, then I will link that video below and the giveaway entry details are in the video description. I hope you can enter the giveaway, whether for yourself or for someone who you feel might enjoy the prize. Good luck and thank you again for your love and support!