A little while back, I wrote about my unexpected break from vlogging (you can read it here). I wasn’t even sure why I’d taken the break, even as I was writing the blog post. Was it too much work? Did vlogging get in the way of sewing? Was I losing my creativity?
I didn’t let the reason bother me too much; instead, I just got into the business of making stuff. So far this year, I’ve sewn four dresses and knitted quite a few beanies, not to mention my cabled cardigan. I took lots of photos. Honestly, I enjoyed the break and I waited until the time felt right for a return.
That time was last week. Read on for the video and a bit of an explanation of this whole hiatus business…
Watch the Video!
What have I learnt?
What did this latest video teach me?
Firstly, I learnt that I prefer videos of doing stuff over just talking to the camera. I love it when other people do it, but it honestly bores me when it comes to editing. You have no idea how much stuff I cut out in the edit!
“Nope, boring. Nope, I’ve already said what I need to say about that. Nope, people don’t need to bother with that. Nope, nope nope.”
It probably wasn’t boring and people probably would have liked to bother with it, but I didn’t have the patience for it.
The things I did have the patience for included all sorts of establishing shots. Footage of the interesting scenery and wildlife. The video of playing on the swings…
(I had to shoot that twice because I couldn’t actually get on to the swing in the first one. And when I could get on to the swing, I wasn’t able to use most of the footage because it showed more of my underwear than I thought you’d like to see, although I’m pretty sure I was wearing some of my handmade undies, so at least it would have been relevant. Sort of.)
I also learnt it’s important to leave the stabiliser on even if it makes an annoying mechanical noise while recording. Most of the Gooram Falls footage is so shaky I couldn’t even watch it without feeling a little dizzy.
All of this learning leads me to the following point.
Do what you love
This is actually a piece of advice I give in the video – one of my tips to new sewing vloggers – do what you love. Don’t feel you have to conform. I asked people to tell me what they’d like to see on my channel in the future and one of my lovely subscribers said that it didn’t matter – I should take my own advice and do what I love.
That’s when I realised I was speaking to myself when I gave that advice. I should stop putting pressure on myself. Stop telling myself to do tutorials. Stop demanding that I take part in challenges. Stop doing things that don’t feel right for me or suit my style. Do what you love instead.
I’m lucky to be part of this fabulous community and I’m even luckier to have such lovely subscribers. They come on adventures with me. They don’t mind when I completely change things up and try a podcast on for size. They support me no matter what.
So I’m going to be myself in my vlogs, even more so than before. It might get a little random and you might have to squint to see the sewing at times, but I do hope you’ll join me for the ride.