In today's post I will explain to you why you haven't seen me upload many videos to YouTube anymore.
For those that have been around a while you know I have a YouTube channel. About four years ago I began my channel thinking video was so much easier than blogging and that eventually in the very near future most would abandon blogging for....vlogging on YouTube. I'm really not sure if that has happened but I know that the blogs I read are still around after all these years.
I had a lot of fun with YouTube at first. I enjoyed making videos and I have met some really nice people through my videos. So why did I step away? In the last two years or so I have seen, like much of our society today the hate ramp up one hundred fold and YouTube is no different. Since the beginning of the Internet there have always been 'armchair warriors' out there but in recent years they've gotten worse with their cruelty. Sad, angry people come to your video and leave incredibly cruel comments, pick your entire life apart as if they have known you for a lifetime, believe you owe them something in the form of explanations for anything they may have questions on or criticisms about. I have seen some people even go to the extreme of diving into a content creators personal life offline and call child services on them etc. when it was completely unwarranted. I have seen people contact a creators employer and make all kinds of accusations against them. It's insane really.
While I realize when someone makes a YouTube video and puts their life out there for the world to see it puts them in a spot to be criticized but that doesn't mean the creator owes anything to anyone. I was raised and taught that if you have nothing nice to say then don't say it all and just because you can doesn't mean you should.
In my personal life which I share here on my blog I have a lot of stress. There are always health issue's, financial issue's etc and over the last few months I began to ask myself, "why am I subjecting myself to someone else's misery to someone else's cruelty, someone else's anger?" It started getting to the point that I didn't even want to read the comments anymore on anyone's videos nor my own. Making videos began to feel like a chore, replying to comments, another chore. So between the meanness of others and the fact that I always said when it was no longer fun, I was done, I knew it was time to go.
Sadly, there is so much cruelty in our society and in today's world I see no good reason to purposely subject myself to it and any way I can lessen dealing with it, reading it, or seeing it is what I am doing.
For any of you who watched me on YouTube, if you'd like to keep up with me, please join my mailing list here on my blog so you don't miss a post when I put one up or bookmark my blog and check back whenever you feel like it. I have always enjoyed writing much more than I ever did speaking and I feel I am better at writing than speaking. So, I am now back home on my blog where I first began with social media and I really hope you'll join me.