October 29, 2018

Why I Left YouTube


In today's post I will explain to you why you haven't seen me upload many videos to YouTube anymore.



Hi everyone, 
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. 


12 comments:

  1. Hey Robyn! Very well said, and although I will miss you on youtube, I completely understand where you are coming from.
    I've always enjoyed your vlogging.
    I've mentioned before, but incase you didn't remember, I'm a southern girl transplanted to the Midwest and I guess you were my "connection" to the South. The videos you posted regarding the weather were what I always tuned in to b/c I was able to see/hear what was going on with (esp.)friends in Mrytle Beach and family all over SC. But I'm sure you'll post on your blog as well.
    Wishing you all the best!
    Love from MN
    ~ Melissa

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    1. Hi Melissa
      Yes I will be sharing all the same content here on my blog and I may do videos for my blog as well :)

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  2. Friend I will miss you on youtube! However I totally understand. Sending much love your way!

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    1. HI Sheila, I'll still be watching just don't want to make videos for there anymore but, I may make videos and post them to my blog so I hope you'll pop on over from time to time. :) Love you Sheila :) XO

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  3. Oh Robyn, how terrible. People can be so cruel. I was thinking of changing over to a vlog, but now I'm glad I didn't! I post little videos here and there on my blog so I know it's totally doable and I'll look forward to those. So glad I found your blog and can follow you this way. (I like writing more than speaking also, but sometimes I just want to show people something.)

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    1. HI Kathy,
      Me too. Sometime I want to do a video but the negative atmosphere on YouTube is hardly worth it so like you when I feel I want to make a video I'm going to put it on my blog. I'm glad you decided to still blog, I enjoy your blog posts. For YouTube when your channel is small like 60 subscribers even 100 it's still pretty good but once you start building and audience it's like they all come out of the wood work. There is even an entire website out there of message boards dedicated to bashing YouTubers, it's really disgusting. I like the atmosphere of blogging because the element seems so much nicer and calmer. You rarely get any "trolls" on blogs. Sometimes you do but not often. Thank you so much for coming over and chatting Kathy :) XO

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    1. Thank you Regine and blessings to you also :)

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  5. I understand. Just so happy to have found you. I left Facebook and feel so much better.

    Nonie

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    1. HI Nonie,
      I"m glad you found me too!... I am working on the whole facebook addiction myself. I keep a presence on there now really, just to post my blog but I have cut way way back on the time I spend on there. The newsfeed is like a black whole of negativity and anger. Don't need that in my life. Thank you so much for coming by and chatting with me today :) XO

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  6. So sorry, Robyn. There are a lot of mouths posing as cesspools out there these days. So many careless words are being spoken. It's too easy to hurt each other with such easy access to everything. One day we will all give an account before God. Those that live their lives to be cruel to others will not get away with it forever.

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  7. Robyn, I totally agree the negativity I have seen on youtube is unbelievable....there are those that I still watch but I really try and stay away from the drama....I will keep in touch with you here and hope from time to time we might see a video on here. I don't do facebook, or youtube anymore basically just instagram and I have my account to private so I really don't have that many people that watch me and it is just a way for me to share things. But believe me I ask myself the same question how much is to much.....we need to get back to what is important and even though we all live in a world with social media and we ourselves do it a bit we have to remember perspective in it and balance and do what we feel we are called to within that balance. Have a blessed rest of the week....always enjoy your blog.....xoxo....Debbie

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~Robyn~ XO