The ups and down of YouTube life (part 1) The DOWNSIDES

 Hey guys! As we move into a SECOND lockdown here in the UK, I just want to let you know to HANG. IN THERE! I promise, it will NOT be as bad as the first, and I know you\’ll all get through it, I love you all thank you so much for being my amazing supportive fans! ❤ 

Ok, back to this blog 🙂 So I wanted to share with you the… not so great, parts about being a YouTuber, as for some reason most people seem to think that being able to film yourself and broadcast it to millions of people out there is a luxury, a perfect alternate reality and that really doesn\’t exist. Sure, having an audience at the drop of a hat is amazing, but it\’s not always like that! There are some wonderful parts to being a YouTuber, of course, but there\’s already enough of that out there, about the fame, glitz and glamour. There isn\’t enough of THIS.

I spend hours on a weekly basis filming and editing videos writing, blogs, filming podcasts and things for TV appearances… or even going live on air once in a while! Just trying to get myself noticed and out-there, basically. I\’m not complaining, I mean this IS my CHOICE, after all. I knew it wouldn\’t be easy, and personally, I\’m fine with that!  My life isn\’t glitz and glamour. Especially at times like these. In a 2 week self-isolation along with my year, during a global pandemic.  Sometimes, it\’s more than easy to give up. Like when the path ahead is hardly visible and you begin to question every decision you\’ve EVER made. 

Hey, just ask the 11-year-old me -At the point in my life where I had to choose between a whole new future or a secure one- I had the opportunity to go to an Amazing school, but only if I got a scholarship. Was it worth it? To pursue my own dreams by going to this school, leaving everyone I knew from primary behind, and work on something I barely just dug through the surface of and put myself in a really good position for my future? Or go to a place where I\’d have friends from day 1, a good enough future and something to fall back on. 

the only downside is I\’d regret it later on, thinking What IF I did that? and never really knowing for sure.

Wow, when you put it like that it seems an almost impossible decision, but I bet you can guess what I chose. 

ANNNYWAY, what I\’m saying is Being a youtube is about determination, sacrifices and tough decisions. 

But, sorry I do seem to be dragging on a bit this post, aren\’t I?

So I\’ll do it in 2 separate parts! Save you from getting through the rest. So what can I say? Stay tuned for part 2, hopefully, a way more positive blog! 🙂

Infinite xoxo

Tools every YouTuber needs to know about:

 Hey, everyone! This blog is inspired by my own experiences with this question. 

What tools do I need to succeed as a YouTuber? Are there any websites or useful places to have in your back pocket? 

So, believe it or not, I went to google. 

Do you know what I found? nothing. Nada. The first thing that came up was a bunch of equipment my bank balance is still unable to afford. It was quaking, I tell you. 

So then I asked myself: Do I need this stuff, just to be successful? No. So what was the point in just getting a bunch of random items like fancy cameras and ring lights, to answer a question that many people, and myself, need a good, solid answer too? The answer is not equipment. Is it?

So I decided to rewrite the rulebook, and come up with my own list to this question, and I hope you find that somewhat useful, too. 

Number 1) The most important, number 1  tool I always, always use is my YouTube analytics. Believe it or NOT, this tool is a really important one. Sure, it may seem dreary and dull and -who cares- but if you know how to use it, and make it your friend, then it will reward. It shows you when your audience is active, so you know a good day and time to post, it helps you filter your comments, so you can answer comments that have questions in, etc. so it\’s a million times easier to be Active in your youtube community and a bunch of cool features that give you that boost you need to create better content for your fans. They\’re the ones that matter at the end of the day, right?

2) A background remover and thumbnail maker. Thumbnails… They are basically the face of your video. and most people want a pretty face, don\’t they? I\’m sure you\’ve come across videos where the thumbnail is a blurry, phone screen-sized clip from the video, right? Now, Do you want to click on those? Mostly, No. A thumbnail really does help, even if you take the time to choose 1 out of the 3 YouTube recommends to you, it boots the people who want to click on your video. A thumbnail editor and background remover don\’t have to be fancy, there are great FREE tools, like Pixlr X and Pixlr E, and a background remover isn\’t much harder to find! These steps really help improve clickability

3) The YouTube Studio phone app. The phone app is super cool, as it helps you view comments, stats on your latest video, edit and make changes, PLUS show you your analytics, as in-depth as the original studio! For the serious YouTuber, or ones that just want to have this on the go, this free app is a must!

Okie Dokie, I know this has been a loooong blog entry, but I feel like, if I searched for tools every YouTuber needs to succeed… I\’d want something like this to come up. You know? I know they\’re basic, but that\’s the best place to start, honing in on the basics. So good luck! and feel free to share any more tools in the comments below!

Wishing you a lovely Monday,

infinite xoxo

Clean up after yourself! *Social Media Tips!*

Hey guys! Sorry, it\’s been too long… but today, I\’m here with advice on how to make your profile look that tiny bit better.  It\’s simple, yet so effective. 

I call it… cleaning up after yourself! -Ok, it sounds like something more real-life based, BUT, the point I\’m trying to express is: If a video, post, comment or ANYTHING in your digital footprint ISN\’T representing YOU, right now, then consider deleting it! Things like Closing accounts that you don\’t use, and deleting all posts that are old and irrelevant. It may not seem like a significant thing, but it helps your profile look fresh and up-to-date, plus, it\’s less likely for people to stumble upon your old maybe less flattering posts, if, when they google you, it\’s flooded with new, positive results.

It\’s super easy to do this, open up your youtube, Instagram, even Twitter feed, and simply read, watch or looks at what\’s there. Then decide if it still represents you. Though it may feel a bit tedious, it really is worth it in end

Here are some tips on what to delete:

-Posts that just aren\’t You. Nothing really to say about this one, clues in the name. 

-Things that you can\’t finish watching yourself. -This is a great tip, if you want to click off the video before it\’s finished, it\’s best to think why, and private or delete it

-Things that WERE a joke, but now just look bad. -This is A MUST for Twitter, those tweets from 5 years ago you thought were funny? Maybe it\’s best to delete them now…

-Old accounts you had when you were younger. We\’ve all had accounts we post embarrassing things on, if you can find them, it\’s best to delete them. 

I do this regularly, with all social media, and I found It does help! You don\’t have to do it as a daily thing I myself only do it once or twice a month, but if you have time -Definitely something to consider!

Hope you enjoyed my tips! Hopefully, I can write back soon 🙂 See you!

infinite xoxo

Tips for people Online on the Go!

Heya guys! Happy Friday 👍 you know what maybe I should come up with a name for you guys… Comment below suggestions? Anyways, onto today\’s blog!

Today\’s blog is about being on the go. This counts especially if your a YouTuber and blogger wanting to keep posted in the middle of a car journey… or you have so much to do you can\’t slave away for hours on your desktop. So how can you do it when your just so busy that being at home isn\’t enough? 
1) Social media management. I\’m not talking agencies… I\’m talking websites such as Hootsuite or tweet deck that you can schedule posts on. If you don\’t have a budget -don\’t worry! There are free websites 🙂 They\’re really useful for keeping fans updated when you feel your activity is running a little low.
2) use your time sensibly! Maybe when you\’re in the car to school you could finish a blog, for example! Any appropriate time is good. When you\’re not doing anything important, you can use it to boost your engagement. -But don\’t forget to unplug from time to time! This brings me on to…
3) Organisation! It\’s no secret that you definitely need to be on top of things to keep your audience hooked, so how to get organised? Well… ok, it\’s not so simple. The only tips I can really pass on are Use reminders on your phone, set up a schedule, use a to-do list to keep track of progress, even bribery for yourself! Whatever helps you keep everything in check! 
And there you go, one journey and one blog complete! Hope it was worth the wait!
Keep active! Infinite xoxo

2,600,000 Edits and counting..

Hey guys!! So, today -as a sequel to my video tips, i thought i\’d A) be more active by posting the next day, and B) post some editing tips..! Let\’s go! 🙂

When your editing…

Always, always, ALWAYS watch the whole video once done to make sure everything works and does what you want it to do! Nobody wants to watch a video that\’s out of sync and things like that. (No, infinite\’s NOT going to say that your the biggest critique on yourself… aghhh she just did!)

Make sure your editing actually works with the video, again, no rose petals at a car chase. Just keep it in mind, seriously, you\’d be surprised… 

Make sure that it isn\’t \”over the top\” It just makes the video loose quality in the long run. By over the top I mean 10 different effects for one scene. 

What to use: 

There are free apps out there that you can edit with, and yes i do admit they aren\’t as good as the ones you need to pay for, but it\’s great for when you start out. The editors all have different PRO\’s and CON\’s, some are easier, some have better features.. it\’s just finding one that does what you need in a straightforward matter.

Why you should edit:
In the long-run, edited videos have more views -they look more appealing. They are also shorter as all the unnecessary scenes are often cut out. you can emphasize certain parts of the video and in general edited videos are way, WAY better than non-edited ones 🙂

So, if your on the fence if you should edit -YES, you should! It\’s free and it\’s worth it! infinite xoxo

Online DO\’s and DON\’Ts

Hey guys! 

Sorry for not posting in a while, but I hope you all had a Spook-tastic Halloween -Next Stop Christmas!!

So, since you guys seem to LOVE the tips, I thought I\’d give you what you wanted 🙂 so, how many of you have questioned whether or not to post something on social media? Yup, I know I have. All I can say is been there done that! Well don\’t worry, I\’m here to help as much as I can! So, next time your in these situations, you have a cheat sheet. Your welcome 🙂 

Online DOs:

1)interact with your audience! -This makes you feel good, AND your audience will appreciate it, too!
2)Post unique content regularly. -It doesn\’t have to be daily, or even weekly! Post when it suits YOU
3) Make sure your passwords secure (Sorry! My E-safety mode right there)

4) Be KIND, -It\’s so obvious, but remember Bambi? Awww such a cute film 🙂 But \”If you can\’t say anything nice, don\’t say anything at all!\” 
5) Facts and Opinions! Respect and acknowledge them. Also, don\’t fall into the trap of thinking \”My favourite channel is the best\” is what everyone else thinks, too. 

Online DON\’Ts :
Spam people. Trust me, they will NOT appreciate it.
Post too many links. (Same thing, right..?) But don\’t tweet links to the rest of your content 24/7 …

DON\’T say mean/hurtful things to others (Never ends well, trust me) just don\’t start a war!  

That\’s the shortlist 🙂 So I hope these are kinda helpful? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Infinite xoxo

YouTube channels :)

Hello my Lovely readers, today, I want to talk about why people give up on their channel after a while.

The main reason I think people stop posting is that they don\’t get the responses they want -and I agree- it\’s a little disheartening when you spend hours slaving away over a screen only to have no views and likes in response, everyone who\’s famous has been there once. People expect as soon as they post a video to be noticed immediately, and to have their phone buzzing continuously in the next 24 hours -It just doesn\’t happen- I spent 2 years just to get to where I am right now 247 subscribers -and that\’s nothing compared to 2 million subscribers, those people get 2x more subscribers than I have A DAY! (lucky humans..)

But yeah, many of my friends have started their own channels, and I\’m really supportive at that, I mean it\’s pretty cool having friends doing something you\’re also in to, but after a while, it goes the same way… One day, they say \”Oh I have a channel\” I check it out, I subscribe, watch their first video, like it -once they have uploaded a couple of videos. A month later they post another, and it just grinds to a halt so their latest video was 6 months ago or something. You\’ve just got to show a LITTLE resilience in this department.

But, another thing you should do, as I\’ve repeated multiple times.. You shouldn\’t worry to much about the numbers. Don\’t spend your life saying what you\’ve done isn\’t good enough, i\’m proud of what i\’ve created, sure it isn\’t millions, but i have REAL people -Yes, we all spam ourselves at least once.. who read what I have to say -watch my videos, check out my social media… and it\’s pretty cool! Being grateful DOES has it\’s rewards -My 15-second reviews for Max and Harvey FOMO  have been broadcast on TV SEVEN times! (Sorry, I\’m just really proud of it)

So yeah -If your not famous, don\’t worry too much -Just hang in there! The rewards will be worth it 🙂 Trust me! 

infinite xoxo