In June of 2016 (on the heels of recovering from pneumonia) I started beauty blogging about my love for Lush, Tarte, Urban Decay, Bath & Body Works and all of my favorites and I loved it. I was writing (a lot) and it was fun.
About a year later I thought “Hey” why not start a YouTube channel and it was fun (at first). However, the problem with YouTube is that you always want more. More followers, more revenue, more engagement and that takes a lot of time and energy. I joined YouTube because I saw Grav3yard Girl using Lush shampoo bars and I also witnessed her subsequent fall. With YouTube you are at the mercy of the system and in recent years new (and old) creators haven’t faired very well.
In December of 2018 I decided to go all in and I created 2-3 videos per day to see if I could make some good revenue. My traffic went up, my followers went up and I was building a nice little community. The problem was that it was taking up WAY too much time, energy AND money (which I wasn’t getting back from YouTube). The dirty secret of vlogging is that you have to buy everything you review unless you’re lucky enough to get on a PR list which takes time and more money. I was also becoming an unintentional hoarder!
It took watching “Tidying Up” to realize that my beauty collection was getting way too big and adding more felt not only wasteful but a bit mental! Having over 100 Bath & Body Works products is enough : ) I love my collection but if I kept up in 2019 my collection would quadruple.
So I said good-bye to YouTube with a full on stop. Yes, I could have scaled back but it’s also a pain to film with lighting and editing so I just decided to end the channel. I hope my viewers understand. It was a hard decision but the right one. I’m now more relaxed and can focus on work, life, family and the dog. I may continue writing here as I love to write and share but blogging is a much smaller and easier commitment for me!
So onward and upward! Thank you all for sharing in my YouTube experiment. Now I just need to organize a little more.
PS – I’m back — My YouTube story continues (I’m back part-time)
I don’t need to go to B & BW’s for at least a year! : )