Michelle Carey

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Yeah I’m done 🥺

I see sawed back and forth about going back to my YouTube channel or starting a new one.  🤷🏽‍♀️ I’ve said this in lots of blogs posts about how long I’ve been on YouTube, but I’ve also said how much I’ve come to not like what YouTube has become. 😔  Reminds me of Facebook.  As a YouTube viewer, it’s good shit.  I can find a lot of videos on a wide variety of topics for learning or opinions.  But as a content creator, bring out the sharp knifes and get ready to be cutthroat.  👀🔪

I’ve now made my decision about what I’m going to do. 👏🏽🙌🏽👏🏽🙌🏽👏🏽🙌🏽👏🏽🙌🏽

🥁****DRUM ROLL PLEASE****🥁

I’m ditching my YouTube Channel or building a new YouTube channel for starting a new IGTV channel.  🤯😳

IGTV will be a year old on June 18th and despite I’ve been reluctant to dip my video chops into the IGTV waters, I’ve been keeping an eye on the medium.  Now I can say I got in on the platform before it was a year old. 😂 Semantics, I know.  But still true! 🙃

The previous interface of IGTV wasn’t pleasant because I struggled with how I’d bring traffic to my channel.  I felt like it was too much work, like YouTube.  Trying to get people subscribe.  A positive of IGTV is my audience is build in because it’s already being streamed to my followers.  My IGTV videos are posted in my feed.  Plus I have the use of hashtags to help allow people to find my content even more.  #winning 🤩

I also like the fact that IGTV isn’t monetized…as of yet.  So everyone who is posting videos on their channels are truly there for the content and not to make money from the site.  They can be making money from sponsorship deals but that’s not in direct competition with the IGTV platform.  The platform is there for the content creators.  🌎🌍🌏

In addition, I like using vertical video.  It’s simple and easy to use.  I can record on my camera just like I would if I was looking it and I don’t have be concerned how close my face is to the camera in horizontal aspect.

I don’t feel like I’m in competition with anyone on IGTV.  I have my videos that I post my channel, that show up in my feed for my followers and that’s it.  If people find my content through my feed, then they follow, then they have access to my videos.  EASY.  No fuss. 

I feel like I’m back in balance.  I love doing videos.  I loved doing my videos for my YouTube channel, but I felt I wasn’t in balance because I didn’t have the subscribers to grow and finding those are difficult.  I know.  I watch people all the time on YouTube and don’t sub to their channel.  It’s like a competition to get subs.  And YouTube bases so many of its features on how many subs a channel has.  You get this when you get this many subs.  And I don’t think that’s fair when you have people who’ve been on the site and using it before Google came along to purchase it.  I can go on and on about this, but you guys get it.

So now you can find my videos on IGTV.  I have two channels.  👇🏽

@michellescarey - this was really my author channel, but I’ve seem to allow it focus more on bowling and highlighting my daughter’s bowling.  I do also highlight my other daughter’s musical talents.  Sometimes, I will highlight my books.  I will also showcase my life from time to time.

@michellecareywrites - this is now my author and writing channel.  I don’t feature anything about bowling or anything about my children’s endeavors.  This is strictly about me being an author, writing and my life.

Look me up and follow. 👈🏽  I’m looking forward to building content and sharing information! ✌🏽

Be Free….

~MC

It's been a week and I'm already trippin'! 🤦🏽‍♀️

Remember I said I was going to start my 90 Day Summer Challenge.  My three things were -  finish one of my WIPs, eat less sugar and post on my IGTV. 🥺

It’s been a week. 🙃

I think it’s funny that the WIP I selected to finish isn’t the one I’ve been excited about writing in the last few days. 😂  Go figure.  Today, however, I’m going to focus. ✍🏽  I don’t have far to go.  I need to feel the burn and pull through the last one third of this WIP! I can do it!  🌟

I knew trying to eat less sugar was going to be difficult. 🤯  I didn’t realize how many things I ate that were sugar laced or sugar bound or just plain sugar.  As a society we are surrounded by sugar.  I have to give up my morning fruit. 😭 I only eat it when I’m in the office and that’s two days.  I’m fine when I’m at home.  But it’s the dessert thing after dinner that’s killing the mood with this less sugar thing. 🎂🍰🧁🥧🍦🍩🍪🍫🍯🍭🍮🍨🍧

The best thing I’ve done is learn how to use the Spark Camera app and post my IGTV video. 👏🏽 Let me tell you about me and Spark.  I do this allllll the time.  I did it with Snapchat.  A new app will drop, no one is remotely interested in it, I will download it, don’t know how to use it…get frustrated with it and then not use it.  Others will come along see the greatness that I saw months, or a year prior, use it and then I have to go back to learn to use it just so I can say “yeah I use it.”  That’s what happened with me and Spark Camera. 😒 They use to have two apps, I downloaded both.  I couldn’t figure out for the life of me how to use the apps, so it sat in a folder on my phone for months. Then I eventually deleted them.  Then I also went back some time later and re-downloaded it.  Now it was just one app. And now they’ve re-branded it as a way to do vertical video and edit for IGTV or IG Stories.  And because I want to dive into IGTV more than YouTube, I had to learn to use the app.  Of which I did, and I posted a video yesterday to my IGTV.  I’m way proud of myself.  I’m also kicking myself. Damn if the app isn’t easy to use.  Now, I need to think of some video ideas. 🧠

First seven days down.  And I’m making some progress.  The next seven days I’m going to focus more on my WIP.  The sugar thing…well that’s the sugar thing.

For now….

BE FREE….

~MC