So, I kind of talked about this a little bit already in my last post entitled, “Why Am I Doing This?”. Nonetheless, today I am going to speak more in depth on the subject of evaluating your objective.
I’ll start by asking a simple question: Why do you blog? (Or why do you take the time to work on any special craft or activity?)
For me, I blog for self-expression. I love the idea of being able to express myself freely in a way that I chose and to communicate with people through different formats. Sure, I could call up a friend on the phone or “chop it up” over breakfast or lunch, but sometimes I enjoy sitting in my own private space, typing away, revealing my thoughts and feelings on a particular subject. And now as of recently, I love to make videos…just for the fun of it.
Over the last few weeks however, I’ve noticed how stressful this has become. I began to ask myself why am I stressed? The short answer to that question is that I’ve lost sight of my objective– I’ve lost sight of my purpose for creating this blog.
For those of you who do not know, I am officially a “Youtuber” and this blog actually is a product of it (not the other way around). As I’ve said already, I love making videos. Now, they may not be all of that exciting and entertaining to some of you, but I still have a lot of fun creating them. I love the entire process actually.
I enjoy waking up in the morning, getting my camera ready, sitting in front of it or taking it along with me wherever I go to record what it is that I want to say or what I’m doing for that day. I just do. It makes me feel good inside. A very simple thing that makes me happy. Yet I’ve managed to turn this into something complicated.
When I came up with the idea to start my channel I wanted to have a place where I exposed myself–my truths, my feelings, my reality–the challenges that I’m faced with (or that I have been faced with in the past) and how I’ve overcome them–my ambitions and my dreams and what I’m doing to accomplish them. To establish a community that was very relatable and similar to what one experiences on a day-to-day basis. To share. To inspire. And that’s it.
But I got caught up in “growing my channel” and doing everything that people said I should do in order for people to “take me serious.” And while all of those things are good, I’m not ready for that yet (the “growing my channel” part not the “take me serious” part…I want you to take me serious). My objective is simply to create and inspire. Everything else is secondary.
I do this for the craft itself, not for the sake of entertaining others. I do this because this is a part of who I am– I love to inspire other people.
Why do you do whatever it is that you do?
If you find that you’ve gotten “off track,” that something just “isn’t right,” or “all the fun is gone” maybe you should stop and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?”
It’s important to always evaluate your objective and remember why you’re doing it in the first place.
Let me know some of the things that you’re into and why…I’d love to hear from you!