Why I make Youtube videos

This is a blog post I’ve been meaning to write for a while now, sadly blogging has to take a backseat in my life now I’m a Mum but I’ll try to be a bit more regular over the next few months.

I’d like to tell you all a few of the reasons why each week, I choose to upload personal parts of my life to the internet for thousands of people to watch. Why my Husband Stef and I vlog.

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No doubt you’d find it hard to believe that I grew up incredibly shy. I was the little girl whose face would burn a hot bright red in class when asked to read extracts of Kill a Mockingbird. I was the girl who’d hide behind my mum’s thighs when new faces appeared. I was the girl who hid under the kitchen table at her 5th birthday party because I didn’t like the attention. I was the girl that chose all my university modules based on the ones that didn’t require public speaking or presentations.

I have never been an extrovert, I’ve never enjoyed or felt the need for attention (unlike my husband Stef), which is why vlogging is such a strange little paradox for me to find myself in. You see, if someone had said to me three years ago that it will be rare to leave the house and not be recognised by people who watch our videos, I probably would have hidden under the kitchen table!

But none the less, here we are and here I am wanting to explain the core reasons why we do this each week.

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There are all sorts of reasons that motivate people like us to share our lives with thousands of people each week. Some may be motivated by the financial gain, some will be driven by ego, some for validation. Some may want a creative little hobby they can do from the comfort of their bedroom, where they feel part of a community of like-minded individuals, and where they can make virtual friends. Others, like myself, create content purely because they want to create a sort of legacy for our family.

From a very early age, I’ve always logged my life in a diary. So you see, for me blogging was really was a natural evolution then in turn, vlogging. Now I have a son, I want him to be able to see his life and his family and how much he is loved from such an early age. I want him to live all the things he’d never be able to remember. I must add too, that somehow, vlogging has vastly improved my self confidence and although I still feel that way in certain situations, it’s far from the painfully shy and embarrassed girl I used to be. So, yes, all of the above are included when you are a content creator, but what matters most is you’re doing it for the right reason.

Yes, I’ll admit, there are some days when I can think of nothing worse than pointing a camera in my face and essentially ‘presenting’ my life. Most of the time though, I love it. I love being able to capture moments that next week, my tiny little brain would have most likely lost forever. Little smiles and glances from my son and husband, places we went to, jokes we shared, moments we captured. I love the way vlogging forces me to look into places I would never normally look into, or even subjectively acknowledge for that matter.

Vlogging makes me not just look at the world around me but see it. I love the challenge of trying to capture how a place, moment, or event actually happened. I love trying to get the right composition in shots and leave people wanting to see more. But most of all, I love that all these days and moments are now eternally available for future generations of my family to watch. I love to think that one day our great, great, great Grandchildren could be sat together one Christmas eve, catching up with the vlogs.
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This is the reason the content we produce will never be contrived. We don’t care about making some money to mention a new gadget we only care about making content with dignity. If ever we do make something commercial, then it will only be if we can do it with the dignity we constantly strive for.

Broadcasting intimate parts of your life can sometimes be like throwing a lamb into a lion cage, people will always have their opinions about the way you live your life and the inevitable mistakes we all make. Some people aren’t shy in sharing those opinions, but as a content creator you need to step back, breathe, remember the bigger picture and why you choose to do this in the first place.

Publishing personal and sometimes intimate moments of your life to the world comes with a heavy responsibility and for me, that is to show my life realistically. I’ll never just act happy, if I’m having a bad week, I’ll just admit that. I’m obligated to show a realistic interpretation of what motherhood is like, and it’s so important to me that my viewers trust and value my opinion. I want to inspire people, but mostly make them feel happy.

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Anyway, whatever motivation you have to vlog your life, it will unintentionally shine though, no matter how good you think you are at disguising it. If our weekly vlog ever stopped being an enjoyable, positive and creative thing for Stef and I to produce together, then we wouldn’t be doing it anymore. What’s most important to both of us is that our Son Grayson will one day be able to watch these videos, and see exactly how much love our little family has, and all the fun we have together. I want him to watch it and be proud of how he has been raised.

And we also want to give something to you to look forward to each Sunday.

Hannah x

 

 

46 Comments

  1. I love all your vlogs because you are being honest and as you wrote if you have a bad day you’ll just admit it. Some youtubers create their happy perfect life when the truth is that they just act. Here it’s not the case. You and your husband should be proud of you and how great parents you both are. You ARE inspiration to so many people. Congratulation and good luck xx

  2. I am just a follower on your post. I truly enjoy you and your family. I look forward to each new post and blogs. Thank you for sharing . I would also love to buy some of your bags for myself and my daughters and daughter in laws. Do you ship to the US? If so would you please post address and cost?
    Thanks again! Big hugs from Katy Texas! Tudy Ellis

  3. Such an awesome and God to honest as always great blog!!! It’s wonderful to witness and see your life. I do get it with remembering the great times and bad to cherish and look back with pride. Grayson will always know and SEE that his life was full of love as well as happiness. Such a great thing this you tube and blogger life that exist in today’s world. It is a small but HUGE part of life that can always be captured! Thanks so much for sharing that part of your life that really fulfill ours in some way or another!! <3

  4. I really really really enjoy watching your vlogs every Sunday ( or if i can contain myself then I leave them for Monday morning to start off the week with something that will lift me up, as it always does).

    ”I want to inspire people, make them happy, and show them experiences that they may not yet have had a chance to experience.” Apart from all the jokes and cuteness from you son, this pretty much sums up, why I watch and look forward every single of your videos !

    Thank you, and keep up the good work !

    • *Jokes from you and your husband, cuteness from your son

  5. I’m truly a big fan..and usually I rarely say that word, because it’s really hard these days to find someone you really like and look up to! 😀 You and your husband are an amazing role model for people my age.
    I feel like these days most of the youtubers have forgotten why they started making videos and maybe started caring more about the money and fame. I’m really glad that I found you and your channel because I can see the reason you make your vlogs and I absolutely love it! I wait for every single Wednesday/Sunday and I can say that this is the thing I enjoy the most of these two days. I love the way you do your vlogs,your sense of humour, the editing (which is amazing), the places you visit, the way you both raise your incredible adorable baby boy and absolutely everything you do!
    I’m actually from Bulgaria and you have many other fans here!!!
    Keep doing what you do because you are amazing! ♥♥♥
    Kisses for Mr G! :*

  6. Basically, if you want to maintain your dignity and integrity, you need to do THE EXACT OPPOSITE of anything that the Saccone Jolys do.

    • Why what it is they do so wrong that strips them of their dignity and integrity as human beings? I bet it takes a really dignified person to put family’s down….

  7. I love watching your YouTube videos especially since I get a glimpse of what London is like. 🙂
    Your family is beautiful and I look forward to all you share. In fact, your channel, along with other you tubers have encouraged me to share my story as well. Thank you for being brave and showing us how amazing it is to step outside your comfort zone.
    Many blessings to you!
    *Joanna

  8. Hannah I love your vlogs because they show the little things in life that we should appreciate like family and day to day activities!
    I would love for you to check out my ‘I MET MAGGS’ blog post and read more on why you are an inspiration to me! xx
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  9. Totally love your vlogs and your channel … So please keep up and hope youu keep on doing these videos for very long time

  10. What fantastic reasons to share your story. Well done on putting yourself out there despite your shyness!
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  11. I really appreciate the videos that you and your husband create. They are so wonderful to watch, particularly because they are so clearly genuine. I find the way that you are raising your son and living your life to be incredibly inspiring. I’m sure it must be bizarre to get comments like this from complete strangers (I feel strange for even writing it out…), but I just want you to know how truly beautiful your videos are.

  12. awwww hannah that made me cry. I’m so happy you make these videos. they make my sundays so much better. thats all i look forward to all week. and i know that even if I’m having a really bad week, ill have your vlog on sunday to make me feel better. i love watching all your videos and watching grayson grow up. thank you for putting amazing content that i absolutely adore watching. i love you hannah xxx

  13. Hi Hannah,
    I have followed your videos and blogs for quite a while now, but have never left a comment before…I am one of your older followers at 49! 🙂 (although I feel about 25 in my head, ha ha!).
    I don’t know how I stumbled across your little family, but I’m so glad that I did as you really brighten up my life, and I love to follow Mr G’s development and see what you all get up to.
    My own children are 17 and 20 now and I look back and wish I had been more relaxed as a Mum, and not worried about everything so much or the ‘correct’ way to raise a family! I spent way too many years fussing about the stuff that in retrospect just isn’t important, rather than really enjoying all those special little moments.
    Being a mum is the most difficult job in the world ( and I also work full time) but it’s the most rewarding and exciting job in the world and I think that you and Stef appear to have got the balance right, and Grayson is so lucky to have such great parents, who are already mature enough to appreciate that it’s the little things that are important to capture and remember. Much happiness to you all. Xxx

  14. Such a genuine and amazing reason to vlog Hannah. I admit, when I first started watching your vlogs I thought ‘she’s always complaining’ but I came to see that you were being honest about your life and the things you are feeling, which really sets you apart from other youtubers who only show when they’re happy (not that thats always bad). This is why I love your vlogs above any others, sure others make me smile, but yours are so genuine and enjoyable to watch. I feel like I am getting to know you and Stef more each week and I love seeing Gracie grow 🙂

    I wish all the best to your gorgeous little family xoxoxox
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  15. I recently found your vlogs, and I like watching them! They are a nice break from my own life, and an interesting step into yours. That sounds weird. But I like that you show your life, not just the highlight reel. I wish there were more people like you in that sense!

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  16. I’ve watched your vlogs since Zoe recommended you, and have been stuck since then! I love that you are so honest about your life, and I do not judge you in any way about the choices you make! After all, it’s YOUR life, you just decide to share it with everyone, which is really brave! I love watching you and your family, keep on doing what you love!

    Hugs from Sweden!

    P.S. I made your Banana and Oat bites, and they were delicious!
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  17. Hi, Hanna. I hope you’re having a lovely day. Thank you for this blog post and for sharing your daily life on Youtube. Everything in your vlogs, from the content to the edition, is just beautiful. I love how you show places of England. I’m from South America so it’s very nice to watch those bits in your videos 🙂 I’m not a mummy myself, but you’ve inspired me A LOT. You and your family never fail at making me smile 🙂 so thank you, again. xx. Pía from Chile

  18. Hannah you are honestly such an inspiration, i love being able to fell like we are growing up together and seeing your baby grow! Don’t fall prey to any of the bad comments you may get about videoing your life at an intimate level. I know many “fans” give youtubers crap when videos are not exactly what they want to watch, but your content in your blog and your vlogs always make me smile. Thank you for being you! You are in inspiration to me. xoxo
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  19. I have introduced your youtube videos to both of my best friends and now they are obsessed. Your son and husband are both lovely to watch and you are too. Honestly I don’t know what I would do on a Sunday without your cute family vlogs. Thank you!
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  20. My sister introduced me to your vlog months ago, and I’ve been following it ever since! It’s really something special to see what you, Stef and Grayson have gotten up to in the past week every single Sunday. I personally find it’s a viewing experience that delights, inspires and encourages me, so I’m very grateful for that!

    I’m slowly but surely going through your blog (and loving it), and I just wanted to take a few minutes to tell you that I loved reading this post. The candor that shines through, and the loveliness of the idea of leaving a legacy for the future generations to come after you – it really makes a lot of sense to me. Thank you for sharing this with us, Hannah!
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  21. Hi Hannah, I just wanted to say how great your videos make people feel. I’m twenty and a guy, so I guess not in your primary demographic, but look forward to Sunday night with the Michalaks every week! I have been watching since before Grayson was born, and must be one of the few people who subscribe to both you and Don’t Flop, which I think is where Jeffy’s nickname came from?! You have inspired me to make my own blog and I just published my first post. If anyone wants to check it out that would be great!

    Stay awesome 🙂

  22. I found myself with tears down my cheeks, no idea why, in a public place.
    You guys are very genuine.
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  23. I’ve spent the day binge-watching your videos and I just love your vlogs! You are so spontaneous and honest. To be fair, I didn’t know the reason behind the vlogs, but now that I’ve read this blogpost, I think it’s so beautiful. The idea is so sweet.

    Lots of love!
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  24. Hannah, your videos really do make me feel happy! I only ever really liked watch Zoella’s videos mostly, but your videos are so great!
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