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A quick Vlogmas update + 1000 thank yous!

Reaching a YouTube goal

If you haven’t heard of Vlogmas, or aren’t entirely sure what it is, it’s when a bunch of entirely mad youtubers decide that in the busiest time of the year they will vlog every single day of their life from the first of December until Christmas Day and edit and upload the video the following day. There is of course the blogging equivalent: Blogmas, but as I’ve done Blogtober in the past, I’m not about to try that again! I was one of those mad youtubers last year and the year before, but in 2018 I thought I’d do something a bit different….

I tried Vlogmas for the first time in 2016, and near the end of the month I was sort-of let off the hook as my laptop was just too old and gave up trying to edit my video files as it would freeze for five minutes every time I tried to delete an “erm…” (There are a lot of erms to delete when I talk, so this was a serious problem). I still filmed everything though and uploaded it in the new year when I bought a new laptop. In 2017 I did it all through the month, and I just haven’t forgotten the stress of it! I honestly don’t know how proper daily vloggers can do it! Half the time I’m stressing over the fact that I’m just not doing anything interesting enough to film every day; so you have to get creative with the editing – which of course takes even longer.

Purple Christmas baubles

My decision not to do Vlogmas this year has not come at a good time. Because just a few days ago I reached my YouTube goal of 1000 subscribers!!!! That’s amazing, and if you’re one of them, I want to say a massive THANK YOU! I appreciate SO MUCH that you choose to spend your time with me to watch my videos. So yeah, thank you thank you thank you; it really means a lot. And now I feel really guilty for not doing Vlogmas! But the thing is; just as much as I am busy at this time of year; you are too; and actually in the past my Vlogmas views have been relatively low until the new year when people actually have time to watch them. So this time I’m going to try and give you more content in January and early spring, over here on the blog as well as on my YouTube channel.

Cute Persian cat at Christmas - Vlogmas

BUT although I’m not doing Vlogmas in the proper way on YouTube; I thought I would just give you a little daily update on whatever I’m doing each day of December until Christmas Day over on Instagram Stories. I thought this would be a nice little alternative – a way of keep in touch with you, but with less stress and time restraints on the edits! I’ve been adding them to a Vlogmas Highlights so you can catch up if you like. I’m @HelenHobden on Instagram, and although I’ve been posting photographs for a few years, I’m rather a novice at Stories, so please bare with me while I learn all its features. Leave me a comment on one of my photos saying ‘Your Blog sent me over’ and I’ll know to come and check out your account as well if you have one. 🙂

If you’re taking part in Vlogmas or Blogmas this year, then a big good luck to you – please let me know your channels in the comments below and I’ll have a watch/read as soon as I can.

PS. If you are enjoying my content, I would love you forever if you could vote for me in the UK Blog Awards. Please follow the link and just click ‘Vote Now’ under When I Grow Up Blog. Thank you. xxx

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