“Authenticity is key.”
I have started to see this pattern that people online are falling into of sticking to trends.
I watch a lot of YouTube videos and read all these blogs but I’ve started to realize that I don’t view as many lately who I used to enjoy so much. I feel like I’ll watch 5 different people but they will all do the same thing and over produce it in a way that doesn’t feel like them anymore. Don’t get me wrong I am super pleased with theirs successes and I still love them but I just cant connect to them much anymore and don’t feel the need to see every video.
Chris Kendall (crabstickz) released a video recently talking about this and Olan Rogers did a reply video which I thought summed it up perfectly, he said out loud just what I was feeling and couldn’t express.
I still subscribe to popular youtubers but I find myself not actually watching the videos any more. (I might make a few posts on ones I do watch and why I watch them.) I feel like I want to connect much more to those expressing who they are in very real ways. They are authentic and that’s what I love.
I also see this in blogging world as well. Now that I have started my own I can see how easy it is to fall into trendy posts. I have done some myself. I am not saying there is anything wrong with this, I love seeing hauls and DIYs etc. but if that is all we post 24/7 and it is all written similar to others it loses some of that love. I want to make these trendy posts mixed with personal thoughts and make them my own. As Olan said it might not be popular and get me known, but that is not what I started this blog for. I started it to find myself. Writing posts like this one and others similar where I have stated my opinions and really just written to let feelings out, have allowed me to do what I aimed for. They weren’t as popular but they were my favourites and they make me feel the most proud of my work on the blog so far.
So I want to push myself more into mixing more of myself into posts , which is a bit terrifying but I feel like it is so much more rewarding. It gives it a better experience to those who want it and I find myself learning and wanting to express my own opinions when I watch those people who inspire while being authentic.
No matter how they do it.
Now don’t get me wrong I still love seeing sketches and challanges and videos for entertainment, this is a great side of YouTube but when it is full of acting instead of authentic laughs and passion they do lose my interest.
What do you think?
Do you see these trends over and over? Let me know!