Being Shy in a Vlogging World

As we move into a video world where video content seems to be the way to get your message across. Why it sucks being shy in a vlogging world.

Here is a bunch of statistics I have come across recently:

  • 82% of Twitter users watch video content on Twitter
  • YouTube has over a billion users, almost one-third of total internet users.
  • 45% of people watch more than an hour of Facebook or YouTube videos a week.
  • More than 500 million hours of videos are viewed on YouTube each day.
  • More video content is uploaded in 30 days than the major U.S. television networks have created in 30 years.
  • 72 Hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every 60 seconds.
  • The 25-34 (millennial) age group watches the most online videos, and men spend 40% more time watching videos on the internet than women.
  • Over 500 million (half a BILLION) people are watching video on Facebook every day (via Forbes).


Unless you have been living under a rock for the last decade, video content is everywhere. I’m one of those people who now prefer YouTube than watching regular TV. Which for people who grew up in a digital online world, it makes total sense; however, for the older generation it just confuses them and can’t see what all the fuss is about.

(Well, that’s how it is with my family – you might have cooler relatives who totally dig YouTube.)

I love going on Instagram and watching people Instagram stories video (I’m also totally digging the new IGTV.).

For me, who grew up with the world of the online world, a video is very much how I process information faster. I have always been that way – even as a little kid, I would prefer watching a video – than reading a book where it would just confuse the hell out of me.

I can’t be the only one work like this, someone who prefer visual contents then plain text. I read somewhere recently, it very much how our brain can process information.

However, if anyone is reading this – it might be the other way round; someone who prefer text over anything visual.

What I’m ultimately saying is, it’s no surprise that video content is ruling the online world right now.

Which is fantastic – and it also not surprising to see more and more bloggers switching over to vlogging. Or closing their blog and choosing instead to do a video on Instagram or YouTube.

But the thing is – I’m not one of them. Here are why being shy in a vlogging world sucks.

  • I hate the sound of my voice on video. I had a couple of comments on Instagram on why I’m never talking – because I really hate the tone of my voice on video. I sound so nasally and young, and whenever I play a video back, I just cringe so bad.
  • I suck at speaking on video. Too many umm, long pauses and messing up with my words. I get star-struck when placed in front of a camera.
  • I’m timid being in front of a camera. I’m a shy person anyway, but stick a camera in front of me, and I would just hide away or at least runaway.
  • Vlogging isn’t for me. I prefer writing or photography than video. I can think clearly while writing and know what to put down; rather than doing a loads of umm and awkward pauses.

But despite me saying I’m not a vlogger or like appearing on video – I still like the idea of creating some kind of video and uploading it to my Facebook or Instagram page. I know what you guys are thinking, you just told us you all shy and preferred writing it down. Ok, that is entirely true – but I like having a video to look back on.

I experimented with this when we did our Europe Interrail travel, and even now I love looking back at the footage, and I have fond memories of our trip.

I also had a plan to do a short video of when we went to Littlehampton, but the footage was just an epic fail. The sun was glaring into me, I couldn’t see what I was shooting, and it ended up looking a mess.

I think I might have to practice before uploading anything.

So yes, I like memories video and its something I really do want to focus on in the future. But I won’t be appearing or talking.  I will be the one who is working behind the camera, and a lot of my video would most defiantly have a soundtrack playing through it.

It very much like that now with my Instagram, I will be the one who is recording short video clips for my Instagram stories.  I prefer it that way, if I try and get my husband involved –well he gets annoyed by it. So it’s me being more a director than a presenter.

So yes, being shy in a vlogging world does suck – but you can find a way around it. Or at least I’m working around it.

How do you feel about this? Are you also shy in a vlogging world? Would you ever want to create video content for yourself?

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1 Comment
  • Lauretta Wright
    October 15, 2018

    Anna – if it’s any consolation I edit my videos heavily to make them flow much better – all the ‘ums’ and long silences are removed. And when I do insta stories I have to keep recording again and again. Face the fear & do it anyway!!

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