The Social Effects of Creating

I love the term ‘creator’, it encompasses so much. I considered myself a creator when I exclusively made YouTube videos back in 2013. Now almost four years later, I write, I blog and barely create YouTube content due to lack of time, not lack of desire.

Over those four long years I’ve made so many friends, made so many connections and strengthened a billion other bonds of friendship. This reads like a lyrics to a late nineties Pokemon theme tune and I’m here for it.

 Through creating content on YouTube I got in contact with Callie, who’s ended up being one of my favourite people on the internet, we got to hang out a few months ago and eat sushi- great times. Online crossing into real life is my favourite thing. I also met Jess, Adele and Hannah. We got some drinks, drank like teenagers in the street and had a fine old time. I visited Hannah in Brighton last weekend and ate so much food I thought we might die. All of these friendships stemmed from deciding to switch the camera on one day and make some very crappy videos.

In 2014 I started blogging, looking back, I was  aimless with it, I made it as  distraction. I assumed that all YouTube channels had a companion blog and that’s what mine was – more crap to put out onto the internet. However over the years, I found my blogging feet, so to speak. I found a little, but actually kinda large, online community full of really great and interesting people. Whether it’s live-whatsapp-ing Bake Off with Ryan, ripping Charlie for something that he’s said that makes no sense, or getting words of wisdom and staying in the know with Ste, Arran, Carl and Maff. Sam makes me wish I were more savage at the bot users at the word, and Robbie makes me wish I were more witty at Twitter. John gives me major insta inspiration. All of these guys are great people I’m happy to see on my feeds everyday.

I went for drinks and met new bloggers and hung out with some I’d followed for ages, I need to make it to more of these but I’m a rubbish scheduler. I’ll see you for some Happy Hour cocktails again sometime soon Vix, Maryam, Penny, Danielle, Laura, and Beth. This time Haydy will be forced to make it.

And weirdly on my internship scheme I met Laura, who I already knew through blogging. We attempted to do the math to work out the chances of us being on the same little job scheme but our phones couldn’t handle it.

Before I moved to London, I loved looking up bloggers in Liverpool, through this I found Jemma. Jemma quickly became one of my favourite content creators for just being an all round nice and bubbly person. Watching her paint on her Instagram Story is the most relaxing thing in the universe.  A few months later I started looking up content creators in London before making the move, I found Emma and her fantastic blog. Emma’s taking big risks in following her dreams and I want to follow in her footsteps!

I met my friend Fae online close to 10 years ago now, which seems pretty wild looking back. Young teens from the internet meeting up was not so common back then, but we’re still going strong. www.daveygranger.co.uk wasn’t going back then, but Fae’s always there and is always supportive in helping me take photographs to create new and (hopefully) exciting content.

These people, alongside heaps and heaps of other content creators, keep me inspired, motivated and proud to be creating content online. When you’re in such amazing company, such a supportive and kind community that thrives on compliments rather than competition, it’s hard not to be cheesily grateful for all these opportunities.

There is my dosage of feelings for the month, maybe the year. Now to be spreading spookiness in anticipation of Halloween.

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