Homemade Road Blocks

I want to talk a little bit about my greatest hindrance to getting this whole YouTube blog thing going. Now that I’m finally rolling and have hit a rhythm I feel pretty good about what I’m doing. I’m having fun and getting a lot out of the whole process. However, that wasn’t always the case. And sadly, my greatest road block was really myself.While I haven’t been running this setup for a long time, in reality, it’s really only been about a month. However, I’ve already done a much better job than I did with my first 3 blogs. That’s right, my first 3 blogs.

So what’s the big difference this time? In truth, it’s probably that in the past I had delusions of grandeur. I pictured these magazine quality articles put out daily. And it’s not that I don’t have the potential to do that, because I think everyone does. The problem was that I didn’t have the skills yet. So I kept putting off posting because I didn’t like the way my content looked.

I would tell myself there aren’t enough pictures, or the website looked amateurish. Newsflash! I am an amateur at all this! Now I post regularly and I can see the improvement from post to post. My writing has gotten better and so has my photography. And most importantly, I’m having fun doing it.

The other thing I did was talk myself out of writing content too fast in fear of running out of things to say. That was just plain stupid! Anyone who has ever talked to me about movement, nutrition, or fitness well knows that I can’t shut up about it. How in the world could I run out of things to talk about here??? Better to create the content and worry about running out of things to say if it happens!

I’d been kicking around starting a YouTube channel forever too. And here I ran into the same problem. I knew nothing about shooting or editing video. And I told myself I need to get better at this or I’d look like a jackass on camera.

But I finally decided to do it and just put the content out there. My first little 5 minute video I posted, my welcome to my channel video, was the first video I had ever shot with my camera. It was also the first time I had ever opened iMovie on my computer in the 5 years I have owned it.

I felt like a total doofus talking to myself and the camera. This little 5 minute shoot took me almost and hour to setup, shoot, and edit because I had no idea what I was doing. Now my videos take me a fraction of the time to do and I can already see a huge improvement. Also, I feel a lot more comfortable talking to the camera. None of this would have happened if I hadn’t just done it. And again most importantly, I’m having fun!

The sad thing is I could have been doing this years ago, but I talked myself out of it because I couldn’t do it as well as I would have liked. But the truth is, you have to do it poorly before you can do it well. And you’re probably going to do it poorly a lot before you do it well.

So I can come up with all the excuses I like, but they’re really just a bunch of crap. I’m really happy I finally got out my own way and started working on this project because I’m having a ton of fun!


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