One Wonderful Year

6 December 2015

For me YouTube was a never just a website - it was a world. I'd get off the school bus and do that half-shuffle half-jog thing that people do when they're in a hurry but don't want to run in public, just so that I could get through the front door a minute earlier and start catching up on all of the shiny new videos in my subscription box. That was around eight years ago now, and ever since I discovered YouTube my fascination has bloomed without any sign of stopping. For almost a decade I've consumed video after video, hundreds of hours of footage created by people I grew to know and love, almost as friends because I felt like I knew them so well. I enjoyed what they did so much that I wanted to do it too, but for various reasons like shyness and illness it seemed ever so slightly out of my reach.

On this exact day one year ago I sat down, very apprehensively, and said hello to a camera. Little did I know, hey?

Uploading that first video and taking Meg Says from typed words to spoken words turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made. Honestly, YouTube has surpassed every expectation I ever had; if I thought it'd feel good to have 100 subscribers, it felt extraordinary. If I thought it'd be nice to have people say that they enjoy my videos, it felt indescribable. If I thought I’d be happy to share my life with those who appreciate seeing it, I felt over the moon. So far, its been the most rewarding and truly enjoyable experience and I genuinely couldn't be happier or more grateful to be doing it.

'Do what you love' is a phrase I see often on social media and it's wonderful to be able to think, 'I am'. We're getting really soppy here I know, but if I could travel back in time and tell 14-year-old Meg that one day she'd be making videos weekly for the most lovely audience, she would've 100% been the most pleased and impossibly excited young lady on the planet. I don't throw the word 'dream' around lightly, so to say that YouTube has been my dream means a lot to me and the fact that I'm doing it - ahhh, I'm really DOING it! - means even more.

The most important thing to say here is thank you. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to watch my videos, to leave me such positive, heartfelt comments and for being so compassionate about my life and what I battle daily. I couldn't have asked for a more compassionate, thoughtful, intelligent and kindhearted group of people and I'm ever so proud to call you my audience. Looking back to blog posts I wrote last year like this one make me feel so emotional as you really have helped make my wish come true. You all inspire me and you know what, I think we bring out the best in each other!

Thank you once more. I filmed a special 'first YouTube birthday' video here if you'd like to see it!

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