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  • Writer's pictureChristie-Lee Spinks

Why I started a YouTube Channel

Updated: Feb 8, 2022

The idea of creating a vlog on YouTube came to my attention in 2015 when I discovered YouTuber Zoe Sugg displaying videos of her everyday life in England. Admittedly I was slightly late to the party! The idea was so simple, yet I had never seen anything like it. Being the reality tv fan that I am, the entire concept intrigued me.

Over time I became intrigued by the number of daily vlog uploads from around the world, packed with individuals displaying their lives like a tv show. Honestly, however, the idea that I could do it too didn’t even occur to me until approximately 4 years later, after having our baby girl, Coco.

Like most new mummy’s I was instantly totally and utterly obsessed with my daughter. I spent my days taking her picture and capturing what I could on video. Whilst I wanted to show her off to the world, I really wanted to savour all of her moments for me, our loved ones, and Coco herself to look back on.

It wasn’t until I took a step back, and began to look upon our life from an outsider standpoint that I realised the life we live may interest others in the same way their lives interested me.

It took a long time for me to share my idea with my husband Ben. Mostly because I knew that once I shared my idea I had to do something about it and make it happen. Low and behold once the idea was shared there was nothing holding me back!

I pushed my fears aside and thus my YouTube channel - Christie-Lee - was born.

Being the all-or-nothing kinda ‘gal’ that I am, I flew into YouTube full force and aimed to create a new video every single day until I reached the 1000 subscriber, 4000 watch hour target to becoming monetised. Amazingly, with the help of all my incredible subscribers, I reached it in a matter of just a couple of months. Honestly, I was astonished.

Despite being the all-or-nothing character that I am, I also quickly talk myself out of doing the things I love. I list all of the reasons in my mind not to continue doing something I enjoy and convince myself I should stop. When I hit this inevitable wall with my YouTube channel, I took time out. I took time out and began convincing myself that it wasn't for me... but after a couple of months I managed to pick myself up, dust myself off, and I come back!

I was enticed back because my YouTube channel sparked something in me that couldn’t be crushed. And for that I am proud.

So let’s crack on and make some more vlogs!

'...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.'

Isaiah 40:31

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