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Daring to Vlog

Recently I’ve been enjoying watching vlogs on YouTube, in particular Aby from You Baby Me Mummy and the lovely A Moment With Franca‘s channels. I’ve loved them for a while now and have been very intrigued by the big bloggers like Zoella and Vivianna Does Make Up – I tend to start watching one, and hours later I am still there watching away.


So a couple of weeks ago, I had that thought in my head “why don’t you give it a go?” My inner monologue then goes on overdrive:

Positive Me: “yeah why not! You could do that. You should do that – you keep thinking about it, just do it woman.

Negative Me: “stop listening to that other voice, this will be totally stepping out of your comfort zone. I’m pretty sure you’ll have to be presentable to be on camera and you’ve probably forgotten you are normally in your PJ’s every day until 11am. Aghhhhh.

Stepping out of my comfort zone

This is something I don’t do as often as I should, but when I do it makes me feel amazing. This phrase means different things to different people. To me it means: doing things on my own and not feeling paranoid that people are looking at me thinking “she’s on her own!”, pushing myself to doย new thingsย however scary that may seem.

But in the last two months, I’ve embraced all aspects of my blog, learning about WordPress, widgets, plugins, codes to name just a few. To be honest, I didn’t expect to love it so much and now I’m excited to see if I can incorporate a few videos into my blog posts too. ย I personally love the ‘day in the life of’ posts so hopefully I can get my head round doing one of those too! So I got off my ass, but not out of my PJ’s and recorded my first vlog below. It was an unmitigated disaster haha – I dropped the camera 3 times and swore once! If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself…

So I decided to make up for it with a calm and soothing seaside video, which is much less rambly! Hopefully for future videos I can hit the mark somewhere in between the two…

What do you think?

Probably room for improvement haha ๐Ÿ™‚ But it’s a start and if you got to the end of my 5 minute ramble about myself, well done and thank you for watching! I think it’sย the first time I’ve seen myself on screen, apart from when I Skype friends and family and spend the duration of the call looking at myself (come on, we all do that don’t we?!?). Watching it back was interesting and got me thinkingย WOW the lines on my forehead are here to stay. Ah well! I shall keep practising the art of not waffling on and on, and will share a second much more refined blog soon! I would love to know what you think of my cameralady skills in the comments below.

Linked to #fortheloveofBLOG


  1. June 11, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Thank you, talking to the camera is hard! I feel much more at ease filming the family a few paces back…thank you for commenting x

  2. June 11, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    It gets easier, just keep practicing. I feel like a right idiot talking to the camera but that feeling is going away slowly! Keep going xx #triballove

    • June 11, 2016 / 4:03 pm

      Thank you for having a look! You’re fab in front of the camera so lots of practice I think ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. June 11, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Oh Fab! Its so difficult getting started, I just felt so awkward on my first vlog but it is feeling much more natural now. Keep at it – I will go subscribe to your channel! I love to know more about the blogger behind the words! Come and say hi on YouTube x

    • June 11, 2016 / 4:58 pm

      I love your YouTube channel – you really are a natural at it! Thank you for subscribing lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait to give it another go and keep practicing x

  4. June 11, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    Oh Bridie this is brilliant – so open and so honest and just so real – feel like I know you now and I just can’t wait to meet you for real. Love your mention of the Tribe – completely agree with your comments and Britmums is my highlight of the month too! #fortheloveofBLOG ha ha love the falling over camera and the swearing – made me giggle xx and what lines? you look ridiculously young!

    • June 11, 2016 / 4:57 pm

      Oh you are so kind, thank you lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ so funny, when I met my father in law, he actually said to me “oh you’ve got the Irish forehead lines” LOL! My mother in law was mortified ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait to meet you too, it’s so soon now yay xxx

  5. June 11, 2016 / 5:30 pm

    Good for you! Well done! You are a natural.
    You are braver than I am….

  6. June 11, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Yaaaaaaaaaaay, Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay! You did it! It is fab too! I totally relate to what you are saying as well and how some days you can feel like you don’t know who you are and you feel like you are losing your confidence! And Brit Mums is going to be amazing and the cocktails!! Also love that you swear and apologise for swearing on you tube channel! Has inspired me to try and put myself in front of the camera. Also loved the seaside walk too and the music. So to sum up it was fab and I can’t wait to see more ๐Ÿ™‚ !!!

    • June 11, 2016 / 6:02 pm

      Oh lovely; your message has totally made my day! Thank you so much for your kind words, it’s a bit nerve wracking but so pleased you could relate to it. So excited for amazing cocktails whoop! Can’t wait to see your first vlog, you’ll be a natural too ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  7. June 11, 2016 / 6:10 pm

    Yay well done – I did my first the other week and its still haunting me – don’t know if I will be brave enough to do another! But you were a natural talker and I enjoyed the short artsy one too. Looking forward to seeing the next instalment xx #triballove

    • June 11, 2016 / 6:17 pm

      Thank you lovely – so kind of you! I think the first is always so hard but hopefully will be easier next time ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  8. June 11, 2016 / 8:25 pm

    you absolutely gorgeous lady. thank you for the wonderful comments you said about me. I teared up – thank you so much. I am so glad you found the tribe xoxox

    #tribalolove always xoxo

    • June 11, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much for the gorgeous comment – you’ve done a wonderful thing setting up the tribe, it means so much to so many of us! So pleased you enjoyed the video hun xxx

  9. June 11, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Brilliant first go! Your doing better than me! I’m making videos but haven’t dared put myself up yet. It’s great to see the blogger behind the blog though so might do it one day! #triballove

    • June 11, 2016 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ so pleased you enjoyed it – it can only get easier from here! Hope you do it one day too xx

  10. June 11, 2016 / 10:23 pm

    Oh you did a fantastic job!I have tried but I always end up hating the way I look/sound and pick to pieces so I’ve given up lol.Love the seaside video makes me want to go x #kcacols

    • June 12, 2016 / 6:23 am

      Thank you for watching – I really appreciate the comment and glad you like the seaside video too! Xx

  11. June 11, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Aww Great vlog! I love that you are just chilling in in your pyjamas and using your phone by having it on top of your computer! If I were to go on video I’d have been to the hairdressers and gone for a makeover Bloody isn’t swearing! But it was amazing all the same! I can’t wait to meet you at BritMums! Your bit about Katie was beautiful, she’s bursting with pride and love for you! Xxx as there was no talking in the second video I didn’t get the same enjoyment out of it, but I’m glad you had a nice time at the seaside! Big hug s Xxx #TribalLove

    • June 12, 2016 / 6:26 am

      Thank you lovely Sassy so much! Such a gorgeous comment, I’m blown away. So excited to meet you too at BritMums, it’s so close now eeeee. I’m sorry you couldn’t enjoy the second video, I’ll have a think If I could add something spoken from me next time ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you again, the support on this post has been incredible and so encouraging for me to record another! Xxx

  12. June 12, 2016 / 5:19 am

    A very fab first vlog! I used to try making Youtube videos of me playing games, but I don’t like the sound of my own voice so could never listen to the videos for editing purposes. It’s good to put a face to the blog and to hear you talk. Keep up the good work. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • June 12, 2016 / 6:27 am

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚ it was strange when I was putting the music over it heading the same snippets of my voice over and over! Thanks for watching xx

  13. June 12, 2016 / 9:09 am

    Just popping back to say this is still brilliant ๐Ÿ™‚ #KCACOLS

    • June 12, 2016 / 9:15 am

      You’re so lovely <3 I'm blown away by all the amazing support, thank you xxx

  14. June 12, 2016 / 9:33 am

    It’s so great that you’re stepping in front of the camera! I’m in awe of all the bloggers that do this – I wouldn’t have the first clue about how to go about doing a vlog. Keep at it – can’t wait to see the next one! #KCACOLS #triballove

    • June 12, 2016 / 9:35 am

      Thank you lovely – it’s definitely something completely new but was quite fun doing it! xx

  15. June 12, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    Oh wow good for you!!! I genuinely do not have the confidence to do it and can’t see me ever doing it! I hate the way I look, the sound of my voice, my mannerisms…it makes me cringe just thinking about it!! You’re an absolute natural though, I will definitely stick with blogging though! #KCACOLS

    • June 12, 2016 / 3:30 pm

      Thank you lovely – so kind of you to stay! I still much prefer writing, but nice to try something new as well ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for taking a look xx

  16. June 12, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    You’re far braver than I am! I feel out of my depth writing a blog, let alone doing vlogs. I wish you well with it, and I’m sure once you’ve done a few you’ll feel a lot more comfortable with it. That being said, you’re already great in front of a camera! x

    • June 12, 2016 / 4:53 pm

      Aw thank you, for watching and for the the lovely comment! Xx

  17. June 12, 2016 / 6:55 pm

    Bridie my darling I LOVE this! You are just as lovely as you seem in your writing and gorgeous to boot. I did chuckle when you said ‘oh no I swore!’ Hahah. You’re very brave I wouldn’t know where to start with a vlog. Look forward to lots more vlogs from you! #fortheloveofBLOG #triballove

    • June 12, 2016 / 6:58 pm

      Oh lovely, you’re so kind – thank you! So chuffed you liked it and can’t wait to share more when I don’t drop the camera haha xx

  18. June 13, 2016 / 5:53 am

    Well done! It was great and I think you’re a natural. Made me chuckle re the swearing as I’m sure if I gave up it go I would be on take 101 before getting it remotely right hahaha. Great post and vid look forward to more #fortheloveofBLOG

    • June 13, 2016 / 5:54 am

      Thank you, really appreciate the comment! I’m looking forward to recording another one soon xx

  19. June 13, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Aww thanks Rachel! So kind of you – it was quite fun to record ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for hosting #KCACOLS xx

  20. June 13, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    You are so brave, I really want to do one but have not been able to get the courage yet…my voice annoys me what happens if it annoys the world..I think you did a lovely job, you seem so chilled out and watchable… looking forwards to the next one! The beach made me giggle. Thank you for linking up lovely xx #fortheloveofblog

    • June 13, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      Aw thanks lovely! I’ve already seen a little vlogging from you – you have a great voice for it and you’re very funny! Thanks for hosting xxx

  21. June 13, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    I loved it, very natural and lovely. You make some really good points about being a first time mum at home as well – it’s a bit of a strange one initially isn’t it! Well done for taking the vlogging plunge – look forward to more! And the beach one was very sweet, I love the beach! X

    • June 13, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Aw thank you for watching – looking forward to recording more now that someone has informed me about a tripod attachment I can get for my phone! X

  22. June 17, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Well done to taking the plunge! Bonus blogger points!! I love how natural you are . Keep doing it!! #kcacols

  23. June 17, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    Well done – I’m impressed! I hate being on camera & could never do this! Personally, I think a bit of camera dropping and swearing only adds to a vlog! #KCACOLS

  24. June 18, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Aww I love this. Well done for putting yourself in front of the camera. I hate hearing my voice, but I love watching vlogs. I don’t think my life is interesting enough for me to do it either! Love the beach one as well. x #KCACOLS

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