How to Come Up with Video Ideas | Podmas Day 4

How to Come Up with Video Ideas | Podmas Day 4

If you’ve ever wanted to create videos online, eventually you will come up against “creatorBlock”. Not being sure what to make videos on and may feeling under pressure to find a topic just to create “something”. Well, today I want to share some ideas for what to do or where to look when it comes to coming up with ideas.

Here are a few sites that you can visit, and the rest is explained in this episode.

TubeBuddy

Answer the Public

Keywords Everywhere

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See you all tomorrow!
-Shelly

8 Channels You Should Be Checking Out if You Want to be a YouTuber | Podmas Day 3

8 Channels You Should Be Checking Out if You Want to be a YouTuber | Podmas Day 3

Day 3 is here and I want to share with you a list of 8 YouTube Channels that I have found helpful on my journey to becoming a better Video Creator.

Video Influencers

Nick Nimmin

Roberto Blake

Creator Insider

Dee Nimmin

Amy Landino

Sunny Lenarduzzi

Gary Vaynerchuk

*TubeBuddy

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If you have creators/channels that have really helped you and you would recommend, please leave a comment and share it with me!
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See you all tomorrow!
-Shelly

Top 5 Book Recommendations For YouTubers | Podmas Day 2

Top 5 Book Recommendations For YouTubers | Podmas Day 2

Hello #ShellySquad welcome to Podmas Day 2! Today I’ve got a top 5 list of book recommendations for YouTubers both old and new. These are books that I have read and have helped me along my journey to publishing videos. They are in no particular order but I enjoyed all of them. I hope you pick one up to read and if you do, let me know what you thought of it, I’d love to hear your opinions too!

Shelly Saves the Day Top 5 Book Recommendations for YouTubers:

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I will see you all tomorrow for Podmas Day 3! If you have a topic you really want covered this month, leave a comment and maybe we can make it happen!

-Shelly

Auditing Your Goals | Podmas Day 1

Auditing Your Goals | Podmas Day 1

Hello everyone! Welcome to Podmas Day 1! I took a poll over on my YouTube community tab (which, if you aren’t following me on YouTube, get yourself over there and subscribe at www.youtube.com/shellysavestheday ) and creating podmas episodes was something that I said I was hoping to do this year.

I know that personally I may not be able to do a video every day like a lot of creators do which is typically referred to as Vlogmas, but I am trying to stretch myself and create more. Plus this gives me the opportunity to practice making podcasts which was one of my goals for this year.

Speaking of goals, this episode is all about facing the music when it comes to all of the goals that I set for myself at the beginning of the year and how I ended up doing. Now I know that the month and therefore the year are not over yet, but I can safely say that for the most part, where I am now is about where I will end up without too many dramatic changes. So this is a good time to reflect and show you that just because someone sets a goal, they may not achieve it, and that is perfectly ok.

I think the trick is that we just have to keep striving forward and trying to get better. Always be learning and never just settle with knowing that “we know enough”. I think the people that continue to push themselves and try new things end up being the ones who grow the most. I know for myself, this year was really about trying to figure out my own voice and point of view and now, trying to make a commitment that gets me closer to being that person.

I’m really grateful for this journey and opportunity. In this episode I also talk about my brand new facebook group and if you want to join in on the fun, feel free to join in too so we can stumble around together and not be alone! You can join here → Brand New to Branded Business

Feel free to join my FaceBook group if you’re interested in continuing your journey from Brand New to Branded Business.

I hope you enjoy Podmas Day 1 and I will hopefully see you in the next episode!

-Shelly

History Repeats Itself | Seattle YouTube Day

Seattle YouTube Day is coming up on November 3rd, 2018 which makes me think of last years event. It was my first time being a panelist and speaking in public about having a YouTube channel. I was super nervous but also very excited. I had an amazing time and I was lucky enough to have awesome fellow panelists. These ladies were seriously great.

We were told that we could prepare a 5 minute presentation on any topic that interested us. Me being me, meant I wanted to teach people even from the very beginning of my channels existence. I came up with a list of things I wish I had known before I started my channel to share. I remember thinking that the majority of people might not believe that I was an expert in anything but it wasn’t going to stop me. Here’s a video of my 5 minute speech.

I was under 900 subscribers when I spoke on that panel. Now, as I am preparing to moderate panels and speak on a panel, it’s weird to think of how far I’ve come in a relatively short time. I hope this serves as a lesson that not only can anyone learn from someone else but that also, you never know where the future is going to take you if you just keep on trucking.

This year I got to speak to my friend Andrew from one of our amazing sponsors: TubeBuddy. We did an interview on their channel talking about the event. If you want to take a peek take a look at this:

I hope that I see you at Seattle YouTube Day. If you want more information about the event please take a peek here →

Seattle YouTube Day

Scared but Hopeful

I did something scary. I made a decision. I was sitting at the lunch table during VidSummit one day, sandwiched in between Justin Brown of Primal Video and Steve Dotto of DottoTech hearing them try to convince me that what I have to teach is valuable and productizeable and should be made available to the world.

I hesitated, I didn’t believe them, because I didn’t yet believe in myself. I was waiting for someone to give me permission that this could be a real thing, I told them I didn’t see people doing this where I could follow their example.

They basically looked at me and said you don’t need “permission” to be the first one to do something and if you’re waiting for someone to emulate and you don’t see it, it’s probably going to be you.

When I hesitated and said I wasn’t sure, They let me know, if I was really looking for permission from someone, they were giving it to me. That’s a pretty powerful gift to give someone. The ability to have permission to achieve your goals you’ve hidden away and don’t share with people.

I told them no one would take me seriously and purchase something I offered. They said I had no proof to verify this statement if I’d never tried to actually make it available to people. That made me shut up. They were right. All I had were negative thoughts telling me that I couldn’t and here were 2 veterans telling me to go after what I want with gusto.

It’s ok if other people don’t understand, if they don’t believe, this isn’t for them. This is for the people who are waiting for permission to pursue what’s really in their heart.

Thank you Steve and Justin for your permission and insight, I want you to know I heard you and I’m doing this!

I created a product in my store before I could chicken out and I hit publish to make it “web official”. I would have never had the courage to do this without either of you.

If you have something that’s hiding out inside of you that you want to share, I’m giving YOU permission to let it out and share it with the world!

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#thankyou

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We need to talk…

“We need to talk…”

I know, scary words to hear. A phrase usually followed up with some sort of ultimatum or possible parting of the ways, but that’s not what this is, well, this time at least.

Something has happened to me and I want to share it with you. Unfortunately, maybe this time around, I’m not sharing great news. For instance, last week I got my YouTube certified status, that was great news I wanted to share, and I did, on twitter. (Shameless plug here, follow me on Twitter @shellysavesthe).

This time is different though, this isn’t really something that I wanted to share, I’m still debating on sharing, even as I type this. The coward in me wants to save it to drafts, or the trash. The brave part of me will hit publish, at 1:30 in the morning so that it has the least amount of chance to be seen by others.

The first time it happened to me, I was 25 and on a business trip to California. I was having trouble eating my soup, it kept missing my mouth and I was literally thinking to myself “stop being so weird!” Then I looked in the mirror and saw it. Half of my face was drooping lower than the other. I couldn’t seem to move my entire left side of my face. I was having issues speaking, something was just off.

I had Bell’s Palsy and I seemed to have it pretty severely. I went to the hospital convinced I did. They confirmed it within seconds of looking at me. They sent me home without much of anything, because there didn’t seem to be that much research on how to fix it.

We were taking a group picture the next day. I really did try to smile, I promise. Not only did I hate the way I looked, it was the first time I’ve ever wished that I could just have taken the picture with my standard resting b*tch face, that I usually despise.

Back in the day, oh to be 25 again, I decided that auditioning for a professional sports teams dance team was a good idea. I decided to be honest and try to tell them why my face was having issues not putting on the perfect cheerleader face they wanted. This was only a few days after going to the hospital.

I didn’t make the team, big surprise. They were sympathetic sure, but I doubt they were thinking I could be a calendar girl with my face the way it was in its current state. I remember feeling ashamed, my body was failing me, I couldn’t control it, and if you know me at all, I really hate not being in control of anything.

It went away on its own in a few weeks. No rhyme, no reason, no explanation, and no sadness to see it gone on my part. I’ve always thought I had a crooked smile, but during that time, through today, I’ve always felt it was accentuated more. It’s something I’ve been ashamed of, tried to work around, tried to make jokes about, but it can be soul crushing.

Here I am now, years later and as it turns out, fate is not done with me yet. It started 24 hours ago. I tried putting on chapstick, I couldn’t seem to get my lips to smack together as usual. I didn’t think much of it until later on in the day when I went to have lunch. Food was getting into my mouth but I was having problems chewing consistently on both sides of my mouth. I took another bite, food fell out of my mouth and I literally had one thought flash into my brain. “It’s happening again”.

I went to the bathroom and I tried to smile at myself in the mirror. Only half of me was able to smile back. The other side, the droopy side, gave me a sad half hearted attempt and I instantly knew. It had happened again. One eyebrow lower than the other, the inability to smile fully, and difficulty closing my eye, and all again on the left side of my face.

I don’t know what this means for me, why it’s back, but I decided to go back to the hospital fully prepared to hear there was nothing they can recommend for me. This time was different, they said instantly, yes it’s Bell’s palsy again, but this time they offered hope, in the form of a couple of prescriptions that hopefully reduce the swelling around the nerve to get my muscle control back.

Bells Palsy is a kind of partial facial paralysis often caused by nerve damage and affecting the facial muscles ability to smile or really even, hold themselves taught. I’m not fully sure why I’m sharing all this with you. I guess I want to show you that all that glitters online isn’t always gold, people go through real things every day and being online doesn’t exempt you from it.

Things can literally change in the blink of an eye. Here are 2 pictures of me, less than 72 hours apart. The world moves fast people.

I guess I’m just saying, life is really short and you never know what hand you’re going to be dealt. Things that you thought were long gone can come back with a vengeance. Dealing with things the same way as you did in your past may not work for you, or you may not get the same result.

I’m not going to be all sunshine and roses here. This sucks, totally sucks, but I’m dealing with it. I’ll keep pushing forward but I guess I need to say that if you see me soon, and you don’t get a full smile out of me, this might be the reason why.

My First Video of 2018

Happy New Year Shelly Squad!

I wanted to start off the year with a message of positivity and support. For starters, I’m going to share my 2018 goals with you. I know that many of us make resolutions, I usually don’t however because I one, tend to forget to think about it in time and two, usually never make it 24 hours in my resolve to actually commit to a half baked plan.

This year, is different in the fact that I am committed to achieving numbers of things I can control vs. things I have no control over. What does this mean? It means, I realize that I can’t control how many people choose to hit the red subscribe button, but I can control how many videos I put out this year. I’m going to share my list with you, it may continue to grow and evolve and change, I am giving myself permission to be okay with that. Here we go.

YouTube
70 videos this year

Podcast
Do 50 podcast episodes this year

Instagram
Post 300 times on Instagram

Website
25 blog posts

Product Creation
Create an e-book about YouTube
Create a product such as animated subscribe button or intros or endslates for sale.
Offer consultative services for social media help.

Business
Get YouTube certified

I know that the spotlight on YouTube people has been a bit tarnished and diminished to start off the New Year, but I want to spend some time creating content that sends out a positive message rather than record myself going off on a rant about someone who has made me angry. I know that I could garner attention and views, because I have so much to say on this topic, but I think that right now what the world needs is some joy and positivity. To this end, I have decided that the first video of the year is going to be my most supportive youtube friends.

Let this video serve as a reminder that there are a lot of good people on this platform, people who deserve your attention and who put out good content that genuinely helps other people. I hope you enjoy it! 💕

So much to do…so little time!

Do you ever have those moments in life where you sit back and wonder “Where did the time go?! I had so much planned to do!” I am having one of those moments, weeks, heck, months. I feel as if there are a million things to do, things to write, things to capture on video, blog about, podcast about, pinterest about, and I have no idea how to actually accomplish any of them!

I know there is a saying that when you focus on everything, you focus on nothing. I feel as if this is true. Sometimes, you have to focus on something small…you have to start somewhere, anywhere, and then move forward from there. There is so much that falls by the wayside. So many emails I wanted to respond to, so many comments that have been unanswered for far longer than I would like, puppies to pet, pictures to take, holiday crafting never started and hopes not yet realized.

I’m not even sure yet what I’m trying to say in this very post. So many months have passed since my last post, here is one more thing that I have not done a good job at keeping up with. One more area of my life and online social presence where I feel I have let you down. Whomever out there in the world who would dare to say that this is “Easy”, I would say… try it.

Yes, I hope that one day I can spend my days and nights as I desire to, creating and producing content for every platform and helping others to go after what it is that they want in their lives too, but for now, I might need a hot bubble bath and night of puppy snuggles.

I am so humbled that people out there in the world care at all about what I have to say and share with the world sometimes. I promise that I will continue to try my best to be here for you more consistently. Happy December peeps! 💕