When I was little I loved the idea of vlogging. For as long as I can remember there has been at least one camera in our house. We currently have boxes and boxes of home videos ranging from the day my little sister was born to beautiful Elementary concerts to horrible band concerts. My brother, sister, and I invented Just Dance. It’s amazing to think of how entertaining we found watching ourselves dance in front of the TV to Crazy Praise and Cedarmont Kids was. But that's not the point.
In retrospect, my young love for blogging and vlogging doesn't make any sense. Blogging started around 1999, and YouTube only started in 2005.
Sometimes God gives us ideas. Sometimes they seem pretty insignificant and pointless. Other times they seem rock solid, but after a little while they crash and burn or lose their ability to fascinate.
When we go through the tapes I see myself “reporting” about everything. I used to stand in front of my dad’s handheld every Sunday and explain exactly what we were doing. As a six year old I really didn't care what the other people at the mall thought. I just wanted to have fun and talk. I would talk about things as pointless as the ice cream we were eating.
Then in 2010 Disney’s Good Luck Charlie started broadcasting. As a fifth grader this was my dream. My dad ended up giving me the same handheld that I used to stand in front of every Sunday. But soon that dream died or more appropriately, went into hibernation.
If I hadn't stood in front of that camera trying to come up with the perfect lines to describe ice cream, I don’t think I would be writing this blog at this moment. I probably would have reached this point eventually, but I doubt I’d be there right now.
Talking about Steers’ Sunday Cones helped me realise that I wanted to have my ideas out there. It helped me see that I wanted to use the gifts I've been given to directly talk to an audience.
Of course I wasn't thinking about any of this at the time, but it’s nice to look back and see how my past has shaped who I am and what I am doing today.
Ideally, when you start a business or an organisation you should have a clear sense of what your mission is. I think the same goes with a blog. I should know exactly what I want to say and how I want to say it. But honestly I have absolutely no idea what I want to write about. Just like how I used to talk about anything and everything, for now this blog will be about whatever comes to mind.
Hopefully someday soon I’ll have a clear mission and maybe one day I'll start a YouTube channel; for now, I'm just going to write. My wish is that whoever may be reading this will do the same and dive into their dreams past and present without obsessing about precision and perfection.
"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun." - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
*Slightly edited 18/09/15