As many of you have found, my blog is the place where I am most personal with all of you. Today's blog post is no different, expected it doesn't involve Mike or Tupelo this time.
For those of you that are new this is information you do not know the history on so I'm going to recap a bit. Quite some time ago, about 1 1/2 years ago I was tormented by bullies on my channel. My channel on Youtube had a different name, it was "velocityvette1". I also had a blog called "velocity scrapper". I had reached almost 2,000 subbies on my channel and about 145 followers on my blog. I had worked hard at it, just like I do now. I ended up losing my channel to some ladies who thought it would be really funny to "copyright" my channel and tell me I stole it. These ladies had done far more to me before it got to this point, including using my personal email address to bully me, so when I was called a very derogatory name on my blog, after some ladies tag teamed on my blog to bully me, I finally just threw in the towel and closed it all down and left the social media crafting world. I needed the break, and I wanted to craft in peace.
I was contacted by several ladies that cared about me a lot and they got my head on straight. They were strong when I wasn't and helped me realize these ladies were not worth my worry, and I needed to focus on all the positive comments left by people I had encouraged and inspired. So out of all of this began a new crafting attitude and world for me. This is when I started "velocityvette08". The ladies that supported me sub'd me immediately and I had lots of subbies before I knew it. And now, just a year and a few months later I'm heading toward 6,000 subbies. I'm amazed and so grateful for that.
It gave me the courage to start a blog again and even become very personal in it with all of you, because there are so many wonderful people who watch my videos, tutorials, read my blog posts, follow me on Pintrest, and care about Mike and Tupelo. I'm so happy I started it and I'm having a lot of fun with it.
In fact I'm having a wonderful time everywhere, on FaceBook, my channel - all the places I connect with you all. This brings me to my last step I needed to take - the "thumbs". One of the things that the bullies did was thumbs down my videos. I could put 4 videos up at the same time, and I could watch on Video Manager as each one got 3 thumbs down in a just a matter of a few seconds, they would just go down the list. In fact, I was such a focus of their life, I actually had videos get thumbs down before they even registered a view, which meant, they had to be watching their computer for me to upload a video, then very quickly open it before anyone else, thumbs down it, and close it before it registered a view. I was really amazed by that, because that took some effort!
Since then I haven't bothered to turn the thumbs up/down on on my videos. I just set my default to have them turned off. I've had several of you over time say, I tried to thumbs up your video, but it won't work for some reason. Well, it's been turned off.
YouTube recently made changes that allows you to now thumbs up or thumbs down a video, but you can't see it, only I can. Since that change went into place here is what has been happening on my channel. A few of my videos have been getting one thumbs down. Now I realize there could be someone who just doesn't like them. But, interestingly enough, it's my tutorial videos, such as "The Basics of" tutorials, and my "Mixed Media Beginner Backgrounds" videos, and most recently my tutorial called "Under Glass" using Renea's butterflies and dragonflies.
I decided it was time to turn the thumbs up and thumbs down back on. It's kind of last step for me to show I'm confident in my work and what I'm doing. If you don't like it, that's fair, you surely don't have to watch, and are free to move on. As far as those old bullies go... I would hope they've found something else to do by now. I've clearly found my way and am just having lots of fun creating, connecting with all of you on my blog, swapping ATCs with some of you, surprising you with cards, having Flash Contests.... all of these activities are my way of trying to share my work with you. And Wow! have you all shared back with me! I've had beautiful gifts made for me, cards sent to me to surprise me, I've received amazing ATCs in my swaps, it goes on and on. I feel blessed beyond words.
So, this is a big deal for me, I'm now 100% back and then some, but the thumbs were the final piece to me being 100% back. So, I'm going to ask this.... "if you enjoy a video of mine you watch, would you take a moment and give me the thumbs up?" I would really appreciate it. I understand it has some value with Youtube and it of course has a lot of value for me to see that my video was enjoyed. Positive feedback is always appreciated by everyone who does videos. You really put yourself out there with each one you do, you allow yourself to be vulnerable,. It's not always easy, especially if you have struggled with a project, or it didn't turn out just as you would have hoped. When I read your comments I know it was worth it.
I feel so good about making this decision and I'm going to ask for your support with it, especially while it's new for me to have them turned back on. I hope you all will have my back and give me the thumbs up if I've earned it in your eyes.
Thank you all for helping me get to this final step and actually taking it. It's no small thing to me.
Love you all! Jane....vv08