Today was my first ever day at VidCon! Isn't that crazy?! I've been on YouTube for almost four years now, and this is my first time going! Anyway, here's how my day went.
Being that it was my first time going, and because Michael is at camp, my mom came with me (my mom and I are really close, so that was no problem for me). I think that she really wanted to see what it would be like, and she also wanted someone there to secure me. I know that sounds weird haha, but due to the fact that my channel has grown so much this year, she always wants someone big and scary to be there when I'm in public to protect me. My mom isn't really very big or scary... but she's definitely bigger than me. Most of the time Michael comes with me to YouTube events (meet ups, conventions, etc.), but he's at camp, so he's obviously not available. But I can definitely say that he's disappointed that he couldn't come. He really wanted to go to VidCon! Maybe next year :)
My mom and I got a late start because she was taking forever this morning! Once we got on the road (an hour late) to Anaheim, we didn't hit much traffic (which was great). We arrived at the convention center, parked, and then started asking around to find out where registration was. After receiving our badges, we kind of walked around aimlessly. There were so many people and today there wasn't much to do. I guess Thursday is mainly Q+As, and then all of the panels happen on Friday and Saturday. We stood in line for a Q+A for a little while, but then decided that we were hungry and wanted to walk around a bit more and explore. After leaving the line and getting some food, we sat down and ate lunch outside of the convention center doors.
I know that I already said it, but there were so many people! Joey Graceffa kept walking in and out of the convention center, and each time he would walk by, a crowd of screaming girls (and guys too) would start running (yes: running) after him. Honestly, I'd probably be in that crowd too (who doesn't love Joey?), but he's in my YouTube network, and goes to a lot of the same StyleHaul events as me, so I figured that I'll get to meet him eventually. And there was no way that I was going to run in heels...
We walked around a bit more, met a few YouTubers (but not as many as I would've thought), and then went home early. Tomorrow morning we're planning to attend a Michelle Phan (my idol) Q+A, so we're getting there very early. I came home, took a nap, ate some more, did some filming and editing, and now I'm writing this!
I don't post on here very often, but it's fun for me, so if you guys are actually reading this, then leave a comment on this post so that I know that people really do care haha. Also, let me know if you want to see more blog posts! Since it's summer, I can try to do them daily, or at least a few times a week. But I won't put in the time if no one's going to read them.
I love you guys, I really do. Have a nice night, and let me know if you're going to be at VidCon either tomorrow or on Saturday! Goodnight, princesses :) be happy!
PS: Waking up doesn't mean your dreams are over, it means it's time to make them come true :)
Hi everyone! Just a quick post today, because I have to get to class in a few minutes, but here's something that I have sort of mixed opinions on: adults when it comes to teen issues. Yes, I definitely respect them, and yes, they aren't always wrong, but why (a lot of the time) do they seem to just not get it?
I mean, obviously it makes sense that they aren't as up to date on teen issues as we are, but how come they tend to just be completely wrong? I hate to generalize, because I literally just finished speaking with an adult about a teen issue, and I had a blast talking with her. But I guess what I'm really wondering is: if a lot of adults aren't fully grasping teen issues, then why don't teens step up and start talking about it? Obviously some are, but why is it that when there is a bullying, drug, sex, or drinking issue in a school, adults are the ones who come to speak about it?
Yes. They've been here longer. And yes. It's highly likely that they experienced very similar things as teenagers. But a lot of the time, if they make one wrong remark or mistake in their speeches or talks, kids will totally disregard everything that they're saying. Because it's easy. It's easy to make fun of an adult or just laugh with you friends and think they don't even understand what I'm going through anyway! But when it's another teen standing in front of you, it's different. I don't know why, because teens bully and disrespect other teens, but for some reason, when it comes to teen issues, most (but not all) teens would rather hear it from a peer.
That's why I'm so passionate about speaking my mind on teen issues. Because I feel like right now, while I still am a teen, is the best time - and maybe... the only time. I'd love to hear your opinions on this! Like I said, I'm not saying this about all adults, and I'm not saying this about all teens either. I hope you've been liking these blog posts more often! They're fun for me, and frankly, are what I find fun to do in a free moment, which is exactly what I did today! I love you all, I really do! Be happy :)
PS: Waking up doesn't mean your dreams are over, it means it's time to make them come true :)
So I'm sitting here... I should be editing tomorrow's video... but I don't know. I just felt like I should see how things on this website are going, because I've been really bad about doing updates on it lately. I really wanted to go out today. Not anywhere special, but just go somewhere in general because I really felt like vlogging. Instead, I slept all day because last night I stayed up until 3 AM, then woke up at 8 AM. So I didn't get much sleep. Plus, I was still super exhausted from IMATS yesterday. But anyway, I had opened Final Cut Pro on my computer, and had started editing the video for tomorrow. But like I said, I just felt this urge to check the website to see how things were going.
The first thing that I looked at were the statistics (so how many clicks and views it's gotten today and this month... stuff like that). They were higher than they'd been when I last checked, so that immediately put me in a good mood. Especially since I haven't posted or updated anything on here since early November. Then I went to go and read comments on blog posts. Normally I get an email every time someone comments, but I guess they must have been going into spam or something because I had no idea that so many people had left comments. But that isn't what made me cry. I went to read the form entries. A form entry is when someone fills out the contact form on the Contact Me page. There were so many. So so many. I couldn't believe it.
Normally I might get one a month, and half the time it's just spam or some creepy 40-year-old man asking me to send him naked pictures. But no. There must have been 30 entries from over the last two or three months. And they were all from loyal viewers! Some were short just asking me simple questions, but some were long and melted my heart. I only glanced at them, because I want to read each of them for the first time right before I reply, and right now I don't have time to reply because I have to edit my video, but when I'm done editing I'm going to go through all of the entries and reply to them all.
I think the main reason why seeing those effected me so much was because this is where it all started. Many people don't know that, but I started out on a blog. This blog! It was a different web address, but it was this exact site (just not as cool looking haha) and if you go back through the blog entries, all of the old ones are there. Each daily outfit post from 2010... they're all there.
The fact that this place where I just took pictures of stupid little outfits that I put together when I was in the sixth grade is now the place where people who call themselves my fans go to contact me... I don't even really know what to say. I am so touched and honored and honestly freaking out about the fact that people actually watch me. I've come so far, and the absolute best part is that I still have so far to go. I love my life, and you guys are such a big part of it. Never forget that. It's not about the money, the praise, or the glitter. It's about what I can give you guys. Hope, love, happiness. Company. I can't thank you enough for what you've done and are still doing with my life. I don't know what I'd do without you. And I mean YOU. Whoever you are out there, reading this, I really can't thank you enough, but I wish we were further in the future so that technology was more advanced and I could jump through the computer screen and give you a hug. Because what you've done with my life, it's priceless. Just thank you. Be happy.
All the love I can give,
PS: Waking up doesn't mean your dreams are over, it means it's time to make them come true.
So my school is having a drug meeting in a few weeks... it's not like my school has a drug issue. I actually go to a really nice school with some of the best people I've ever met (both teachers and students). But we're a high school. And high school is when people tend to experiment with substances and alcohol.
If you watch a lot of my videos, or know me even just a little bit, then you know that I don't do drugs. And it's for a few reasons. Of course there are many more reasons why I don't do drugs, but here are some of the main ones just so that you can kind of understand where I'm coming from while you're reading this.
1. I am a goody goody two shoes who is afraid of getting into trouble.
2. I spend my money on shoes and books, not weed.
3. I feel like I should be a good role model for my viewers, so while I still probably wouldn't do drugs even if I wasn't on YouTube, I just feel even more strongly about it.
4. I honestly have no desire to smoke weed or use any other drugs because I just have no interest. It just doesn't seem appealing to me.
5. I have such a nice life. I have a fantastic mom, best friend, boyfriend, friends, school, teachers, and I love the way I am. I would honestly hate myself if I screwed it all up just because I smoked some weed (I know that smoking weed doesn't mean that your life will be ruined, but personally for me, it could ruin my entire image and future because I am known for talking about teen issues and being a good role model). I have all of you guys watching me, and I hope that drugs don't ruin your life, so I definitely won't let them ruin mine.
Okay. So you might be wondering why I went over all of that. Here's my problem. Kids are going to do drugs anyway. Having a school meeting about drugs might inform people of the consequences, but people who smoke are still going to smoke. Sort of like what I said in my Dear Bully video: if you yell at kids and tell them how awful they are for bullying others, then why would they want to listen to you and stop? Yelling at kids never works. All that it does is it scares them and piss them off. And when kids are angry, they rebel.
So here's what I'm struggling with. Kids have done drugs. Kids do drugs. And kids will continue to do drugs. You can yell at them about it or scare them with pictures of people, but when it all comes down to it, you need to inspire them. Okay, okay: inspiring people not to do drugs... I know that it sounds stupid. But it's true. Like I've said before, if you want bullies to stop bullying others, then you can't yell at them. You have to sit them down, and inspire them. Tell them how rewarding it is to be nice to people. Explain how happy people can be by being a good person. Because it's true. Being mean is easy, but it hurts you back.
You need to explain to kids how they can be happy without doing drugs. And adults always say it, so people tend to ignore it (sorry to any adults who are reading this), but if people are picking on you or telling you that you aren't cool because you won't smoke or drink with them, then they are idiots and you are honestly so much better off without them. Anyone who is being mean to you while you're in high school... you are going to be rid of them and you will never have to see them again in a few years. So start now, and leave them behind. You will get so much farther just by being happy and not associating with bad people.
If kids don't care about the effects that it will have on themselves, then explain what can happen to others if they get into a car and put their foot on the gas pedal while high (or especially when drunk). While a lot of people say that being high while driving doesn't do anything, it does. It can make you less aware of your surroundings, and let's see... what are surroundings? Surroundings are pedestrians crossing the street, or other cars switching lanes. While you can't stop yourself from being a victim, you can prevent yourself from harming others.
So tell me... what do you think of drug talks? I'd also love to hear opinions on bully talks. Tell me what you've experienced, what you think is effective, and what inspires you!
Thanks for reading, have a nice day, and I'll be talking to you guys soon (whether it's through a blog post or a new video). Connect with me on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I'm always updating because I love staying in contact with all of you. Feel free to email me if you ever need someone to talk to. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Be happy!
PS: Waking up doesn't mean your dreams are over, it means it's time to make them come true :)
So whether you already knew this or not, I upload an average of twelve videos each week! And it's kind of crazy because I normally don't run out of video ideas. Sure, sometimes I'm not in the mood to film, or am unsure of what video I want to film, but no matter what, when I sit in front of the camera, everything is simple and easy and fluid. And I really appreciate it, because as I think most YouTubers can understand, we go through gaps of being extremely passionate about YouTube, and not really feeling anything. As an example, from November of 2012 up until about May, I wasn't feeling very inspired. Sure, I filmed a lot of videos, and worked hard on the videos that I filmed, but I guess I just wasn't exactly craving to film. And right now that's how I feel. All the time. I have so many video ideas that I want to make a reality, and I wish that there were more hours in a day!
Now I have so many videos that I both want and have to post. Creating a video schedule was honestly one of the best decisions I've made when it comes to YouTube. If you aren't familiar with the schedule, then I'll explain it to you. I upload an average of 12 videos a week (minimum).
SaphiraFashion: I upload every other day (at least). So I upload about 3-4 videos a week.
SaphiraFashionTV: I upload daily vlogs. Sometimes they're late, but I have kept them up for over 130 days! So I upload 7 videos a week.
ShortBookWorm: It is my book channel, and I upload weekly videos every Thursday. Sometimes more than one video, but I upload at least 1 video a week.
SaphiraSings: Because I have so many other channels, and post so many videos, I noticed that my music channel was being left behind. There would be gaps of 3-6 months in between videos. Posting a video every week or every other week is too difficult for me, so I decided that monthly would be good. So on average I upload 1 video per month.
It's crazy, right?! But the schedule is so helpful for me because it helps me plan out video ideas, know how many videos I need to film on the weekend (because I don't film on school days unless it's for the daily vlog), and know when to edit and post them.
If anyone is new to YouTube and is struggling with posting videos, then schedules really help. Now of course you need to be realistic, because if you make the schedule really demanding, then you might give up and not fulfill all of the plans.
Anyway, just as an update on me, I'm still really happy. The daily vlog just finished uploading so I need to go and write the description box for it, but I'm a super happy person, and I have such an amazing life. Thank you for reading! My website got SO many hits yesterday, it kind of freaked me out haha. I'm really proud that I've been posting blogs for three days now, and I'd love to know what you think! I want to fit some reading in because it's my free period at school and I need to finish A Game of Thrones, so this is it, but thanks again for always being so supportive!
PS: BE HAPPY :)
Hey guys! So I am going to start something for 2012! I am going to be doing a monthly "It Girl"! I wasn't exactly sure if you guys would be interested in it, so I decided to do it for December of 2011 as a test run!
The monthly "It Girl" will be a YouTuber who has something unique about her that is either: setting trends, resolving teen issues, or something completely outrageous! And the first official monthly "It Girl" is...
So far, she only has a few videos, but they are edited beautifully, and are full of personality! I want all of you to support her as a new YouTuber and go ahead and subscribe! I will be featuring her in blog posts this month, and she will be mentioned in videos!
Why she is different:
TheMakeupGuru99 is a sweet girl and does not pretend to be a know-it-all about makeup as many beauty gurus do when they are starting out (myself included). She is fresh, new, and creative!
Her personality is completely different from other gurus, and she is definitely a trend follower!
Many beauty gurus on YouTube only do beauty videos, but TheMakeupGuru99 does fashion videos as well! Her fashion sense is exquisite and unique!
I really hope that you all check out her videos and support her on YouTube! Help her get to 100 subscribers by January!
I really hope that you guys check TheMakeupGuru99 out on YouTube! If YOU want to be next month's "It Girl" comment with your YouTube username and tell me why YOU deserve it! You can also nominate other gurus to be next month's "It Girl"!
And remember - don't forget to have fun with your makeup!
This entire entry is going to be a whole entire update, and also telling you about something that is pretty exciting! So with the update, I am so sorry that I haven't updated in a pretty long time! I feel so bad! Pretty much, I have started a few new things that have to do with: fashion and beauty in general! I am sorry that I have been sort of neglecting this website, but I am back, and back for good! By the way, if you ever notice me slacking again, then email, twitter, facebook, comment, or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the Home Page telling me to update and continue on this website! Also, this website will probably not be updated everyday, but at least once or twice a week. And now on to the more important information.
Youtube. So a few months ago, I was on youtube, and I looked up "Ways to cure acne", and I started to watch this video of Allthatglitters21's, and I fell in love with youtube beauty gurus. One of my current favorites is DulceCandy87. I watchd the video, and then started to watch more and more of the YouTube videos. Soon, I was going to IMATS 2010 (the International Makeup Artist Trade-show), and decided to make a youtube account just so that I could comment on people's videos.
I introduced the beauty community to my friend Camila, and she too was hooked. Soon, she was doing videos on YouTube, and told me that I should also make videos! I told her that my mom would NEVER let me put up videos on youtube, but Camila made me ask my mom... and surprisingly, she said yes!
On July 11th, I put up my first video! I started gaining subscribers more and more often, and on a day in late December, I hit 100 subscribers! In January I hit 200 subscribers, and in February I hit 300 subscribers! I started making really good friends on YouTube, and started to gain a lot of very loyal subscribers.
I just thought that you guys would want to know what was going on.. so there you go... it has been the main reason why I have been MIA within the last 5 or 6 months... but I think that I am back - for good!
Oops, I forgot the most important part...
...my YouTube username is SaphiraFashion, and if you want to see videos of me singing, check out TheSaphiraMusic!
This is my blog! For every bit of randomness that comes out of my head... read on :)