Sunday, 10 April 2016

The Stripped Down Challenge

Since seeing one of my fellow blogging girlies Kate do this post a couple of weeks ago, I thought that I'd give it a whirl myself. If you don't already know, the stripped down challenge is a challenge that has been floating around on YouTube for quite a while now. The whole purpose is to film for 10 minutes straight with no music, no cuts, no editing, nothing. People typically talk about topics that they feel are important or need to be discussed, so that their viewers can see what their honest thoughts are. Similarly to Kate, I haven't seen any other bloggers do this challenge, but seeing as she gave it a go, I thought that I might as well too, because I did find her post incredibly interesting and insightfgul. I'm literally just going to be typing for as long as I can and I'm going to be as honest as I can whilst doing so. I don't really know what I'm going to be talking about yet, so I guess we'll just have to see where it goes.
One of the things that comes to my mind straight away is social media. You may think that's a bit of an obvious thing to say, seeing as I'm literally typing away on it right now, but I'm thinking much more deeper into it than you may expect. If you have already read my last post, then you will know that I've now been blogging for over 1 year. I started this blog a month after my 14th birthday. To me, I feel as though it was something that I'd thought about for an incredibly long time, as I had been watching YouTube and reading other blogs for a while prior to this decision and then one of my friends came up with the idea that I should start writing my own blog, which kinda encouraged me to take the plunge and make the leap. Whatever phrase you use that floats your boat. At first, I didn't really know what I wanted to do with the whole blogging situation. Obviously, I was a newbie and none of my friends were really into all of that, so I felt quite lost and vulnerable, shall we say. I've made friends before and followed people on Instagram that are a few years older than me who had blogs and so I guess I just got inspiration from them and eventually, I started to experiment and find my own way through. I think that blogging is a very personal thing and we each have our little 'niche' so to speak.
Ever since I joined secondary school, which was almost 4 years ago now (wow, I feel olddd), I've become much more aware about social media and the effect that it can have on people. It's just that I feel people are so focused on the negative things that they don't actually give themselves a chance to look for the positives. I'm fully aware that it isn't all sunshine and rainbows. When you start a blog or a Youtube channel, you technically do become a lot more vulnerable to hate, trolls, judgement and all of that rubbish stuff. But, who's to say there isn't more positives to outweigh all of them negatives? Social media is an incredible thing. I briefly touched upon this in my previous post, but it really, truly is. I have made so many wonderful friends through the internet and although they live quite far away from me and I may have never met them, I feel like I've known them for a lifetime. As young people, our parents always tell us to be wary of social media and to keep our lives private and to only share information with people that we know very, very well. I feel like blogging and YouTube challenge those ideas. Yes, it can be very dangerous and yes, you may get the occasional piece of hate, but for every hateful comment or for every troll that tries taunting you through the screen, you will receive many more comments saying that you have changed someone's life or that you have made them smile and given them hope. Even though the internet is a scary place when you first open yourself up to it, you shouldn't want to hide yourself from the other side of it, which is where I'm speaking to you from. I believe that I'm a part of the lovely, kind side. I believe that I'm a part of the side where everyone supports each other and everyone is sensitive when expressing their thoguhts and opinions. I have seen the nasty side of the internet. I have experienced times in my life where I have been subjected to constant hate on social media sites. But, I'm now involved in this life-changing community where people appreciate me for who I am and they try to bring out the best in me. If we use the internet in the right way, it can quite literally change people's perceptions on the way that they view themselves, the way that they feel about their lives and the way that they treat other people. It's something quite magical really. Blogging and YouTube are two very personal, creative outlets where people choose to express themselves by doing what they love in the hope that some other people will find a love for those things too.
We all have the power to change the world. We all have the opportunity to make someone smile. We should all want to use that power and that opportunity to our greatest advantage. We should want to prove to the older generations that social media isn't all as bad as it seems and there is actually a genuine good side to it that they may not see.
Lots of love always,
Jade xo


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