Well, we’ve made it to the video portion of the social media class, and while I’m still not sure of what I will do for my video, I can easily talk about the 3 YouTube sites I love. Each YouTube channel I am going to speak about has numerous videos to watch, so please feel free to view any episodes that appeal to you. The reason I love them is that they provide either stress relief, or make me feel better about myself, which is the focus of my “work” in social media. I started this blog to empower women about their health, and feeling good about yourself (also known as self care) is key in that matter.
The first site is http://www.youtube.com/user/DoYouYoga
I know, I know, everyone does yoga, it’s amazing, centers you, blah blah blah… For me it really has helped to focus on the here and now, and not worry so much about the future. I go once a week to a class, but the rest of the time I don’t know what to do for my home practice (a common complaint in yoga), and this YouTube site helps with that by providing routines for me to do on my own. The videos look good, have great sound quality, and overall look like they were filmed by professionals. If you are suffering from stress, or find you rush around a lot without time to pause, then yoga, and this website could be beneficial to you.
The second website is http://www.youtube.com/user/panacea81
Lauren started her YouTube channel a number of years ago, and originally it was to help sell makeup products on eBay. She is self taught in how to apply make up in a professional way, and the work she does is amazing. I love to just watch her create these fabulous faces, and then go and try and apply some of her skills when I wear make up. Sometimes, I just watch her videos because I find her to be a really kind and friendly person, and I like to hear what she has to say. She’s very open and honest about her life, and she obviously wants women to feel better about themselves, as well as have fun with their looks. All of her videos are in the “talking head” format, but when you are applying make up there isn’t much you can do about that, and really I don’t understand the negativity towards these types of videos.
The last site is one that’s from a tv talk show http://www.youtube.com/user/teamcoco
The reason I chose this site is that Conan O’Brien makes me laugh on days I don’t always feel like laughing, and his humor has gotten me through some really difficult times. Conan is both silly and socially on point, and he is using social media to his advantage. He posts his best bits on this YouTube channel, and it ends up being a great way to market his show. You watch a few videos here and there, and then maybe you start watching his show at night? He also tweets all his video uploads to increase awareness of his show, and he gets a high number of re-tweets for each clip. If you want a really good laugh check out the video “Bryan Cranston’s Favorite Erotic Fan Letter” up to the 2.20 min point.
These YouTube channels really make you feel better, or connect you to people who make you feel better about yourself. I think that’s the true power of social media, to connect us so we don’t feel so alone, and to allow us to develop our own identity in the world.