When I hear the word “vlog,” YouTubers like Casey Neistat, Elise Buch, and Alyshia Ford (PsychoTraveler) Presley Alexander (ActOutGames) come to my mind – YouTubers who frequently document themselves doing things. Things which require moving around and going places and opening things. But a vlog doesn’t need to be those things – it can involve sitting-down things too. Like writing. S.J. Penner does just that. I’ve recently become Twitter-friendly with S.J., and when she started vlogging, I subscribed to her YouTube channel right away because I was hooked!
Vlogs like Mr. Neistat or Ms. Ford’s take me to places I’ve never gone and show me adventurous things I don’t see myself doing – things that are beyond me, way out of my league. S.J.’s vlog shows me things I do do (or try to do) on a tri-weekly basis, things that I see as attainable and doable, like editing one’s manuscript, and it motivates me to get those those things done in my life. (Also, can we talk about S.J.’s adorable pet bird, Marvin? He’s quite the character, and S.J. often adds subtitles to his “Musings” whenever he chirps in the background. 😀 )
I’ve been working on putting the finishing touches to my WIP, Cliche, but there have been countless times where I had time to work on it, but simply didn’t feel motivated. While watching S.J. write / edit her projects in her videos while trying to work on my own helped a ton – it made it feel like we were hanging out and doing these writerly things together. S.J. shows us we’re not alone in the writerly world, with its ups and downs.
If that sounds at all interesting to you, I highly recommend checking out her YouTube channel. Happy writing! 🙂