You may not be aware…

I’ve had a few people complain that I wasn’t approving their comments in a timely fashion. I agree with them.

Do I feel bad about it? Not really.

For the people that truly enjoy my content and follow my life, they know that my sister had a baby in early December. They know that the baby was in the NICU for 10 days. They know that I spent a lot of time there helping her out, all while still keeping up with my VLOGMAS commitment. They also know that just before Christmas, my dog had to be rushed to the emergency vet and was diagnosed with cancer (lymphoma). They know how much my life changed in just those 12 hours.

They also know that I’ve started a new job, on top of everything else I’m doing. They know that I’ve committed to daily vlogging in 2017. They may not have ever vlogged before, but they can understand that it’s time-consuming and they appreciate the dedication.

No, I’m not “ignoring” you. No, I’m not just choosing not to approve your comments.

I’m just focused on not drowning. Not drowning in debt from my dog’s treatments, not drowning in work, not drowning when it comes to keeping my life in order.

I’m writing this to remind you guys that there is a person, a human being on the other side of this screen. Someone who hurts, who cries, who laughs and smiles, just as you do. I’m not a robot. My life gets difficult too.

That’s all.

If you want to help, consider donating to Hugo’s GoFundMe. If not, then at the very least take a pause before coming at me for not approving your comments quickly enough.

For those of you that support me and care about me, thank you so much.

Behind the Tutorial: Cameras

One of the most common questions I get is, “what do you use to film?” I tend to get follow-up questions about lighting, software, etc. I decided to compile all the information into four posts: Cameras, Lighting, Sound and Everything Else. Once all the posts are live, I’ll create a page for them and it’ll live in the “About” drop-down menu.

If you’re just starting out, DON’T buy all the crazy gear. I mean, go ahead if you have money to burn, but if you don’t, start smaller. When I started making videos, I wanted to make sure that I was going to stick with it, before I made the big investments. I’ll be sharing the gear I started with as well as what I’m using right now and why.

Let’s start with cameras…

The first videos I made were using my laptop webcam, don’t do that, LOL. I spent a lot of time doing the research on various camera options and I decided on a Sony Handycam. The benefits of starting with an actual videocamera, instead of a low-end DSLR are extensive. A videocamera is meant for video, it has continuous autofocus on subjects, it picks up sound better while lessening ambient noise, they’re lightweight, and cheaper. They no longer make the model I have but here’s a similar Sony Handycam. It costs at least $200 less than most of the lower end DSLRs.

Unless you have someone helping you film, you need a camera that has a flippable LCD and continuous autofocus when in video mode. As far as DSLRs go, the Canon 70D was the first to offer continuous autofocus in video and not all lower end DSLRs have flippable screens. I eventually upgraded to the Canon 70D and most recently the Canon 80D. My logic was, if I’m going to pay $600 – $700 for a lower-end DSLR that doesn’t even have the features I need, I might as well start with the Sony Handycam and save to upgrade to the 70D. The Handycam turned into my vlogging camera since it’s so lightweight, and then eventually I upgraded my vlogging camera to the Sony a5100.


If you have an iPhone 6 or 7 you can use this to film video to get you started, just get yourself a Square Jellyfish Clip to mount it on your tripod. The iPhone 6 and 7 have an amazing camera but if you have the 6, the front-facing camera will only give you 720p rather than full HD (1080p), therefore you’d need to use the back camera and won’t be able to see yourself while you film. Don’t let anyone tell you that you need a DSLR to start filming videos. Cameras are important but they aren’t everything when it comes to filming.

Let me know if this was helpful for you. 🙂

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10,000 Subscriber Giveaway!

I’m using Gleam.io again for this giveaway. There are TONS of ways to enter so definitely take advantage of as many as you can. I’m giving an additional 4 entries for anyone that signs up (via the gleam widget) for Blue Apron. It’s a meal delivery service that I’ve been raving about ever since they gave me the chance to try it out. I tend to be picky with food so I was blown away when I actually loved it. With the link the gleam widget, you get a week of meals free AND as long as you cancel, your card won’t get charged. Win-win situation! I will be authenticating the sign-ups so don’t lie about signing up, it’ll get all your entries invalidated and you’ll be blocked from future giveaways.

*edit* Apparently my super detailed post wasn’t clear enough, DON’T CLICK THE BLUE APRON LINK AND THEN COMPLETE THE ENTRY IF YOU DID NOT SIGN UP. I WILL BE CHECKING AND INVALIDATE YOUR ENTRY. Blue Apron is only available in the USA so if you’re not in the USA skip this entry option. Four entries is not worth getting blocked from future giveaways guys. 

The winner will appear on this widget within a few days of the giveaway ending.

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Good luck everyone!



This giveaway is not sponsored by Blue Apron, I bought all these items myself (or they were GWP), but the BA link is an affiliate link.