A Unique Way to Document Your Goals, That Will Motivate You to Pursue Them

A new year brings a renewed desire to improve ones self and accomplish tasks that we’ve been contemplating for a while. Most people will throw together a few New Years Resolutions, declare that it’s “A new year, a new me” and rush off to the gym to get that hot body they’ve always wanted, only to end up at a McDonalds and give up on that short-lived sense of motivation.

I used to set goals and forget about them, or lose motivation. But in 2014 I did something different, something unique. I had a spare canvas in my wardrobe that I hadn’t used and I decided to draw my goals. Written lists and word documents full of hopeful goals weren’t working for me, so I tried this more visual method. And then I decided to not colour them in. Instead, I would colour my goals in as I complete them. This turned out to be a great motivator for me, as well as a great way to show my progress. Then I made a video discussing my goals, forcing me to commit to them publicly, and promised to share my progress with them at the end of every month.

By the end of 2014 I had 12 videos documenting my progress towards my goals and an almost completely coloured-in canvas. I only missed one goal, moving out of home, and to be fair that was a difficult one.

So these are the key things I did to achieve my goals in 2014, which I’ll be doing again this year to accomplish more of my goals:

1) Set achievable goals you care about and see as important

2) Draw them on a canvas, and put it somewhere that you will see it on a daily basis

3) Share your goals publicly, whether it’s in a video, blog post or Facebook status

4) Colour in goals as you achieve them

5) Share your progress towards your goals every month

Join me on my journey this year as I attempt to accomplish goals such as getting a job I love and passing 15,000 subscribers!

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-Ryan Lamont

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Coming Out On YouTube

After seeing Troye Sivan’s Coming Out video last year, and witnessing the wealth of support he received after posting the video, I decided that someday I wanted to come out to my own audience. It was a brave move on Troye’s part, which strengthened the bond between him and his viewers and made him an icon in the LGBT+ community. Troye’s actions really inspired me, and he remains an inspiration to me as both a YouTuber and member of the LGBT+ community.

I constantly strive to be as authentic as possible on YouTube, and dodging simple questions like ‘Who’s your celebrity crush’ or ‘What’s your sexuality’ defeated this aim. I wanted to be open with my audience in the hopes of building a stronger bond with them, but I was scared. In coming out to my audience I would have to make a public statement, accessible by anyone and everyone, so I had to be ready to come out to everyone. And on October 10th, I was ready.

I had planned to make this video a week earlier, but then I found out it was National Coming Out Day on October 11th, so I thought it’d be appropriate to move the video closer to this important day of awareness for the LGBT+ community. So I filmed the video in the morning, a simple one take, and uploaded it in the afternoon. I prefer this more raw & authentic approach to vlogging, especially when dealing with serious or important topics. Jump cuts, background music, animations and cutaways would have just cluttered the video – I simply wanted the viewer to focus on my story. 

The response from the video was astoundingly positive. Upon writing this post the video has over 500 likes and 4,400+ views, along with a myriad of supportive comments. My audience, friends and family all responded so positively to the  video – It was a relief. My own video even inspired one of my viewers to come out to their family, which is pretty great. I’m really glad that I made this video and hope that it serves as a good resource for LGBT+ people who are considering coming out to friends or family.


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3 Days of Screaming, Learning & Inspiration

This past month I was fortunate enough to attend the 5th Annual Vidcon in Anaheim, California. This was my first time attending the world’s biggest YouTube convention, and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’d watched videos of previous years’ Q&As, panels and talks, heard people’s thoughts on the event and read this year’s agenda rigorously – But it isn’t until you step into a convention centre with 18,000 other people that you truly understand Vidcon.

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People attend Vidcon for numerous reasons; to meet their YouTube idols, to make friends with fellow creators, to see their favourite musicians perform and to learn from people who’ve found success online. I personally set out for Vidcon wanting to learn from creators I respected, to meet up with new & old friends, network with people in the social media industry and try to experience as much as what Vidcon was offering as I could. With these intentions, Vidcon ended up being the busiest 3 days of my year! I was slightly overwhelmed by the amount of panels, interviews, Q&As, shows and meet ups on offer, and at the end of those 3 hectic days I was so happy, motivated, inspired and excited about YouTube!

The event was punctuated with regular screams from the crowds of fangirls, which soon became a trigger for laughter or annoyed grumbles as the days went by. I personally found it hilarious, and admired the girls’ (and boys) energy and dedication. but aside from the crazy fangirl behaviour I witnessed at Vidcon, I also saw some YouTubers in a new light thanks to panels. For example, I’ve watched Hannah Hart and Tessa Violet on and off for years, but their words during panel discussions really impressed and inspired me, making me a real admirer of them. It’s interesting seeing the difference between YouTubers on camera and off camera. It was brilliant to see so many YouTubers were still very humble, down to Earth and lovely, even after their massive successes online. There were of course some instances of inflated egos and a sense of entitlement found among some of the newly ‘famous’ YouTubers, which was a tad disappointing to see. But I was glad to know that the YouTubers I watched and respected were down to Earth and so grateful for their success.

Fangirls at Vidcon

The atmosphere at Vidcon was such a brilliant thing to experience. Being amongst your fellow creators, vlogging in public with others who were used to this concept, and walking around seeing people you’d watched online for years was amazing. At one point I was in line for a Maker Studios party, with Colleen Ballinger in front of me and Oli White behind me, and it was clear I was not going to make it into the party as they had already reached capacity – But I was so happy to just be amongst it. To be encased in this atmosphere, surrounded by people who took YouTube as seriously as me, I loved it.

I live in New Zealand, a country that barely has a YouTube community, with only a few serious YouTubers around. So to be surrounded by so many content creators who were so into it and achieving such brilliant things was such an inspiring environment to be in. Also, when you’re in a place with such a high level of YouTube activity the coolest things can occur by chance. For example, I was in a hotel lobby hanging with my Australian YouTube friends when Troye Sivan and Connor Franta came in and stopped for a little chat. That kind of thing would never happen in New Zealand, so it was really cool to experience those kinds of moments.

Australian YouTubers

Along with all the fantastic panels, Q&As, interviews, convention hall booths, meet ups and shows, I think what really made my Vidcon experience amazing were the people I hung out with during the event. I was lucky enough to hang out with a variety of people from all over the world, and each person really added to my Vidcon experience. So for anyone planning to attend Vidcon next year, friends are super important when it comes to enjoying Vidcon. Whether you bring friends with you, meet them there or make them during the event, make sure you have them.

If you want to know more about my Vidcon experience feel free to leave me a comment or send me a tweet @RyanLamont. Don’t forget to check out my Vidcon vlogs too!

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18,000 People Are Very Excited!

As I write this I’m hearing the bouncy tunes of Kelis and witnessing the abundance of people that travel out of the Auckland airport. I’ve travelled through this airport many times, going to places such as Melbourne, London and Los Angeles. Today I am heading to Los Angeles again, but this time I’m going solo! Last year I went solo travelling to Europe, visiting England, Wales, Sweden & France, so travelling solo isn’t such a scary thought now. But this will be my first time going to America by myself.

My family and I have visited Los Angeles a few times to visit the Disney theme parks, since we are massive Disney fans. But it is not Disney that is drawing me to L.A. this time (However, I will be spending 5 days at the Disney parks whilst I’m in L.A.) It is Vidcon, the biggest annual YouTube convention in the world that is the reason for this trip.

I began my YouTube journey in 2008 as a 14 year old seeking friends and something fun to do. Towards the end of 2013 I started to take YouTube more seriously and have since begun producing weekly videos every Friday. I’ve also had the privilege of collaborating with some great YouTubers in Australia, which was such a brilliant experience. My audience has grown by 5,000 since the beginning of the year, and continues to grow rapidly. So it’s only natural that the next step would be to attend Vidcon, a place to network with fellow creators from all over the world, and learn from the pros in panels & Q&A sessions.

Over 18,000 people will be attending Vidcon – fans, creators, advertisers and more! This will be the biggest event I’ve ever attended, and I hope it will be life changing. That may sound a bit dramatic, but YouTube is my passion and Vidcon holds so much potential for life changing events to occur.

I’ve been reading tweets all day from my Australian, American, Canadian and British friends, all stating how excited they are about Vidcon, and all sharing what point they’re at in their journey to Vidcon. In just a few hours I’ll be boarding a plane to LA, and then my journey to Vidcon will really be underway!

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to my YouTube channel for updates on my Vidcon experience!

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6,000 Pairs of Eyes on Me?!

At the the end of 2013 my channel had accumulated 1,500 subscribers. It had taken me 4 years to gain that amount of subscribers and now, only 6 months into 2014 I have over 6,000 subscribers!

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My channel’s rapid growth this year has been such an exciting journey. As soon as I set a subscriber goal, I quickly surpass it and move onto the next! To have such a consistent flow of new viewers has been such a gift. I love seeing  all the new faces appearing in the comments section of my videos, and following me on my other social media accounts. Conversing with all these new people has been such a great experience, which has brought about many new ideas and plans for my future videos. And with my channel’s growth I’ve started reaching 2,000 views per video regularly! I still remember struggling to reach 300-400 views per video last year.

My increasing audience size has brought about many positives for me, but has also brought on a few negatives. Jealousy has burdened some of my fellow YouTubers, causing them to dislike my videos and stop supporting me, which is unfortunate. Although the dislikes on a video have no affect to my knowledge, so they really don’t bother me. Along with an increase in dislikes and the fading support of some YouTubers, I’ve received a few hateful comments from strangers. But blind hatred is easily deleted and ignored, and shouldn’t be focused on, especially when I’ve had such positive experiences on YouTube.

Many people seem shocked and/or intrigued by my rapid growth this year. I believe my channel’s rapid growth this year can be attributed to many factors, such as regularly scheduled content, networking, collaborations with other YouTubers, and my high level of engagement with videos and creators, both on YouTube and other social media platforms. All of these things combined have enabled me to grow my presence on the site at such an exciting pace, and I hope it continues!

I often wonder if this surge of growth will come to an abrupt end, but there’s little point in focusing on what cannot be controlled. So instead I enjoy the moment, continue doing what I do, and remain thankful for what I have gained this year.

And if you are yet to subscribe to my channel, I invite you to subscribe now.

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