The internet is a scary place. This is a fact I was very much aware of even before starting my own blog. Not a lot of you know that one of the many reasons I was apprehensive to start my own blog (hence the word “tries” on Camille Tries To Blog) was the fear of getting judged. Yes, I was afraid of internet trolls. I was afraid of what people would say. I was afraid of getting hurt.
You see, we all have our insecurities. We all have our flaws. And to put yourself out there, especially on the internet, leaves you open to criticism, valid or not. I remember during the first few years of my blogging, I would let every negative comment affect me. No matter how trivial they may be, these words would pierce through my heart and bother me for the longest time. I was younger then, much more unsure of myself and not quite ready to face my demons. But with the right support system and with an open mind and heart, I persevered and came out stronger. I’m not saying negative comments don’t affect me anymore. Of course, they can still sting. But I’m okay with it. They don’t keep me up all night. They don’t make me doubt myself. Because unlike before, I have EMBRACED my flaws and insecurities. Yes, I’m not the most beautiful girl in the word. Yes, my nose isn’t perfect. Yes, my voice is weirdly tiny. Yes, my style might not be your cup of tea. Yes, I have a resting bitch face. Yes, I look intimidating. Yes, I’m too thin for your liking. Yes, I don’t meet your “standards”. We can go on and on really. But the most important thing is, I’ve #OwnedIt. I’m doing what I love. I’m not hiding behind anything. And it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.
Imagine if I let my insecurities and fears stop me from doing what I really love? Imagine if I just didn’t blog (and vlog) at all because of my worries? I wouldn’t have experienced all the wonderful things I’ve experienced this past 5 years. I wouldn’t have become the Camille you know now. So you, yes you! I want YOU to #OwnIt too. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from putting yourself out there and showing the world the AMAZING you.
I think this is really the message Smart Launchpad wants to convey. Through the Smart Launchpad #OwnIt Campaign and contest, change the way you think and broadcast your talents to the world. Join by visiting any of the Smart Launchpad Upload Stations (dates and venues can be found here). Shoot your video there using the Samsung gadgets and special booths then upload your videos using the high-speed internet provided by Smart. From all the submitted entries, the chosen winners will then get to join workshops arranged by Smart and can even get a chance to fly to Los Angeles, collaborate with international online stars and bring home awesome Samsung gadgets!
I know you’ve got it in you. Go for it! Who knows, you might be the next online star. More details and full mechanics here.