Helping motivated entrepreneurs make a bigger social impact.The Good Alliance.
Building a bigger, more impactful community.
Getting involved with interesting and worthwhile projects often comes down to more than just skill and personality; sometimes it also comes down to great timing.
I became one of the first members of Jungle Aid because I was in the right place, at the right time and with the right mindset. This is also true for how I became involved with The Good Alliance.
I first got involved with Cat – the brains behind The Good Alliance – when I answered a call for a freelancer to work with a digital branding agency. The FeelGood Agency worked with entrepreneurs who were aiming to make the world a better place. I was brought in to the team to help create websites but was soon asked to apply my skills in other areas too.
During my brief time working with the FeelGood Agency I saw many socially motivated entrepreneurs transform their cause and their businesses, but Cat was determined to help on a larger scale. As a branding agency we would only ever be able to take on a limited number of clients before we reached our limits, but what if instead of clients we created a community?
The Good Alliance picks up right where The FeelGood Agency ended. It is more ambitious, more useful, and aims to help more entrepreneurs than would ever have been possible before. It’s a community that provides access to courses, tutors, live Q&A calls and resources to help great ideas go further.
I am proud to be one of the founding members of The Good Alliance and am excited to see the continued growth of the community.
And, while creating videos has no financial benefit for me, documenting my life and sharing it with the world has become an important part of who I am.
Weekly vlogging has made me more confident, more adventurous and more likely to get out and do something at the weekend.
The New Year’s resolution.
Why do I vlog?
Do you ever just sit back and think about how great a certain year was? 2014 was a great year for me: new experiences, lot’s of travel, weekends exploring the city… life was pretty great.
It was one of those special years where you think to yourself ‘my life has never been better than it has right now’ and you want to hang on to every memory. The problem? My memory is quite terrible!
I wished that I could replay some of the moments over again.
Sure, I had taken a whole bunch of photos but I have always been behind the camera and never in front. I had loads of photos of Jade (my lovely girlfriend) but barely any of me. I decided that I’d make sure that 2015 would not only be better than 2014 but I would document it all as well.
For Christmas that year I asked Jade for a little Canon point & shoot (a trusty Canon S120) and decided that my New Year’s resolution would be to make one new video every week during 2015. So, that’s just what I did.
Open, honest, and positive.
About my videos.
‘Vlog’ is a funny term isn’t it? It used to mean ‘video-blog’, which is exactly what it sounds like; instead of writing thoughts down in a blog post people would just record them. But these days vlogs and vlogging can mean so much more.
There are people who vlog about travel, beauty, cooking, tech, gaming… the list goes on! So where do my videos fit?
I think of my videos as lifestyle vlogs; short videos that mainly focus around my day-to-day life and how I live. There’s no script, no planning and no one else behind the scenes. Each vlog typically follows a week of my life and could include travel, work, leisure, important milestones, personal achievements and the occasional health-related freakout.
Don’t make me famous.
Why do I vlog?
I know, I know, it’s not likely that I become a YouTube star but that’s just fine with me. I don’t do challenges, follow the latest trends, offer shout-outs or try to get the most views for my videos (otherwise I’d be click-baiting like crazy). I’m not on YouTube to get famous or make a tonne of money, I’m just a guy who wants to record moments of his life to look back on.
By sharing my experiences with you I hope to inspire you to do more, see more and live more – whatever that means to you.
I believe that everyone who watches my videos is a friend, not a fan, and I hope you feel the same. Thank you for following along, I do my best to reply to all comments (even criticisms – but I’ll ignore or delete ones that are toxic) so feel free to reach out anytime.