A few thumbnails from my YouTube videos. ‘GoodLuckNabs’
What’s up and welcome BACK to my blog! Hey, how are ya?~
As I’m writing this, my cousin is burning a disc of 80s songs for her mum. I’m currently trying to block out ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’ so that I can concentrate on writing…wish me luck.
My blog just reached its 4 Year Anniversary! It feels only fitting to take this chance to finally properly introduce myself.
I created this blog when I was in Sixth Form and at the start I kept it a secret from everyone but my parents. Although the blog’s name was ‘Goodluck World’, I tried to keep it a secret from the world until I was about to ‘graduate’ from school. In our final school newsletter, I was given a slot to advertise my blog. I remember waiting for the school emails to see how my advert came out in the digital newsletter. I knew that most people ignored the newsletter, but I was nervous to be putting myself out so openly. One thing I mentioned in my ad was that my penname on the blog is ‘Xinyan’. I said that I didn’t want to use my real name because of ‘internet safety’, and whilst that was mostly true, it was also because I wasn’t ready for people I knew to find my writing. A lot has changed since then and they are mostly recent developments so I thought I’d go through them for you.
Just so I don’t keep you waiting, my real name is Nabeela, but we’ll get back to that soon. Maybe we should start with my first post. In summary, I talked about the general ideas for my blog and gave the backstory for the blog name. As you can see by scrolling up, this blog is called ‘Goodluck世界’. 世界means ‘world’ in Chinese, so my blog is ‘GoodLuckWorld’. I now have a YouTube channel called ‘GoodLuckNabs’, but again we’ll get to that soon.
Since this is an updated self-introduction I should tell you a bit more about myself. I am a female Muslim who is currently 21 years old. I live in London and I read a BA in Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford. Now we’re up to scratch! When I was applying to Oxford a friend who had just graduated from the university introduced me to ‘Oxvlog’. Oxvlog is a student run outreach project where Oxford students make YouTube videos about Oxford life in order to help applicants. I considered taking part myself one day but really didn’t feel brave enough at the time. Last year however in the 3rd year of my (4 year in total) degree I was one of the participant members. I became an Oxvlogger and actively put out content on our various social medias about student life. Being involved in the project only lasts for a year so I uploaded my final Oxvlog video this summer. In fact the rest of the team and I are in the process of recruiting new members for next year!
I had been told to make my own YouTube channel a few times as I was growing up. A friend told me to make a channel called ‘The Russian Asian’ based on a few voice impressions I used to do, and cousins told me to make a comedy skit channel. I always said no because I was shy. Whilst pursuing Oxvlog it had dawned upon me that some of the video goals I had would not be completed within a year and that I may need to post things on a channel of my own. I also considered creating content that did not fit into the mould of what Oxvlog required and so I mentally prepped myself for making my own channel. Some of my Oxvlog viewers told me to make my own channel once the project was complete and a final push from a famous YouTuber is probably what started it.
I have always enjoyed filming things and editing videos. Looking through old files on my laptop reminded me of that and I was a bit surprised to have come across old videos I made when I was younger (I plan to maybe post one soon). At the same time as creating Oxvlog videos I started to film random clips that could maybe be used for something else one day. I also secretly began to work on an independent documentary focusing on homelessness in Oxford entitled ‘Pray it Doesn’t Rain’ and eventually released it on my own channel on my birthday.
Since then I have been uploading quite regularly. My main focus for my channel for now is to create content to better advertise my course. When I applied to Oxford there was little to no digital resources on Chinese Studies or other courses in the Oriental Studies department. I’ve been trying to put out content that may help prospective applicants for the course, and so far the response has been good. I’ve also been posting a few ‘vlogs’ or random videos on things I find fun. However, what I haven’t told people yet is that I’ve been planning to be active on my YouTube channel for only this coming year. I pushed myself to do Oxvlog because it was only for a year and now I plan to do the same with my own channel. After a year I’ll reassess and we’ll see how things go~
Years before all of this I posted a few song edits onto my YouTube account. These are all on private now but I recently made one public. When I was making my own YouTube channel I was told that I could simply change the name of my existing account and therefore keep the subscribers I already had. I finally decided to change the name from what it was to ‘GoodLuckNabs’ so that it could tie in to my blog. This way I also get to wish myself luck for posting public videos 😛 My Instagram handle ‘Nabblo’ is a nickname some friends gave me based on an artist I was inspired by called ‘Tablo’.
People have told me for a while to make a fashion blog or post outfit photos on my blog but I haven’t wanted to do that yet. This blog started off with me sharing things I researched about East Asian culture as well as sharing tips on how to learn Mandarin. Since then I have expanded my topics to also write about more serious lifestyle topics and occasional random things like this. Hopefully my blog will gets the makeover I was once promised by someone and things will continue to grow.
As you can see I’ve become more open with things and now my Instagram account is linked with this blog. You can literally see my face on the left-hand side of the homepage. Whereas it was only 2 years ago that I decided to use my face for my blog profile photo (and only half my face). I should probably update that soon actually.
Thank you for listening to this long self-introduction. I always end my posts with ‘From Xinyan’, but who knows, maybe now I’ll sign off as Nabeela 😉
If you have to summarise your online work and introduce yourself to your audience after 4 years whilst trying to block out the noise of 80s pop; good luck 世界。
此致敬礼，欣妍。- From Nabeela.
My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/GoodLuckNabs1
My Oxvlog videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-6ywDBIZxs&list=PL_oP1g84hq4L1SiV5SxUQl8HUJTtJqyut
P.s. the intro was inspired by Jefree Star 😛