Amarante Chrin, in 4eme, has a makeup channel on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTQZf5zG0b1SPThUo20XHw). She started her channel simply because makeup is her passion. “I also wanted to teach different people how to use certain techniques and how to improve them.” she says. “I just love being creative and I like the whole process of filming, editing, taking photos and making montages.” YouTube seemed to be the perfect place to do all that and be able to interact with her viewers.
One of my friends, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a fan account on Instagram. She started making edits of her favourite movies, books and TV shows because it seemed so fun to her. She started gaining a lot of followers (she now has over 13 thousand followers) and started hosting competitions and giving shoutouts to her favourite users. She also said she has many internet friends because of the account. Another girl (in Y9B) who also has fan accounts both on Instagram and Tumblr says she started them for the same reason: because it’s fun. “You meet people who share the same interests with you and you can share and experience humour that’s similar to yours.” she says.
Joshua Hooda, in Year 9A, uploads remixes and original EDM (Electronic Dance Music) on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/joshua-hooda). At first, he was into DJing but his curiosity brought him to focus on how tracks are made in the first place. He started making music of his own and uploading them online for remix contests and to be noticed.
As previously mentioned, I also own a blog. I started it because I wanted to write articles about things I love. I aspire to be a journalist when I’m older so I also looked at it as an opportunity to practice my writing. However, I wasn’t sure where to publish my articles. A few weeks later, my English teacher assigned a project to be done using Blogger (a blog-publishing service similar to WordPress). It was perfect, so I wrote my first article that night and I kept going ever since.
For all the reasons stated above by different students, I fully encourage my peers to create something - anything - and share with the world through the internet (being vigilant though, we all know of the possible dangers).