TV Presenter and famed YouTuber Riyadh Khalaf is set to host BloggerConf 2017 this Saturday at Dublin's Mansion House.
BloggerConf 2017 - how are you involved and why?
I am the host for the day and will be moderating a couple of panel discussions. I am a big fan of BloggerConf and this will be my first year at the helm guiding proceedings and I cannot wait!
Why are you and what do you do?
I’m Riyadh Khalaf. I’m a BBC TV Presenter and the biggest Gay YouTuber in the UK and Ireland. My channel focuses on comedy, LGBT rights, social experiments and general documenting of my life.
What are the things you do that help you do what you do so well?
Being part of a massive and ever growing online content creator community has helped me find friends and work connections like myself. It can be a lonely job when working alone and on your own solo projects but having other creatives nearby and willing to collaborate is great!
I have an amazing agent and management company who keep me on track and make sure I’m working with brands I really care about and not missing opportunities to make seriously great content.
What are three new Blogger related news updates that you've learnt in the past three months?
- That YouTube is reevaluating their ‘Restricted Mode’ filter which was the trigger for a massive international social media firestorm after LGBTQ content was being blocked.
- That my BBC Three series ‘Queer Britain’ finally got its release and is sparking conversations about Queer life across the UK.
- That Melanie Murphy is in the final stages of creating her first book and released the cover image online for fans to see after months of waiting.
Name the top 3 blogs you go to each morning?
- Casey Neistat
- Miranda Sings
- Jenna Marbles
Whats your favourite day and time to blog read and why?
I work best after midnight. I normally get to bed at 3 or 4am each night. When it’s dark and silent my mind is more focused and I seem to get a lot more done and of higher quality.
You've gained a lot of success to date - what do you put that down to?
Not caring what people think. Judgment and jealousy are huge things that vloggers and bloggers have to put up with on a daily basis. These things can easily stifle creativity.
I also think that hard work and coming up with provocative and original ideas is super important. These are the people who grow and do well most in this industry.
Who are your inspirations?
- Casey Neistat
- Jenna Marbles
- Davina McCall
- Graham Norton
Monetising blogs/social is the big focus now - what are your views on the whole thing?
Monetising online content is incredibly important for a creative to do. It allows them to continue creating content and to make this their full-time job. There is no form of entertainment that comes 100% for free and online blogs/vlogs are the same.
As long as a person works with brands they are passionate about, is honest with their audience every step of the way and doesn’t harm anyone then that’s all that matters.
Being self-employed - how do you protect yourself in all areas from work/life balance to finances etc?
I give myself a couple of days a week to chill or have dinners with friends etc. I exercise and catch up with people I love more than I could in a traditional job.
Work/life balance is hugely important for me. I also allocate certain times when the phone must go away as it can be toxic and pull you out of real human to human interactions.
What do you love most about what you do and what is the most challenging part?
I love being my own boss because virtually anything is possible. I don’t have to ask anyone’s permission to make a piece of content. The pitching process is cut out and that is liberating. If I feel an idea is good or that I’m passionate about it then I will simply go and make it!
I love that it allows me to travel the world for free, to make friends in these corners of the globe, to make more memories than I could even imagine and put me in situations that I would never have dreamed of.
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