If you are familiar with YouTube, the name Crochet, Crochet Geek and TWJ1963 is the same person, meet Teresa Richardson of YouTube.
I admit, I perceived Teresa as a direct competitor to my vision in 2008 but realized there’s a lot more to YouTube and teaching people than trying to overtake an existing host. It’s easy to try to duplicate another YouTube Host in what you teach and their styling. Viewers are smart and don’t want a duplicate host, they are attracted to uniqueness and personal style. I learned my lesson that there is only one Teresa and I needed to develop my own style and personality.
Like many others who have followed crochet YouTube path, there are sometimes very strong opposition from newbie You Tube Hosts that have a mission to tarnish and destroy the achievements of successful YouTube Hosts that have managed to create new opportunities and pathways. Some hosts like to bypass the grunt work for instant success. This always leads to failure if this the objective and strategy. It’s the way of our society to conquer others and some days, speaking from first hand experience, it is exhausting and extremely upsetting.
By 2009, I got my head on straight and began to focus on my own teaching abilities, my own projects and headed full steam ahead. I unsubscribed from Teresa so I wasn’t tempted to know what she was doing or her methods. This action alone helped me find myself as a YouTube Hosts. When a viewer would come along and accuse me of something pertaining to competing with Teresa, I could, in good conscious, delete the email because I knew the truth and that was good enough for me.
Beth Ham, also a fabulous YouTube Host said once, “we are all like colleagues instead of competitors”. At the time it sounded a bit naive to me but she couldn’t have been more right. Sometimes, the easiest explanations and perceptions are the ones we ignore the most. We each bring something to the table, though our subject matter may be the same.
I classify Teresa as a crochet pioneer. She saw vision in teaching people on YouTube years ahead of the rest. If it weren’t for her, myself and many other hosts along the way probably wouldn’t be teaching 100’s of thousands of people today. Her ideas gave way to me when I was struggling within a small community to find my voice and purpose in life. It is a privilege to be teaching alongside Teresa on YouTube.
Teresa runs her YouTube Channel very differently than I do and I would classify her to have a more private life than I do. I intertwine my life with my videos and social media where she keeps it compartmentalized. That’s what separates us the most. We both love crochet and love to teach people, that’s where we are similar. Some days, I wish I was more compartmentalized but my YouTube life, regular life and private life are all the same thing.
Teresa and I went on to develop an online working friendship together. A relationship that I greatly value as a working YouTube Celebrity like herself. There are truly very few people who understand the pressures of being a celebrity and accountability to 1000’s of people on a daily level. She understands me. She helps me by listening and sharing a comforting word when I need it.
I would like to humbly thank Teresa for the pathway she created for us YouTube Hosts. She is understandably one of these best YouTube Hosts teaching crafting, specifically crochet, on YouTube.
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