WE’RE NOT BUILDING NUMBERS WE’RE BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE AND FRIENDS

DAVID AND DONETTA

You may have seen across social media and YouTube that we’ve had a baby. We’ve not really posted much about it… (Sarcasm)

We’re calling this ‘The New Era’ and we’re currently on Day 13. It’s absolutely random that my motivation to write something has actually kicked in 13 days into Blake’s existence, with 13 being a pivotal number for Donetta and me.

Actually, that’s what I want to talk about in this post. Not the number 13, but the motivation coming back after such a life-changing experience. I’ll be honest, I’ve not been sure about where all of this David and Donetta stuff has been going for a long time and throughout our pregnancy, I became even more unsure of what would happen once Blake arrived. It’s not even the extra person to take care of, the inevitable lack of sleep having a newborn or the increase in the difficulty of life having 4 children brings. That to me is all basic and manageable. I guess it was really would I be bothered about all of this social media stuff anymore?

Well, 13 days into this new territory I can tell you the answer is yes and no. Well, that explains it, thanks for reading… HA!

David and Donetta Business Cards

Yes, I am bothered and yes, the motivation and the bug for creating content around our life is still at large. I feel myself wanting to write more and more and wanting to capture as much footage on film as possible to re-live in years to come.

The ‘no’ part of my answer is in terms of all of the pressure around social media numbers. I genuinely feel that for the first time my mindset has now fully switched over to the path I’ve been working towards for at least the last 12 months. I’ve always tried to convince myself that numbers don’t matter, it’s the content that matters. I’ve said this on many occasions and if I’m honest I’ve only ever been 50% bought into that as the words left my mouth. I know it’s how I wanted to feel but it’s not until Blake’s arrival that I’ve actually felt the shift inside my own mind to believe it 100%.

I’ve always been so focused on success and what’s next, that I’ve never really taken a moment to appreciate what’s already been achieved and what’s been done. Since we started David and Donetta only a little over a year ago, we’ve achieved so much and that’s without breaking the internet in terms of YouTube subscribers and Instagram followers. I wrote something in our ‘WORK WITH US‘ page when we launched this website,

WE’RE NOT BUILDING NUMBERS WE’RE BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE AND FRIENDS, SOMETHING MUCH MORE MEANINGFUL.

I wrote this, we’ve certainly acted on this however, the whole numbers thing still seemed to eat away at me. The week leading up to Blake’s arrival and these first two weeks of her existence has given us a little time to hit pause and reflect before tapping play again. I’ve thought a lot about the sentence above and how we’ve had some seriously amazing opportunities and have met many amazing people through creating our David and Donetta content, and almost none of it has been because of our social media numbers. We’ve actually secured a couple of awesome brand deals recently where numbers were never even mentioned in the entire conversation, it was all about our style and content.

This isn’t at all being said in a braggy way, more of a call out to the many of you that let social media numbers control your moods, inject negativity into your life and generally feel pressure over how many ‘likes’ your photo’s get.

We’ve genuinely created so many good relationships through social media as well as real-life friends locally and across the UK. Through building this community, opportunities have come our way. That’s the way we wanted to do it and that’s the way we will continue to do it.

Back to what sparked this off, Blake. We’ve had a baby and there’s something about having a baby that makes you re-evaluate your entire life. What’s important to you and what’s important for your family. It’s a little bit like New Years when people feel it’s the best time for a new beginning, only you have a baby with a nappy to change rather than an alcoholic beverage and Auld Lang Syne.

I’ve been wanting to write something for a few days now and I tell you what, it feels good. I’ve got these thoughts out there and you can do with them what you will. A change is as good as a rest, probably not the best phrase to use when the change is a newborn, there is no rest! Having said that, something does feel much fresher in the air of this new era.

David and Donetta 🙂

 

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7 Comments

  1. Dyspraxicdomesticatedmummy
    July 21, 2019 / 9:10 pm

    I’m so glad that you are both a little bit kore settled on things now. It takes time to not worry about numbers. I have more moment s but I rarely check my followers etc now. I’m writing and doing mini vlogs in what I want. I don’t know where I’m going with it but so far I like it and I’m working hard and giving it my all. I’m sticking to my goals for this year.
    I’m so happy for you both and the family. I feel like you’ve become good friends and I couldn’t be happier for you all on the goals your achieving in life and work.

    • July 21, 2019 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Emma. It is difficult when it’s your main source of income too. Things can easily get on top. However, the last few months have been great and really shown that the quality of the content is all that matters.

      Keep up the hard work and you’ll achieve what you want 😊

  2. July 22, 2019 / 1:08 pm

    Great post! Numbers is something that has never bothered me, I just love creating content and meeting new people, getting to know people etc. I don’t really do much blogging now and I do miss it and hopefully I will work on that again…hopefully soon. Fantastic read and Blake is so gorgeous!
    Lisa X

    • July 22, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      Thanks Lisa! Yeah it’s great to create just for the love of it, I think the pressure comes when it becomes a job. Thank you, she is gorgeous isn’t she! 🙂

  3. July 22, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    I think you’ve nailed it to be honest. I think you guys have created a community for sure. You engage with people so the numbers don’t matter.

    Whilst I say the numbers don’t matter – it does sometimes get me down because brands still overlook the small fish. It annoys me but then I really shouldn’t let it bother me because it isn’t my main source of income. Actually, it isn’t any kind of source of income anymore. I’ve decided to just blog about what I want… blog for me not for them so now the numbers really don’t matter.

    Not sure if I made sense but there you go.

    And huuuuuuge congrats on birth of baby Blake! Can’t wait to meet her x`

    • July 22, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      Yeah that’s right, when it’s your income on the line it’s easy to let it frustrate you. Although on reflection the income we’ve had has come from the content, not the numbers. Yeah we’ll have to arrange a meet up soon so you can meet her! 🙂

  4. July 22, 2019 / 1:18 pm

    I think you’ve nailed it to be honest. I think you guys have created a community for sure. You engage with people so the numbers don’t matter.

    Whilst I say the numbers don’t matter – it does sometimes get me down because brands still overlook the small fish. It annoys me but then I really shouldn’t let it bother me because it isn’t my main source of income. Actually, it isn’t any kind of source of income anymore. I’ve decided to just blog about what I want… blog for me not for them so now the numbers really don’t matter.

    Not sure if I made sense but there you go.

    And huuuuuuge congrats on birth of baby Blake! Can’t wait to meet her x`

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