Hi there, It's me Mike. This is an online diary of my life. I write about; day trips & adventures, my life, my opinions (such as music & movies), plus plenty of other things - basically the sort of stuff you would write in a diary!

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Seaside Walk // Photography

A couple weeks ago I went on a nice walk around my local seaside town. I'm quite into photography, so I took a lot of pictures of the views. As this blog is an 'online diary of my life', I like to share my interests, so I thought I might start a new category on my Blog called 'Photography' to share my photos. These 'photography' posts won't have much writing, it's just a place for me to share my photos. Of course, I will still be continuing on with written blog posts too.

But just to point out... I'm no expert about photography. I don't know loads about cameras, in fact, these photos were taken on my phone (Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Plus).

Seaside & Lake Walk
I took photos of the pier, sea views, and the lake

Don't forget to check out my Instagram where I like to post a lot of my photos too :)


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Two Year YouTube Anniversary | Q&A #AskMVYT2years

Today is my 2 Year YouTube Anniversary!! To celebrate I decided to do a Q&A, so I went to Twitter and used the hashtag #AskMVYT2years for questions.

Before I start, I just want to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU! Honestly your support over the last 2 years has been incredible and means so much to me. I made a dedicated thank you video on my Channel, which you can watch here

Or if you've came from that video... Lets get on with the questions!

Q: Do you regret not having a YouTube Channel earlier in your life? ~ @actingmylife211
A: Yes and no. Some parts of me wishes I started sooner, in fact I started planning videos around a year before I even uploaded my first video. But on the other hand, I did have college at the time which did prevent me from making videos. Overall, I'm very happy when I started.

Q: What made you realize you wanted to make videos, and who inspired you to start? ~ @ross_widmer2014
A: To answer the first question, when I was younger I had this little video camera and made little silly videos with my family - for no reason, not to be uploaded anywhere, or anything like that - it was just fun. I also use to make photo slideshows of days out at the zoo etc. so I suppose it's just something I've always enjoyed doing from a young age. 

For the second question, I was inspired by a variety of YouTubers, some really big ones and some small. I would say my main inspiration came from smaller YouTubers because it shows anyone can do this.

Q: What's your favourite video that you've ever made? ~ @tombirdsey
A: Every video I've uploaded I've enjoyed making. But if I had to pick my favourite video, from my Main Channel it would probably be 'Types Of People On Instagram', and on my Second Channel it would be 'The Best Day Of My Life - Seeing Adele In Concert'.

Q: What's your best and worst memory? ~ @realloserville
A: Keeping it on the YouTube theme, my best memory would have to be reaching 100 Subscribers, it's the first major milestone on YouTube. As for my worst memory, I try not to focus on the negatives - lets keep it positive :)

Q: In the 2 years of doing YouTube, what's the one thing you have learned about yourself? ~ @RyDaws
A: hmmmm... To be you, do what makes you happy and just have fun. I wish I could expand but they're all self explanatory really.

Q: Who's the wildest Vlogger/YouTuber you have met? ~ @PeteyBoyTV
A: I've only met 3 YouTubers, none of which I would really label as wild, but my favourite would have to be Alfie Deyes (PointlessBlog). I did a blog post on meeting him, which you can read here.

Q: What's the best thing about doing YouTube? ~ @MissTezzaX
A: I would have to say the best thing about doing YouTube is the interaction, so people leaving comments etc on my videos. Because of my anxiety I can struggle with interacting with people in real life, so YouTube is another way for me to do that. It's really nice to get positive feedback from people. I have also made some really good friends from doing YouTube.

Q: How long do you see yourself doing YouTube for? ~ @kylakristinev
A: For as long as I enjoy making videos for, so right now I don't see myself stopping because I love it. But YouTube is something I want to keep fun, I don't want to force myself to do something if I don't enjoy doing it. Here's to many more years of YouTube!!

Q: Where do you see your channel in 2 years time? ~ @ThatPhilJones
A: In 2 years I'd be 22 (I feel really old saying that haha), and I think as I get older my video style would probably change, I see myself doing more 'lifestyle' vlogs and maybe even podcast chat videos. I'm not going to mention Subscriber numbers because that's not my main focus, whether I'm still in the hundreds, or have thousands, or even millions (I could dream haha).

Anyway that's 2 years away... We'll see what the future has to bring - this is going to be fun and exciting!

And thats the end of the questions...
If you've got anymore, feel free to leave them in the comments and I'll answer them :)

Thank you for your support over the last two years!!


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New Zoella Lifestyle Range - My Opinions

Zoe has recently released the new Zoella Lifestyle range. I'm going to give my opinions on what I like and what I don't like about the new products.

I would like to mention this is NOT a paid promotion or sponsored post. All thoughts are my own.

I should also probably point out, I'm not hating on Zoe. I love her. I love her videos. I also love the new range overall. I'm just giving my own personal opinions on each product.

Catching Trinkets - Trinkets Dish
This little trinket dish is for your bedside table to keep bits and pieces in, like your phone, glasses, or as Zoe said, even biscuits. However, personally, I do think this particular item is a bit pointless. I don't really see the point in putting stuff on a dish, which is on your bedside table, when you could just put the stuff on the bedside table itself. Don't get me wrong, I think it looks very cute, I love the design, I just don't really see the need to buy one. 

Looking Sharp - Ring Holder
Now this one I can understand. Not only does this have a design which could just be used just as an ornament if you wanted, it can also be used to keep small items, like rings, ear rings and necklaces, which can easily get lost, all together and safe. This actually useful unlike the trinket storage plate above.

Sweet Dreams - Cushion
This cushion design has to be my favourite. My mum (who has no clue who Zoella is) also approves of this design.

Cloud Nine - Cushion
I also really like this cushion design too. I think it's really cute with the pom poms on the corners.

Easy Doze It - Cushion
"Easy does it"... "Easy doze it"... Get it?
I would say this is my least favourite cushion design. It's not that I don't like it, I just think the other two are a bit more interesting, but its all down to personal preference.

Inspire - Desk Display
I do like this. It's simple but has a positive message which I love. I think it would be nice to have on a desk where you most of your work, or somewhere where you would see it a lot, like on a bedside table. As Zoe said, she hopes people "feel inspired, or want to inspire" with this. 

Stay On Top Of Your World - Planner
I think these are really useful. It has a weekly planner/goals, to-do lists and sticky notes. All of this keeps all the different information together and organised in one place - and as the name suggests, helps you "stay on top of your world".

I want to buy one as I think it will help manage my blog because I can use it to plan and organise blog posts. But it's also useful for other daily reminders & jobs.

Wonderful - Journal

This is the larger notebook. I like how it has the strap on the front which keeps it closed when you're finished, and I also like how it has the page finder so you can easily carry on without needing to try to find which page you were on.

It's The Little Things - Jotters
2 smaller notebooks. I do think it's good that you have a choice between the bigger note book or these smaller jotters (or you can have both obviously). Zoe talked about the spacing between the lines, and I agree it does have good spacing so you can write clearly as sometimes in smaller notepads the line spacing can be quite narrow.

Write On Point - Pencils

Each pencil has a cute message on. I think it would be nice to share them with friends at school for example - but not everyone returns them back so maybe not. The pencils from the new range also have rubbers on the end, which is a useful addition.

I think it would have been nice to have a full stationery set which included a matching pen, pencil, ruler and pencil case. Would have been the perfect time to release too before everyone goes back to school.

Blooming Marvellous - Storage Pots
A little storage pot that can be used to store stationery in, or as little plant pots (but note there are no drain holes at the bottom). They are sold individually, which I think is better because you might not have the need for two.

I like both designs but I prefer the gold one with the eyelashes, however, in my opinion, the polka dot design matches in with the other items from the range (like the pencils and notebooks) better. 

Overall Opinions
Overall, I love the new range. I know I have used the word cute quite a lot in this post, but I think it's the best way to describe this range - it's cute! The theme is very consistent with the colours and design which I think is a good thing. My favourite product from this range would have to be the Sweet Dreams Cushion.

P.S. Zoe if you're reading this... Wanna be friends? 


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My Favourite Songs At The Moment (August 2017)

An updated list of my favourite songs

I Met Alfie Deyes (PointlessBlog)!

I went to Alfie Deyes' book signing on Tuesday, for the release of his new book, The Pointless Book 3.

I went with my younger sister who also loves Alfie, and my older sister who doesn't have a clue who he is... funny story about that later She came on behalf of my other sister who couldn't make it.

The book signing started at 11:00am, so we arrived at about 10ish. The queue was already massive, but plenty more people still arrived. Just after the signing started the queue started moving along quite fast.
The queue got much bigger than this

At about 11:40 it was finally our turn.

My older sister went first. She didn't have a clue who Alfie was, she came on behalf of my other sister who unfortunately couldn't make it. As the security was telling us all to get our phones ready for them to take a picture, she politley asked "I don't really know who he is, I've come to collect the book for my sister who couldn't make it, is it ok if I get a quick video of him saying hi instead of the photos?" to which they replied with "no!" and yelled down the line "no videos!".

Fair enough. We weren't angry as that is the rules, we were just gutted as my other sister who couldn't make it was missing out.

Instead, they still took her phone and was trying to make her pose for the photos, so she was saying "I don't know him, I've come for my sister, I don't need any photos". Alfie was looking slightly confused why she didn't want any pictures and what was going on.

This is where the funny part comes... she turned to Alfie and said "I don't know who you are..." *Alfie bursts out laughing* "...I've come because my sister couldn't make it, and security said I'm not allowed a video message for her". So then Alfie said "let's do it" and recorded a lovely video message for my sister.
Alfies Reaction haha

The security didn't look happy she was getting her video message. To be honest the security could be a little more pleasant, I understand there has to be rules in place, but you can still be pleasant (Also that isn't a complaint against Alfie - he was great - or his book signing - that was also great. Just the security).

Next it was my turn. This was my first time meeting Alfie, so I was really nervous. I was an awkward mess and didn't really know what to do. But Alfie was really nice. I got my picture and my signed copy of The Pointless Book 3, and he thanked me for coming.

Finally, it was my younger sisters turn. She showed him a picture of our pugs, which he loved. We didn't know this until he got home but he left the picture on the desk for the rest of the signing and some people have posted their selfies and you can see our pugs in some of their photos 😂. He also followed her on Instagram.

And that was the end of the Alfie Deyes book signing. I'm so glad I finally got the chance to meet him. And I just want to say a MASSIVE thank you to Alfie for doing that video message for my sister. She absolutely loved it and made her so happy, and she hopes to get the chance to meet you soon.

Comment below any YouTubers you've met / want to meet
Also, check out my other YouTuber meet-up blogs... Marcus Butler & Tyler Oakley!


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My 2017 Goals - Progress Update

Since we are over half way through the year, I thought I would do a progress update on my 2017 goals.

Tell My Family About My Blog & Channel
Even though it has been 2 years since I started blogging, and approaching 2 years on my channel, I still haven't told my family. I don't really know what is holding me back, but I'm sure I will find the right time.

It would make it a lot easier to make videos if my family knew, as it's impossible for me to record a video when other people are in the house since they don't know about my channel. Blogging is a bit easier to make content when people are home as I'm just typing away at a computer in my room - not talking to a camera.

However, I did accidentally reveal my Channel to my friends on Snapchat (awkward) - so some people know about my channel now, which even though it was by accident, it is a step in the right direction.

Reach 500 YouTube Subscribers
I was on 310 Subscribers at the start of 2017. I am currently on 355 Subscribers. To be honest, I wouldn't say I am on track with this one, but I have made progress which is a good thing. YouTube isn't all about the numbers. Making videos is just a bit of fun and something I enjoy doing, regardless if I reach 500 Subscribers or not.

If you're new to my blog, maybe check out my main channel?

Do More Vlogs
This one I can definitely say I achieved. I only made one vlog in 2016, but this year I have made two vlogs and a time-lapse video. I know that doesn't sound like much, but my life isn't that interesting haha.

I have really been enjoying making vlogs so check out my 2nd channel for more!

Make A Collab Video
This one is a tricky goal because it doesn't just rely on me - I need someone else too. The thing is, when I make a collab video I want it to be with the right people, so that means people I get along with, not just any random channel.

However, I have been making plans with a couple of people, so hopefully we can make that happen some time soon.

Get Help For My Anxiety
This is another one I can say I achieved. Finally, I went to the doctors about this, and I am having therapy sessions. I don't really want to go into all the details on this (maybe another time?). But yes, I have achieved this, and this was probably my biggest and most important goal.

Let me know if you've stuck to your goals in the comments below!


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Adele: The Finale Live At Wembley

This time 3 weeks ago, I was standing in front of the circular stage in the centre of Wembley Stadium. I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get tickets for Adele: The Finale Live At Wembley.

Seeing Adele live has been one of my dreams for many years (And after several failed attempts trying to get tickets for her arena tour last year I thought I was never going to), but I'm glad to say my dream has finally come true. And I was not disappointed.

We left the day before the show because Wembley Stadium is a far distance from where I live. A 5-hour drive in fact. So we stayed in a Premier Inn hotel the night before to ensure we weren't stuck in any traffic delays which could have made us miss/late for the show.

On the day of Adele, I was really anxious. I didn't know what to expect. I have never been to Wembley Stadium before, it was my first concert, and there were 98,000 people. All of which made me feel incredibly nervous and unsure. I couldn't even eat anything I was that nervous.

I started queuing from around 4pm, the show didn't start til 8pm, and I was in the standing area for the show, so as you can probably imagine my legs ached - a lot - after standing for most of the day. But it was worth it.

The advantage of being in the standing area and spending many hours in a queue though, I was right near the front of the outer circle stage, so I got plenty of close ups. It was so exciting to finally be there, and be so lucky to be that close.

This was my view. Not zoomed in by the camera. Yes, I really was that close.

I really liked that the stage was a circle in the middle of the stadium. Yes, there were times where she was facing the other way (to the audience on the other side), or on the complete other side of the outer-stage so you couldn't really see her on our side. But when she was near you, she was really, really near you. Plus it gives people at the back a better view instead of being what would feel like miles away if the stage was in the usual spot at the front in such a large venue.

The Setlist:
Hometown Glory
One and Only
I'll Be Waiting
Rumour Has It
Water Under the Bridge
I Miss You
Don't You Remember
Make You Feel My Love
Send My Love (to Your New Lover)
Sweetest Devotion
Chasing Pavements
Take It All
Set Fire to the Rain

When We Were Young
Rolling in the Deep
Someone Like You

Adele, as expected was amazing. From the second the screen lifted up and she started singing 'Hello' to her final song 'Someone Like You' and every song in between was just beautiful.

However, I will mention, I could tell on the night her vocals weren't as usual. I could tell she was struggling with some of the songs and she kept coughing and clearing her throat between songs. Don't get me wrong she still sounded amazing - I'm not complaining - but when she announced she had to cancel the final two shows due to vocal damage, I can't say I was surprised. What I'm trying to say is, the cancellation was necessary - this is in no way a complaint about the show!

I am gutted for any fans who had tickets for the final two nights. As I am sure you would have loved the show. But I think we have to appreciate that Adele needs to protect and rest her voice.

Aside from the music, her personality is hilarious. She told a few funny stories, plenty of swearing, and even fired t-shirts out of a cannon. Other amazing things about the show were fireworks, kiss cam (thankfully I wasn't on that 😂) and dedicating 'Make You Feel My Love' to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

To finish off her show she sang the final song, Someone Like You, and a classic black taxi drove into the stadium to pick her up right from the stage - now that is probably the most British way to leave a show - ever 😂.

Before leaving the stadium I picked up some of the confetti from the floor, and each piece has a personalised 'handwritten' message/lyric which I just think is the sweetest touch.

Would I like to see her again? Of course. Will I ever get the chance? Well, she has kinda announced she is unsure if she will tour again, so it's not looking likely. I'm just glad I finally got the chance to see her live after years of waiting.

It was the best day of my life!

I vlogged my trip to Adele - so check that out to see live performances!


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