Ellis Sara Smith is a wife and mum of two boys who has a successful YouTube channel with over 100,000 subscribers. Starting during the pregnancy of her first son, she wanted to create something that would help others in similar situations. Ellis’ YouTube channel has naturally grown with her and is a reflection of the day to day challenges that she has faced. What started as just a parenting channel now covers an array of everyday topics; from the most amazing cleaning content, inspiring others like her that suffer with OCD and anxiety to jump off the sofa and start decluttering right there and then, to home interiors and renovations, finance, budgeting and more. Ellis’ Instagram channel is an extension into the realities of being a mother to two very boisterous, yet loving, little boys and everything in-between. In addition to YouTube and Instagram, you can also find inspiration from Ellis’ stunning boards over on Pinterest.
When did you start blogging/vlogging?
I found out I was pregnant 3 days before my 21st birthday. I was classed as a “young mum” and had the worst pregnancy with sickness the entire way through and spent the majority of my pregnancy in bed or on the sofa. I was very alone and didn’t really have many friends that had been pregnant that I could go to, to ask questions and get advice. Prams, baby bottles, everything was so out of my depth. That’s when I stumbled across a couple of blogs online reviewing and answering some of the questions I had and in turn found YouTube. Having had such an awful pregnancy and feeling so alone, I thought there must be others out there that feel like this and wanted to share anything I could that I thought could help. As life is, I was unable to continue, returning to work full time and only posting a handful of videos. Then two years ago I came back to YouTube whilst on maternity leave with my second son and haven’t looked back since. The messages I receive on a daily basis telling me how I’ve helped so many people keeps pushing me forward to upload content.
What are your top three vlogging tips?
An obvious one here but just go for it! There are a million and one reasons that you will come up with to stop yourself from giving it a go but once you’ve started you’ll never look back. Knowing you can help just one person from your content is the most amazing thing and in turn, I now have the most amazing support network online and have made some amazing friendships. I’d also say watch a tonne of YouTube videos on how to edit and create thumbnails etc. You never stop learning and this is what made a massive difference when I came back to YouTube. And lastly, make content you love. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, just do what you are passionate about and people will see that.
What are your vlogging plans for the next 6 months?
I don’t really have a plan. It’ll be to continue what I’m doing, sharing content that is relevant to me and my life and what I love. At present we are showcasing the on-going work and results from our renovations, but I will also be creating a lot more cleaning content as we all know that’s typical mum life. We are just about to move into a new stage in our life whereby Klayton is starting school so I know there will be highs and lows with that. We’ve also booked a holiday to Walt Disney Florida so there will be some new content to look forward to on that. Moving into early next year we would love to try for our third baby. Babies are the reason that I started this channel but I’ve never documented a pregnancy the entire way through so that will be exciting if we are blessed enough to have another.
What are three of your best posts/videos from the past year?
Which vlogs do you love to read/view?
I love to watch channels that inspire me and are relatable. At the moment I’m loving one of my friends Brianna K. She is a mum of two and has lots of organisational content as well as cleaning, home decor and typical mum life. She always puts out content that I love to watch and is super upbeat and positive.
I also love Brittany Vasseur. She has the ultimate hacks and always does really fun original content.