You don’t have to spend a huge amount of time on my blog or social media channels to see that I’m not exactly a self-promoting kind of person. I don’t have photos and videos of myself plastered across them, and I’m a lot more comfortable on the other side of the camera. I guess a slightly weird trait for a blogger and in the age of social media.
The last few months have seen me move from the warm, cosy, safe side of the camera, into the spotlight and completely out of my comfort zone. Following my work with the MHRA where I warned people of the dangers of supplements containing DMAA, the BBC have been in regular contact as part of their investigation into doping in amateur sport.
So far, I’ve featured in an article the BBC Sport website – there was also a video interview which may appear at some point. I’ve been on a live phone in on BBC Radio 5 Live (scroll to 12 mins), and had a live interview on BBC 3 Counties Radio. I even had to turn down a live BBC News appearance with Victoria Derbyshire.
It was great experience for me, despite my comfort zone being a mere dot on the horizon. I’d never done anything like it and it’s not something I’ll forget in a hurry. It was certainly a steep learning curve, but I did pick up a few things along the way:
I hate the sound of my own voice. I know a lot of people hate theirs too, but I didn’t realise quite how monotone and nasal I sound. I can only apologise to anyone who has ever spoken to me.
Articulation is hard during a live broadcast. I knew what I wanted to say the whole time, but under pressure it’s hard not to fluff your lines.
I got zero blog traffic. Why? There’s no mention anywhere that I had my own blog. I should have just shouted it out on live radio. “I think everyone should know what’s in their supplements and OXFORD-FITNESS.COM…that’s right OXFORD-FITNESS.COM!” – How’s that for self promotion?
I have a new-found respect YouTubers and vloggers. Doing pieces to camera is hard. I had to do about 7 takes to get my piece right, and I still hated it.
My contact details were passed around like a joint at a party. I’d say the number of journalists or producers I dealt with spoken to reached double figures. Not something I minded, but other people might.
Things can change at the last minute. My Radio 5 Live feature was due to take place at 6:30am, only to receive a phone call at 6:15am saying there’d been a change in programming. This was followed by a call at 8:30am to see if I was free at 9am which resulted in frantically trying to find a quiet corridor at work rather than being home as planned.
Anyway, I’m back behind the camera and screen so can merrily tap away on this keyboard until the cows come home. If you’ve ever done radio, TV, or even YouTube videos – share your experience in the comments below.