Why I’m Not Going To Watch “Dear Black People”

Nicole Arbour is at it again with another video entitled “Dear Black People”. Now, I’m sure you can manage to find this video and I’m sure that me stating the name of the video in this piece will seem a bit ironic, but hear me out: As a YouTuber who occupies the niche that I occupy, people are always very eager to see me “drag” fellow youtubers and say all of the things that they want to say. I have a platform and I absolutely do believe that i should use it to call out problematic content. In fact, I want to make it clear that I am not against the idea of calling out problematic content and you will, for sure, see me do it quite a bit on my channel. However, I’ve already been there and done that and there are a lot of things that I’ve learned in the process of calling out other YouTubers. One of my biggest and perhaps most emotional callRead More

Mermaid Makeup // ft. Allie X

I was super excited when Allie X’s team contacted me to do a collaboration video with Allie X’s music. I have been obsessed with her music for a while and when I knew I was going to do a Mermaid video for Halloween, I thought that her song Catch would go perfect with the aesthetic. I really enjoy the simple way that her music is published on Youtube with the use of looping gifs of her in various fashions. So I infused that into this video. Hope everyone’s having a great Halloween! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfKcbpqOvLc]

Why You Shouldn’t Forgive Geris Hilton

Gerod Roth, aka Geris Hilton, was recently the subject of a media firestorm after a screen shot of his Facebook page went viral. The screen shot was of the comment section on his new profile picture that depicts a young black child standing behind him.   He and his friends left a myriad of insensitive racist comments and ultimately he was relieved of his position at the Polaris Marketing Group. When I heard this news, my instant response was “good riddance”. As some of you know, I recently had my own issue with online harassment that ultimately resulted in the person who harassed me online getting fired. While i never wanted my harasser fired, I was glad that he was because it showed that there were repercussions for his actions. Quite frankly, there should be. This is the age of information and if you work for a company where you have to interact with the public, you generally sign contracts that tell you what you can and can’t put onRead More

Why I Don’t Trust People Who Say #AllLivesMatter

Hashtags are one of the best ways to get someone to pay attention to something you’re doing online. While I’m typing this #TheFlash is trending and people on twitter are talking about the new episode of The Flash. Hashtags are not only a way of getting people to talk about trending topics, but they’re also a way to get people to pay attention to certain issues and tie the conversations all together. #BlackLivesMatter is a hashtag that was created by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi  after George Zimmerman was acquitted after being charged with the death of Trayvon Martin in 2013. The hashtag was created to bring attention to police brutality and how it specifically targets black people. However, #BlackLivesMatter is more than just a hashtag, it’s a movement. Being somewhat of an activist myself, I know that people often downplay the importance of online activism. However, in the age of information, utilizing tools like hashtags is an effective way of getting your messages out there andRead More

TRUE TEA: 5 Tips for Selling on Society6

WATCH THIS EPISODE HERE All this October, I’m doing VLOGTOBER! New Videos Everyday of the week! All videos will be uploaded at 10AM PST time so be sure to catch em!  Today’s True Tea question is: “Dear Kat, I wanted to open up a society 6 shop, but I’m not really sure how to get people to buy my stuff. Do you have any advice for people that are interested in opening up a Society 6 Store? Thanks, Sushi!” When I started my Society6 page about 2 years ago, I wasn’t really making that many sales. Then about December of last year I saw a really huge jump in sales and I made about half of my rent from Society 6. 1. Build a Fanbase  I think the most important thing about selling on society 6, and any tshirt website really, is having a fan base. You really need to work hard to cultivate a fanbase that will pay attention to your social media pages. Sometimes that means sometimes doingRead More

Why I Didn’t “Track Down” My Harasser or “Get” Him Fired

So, as I’m sure most of you are aware by now, I wrote an article for the Huffington Post about my experience with a recent case of online harassment. To be honest, writing this article had a lot of very unexpected outcomes that are all connected to the popularity of the article. On one hand, I’m proud that something I wrote is being celebrated. On another hand, I’m frustrated with how the article is being presented and written about on other blogs because it’s a true misrepresentation of events. What I think people need to really understand about this situation is that this was something that literally thousands of people watched unfold. My account, in reality, is only part of the full story. Even though i was the one being harassed, Kenneth’s actions on my page were overwhelming. As I said in my article, his conversations became splintered. Running a Facebook Page that is as large as mine, I have to accept that I can’t read everything. SometimesRead More

A Gray Tank Top and Gray Jeans

I remember the night that it happened and what I was wearing. A gray tank top and gray skinny jeans. I was 18 years old, just barely and I was getting dressed for a little after party I was going to. I remember that the grey tank top was my favorite top at the time. It had orange and green stars on it and it fit me so that it showed off my chest and waist. It was my first year in college and my roommate had found it on the floor of our dorm room. He always had random people in and out of the room and sometimes they’d leave clothes. I was a scavenger. I had just started going full-time and I didn’t have much in the way of feminine clothing. The gray tank top was like the holy grail to me at the time because unlike most of my clothing, it wasn’t re-purposed from clothes I wore in high school. I found it andRead More

This Insurance Agent Threatened To Rape me, I got him Fired.

This is the longer version of my piece of The Huffington Post Facebook is a tricky place for a YouTube. Algorithms don’t necessarily favor you and finding out a way to use your fan page to drive traffic to your YouTube videos is still pretty tricky. Regardless, it’s a platform that is almost necessary in a day in age where people still get most of their news and entertainment in Facebook feeds. For the longest time, my Facebook page pretty much sat at about 3,000 likes; which sounds like a lot until you find out that I converted an old Facebook account with about 2,000 friends into a fan page. At a certain point, I became pretty indifferent with my Facebook numbers, I enjoyed my smaller audience and didn’t really hunger for more. Then one day I noticed my numbers shoot up dramatically and over the course of a week and now I sit at about 22,500 likes and rapidly growing. What do I do? Well, I do a lotRead More

Understanding My Worth As a Blogger

When i first started blogging as an angsty teenager, I would never imagine where I’d be today. I started a blog when I was 14 years old on Xanga. It was where I ranted about anything from Britney Spears to that boy I had a crush on. Now, as a 25-year-old, this is what I do for a living and to be completely honest, it’s a bit surreal. It’s surreal because I was raised in the Internet Age. I remember logging into AOL and hearing that all-too-familiar rhythmic beeping sound as my router struggled to get me online. I remember taking web design classes where we had to use FrontPage to design websites about whatever we wanted. I remember logging into NeoPets in the library after school and thinking it was the coolest thing ever. I grew up in the age where the Internet was just becoming accessible in homes and it was a Wild West of new and scary issues. At the time, having a blogRead More

The Indifference of White Men

One of the most unsettling things about having a platform where you discuss racism often is learning just how truly indifferent certain people really are to the oppression people of color face. Of course this isn’t unique simply to one group of people. I deal with people of all races and creeds coming to me and telling me that the things I discuss are silly and frivolous. “Just get over it” is a really common phrase I hear when discussing systemic racism. I’d love to pretend that I didn’t understand this and honestly the pathology of the people who feel this way is quite fascinating to me, but I know why they feel the way they do: They don’t care. Not only do they not care, but it’s more comfortable for them not to. In one of my previous blog posts I discussed how I felt when I really came to understand what racism really was in America. It was upsetting to me. It made me feelRead More