Easy Tips To Start Vblogging Today!
Why should I start vblogging?
Have you wondered this recently? It’s listed out there on most tips and tricks for better blogging lists. But seriously. WHY?
I like blogging. I like photos. I like telling a story with the written word (where I can edit and change later if I need to!) And let’s face it. I’m just plain scared of video! And my voice! I hate the sound of my recorded voice.
Learn from the Masters
I asked a few rockstar bloggers who have mastered the art of video blogging. Why do YOU do it? How do you do it? And please, what gadgets and gizmos do I need to get started?
Lizzie Bermudez of @LizzieBTV is a great mentor and friend to those who genuinely want to try vlogging on for size. She runs the video website: LizzieBTV.com and she currently works for ABC 7 Television out of San Jose California as the Pop Culture Contributor.
LizzieB’s Top 3 Reasons to start Vlogging:
- Great medium for storytelling. You can hear and see the narrator of a story.
- Through vlogging you can take your reader/viewer to exactly where you are or have been. (For example, concert, speaker, demonstration)
- A picture is worth a thousand words – with video it’s endless.
LizzieB’s Top 3 Vlog Items to Purchase:
- Compact, easy to use mini video camera (tons on the market… Kodak, flip, sony, etc…)
- Light, easy to use tripod (nothing worse than shaky video). You can pick one up for less than 20-bucks. Gorillapod by JOBY is one of my faves!
- Microphone! If you’re gonna vlog or talk to other people on your vlogs – invest in a cheap microphone. (Just make sure that the mini video camera you buy has a jack for a mic). People will stop watching a video or vlog if they can’t see or hear you.
A short video from LizzieBTV on maintaining eye contact when you vlog. It’s a huge problem/issue for a lot of newbies.
My favorite tip from LizzieB: Pretend you are talking to a friend! Take a snapshot of a friend and tape it behind/above your laptop camera lens!
Keep it Silly!
Next I contacted the ever fun, ever silly, and above all the ever sparkly Jennie of @JennyOnTheSpot. She gives out ‘observations’ more than tips on her vlogging site JennyOnTheSpot.com and by far my favorite observation from her is the fact that you can use ‘Props’ while you vlog but you really can’t without video.
If I were reviewing the new jewelry I got for my birthday, wouldn’t a video of me WEARING the jewelry show off the spangles much better than a picture and some words?
Jennie’s Top 3 Tips on Why and How to Vlog:
- Start vlogging because it creates a deeper level of engagement with your readers. They feel like they get to know you better, and it’s a way for YOU to express yourself differently. Also… YouTube is the #2 search engine, so it’s a GREAT way to drive in new traffic.
- Gadgets. A tripod, a Flip or Zi8 and editing software. I use a Mac, so I have iMovie. I LOVE iMovie. Oh, and lip gloss. Never underestimate the power of lipgloss when filming.
- HD. HD just looks SO nice and clean. BUT also don’t forget good lighting. Even HD is worthless in bad lighting. And then keeping it short (ish) (2-4 minutes) and really engage the camera like it’s a person. We don’t drone on and one when talking to a friend (we shouldn’t)… our viewers want to feel like we are talking WITH them, not TO them. I recently saw a vlog of a gal I like, but the vide was over 8 minutes with a plain background and a ho-hum demeanor. There is no way anyone is going to use 8 minutes of their busy day on content that isn’t engaging.
Take a Look Around at what other Vloggers are Doing
Read and watch the vloggers you admire and check in with often. What are they doing? How are they doing it? If you have a question, get brave and simply ask them. Danielle from @ExtraordianryMommy has a whole blog full of Vlogging tips. And I know for a fact she would love to answer your questions!
Her Top 5 Vlogging Tips Vlog is perfect to get you started! Watch and get your Vlog on!
Get More Gigs
More and more companies are looking for a well rounded blogger to help get the word out about their product. I recently was asked by a brand who I was helping run a giveaway for, whether I would shoot a vlog about their product? They want help showing off their stuff and video is a great way to do that. Check Gigcoin for gigs that request vlogging as part of the gig!