Vlogging 101

In theory, to be a vlogger, all you need is a camera and about 6 minutes to talk at it.  Here is my question for you: if I sat in front of my smartphone and recorded a video explaining what I ate for breakfast every morning, would you tune in?  Probably not.  Why?  Because, honestly, you would get bored of hearing about my bowl of scrambled eggs and tomatoes after about two days.  

Before you upload your first video to YouTube, I have a few tips. 

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To start, it is important to be passionate and create videos that share what you love.  You should focus on sharing stories.  Each story should have a beginning, middle, and end.  The beginning sets up the story, it tells what is going on and describes the mood.  The middle needs to describe the conflict.  It tells viewers what the point of the video is and describes why people should watch to the end.  Finally, the end should describe the resolution of the situation.  This allows the audience to connect emotions to what has happened.

When vlogging, it is important to make your audience feel engaged and welcomed.  Those who are watching your video want to feel like they are involved in the conversation with you.  Each video should have a topic that you are well educated on and have first-hand experience of.  In addition, it is important to stay consistent when sharing your message.  Quality, properly edited videos will speak to your target audience.

To conclude, in order to be successful when vlogging, one should tell an engaging story.   In order to keep the audience interested and engaged, share information on a topic you are knowledgeable of.

Would you consider turning your camera on and turning your thoughts into a vlog?

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13 thoughts on “Vlogging 101

  1. I had heard the term vlogging years ago, and then it seemed to fade away. Obvioulsy with the addition of IGTV, etc. it is becoming relevant again. Great tips!

  2. Great post! I so often hear about vlogs, podcasts, etc. that “all you need is a phone and page to post it!” I am glad you outlined that you really do need more than just those two things, and provided some really helpful tips for anyone wanting to start vlogging.

  3. As a YouTuber I’m just posting my audio interviews but am really seriously thinking about vlogging. This has been a helpful read and I love the idea of creating a story in a good vlog!

  4. I think I would consider it. But, like you said, it takes more than just a camera and a few minutes of talking. I also think it’s important to have a plan before starting something like this. Maybe have a list of vlog ideas so that you can be prepared to upload more than one video when you start your own channel. Great tips!

  5. Thank you for your post. I really enjoyed reading it and it got me thinking of friends of mine that I follow in support but don’t engage in their content. It also puts it into perspective that vlogging is just like story telling and if you don’t have you ideas in order then you just end up rambling. I would just like to add that maybe you should have a vlog or two that interested you below.

  6. Very neat blog, and very sharp thoughts! Like Heidi mentioned, I’m glad you raised the fact that it takes a lot more than simply a smart phone and good looking in order to create a successful blog.

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