Video blogging, or vlogging, has become a popular method to share your ideas on a subject to your audience online. Unlike the traditional blogging, which is usually composed by words and images, vlogging transform your content into an audio-visual broadcast. If you’re interested in vlogging but don’t know how to start, use the tips below:
- Think of a Topic
- Shoot a Video
- Edit a Video
- Choose a Platform
- Describe Your Videos
- Interact with Your Audience
Think of a Topic
To start with, you should think of a topic for your vlogging. It can be anything, as long as it’s not boring, insulting or illegal. As there are various successful vlogs out there, they have developed some sort of themes or formats, such as how-to tutorial, lecture, interview and so on. In order further inspire you, here I list some examples of successful YouTube vloggers:
VlogBrothers is a popular vlog channel on YouTube hosted by Author John Green and his brother Hank. Their vlog has no consistent format: the topics range from funny and trivial, to serious and controversial.
The CTFxC currently holds the world record for the most consecutive number of vlogs uploaded to YouTube. The style of the vlog is simple: episodes averaging around ten minutes that are filmed, edited, and then aired every day onto YouTube.
Charileissosoilike is the first YouTube channel in the UK to reach one million subscribers. It’s held by Charlie McDonnell, a British vlogger and musician. The content, however, doesn’t limited to music videos, but also includes challenges, fun science and more.
Booksandquills is a quality book discussion and review channel on YouTube. Although the topics do cover classics, they are also very up to date and delve into teen literature.
Now it’s time to shoot your video. You may wonder: what kind of camera will need to do vlog? Here I make up a list of recommended cameras for vlog. But in fact, there’s no need to buy a new camera if you already have one.
Shoot a Video
To shoot a better video, you can make use of a tripod or a book to elevate the camera the right height. Then get close to the top edge of the monitor, without having the monitor in view, so that your eyes look in the direction of the camera when reading the teleprompter. Don’t forget to zoom in if necessary. You can also record your video with a webcam. The idea is to get your face out there so that the audience can see you, hear from you and “feel” like they know you.
Sometimes you don’t even need a camera to produce your video. By taking advantage of screen capturing and casting software, you can easily create visually rich and useful instructions. If you choose to shoot a video this way, I recommend you wear a pair of headphones with a microphone while recording the accompanying audio track, which will reduce the ambient noise.
Another great way to create video is have a conversion with an expert in the field and record the entire interview. By making use of Skype and an application that can capture streaming video/audio, you can easily develop your video content and provide a service to your viewers as well as a platform for the expert.
Edit a Video
After shooting your video, you may need to do some editing jobs to make it better. Choose a video editing tool according to your needs. Then add several video effects, add titles and subtitles, compress video size, change the playback speed or adjust the length of video. Here’re several detailed guides to help you with some commonly used video editing tools:
- A Complete Guide to iMovie
- How to Use Windows Movie Maker
- Easily Edit Videos with Wondershare Video Editor
Choose a Platform
When your video is ready, it’s time to post it online. Actually you don’t have to own a website or blog to post your video. Most vloggers choose to post on video sharing sites such as YouTube or Vimeo. It’s easier to do YouTube vlogging or Vimeo vlogging since the content can be easily embedded and shared in blogs, websites or social media.
But if you really want to express your unique personality or professional expertise, WordPress is a good choice, as you can find various templates designed for vlogging. You may also need some WordPress plugins to make your vlog even more powerful. Some of the useful plugins include:
With this YouTube WordPress plugins, you can easily insert YouTube videos/playlists in your post, comments and in RSS feeds.
This plugin will grab YouTube video comments and insert into your blog post, schedule hourly, daily, weekly and update manually.
As its name suggests, this plugin will help share your posts on popular social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, Reddit, Bebo and others.
Describe Your Videos
No matter where you post your videos, it’s important to make them fully accessible to your audience. People are more likely to stumble across your videos if they have good keyword tags and searchable descriptions. So carefully title and describe your videos before publishing your vlog to the web.
Interact with Your Audience
Remember to respond to comments, messages, and video responses from your audience. This leaves a good impression and your followers will appreciate it.
Here comes to the end of the vlogging tips. Hope you enjoyed this helpful article!