5 Tips For The Aspiring Vlogger
I can admit, I'm no vlogging "pro," and our channel isn't huge by any means, but that's ok. Whether it stays as is or grows, we're happy with it because we started our YouTube journey purely for the fun of it. We genuinely enjoy filming, editing, and then getting to upload a little snippet of our lives. One, because it's always fun to look back on, and two, it's fun to connect with people.With all of that being said, my husband and I have been vlogging and sharing our lives for about a year an a half now and along the way, I've learned a lot.First off, I'll start with the fact that you don't need fancy, expensive equipment, but investing in a good camera will help with some of the tips I'm mentioning below.Here is what we use:| Camera | Ring Light | Tripod
- FILM EVERYTHING. This is my biggest tip. I think back to all the times I was "too stressed," "too tired," or "too upset" to pick up the camera or was for some reason trying to hide it from our viewers and I can't help but to regret it. A specific time in my life where I felt all of these things and didn't show it in the videos was the birth of my daughter, Addison. Addison was taken to NICU immediately due to health issues and I was A WRECK. I left the hospital without my baby, and even though some might think I'm dramatic being that it was only 10 days, 10 days felt like 10 weeks to me. Time slowed during that time as I was very distraught and cried every single day. The point is, at that time, I didn't want everyone to know how hard it was for me, so I hid it. Looking back now, I wish I would've filmed every single second because those were very real, raw emotions in a very special and important time in my life and I wish I had that to look back on.
- ENGAGE YOUR VIEWERS. When you are talking to the camera, you want to treat your viewers as friends. Ask them how they are doing, ask them to help you name your new pet, or for an adventure idea. Keep them involved as much as possible because it makes for a better relationship. Loyal viewers are everything, they will help your channel grow and are essentially be the route of your success. With all of that being said, always respond to comments when you can, like I said- loyalty is everything.
- LIGHTING. LIGHTING. LIGHTING! I can't stress it enough. I look back on all the vlogs we posted (including our birth video) where the lighting was crap, which also made finding and creating a great thumbnail near impossible. It all goes hand in hand. Great lighting= (most of the time) great quality videos= great thumbnails. Nothing worse than just watching a dark video, and now looking back on our first maybe 6 months to a year of our videos, I'm just wishing so much that we would've paid more attention to that, who knows, maybe we would have created a better following from the beginning. ;)
- KNOW WHAT TO EDIT OUT. This is a pretty big one too, and one that we did actually did pay attention to since the beginning. No one really wants to watch a 15 minute video full of awkward pauses and the camera moving around with no one actually talking. The key is to edit out all of the "non interesting" parts. Keep the video short and sweet, packed full of anything and everything interesting that way you keep viewers watching your video for the full duration.
- CONSISTENCY. May be obvious, but maybe not. This is totally something we could work on, but I know the positive impact it can have on a channel if you work for it. If you aren't trying to grow your channel, maybe this won't be a big one for you, but for someone who is, it could be everything. Coming up with a schedule for at least once or twice a week is a good place to start. When someone hits the subscribe button, they obviously like your content, but if you post really sporadically, your viewers might not stick around (speaking from experience.) I once heard that what your audience can't get from you, they'll get from someone else. This goes for vlogging, blogging, or really anything because really there is one of you, and hundreds (if not more) doing what you're doing. Be a regular uploader, trust me; you'll gain a loyal following that way and as the saying goes "quality over quantity," holds true for subscribers as well. It's better to have 1,000 subscribers that engage and watch all of your videos then 5,000 that never watch. This is one of those "I need to take my own advice" moments.
Have fun with it! Especially in the beginning it can feel really unnatural talking to a camera, but just remember practice makes (almost) perfect. ;) Picking up the camera and filming your life becomes second nature at a certain point, and then you'll look back at your first few videos and think "what was I doing!?" Haha! We've sure been there and I'm sure other YouTubers/vloggers can relate.Our equipment:Other options:*Some links are affiliate links