As many of you will know vlogging, or video-blogging, is the latest thing to do on social media. It’s a great way to capture your day-to-day life, thoughts and experiences. These days, vlogs can range from simply being shot on an iPhone to including drone footage and crazy effects. It’s hard to know where to start when there are so many different styles to vlogging.
However, if you’re wanting to take this seriously, here are 5 tips to start up your vlogging.
1. It doesn’t need to be perfect
It’s easy to want to jump straight to the professionally laid out YouTube channels with animated intros straight away, but you have to remember you’re just getting started. It doesn’t matter if you don’t get it 100% right the first time, it’s all a learning process! I’ve edited my fair share of vlogs and I’ve definitely realised you can’t get perfect editing without spending 5h on a vlog. It’s great to be creative and want to do a good job, but know that you’re learning and it’s a process.
2. Be as consistent as you can
Something that a lot of YouTubers have in common is hard work and consistency. It’s not easy to work in a competitive industry and consistency is often the key. It’s hard to persevere when you aren’t seeing your subscribers or views increasing but it’s important to keep going. Posting regular videos means your subscribers won’t forget about you.
3. Short and sweet
Unfortunately, millennials have the shortest attention span ever, I’m surprised you made it this far into the post! Having videos that are way too long mean that your audience is going to be pretty reluctant to watch it. I’ve found that audience retention is best when your videos are as short as possible, so always look for ways to be more efficient in editing and move fast.
4. Be basic
In terms of equipment and software (this relates to 1.), there’s no need to go too hard too fast. If you have the money for a DSLR, by all means invest if you feel like you should. However, there’s no reason why you have to have the latest equipment or you can’t make good content with iMovie and an iPhone camera. There are many creative ways to make the most out of basic equipment, and it’s a good way to try out vlogging before you start investing in the more expensive stuff!
5. Do it for you
I know we talked about subscribers and viewers but ultimately you need to enjoy what you’re doing. If you’re just vlogging to trend or make money, you won’t be able to do it for long. The most successful vloggers are people who truly love doing it and it will show in your content.
Vlogging is not an easy thing to do but it’s definitely fun! If you’re interested to see if you’d like it, you should give it a try. You’ll never know if you like something until you experience it for yourself. I hope that you found this post helpful and I look forward to seeing your vlogs on the internet soon!