Did you catch Aby’s post about setting up a YouTube channel?  This week I am talking about vlogging – the next step after you’ve set up your channel. Now, you may want to set up your channel and then do nothing with it, that is pretty much what I had done for the past couple of years, but you may be starting to think about vlogging and that is where I come in!

I think I am addicted to vlogging! I started taking it seriously a couple of months ago and now I update my channel every week with a weekend vlog, plus other mini vlogs as and when required.  Some days I cannot be bothered to do a blog post and so faff around with video instead – there is something so exciting about it all I think.

Are you wanting to start vlogging but don’t know where to start?

Filming yourself or even making a video at all can be a bit daunting can’t it? You may have little confidence in your ability but that does not mean you shouldn’t give it a try.

So, here are a few tips to get you started…

  • First of all, don’t buy an expensive camera. You may decide vlogging isn’t for you, so before you leap into anything have a play on your phone. Most camera phones these days have great video capabilities and you can’t always tell the difference. If after a while you find you love vlogging then I can recommend the Canon G7X, it is the one I use and I love it!
  • Think about your niche. Are you an awesome cook? Do you like to share craft tutorials? Have you got some great parenting tips to share? You need to be passionate about whatever it is you will be filming, otherwise you will soon start to find it a chore. By thinking about what your channel will be about will help you to focus on content.
  • Practice and delete. If you aren’t comfortable just putting yourself out there then just have a play. Film yourself talking to camera or film a few bits and bobs and practice editing. There is nothing to say that video will ever have to end up on your channel. Practice makes perfect, or if not perfect then you definitely grow in confidence each time you do it I promise!
  • Find other vloggers in your niche, watch them and learn from them. Look at the angles they use for different shots, where do they sit in relation to the camera? Over time you will develop your own style (I’m still finding mine) but in the meantime use others for inspiration.
  • Build a community. If you are already a blogger you will know the importance of being part of a community and the same goes for the vlogging world. Commenting on other vlogs will help others find your channel and you can also make some great friends this way! Make sure you reply to any comments left on your videos too – remember you want to build up an audience.
  • Have fun and be yourself! Vlogging shouldn’t be a chore – if it is then it isn’t for you. It should be an extension of who you are, a chance to let your personality shine through to your viewers. So start filming and get uploading!

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