Have you ever posted a video blog?
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Looking back, I don’t think I ever thought I would actually enjoy video blogging. I can be headstrong and I wanted to “try it out”. I wanted some evidence so that I could form an option, but I never thought I would enjoy it.
I Should Have Known Better
I should have known better. As an 18-year-old college student, I was interviewed for a local television show. My college soccer team had gone from a team that barely won more games than they lost, to going to nationals.
I was lucky enough to be the leading goal scorer that year. When they interviewed me, they asked me a question, something like:
“Did you ever think you’d be here, going to nationals?”
I responded, “No, I was never even supposed to be a starter”.
Then I laughed.
Here’s the thing. The camera was on zoomed in on my face, my laugh wasn’t “cute”, and it was awkward.
The truth is, I’m awkward on camera. I have tremendous respect for actors now.
Before you say “it wasn’t that bad”, I’m sure you’re right. However, it felt that bad.
The story about how a tall, awkward skinny girl got to go to nationals with her college soccer team is a great story, and one that I’ll tell at another time.
So, I tried video blogging. Some vlogs were received very well and some weren’t. We received criticism as well as praise.
Pros to Video Blogging
- Personally connecting with your readers. Watching your video will help your readers to feel like they know you.
- YouTube is a really great avenue to reach people, it’s another social media site. Here’s the thing–you can’t reach those YouTube watchers without a video blog.
- Sometimes it’s just easier to watch a video than to read a blog.
- Offering a video blog does set you apart from the crowd. The blogging world is very competitive and videos can offer that little edge.
Cons to Video Blogging
- I found vlogging to be very time consuming. I’m not sure if it’s because I would spend the normal amount of time typing up written content to go with it or because I’m personally so awkward that I would also have a lot of takes but it is very time consuming.
- Something would go wrong while taping. One time there was background noise on a really long video. I had to majorly edit and that, of course, took more time.
Quick Tips For Video Bloggers
- Invest into lighting equipment. One of our criticisms that we received about our vlogs was that there was poor lighting. It was absolutely true. I didn’t have the right equipment. If I was going to do another series involving video blogs, I would invest into some proper lighting.
- My goal with video blogging was to see if it could be done easily, so I didn’t invest into any equipment. If I do another video blogging series, I’ll invest into better equipment.
- Keep the videos short. I recommend 90 seconds to 3 minutes long. This helps for 2 reasons:
- Viewers like shorter videos.
- Shorter videos are easier to record.
- I really like using YouTube to upload the videos. They make it seamless and really easy. For additional help on this, check out our article, 4 Reasons to Use YouTube to Embed Videos and How to Do It.
You don’t have to video yourself like I did. I only really examined one aspect of video blogging, but there is so much out there.
Is video blogging truly worth it? I think that’s a personal decision. It’s up to you and what you want to accomplish with your blog. Videos have a lot to offer, but they also take a lot of work.
For me, I think if I do it again I will invest into better equipment and do some yoga before I record myself.
How about you? Do you think video blogging is worth it? Please let me know in the comment section below.