Video Blogging – It’s Ok to Be Thankful

My name is Christine King and I am a writer here at R & R Web Design LLC. This is the first video to kick off our video blogging series. Please remember when watching this, I’m not a T.V. person. Actually, when I was 18, I gave an interview and well, I was terrible. So, please be patient with me as we embark on this new journey of video blogging.

Video Blogging Lesson Learned

What I realized today about video blogging is that you need to be kind and laugh at yourself. I did 18 takes of this video and most of them didn’t make it past the first few lines. After 17 takes, I took a deep breath and pushed through and made it until the end.

The Video Blogging Experiment

The goal of this video blogging series is really an experiment to find out whether or not video blogging is worth the time it takes to create them. Right now, I’m still not sure, so we’ll have to see. There are two important key elements that we would like to explore:

  • Does a video blog give the personal touch to your articles?
  • Does video blogging help you connect with your readers in a whole new way?

Your Turn

Have you ever created a video blog? If so, how did your audience respond? Did it take you several times to create the video before you were satisfied with the results?

If you have any questions or comments about video blogging, please make sure to leave them in the comment section below. I will do my best to find the answer to all of your questions.

Well everyone, have a wonderful week. I would like to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read our articles and now, for watching the video. You are amazing and make my job so much fun. Enjoy your family and loved ones. Enjoy amazing food and don’t forget to be thankful.

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

32 comments on “Video Blogging – It’s Ok to Be Thankful
  1. I love this. You are authentic and you reached me. For the past year I’ve been blogging as another means of social media marketing for my handmade jewelry products. I recently attempted a series of videos with my techy son and a friend – mostly to display some jewelry, offer tips about style or how to choose the right necklace for a top.
    After a zillion takes I said: “It doesn’t have to be perfect” and they weren’t. The moment I said that, everything shifted, we started to have some fun and created some ‘out of the box’ videos. I’ve started to post a few on my page. What I’m getting from your presentation is keep doing it. You have a lot you can teach us and I’d watch watch and listen because when I read, I skim. Also, I see I can do some videos alone as a video blog. Today, I published some ditty poems I wrote about beading- I could read them in a video blog.
    One question: Did you put it on youtube first and then insert and did you embed the video? I get that youtube mosaic at the end. If yes, could you give me some ‘how to or reference. Thank you, Roz

    • Roslyn,
      Thank you so much for sharing your video blogging experience! You are so right, you have to keep doing it and you really cannot take yourself too serious. I talked with Robin my editor and web designer. I did load the video onto youtube first. She took it from there and she embedded onto the site. I’m going to have her weigh-in. 🙂

  2. Michelle says:

    You did a nice job! Thankfulness is a great subject. I am hoping to show more thankfulness throughout the entire year and not just around Thanksgiving. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    • Michelle,
      Thank you so much! I agree, it’s great to be thankful once a year but it’s even better to be thankful all year round. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Tina Ashburn says:

    I haven’t tried video blogging yet, but gee, I know I must (eventually), Maybe in January, between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, I’ll get up the nerve. Actually, I was taped (and it was put on youtube) doing a presentation at a networking meeting last week. Although I was aware pictures were being taken, I didn’t know it was a video. And it’s short (not the entire thing) but it’s pretty cool! Yes, I must try this soon!!

    • Tina,
      That is a great time to start video blogging. Was it easier not knowing you were being taped? That would a pretty interesting experiment. Thank you so much for commenting. 🙂

  4. You’ve done a great job even if it took you 18 times! It’s the way to go and I’m still behind…I have videos but not with me live. It’s on my “to do” list for 2014. I am looking forward to watching your video series. I know they will be just fine! 🙂

  5. Hooray for you! I am aware of all the recommendations for making video but have been shy in exploring that avenue. Actually, I do not even know where to start from the technology side so I need to learn more about this. I will look forward to your experiment and your interpretation of the results.

  6. Robert Manea says:

    We have not yet created these vlogs, but we intend it.. its the best way to get things out..

  7. Norma Doiron says:

    You did an AWESOME job, Christine! You look so natural… 🙂 I left you a message under your video.

  8. Veronica says:

    I will definitely be doing more videos next year

  9. I am like you I am afraid to video blog. I know that it would help my site and my exposure but I am nervous speaking to a camera and camera shy. I probably should get over the fear and just do it because I am missing out on great opportunities from video marketing.

  10. Simona says:

    Christine, when I started in TV they told me to imagine that I explain something to me mother. That very first lesson always helped me when I needed to go live (and you know, there are no re-takes when you go live…
    Hope this tip helps you, too.
    Great job, so far, go for more!

  11. Kelly says:

    I haven’t done any video blogging but my partner here at work and I were just discussing this on Monday. He is going to be doing these a few days a week. He doesn’t mind being in front of a camera and speaks very eloquently. I think they can be a great resource to get out there.

  12. Marilyn says:

    Ha, better than me. I gave up on takes. I will go back to “practicing” it in the new year. I will be adding videos though to mine, finally. But they will be mostly of events that i attend that my goody bags will be a part of. Brave of you to get started, well publishing them lol. You look and sound great.

  13. Hooray!! It’s been on my agenda to do something similar and I am so happy for your accomplishment! Congrats!

  14. Gilly says:

    I’ve done some video blogging, but I’m really still new and feel strange. I guess practice makes perfect. Thank you!

    • Gilly,
      I right there with you trying to figure this whole video blogging thing out. I’m looking into tips and tricks to make it easier on both of us. 🙂 Thank you for sharing and stay tuned for those tips.

  15. Sharon O'Day says:

    That was a terrific start, Christine! I haven’t been quite as brave yet. I do put an audio on all my posts, and know that it used to take me several attempts before getting it recorded smoothly. With time it’s become easier and easier … so I’m sure the same thing would happen with video. Maybe you’ll inspire a bunch of us to follow in your footsteps! 😉

  16. Lorii Abela says:

    Great try! It is definitely okay to be thankful as this gives a good feeling. What are you the most thankful for in life?