Yesterday on our weekly hangout we talked with Kristen from MommyinSports.com about tips for getting started vlogging.
If you’re not sure what vlogging is – it’s video blogging.
The blogosphere is becoming a more and more visual place. You need photos to capture people’s attention and more and more you should be adding videos to give the reader another option for consuming your content.
Creating videos also gives you a chance to build your YouTube channel – one of the largest search engines around. Also Facebook is MUCH more likely to share a video to your followers than they are an image and they have even created video playlists similar to YouTube’s.
Yesterday we talked tips and tools to use if you’re just getting started…and a few tips for when you’re ready to take the next step with your videos too.
How To Get Started Vlogging
Tools: Computer with an internal or external webcam; you can also use your cell phone; when you’re ready to take the next step a DSLR with recording abilities
First steps: When you first get started, it’s best to start with Google Hangouts. (If you need to learn how to do that, go here.) You can do a talking-head video (just your face) or an interview (like our Hangouts) or even just a screenshot video where you record a PowerPoint presentation.
Next Steps: Once you’re comfortable making videos, you should start to think of your appearance and set. Make sure there’s nothing distracting behind you or on your clothes. Hold your phone horizontally so it takes a widescreen shot and place it some place that it gets you from the waist up.
Prepare your intro and closing. Have notes so you know what you’ll be talking about. Practice. Practice. Practice. And for heaven’s sake – SMILE!
Finally: Editing you video. If you’re not to the point where you want to worry about it, don’t. When you’re just getting started, it’s best just to take baby steps. Then once you’ve mastered those, you can go to Fiverr and get someone to edit your video and even create an intro for you.
You can use iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, WeVideo, or Adobe Premiere to edit your videos or to add in an intro and closing or slides/images/music you may want to include. Kristen uses videohive.com and freeplaymusic.com to spice up her videos.
The most important part of vlogging is just to have a good time. Show your true personality and make a connection with your followers!