Bored of your blog? Looking for a new way to reach a whole different audience? Well, why not try and make a name for yourself in the vlogging world! Over the past five or so years, vlogging has become increasingly popular, and there are now thousands of YouTubers who film themselves and post their videos on YouTube every day. While you may be initially embarrassed to get in front of the camera, there are plenty of reasons why you should do so. If you manage to build up a substantial following and audience, you will be able to make quite a bit of cash from posting adverts on your videos. But, of course, it’s also a very fun hobby that can introduce you to a very cool and welcoming community of other YouTubers!
Check Out What Others Are Doing
Before you film your very first video, it is a good idea to have a quick search on YouTube and see what all the other vloggers are doing. This might give you some ideas and inspiration. If possible, try and find out the type of camera and editing equipment that they are using. You should also carefully watch some of their videos to see how they are directing and framing all their videos. This will give you an idea of how to create the best, most professional looking, videos.
Get Savvy With Your Equipment
If you need to buy some new recording equipment before you start vlogging, you will need to have a few practice goes with everything. This way, you will be able to get used to the equipment and will be able to operate it without too many fails when you do come to making your vlog posts. You will also need to be pretty good with editing software so that you can tweak your videos to make sure there are no mistakes left in them. No one wants to watch you fluff your lines over and over again, so be sure to edit these out! Most bloggers use Adobe After Effects to work on all their videos and perfect them. If you are completely new to this tool, there are plenty of After Effects training classes that can teach you the basics.
Don’t Forget Your Tripod
When it comes to buying top quality equipment and camera accessories, most vloggers think that they can get away with not buying a tripod. This is just a way to try and save cash, as they can be extremely expensive. After all, you can just place your camera on a level shelf while you film yourself, right? Well, that could be a bad idea. The top and bottom of it is that you will absolutely need a tripod for your camera. This is because even the slightest shake will be very noticeable in your video, even if you don’t notice the camera shaking while you are filming! So make sure the earthquake effect doesn’t affect your videos and invest in a good quality tripod.
One reason why people love watching vloggers so much is that they are themselves on camera. They don’t pretend to be anyone they’re not, and are very honest and open when speaking to their audience. So, if you want to build up a loyal audience, you are going to have to be yourself in all of your videos. Worried that nerves will spoil things? Just keep telling yourself that people are watching your videos because they want to hear what you have to say and because they already like you and your blog. Keep this in mind to try and relax. Once you are relaxed, you will look a lot happier on film, and won’t come across as a robot!
Respond To Comments And Feedback
Being a successful vlogger isn’t just about posting videos onto YouTube. You will also need to respond to all the comments you get from your fans and followers. This way, you will help to drive conversations so that your audience can enjoy an interactive experience when they are on your YouTube channel. Not only that, though, but it allows you to deal with any negativity and criticism in a very professional manner.
Have fun with your new YouTube channel and vlog! Happy vlogging!