Designers and developers over-all love to share what they have learned, so lets talk about vlogging for this. For those who don’t know what vlogging is, let me explain it. Vlogging is like blogging but then with videos. Do you want to follow some awesome vloggers? Check this article I wrote.
I’ve tried vlogging, but I only uploaded two or three videos. I took a lot of time to think about what I was going to say, show and also to make greats shots to use. How can people do this besides working full-time?!!! Like what the heck! I’m going to give it another try this year. My goal is to upload weekly, but that seems far away for now.
But why is vlogging so hard? People are often not used to having a camera pointed at them. They get somewhat nervous. And like I just said it takes a lot of time and that’s not something everybody has (check my blog about creating time though).
Most time goes to:
- Taking shots
- Sharing your video
- Stay active on social media
Still thinking about going to do this? Nice, let us start together.
Some things to vlog about
First we’ve got to prepare ourselves. What are we going to vlog about? For example I will probably vlog about my side projects for most of the time, like this blog. I’m working full-time – 40 hours a week – for an employer and I don’t know if I want to or can share this work.
Vlogs are about sharing information, motivating other people and of course entertainment. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go out all day and make shots outside of the things you’re doing. It can also be videos at home. Create a nice set-up for yourself and create 5 to 10 minute videos.
1. Side projects
It’s nice to start to vlog about one of your side-projects. Maybe one you still have to start. That way people can see you progress, celebrate the good results with you, or learn from your struggles. You can learn from your followers as well of course, they might have feedback for you or love your project so much that they want to join or use it. Easy! If you don’t have any ideas for side projects, feel free to send me a message on Twitter @sandervolbeda.
Create goals and challenge yourself. For example you can do challenge for a week like post one photo every day on Instagram to create more social interaction for your vlogs. I’ve tried this challenge to post one photo of a letter of the alphabet. I had to search for those letters. I didn’t complete it because it took so much time. So in a weekly vlog I could tell what was fun, what was hard and what I’ve could done differently. Other challenges are create a UX element every day for one month, eat vegan for one week (depending on your audience) or front-end button effects every day for two weeks. Well probably you came across a challenge or you’re creative enough to think of one yourself.
3. Work work work
If you’re a freelancer that’s awesome! Share the things you’ve been doing. Also don’t forget to share to progress. If you’re working for a boss you can always ask if you can share stuff you’ve created. It’s of course free publicity, they might even give you some time for it. Who knows? I don’t …
No things to vlog about belongs to the past now.
What gear do I need?
You at least need your phone! You can create decent vlogs with them. Of course the Canon Mark G7X II is one of the best so far but that’s a huge investment! And yes, I’ve done that. So I’ve really got to motivate myself to get going again.
To edit vlogs, you of course need a laptop, pc or macbook etc. Do you need expensive editing tools? Nah, not if you just got started. Just use Windows Movie Maker or iMovie or so. I’ve done that as well while I know how to use Adobe Premiere Pro. This was the result:
How to create awesome shots?
Try looking at what other vloggers do and try to copy that. After a while you’ll probably find your own way on how to make awesome shots. You don’t like that? Try to follow some tutorials on YouTube and read some blogs about the principles of how to create good shots. Again you don’t need to have the best gear for this. Use what you have like a phone or something. You don’t need a fancy drone to create awesme shots – unless you want arial shots of course – there are many other ways.
No more excuses!
If you want to start vlogging, then start! If you’re to busy but really want it? Create time and read my blog about creating time for side-projects.
Thanks for reading this post! I hope you enjoyed it. Next week there will be a new blog of course. Hit me up on Twitter when you’ve uploaded your first, second, third, fourth and so on video. I’m looking forward to them.