Tuesday, November 29

The Do’s and Don’ts in Vlogging

What is a vlog? A vlog is a video blog, and it’s becoming more and more popular. Vlogging has been around for years but it’s only recently that the trend has picked up in popularity. One of the reasons why this form of blogging is so appealing to bloggers and audiences alike is because they offer an intimate experience between creator and viewer. If you are planning to join the blogging bandwagon then this post is for you. You may want to take note since we will be discussing the dos and don’ts in vlogging.

Top 5 Do’s in Vlogging:

1.Create an original username and channel name that is catchy, memorable, and easy to remember:

logging is all about authenticity so your channel name should reflect who you are. Choose a username that has something to do with the kind of videos you’re going to make and/or what type of vlogger (e.g. lifestyle blogger) you are. It could be based on your name or maybe your favorite fictional character. The key is to keep it simple, memorable, and authentic.

2.Research your topic and find out what you want to talk about:

Do not just sit in front of a camera and start speaking. Your video should be planned out ahead of time especially if it’s going to be an informational vlog or tutorial on how to do something specific. Think about what you want viewers to learn from the video before you begin filming. You may want to write a list of bullet points or notes beforehand so you don’t forget things as you record the video.

3. Hold the camera steadily so there isn’t any shaking or jittering while you’re recording:

Shaky or jittery footage is the last thing you want your viewers to see. Invest in a tripod so that there isn’t any camera movement when recording. Be prepared with the equipment you need to shoot and edit your videos before recording begins. Equipment is important for vlogging, so make sure you have what you need including a tripod (if using), camera, microphone(s), lighting gear, etc.

4. Keep it short – 5 minutes max for each video:

What this means is that try to keep it short and sweet. You don’t need to include every thought or detail in your video and by doing so, you’ll only bore the viewers and lose their attention. When making a video, ask yourself: can I say what I want in less than two minutes? If yes, then cut the rest of the video out! Viewers may not be ready for a 20-minute video, and frankly neither will you.

5. Include a call-to-action in every single one of those videos:

This is an important last step that you don’t want to miss out on because it allows viewers to take action and engage/follow you accordingly. The idea behind this strategy is simple: if people enjoy what they see then they are more likely to subscribe or click on links provided at the end of them! It’s a good practice for SEO purposes too – which means better search rankings as well as higher views from organic traffic. In addition, including a CTA helps build trust between creators and their audiences because it shows that the creator is willing to help their audience.

Top 5 Don’ts in Vlogging:

1.Don’t just read out a script:

Don’t sound scripted or rehearsed, instead have a conversation with the viewers as though you are talking directly to them in real life. Generally, people don’t like it when they watch vloggers just reading off of their notes and not emphasizing their words correctly. If you’re going to create scripts for yourself then establish key phrases in them that can help with the flow of conversation.

2.Don’t make your vlog about you:

Don’t produce videos that are all about you and what’s going on in your life. Some viewers might be tuning into vlogs to get a glimpse of someone else’s world but not to listen to an autobiography or gossip about their personal lives. You can provide some information about yourself but don’t overdo it by talking too much about yourself.

3.Don’t use film filters for your vlogs:

Films come with pre-set filters that add lighting effects and color to the picture which gives the illusion of a better picture when in reality it just got all these effects added on. This might be ok if you’re making decorative films but when you’re making a vlog, the lighting effects and color enhancements make it look like an amateur film. You don’t want to add all these filters in your videos because people might think that they are low-quality productions which is not what you want them to perceive.

4.Don’t forget to add subtitles:

Don’t forget to add subtitles! Subtitles are an essential part of vlogging because they allow people who don’t speak the same language as you do to still understand what is happening in your video. Not everyone will be familiar with your accent or slang words, so by using subtitles they can follow the video without any problems.

5.Don’t neglect lighting and framing:

It’s crucial to pay attention to these key elements in your videos because they will affect the quality of the video itself. Make sure that you have enough light when filming or else it’ll be too dark for viewers, plus, low lighting can result in poor picture quality which is not what you want happening. It’s also important to pay attention to the framing of your shot because you don’t want it too zoomed in or out.

In the end, it’s about what you want from your vlogging experience. You can do anything from a one-person show to an interactive series with others. The choice is yours! But if you want to create a successful vlog, then it’s ideal to be aware of what to do and what not to do to avoid making mistakes that can ultimately damage your vlogging career.