Well howdy there folks!
If you’re subscribed to my Youtube channel, you may have noticed a new video recently. It’s my second ever weekend vlog showing y’all what we got up to last weekend. If you haven’t seen it, I’ve popped it at the bottom of this post for you, cos I’m kind like that.
Anyway, I’ve come to the realisation that I actually quite like vlogging. I’m not quite at the stage where I’m publically vlogging, because part of me still feels pretty self conscious of people staring, but I do enjoy vlogging in the format that I’ve been doing it which is essentially a mixture of me just talking to the camera, me and Liam talking to the camera, and random extra bits of filming thrown in to break up all of the talking.
I don’t think I could ever do daily vlogging – well maybe if I did it as a full time job – but the occasional “hey look what I got up to at the weekend!” seems to be working for me. I don’t even mind that my videos don’t get many views anymore, which was a bugbear for me at the beginning because I was being bratty and all like WAA WAA EDITING TAKES SO LONG AND I’M SEEING NO RETURN.
Yes, editing is still a ballache, but I like that satisfaction of being happy with the finished video. It may not be perfect (in fact, far from it), but it’s a little slice of creativity that I can be proud of. As I’m now at a stage where I actually enjoy creating videos, I thought I’d share a few handy tips on how to find the fun in vlogging if it’s something you want to try out!
Don’t take it seriously
This is probably the biggest lesson to learn when creating Youtube videos. Relax and have fun with it. Don’t be too serious and straight faced when talking to the camera because you’ll probably come across as boring tbh.
I know I don’t always come across as energetic as I’d like to in my videos, and it’s something I want to work on but I do try to add a little personality when I can!
Try, try and try again
When I first decided to have a Youtube channel to supplement the blog, I thought I’d avoid sharing content until I was 110% happy with it. But the fact of the matter is, you will always be critical of your own work.
My videos don’t look professional, and they’re often hella choppy because I have to try and edit out some of ‘ummmms’ and ‘uhhhhs’ as well as repeated words in what I say, but I put them out there anyway and I keep trying to learn from the ‘mistakes’ to create better content. I still have a long way to go, and it does get difficult to improve when you are limited on time to film.
Find inspiration from others
Much like with blogging, it’s important to check out other content creators to get inspiration. I have my favourite Youtubers, and although their videos are nothing like my own, I am inspired by them to try new things and get a better understanding of what people want to watch.
Film with people you trust
Deciding to make videos became a lot easier when I started making them with Liam. It made the content more fun, interesting and engaging to have someone to bounce off of, and it also made me feel less self conscious of vlogging. Now I am happy to whip out the camera and talk at it with Liam around because he won’t judge me, and usually wants to get involved too!
Avoid pressuring yourself
I only ever film a vlog if I feel I’m doing something out of the ordinary with my time. I’m not about to vlog this upcoming weekend because I’ll mostly be lounging about in PJs binge watching Luke Cage on Netflix. Don’t try and force it for the sake of it, because there really is no pressure to be consistent on Youtube. At least not when you’re just starting out.
So there we go, now you may go forth and vlog with glee! If you have a Youtube channel, hit me up with links in the comments as I’m always looking for new channels to subscribe to. You can subscribe to mine here. Oh, and here’s the vlog from last weekend…enjoy!