If you’ve been hoping to experiment in the video blogging world, it may surprise you to know that video blogging is actually easier than you would think.
However, there are certain factors and considerations to keep in mind before you start recording your first video blog, otherwise your first post could become a recipe for disaster. Here are six things you should know about video blogging before you venture forward in your blogging adventure:
1. Set up a blogging room
Your first step in starting a video blog is to set up a room that you will be blogging from. It should be an area in your home that is far away from any activity in the house, but if you live alone this shouldn’t be a problem.
It may also be a good idea to design your “blogging room” in a way that matches the theme of your blog. If you have a comic book blog, for instance, perhaps set up some posters behind you of your favourite comic books or even your comic book collection on a stack of shelves behind you.
2. Pick a program
When it comes to choosing a program to record the posts of your video blogs, it’s best to pick to one recording program and then stick to it. If you’re hoping to use a fancy or expensive program to increase the quality of your blog posts, then head out to the nearest electronic store and get one as soon as possible.
Some popular video blogging software programs include Windows Movie Maker, Vimeo and Flip Mino, but if you’re hopping to experiment with a fancier sort of software then try Momversation instead.
3. Practice makes perfect
If you truly care about the quality of your video blogging content, then you should be rehearsing what you’re going to be saying and covering in your post beforehand. Sometimes it’s not best to write out a script and then read it directly from the paper, but if this is too confusing for you try to practice what you’re going to say beforehand by saying it out loud, that way you’re more prepared as soon as you hit the record button.
4. Ask for feedback
One of the best ways to get more visitors on your video blog is to use your post to start a dialogue between you and your audience. You can ask them in the video blog what they think of your content, or even ask them what they would like to have covered in the future.
5. Edit your work
One of the biggest “no-no’s” video bloggers make is to not edit out various mistakes like empty spaces between dialogue in your video, or even slight mess-ups in your speech as well. Thanks to technology it’s incredibly easy to edit a section within your post, especially if you use programs and/or software like Eyespot, Jumpcut, or even Youtube Remixer.
6. Be yourself!
When it comes to recording your personal thoughts and opinions, it’s important to remember not to hold back and to say what you want to say, even if you have commenters critiquing your posts. There will almost always be an audience for you and what the goal of your video blog is, and even if you get a negative response it’s still a response nonetheless.
GUEST AUTHOR: Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blogger for First in Education where she’s recently written on criminal justice degree programs along with a piece on online automotive technology programs. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, playing piano, and working with origami. More About Maria