Are you interested in starting your own Vlog?
If so, maybe I can help.
Some of my friends have asked me what it would take to start their own Vlog channel. I find it hard to offer them advice considering I’ve only got 265 followers on my Facebook page – as of 3rd October 2017.
But I also don’t like to leave my friends hanging when they’re seeking advice. So I’ve decided to list the 5 main things I’ve learned since I started Vlogging in June.
If you’re interested in starting a Vlog, or anything in life, just start. One of my biggest regrets is the number of opportunities I didn’t pursue because I wanted to get it right before I began my journey.
What! A! Colossal! Waste! Of! Opportunities!
So when I decided that starting a Vlog would be my New Year’s resolution for 2017, I decided to just go for it. I didn’t care if I had the talent, face, or content for it.
Once I got started, I learned how to improve. I watched countless hours of Vlogs from all genres to understand which one would fit my personality and the type of content I wanted to put out.
There’s no magic formula here. If you want to start a Vlog, just start. Getting better can only come after that.
The best equipment for your Vlog
The best equipment is yourself.
You must learn to be comfortable in front of the camera. If your personality – however dull it may be – can shine through the camera, the rest of your (actual) equipment becomes secondary.
Don’t worry about the hardware. Your kit will improve over time. Eventually, you’ll get a better camera, mic, and editing equipment. But in the meantime, your smartphone and iMovie (or Movie Maker) is more than enough.
Really, the most important thing is to make sure you’re confident in front of the camera. That’s the “equipment” you need to get right first.
Learn how to tell better stories
This is something I’m learning to do every day. Sure you can be one of those Vloggers who mask their terrible storytelling capabilities with their bombastic personalities.
But ask yourself. Why do you like your favourite shows?
If you tell great stories, then the value you bring to your audience would be more meaningful. That’s why I’m putting most of my effort into learning how to tell better stories. And my goal is to become great at it.
Note: Anyone can be a Vlogger. But one that can tell good stories is rare.
Forget the numbers at the start
Likes, shares, and comments don’t come easily. It really doesn’t. You have to earn it. But that’s the best thing you can ask for when you’re just starting out, in my opinion.
It’s better to be judged by few rather than many when you’re just starting out. I know for a fact my videos still need to be improved. And getting feedback from a small sample size is an easier pill to swallow.
From experience, I can tell you it’s painful to see only 3 likes on a video you spent 7 hours editing. I get quite down after seeing that.
But then I thought about it. 200 views and 3 likes is a lot better than 5000 views and 10 likes.
Numbers do matter…eventually. But at the start. It should be the least of your worries. Focus on improving your quality.
It’s a really nice feeling when your friends tell you they are inspired to start their Vlogs because I did. I’m glad. It’s important to live our lives in a way that inspires others.
But a word of caution. Only start your Vlog if you enjoy telling stories or making videos.
It’s a lot of work to come up with content, record, and edit. Over the months, I’ve become more efficient. But on average, it takes at least 5 hours for me to complete everything.
So before you start, ask yourself if you’ll like it enough to spend at least 5 hours a week on it.
Starter Kit I recommend
In the meantime, here are some really useful links to help you get started. It was really useful for me.
- TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking – Learn to get your message across effectively.
- Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 – Best HD quality video you can get for cheap!
Tripod Mount Holder Stand for Logitech Webcam C930 C920 C615-Black – I never realized how important this was.
MAONO Lavalier Microphone – If you have to choose between the camera or this mic, choose the mic!! Sound quality is important!
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera – If you have money to invest in a good camera.
If you only take away one thing from this post, let it be this.
- Your most valuable currency is time and experience. If you want to give Vlogging a try, go for it! Time will make you better at your craft, and experience will make you efficient.
I wish you all the best my friends. I hope this post helps you. And if you want to know how to tell great stories, perhaps this post will help.
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