Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Becoming a Vlogger on YouTube

Ever heard of a vlogger? Most people haven't. Even if you haven't heard of one though, I can almost guarantee you have seen one online. Vlogger is short for video blogger, and blogger is short for web logger. In essence, a vlogger is a person who runs a video blog on the web that other people can look at. This person may simply talk about his or her problems online, or he or she may run a question and answer session for people who like to watch. Whatever the case may be, this could be a fun activity for you to be involved in if you want to work in multimedia. As a former vlogger myself, I thought it may be fun to share my experiences with others to hopefully inspire you to vlog in the future. Here is a look at what you need to be a vlogger on the web.

Tools for Vlogging

For the most part, all you need to vlog is a computer, internet access, and a webcam. You can also use a traditional camera if you want to edit the clips you make for the web. If you just want to talk to a webcam though, you can do that too. Some vloggers invest in professional lighting, microphones and backdrops, which tend to make their videos look better. Again though, you don't have to do that. I used to vlog for an advice website, and the owner of the site actually gave me an HD camera, a lapel mic, and professional lights to use on my videos (what a guy, eh?). They made my videos look better than a lot of others I saw on the web, so I would definitely recommend investing in something like that.

Topics for Vlogging

The topics you discuss in your vlog are entirely up to you. If you want to talk about politics, talk about politics. If you want to talk about sex, talk about sex. If you want to talk about photography scholarships, talk about photography scholarships. That is the beauty of vlogging. It gives you a chance to speak your mind just as you would in a traditional blog, with the only difference being the way you go about speaking your mind.

If you want to have a successful vlog, you may want to think about what people want to learn about online. Most people are more interested in seeing tutorials than they are in seeing someone randomly voice an opinion. Thus if you could sprinkle in some advice videos for your vlog, you may have a better chance of getting popular on the web. This may not matter if you're incredibly good looking, but you can't let your looks get you views. You need to put substance behind the videos so they turn out to be more than just whack off material for creepy middle age men.

How to Run Your Vlog

To run a vlog, you will first need to create a vlogging account online. Most people do this on YouTube, but there are other sites you could post you videos on. After creating the account, you need to make some videos to put on it. You could record them and then upload them, or you could record them directly on the site. Then all you would have to do is wait for them to upload directly.

All you have left to do after that is to market your videos and label them. Try to give them a title and description that clearly defines what is in the video. Make it easy for people to find the video if they were looking for something similar to it. Then post links to the videos on all your social networking accounts. Hopefully you will start building a following of subscribers if they like your videos enough.

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