How Do You Create a Good Vlog?

iFreakShow asked:

So I do videos, and I want to make better vlogs. I have a hard time “being myself” or feeling not awkward. Any tips on making better vlogs?

Why do you feel you have a hard time being you? That’s actually the biggest key to creating a great vlog: be who you really are. Act natural. Don’t try to stage things – especially funny moments. They always end up falling flat. Talk to the camera as though you’re talking to a friend… exactly the way you normally would. I do recommend, though, keeping your language family friendly!

Are you afraid that your normal YOU is boring? Think that you’re just not interesting? You’d be surprised, actually… I’ve seen many popular vloggers who let their nerdy/geeky/goofy/weird selves shine through and they’re wildly popular because they aren’t trying to be what someone else thinks they should be.

YOU are the reason people watch, right? Why would you think that’s not enough? Being in front of a camera can be daunting much of the time. It’s scary to know that people will see your every expression and hear every sound that comes out of your mouth (or body!). Let go of the anxiety over that. Take a deep breath, turn on the camera and forget it’s there. Just live your life and record as you go!

What about all of you? What tips do you have?

How Do You Create a Good Vlog?

How Do You Get YouTube Subscribers?

SolidSafety asked:

What is the best way to get over 1,000 people to subscribe to your YouTube channel?

There’s no sure-fire quick and easy way to grow your subscriber base. Trust me – I know. The key is to produce content that people will enjoy watching – and that you will enjoy creating. If you’re just doing something by rote because you think it’s the “right” thing to do, people will pick up on that. They will KNOW you aren’t passionate about your topic and they will not be likely to want to watch and subscribe. You have to believe in what you’re doing.

Find what you’re good at – what you’re passionate about – and THEN worry about finding your niche. What perspective can you bring to the table that no one else does? That’s where you need to focus.

Be sure to do things such as use tags and good catchy titles. Use funny thumbnails whenever possible (when you’re able to do them, of course).

NEVER use one of those “sub for sub!” scams. They’re just that – a scam. Do you REALLY want a bunch of fake followers who don’t actually FOLLOW what you’re doing?

Top Vlogging Software and Equipment

Jennifer Metts recently asked me:

If you are just beginning to vlog what do you think are the top 3 “must haves” as far as software and equipment go? I would guess a quality camera ( but what is the minimum quality you would want ) a video editing program ( which are best) and then what?? Tripod? Lenses?

There are a LOT of people getting started in the vlog world these days. Here’s my best advice:

Just tell your story – that’s job one. Audio quality is second, video quality is third. 😉 The video editor is only going to help you tell your story, but keep video editing as simple as you possibly can – don’t make this a chore or you won’t want to do it for very long. For OS X, iMovie is sufficient but Final Cut Pro X (while pricey) can improve import/export workflow dramatically. If you’re not comfortable/familiar with Final Cut Pro X, there’s a lot of help available to get you going.

I’ve yet to find a “true” equivalent for simplicity on Windows, however.

How Do I Start Vlogging?

Aaron Linson writes:

Chris, I’m thinking about vlogging — how do I start vlogging? What kind of camera would I need to get? How do you even hold the camera to get everything in shot? How long do you spend on editing every day? Thanks!

How is vlogging done? You pick up a camera that records video and record. I’m not being flippant! This is really all you need to do.

It doesn’t matter what camera you have. I use one of these, though your favorite modern-day smartphone should do, as long as you’re aware that the battery will drain quicker — which is largely why I choose to use a designated vlogging camera. You could keep it close to a power source, but that might limit your mobility if you have plans to vlog on the move. If you have a static space from which to vlog with electrical outlet access, this isn’t such a concern.

I spend between one to two hours editing the vlog, and probably the same amount of time recording or staging to record throughout the day. It takes a massive amount of time to do it the way we’ve decided to do it. You might find shortcuts that work for you — or longcuts, depending on how elaborate you want to make your vlog.

Good luck, Aaron, and please keep us aware of your progress! Maybe we’ll see you at VloggerFair? As you can see below, we’ve all got to start somewhere.