How To Be A Vlogging Superstar

My love affair with the blogosphere started years ago.  I was deeply in love in the beginning, but like all great infatuations, things cooled down over time.  My brilliant post ideas did not come as fast and furious.  I was faced with the challenge of figuring out how to continue to discuss topics that mattered to me, while still capturing my readers’ interest.

Lucky for me, I discovered vlogging.

Video blogging (aka vlogging) is pretty much like Internet TV.  Bloggers can film themselves on video, upload the clip to a host site like YouTube, and then embed a link (or HTML code) on their blog to share with the world.

It sounds easy, doesn’t it?

And it is.  You just need to know how to get started.

how to become a vlogger

How to Vlog

Bloggy Boot Camp routinely features speakers who share their tips and secrets when it comes to vlogging.  For today’s post, we’ve compiled their best advice below…

10.  Get Vlog Savvy

Before you get started, take some time to check out what vloggers are doing.  Learn what type of equipment they are using, how they are framing their pictures, and how they are connecting with their audience.  Mimic what you like and feels most comfortable to you.

9.  Prepare

Spend some time thinking about what you want to say before you turn on the camera.  Maybe even prepare a few notes or an outline that you can refer to during filming.

8.  Avoid an Earthquake with Your Camera

Rather than trying to film yourself while holding your camera, invest in a tripod.  Doing so will prevent your audience from getting dizzy from strange camera angles.  A tripod doesn’t have to be expensive.  You can pick one up at Target or Walmart for between $10 and $20.

7.  Be Yourself

Remember that your viewers are watching because they already like your blog.  Keeping this in mind will help you to create an engaging vlog and avoid becoming a robot behind the camera.  Relax, smile and talk about what you know.

6.  Ask a Question

Similar to a blog post, the intent behind a vlog is to engage your audience.  You can accomplish this by asking your viewers their opinion on a topic or maybe a question for an upcoming video.

5.  Get Off the Couch

Keep your audience interested by getting creative with where you film your vlog.  Go outside, head to a coffee shop, or close yourself off in your laundry room or bathroom.

4.  Stay Focused

Say what it is you have to say and then stop filming.  People have an incredibly short attention span.  The second you find yourself starting to ramble, end the clip.  A great vlog is usually only a couple of minutes long.

3.  Build a Vlogging Community

Similar to the way you connect with fellow bloggers on your blog, connect with fellow vloggers.  You can do this by commenting on vlogs that address similar topics to yours, subscribing to YouTube channels, and inviting vloggers to watch your content.

2.  Create Your Own Video Channel

Set up a video channel on YouTube and add tags to your videos.  This will make your vlogs infinitely easier to find.

1.  Just Do It

Don’t over think this!  You will learn and improve as you go.  Taking the first step can be nerve-racking, but what do you have to lose?  The more vlogs you create, the more comfortable you will become in front of the camera.

How To Become a Vlogger

In August 2010, Jessica Bern joined us at Bloggy Boot Camp in San Francisco to give her take on vlogging.  Here is a fun clip on what she has to say when it comes to how NOT to vlog.  Enjoy!

More On Vlogging

If you’re looking for more great info on how to vlog, then be sure you do not miss our 5 Essential Elements to a Great Vlog post!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for great tips. Right now anyone can be a vlogger.
    No video production knowledge required.
    Checkout – videoprods (dot) com
    Yes, It’s 100% FREE.

  2. This is a great post. But, do you have any advice for those of us who are terrified of being on camera AKA Me :( I know I need to start vlogging to get my blog to the next level but every time there is a camera pointed at me I freeze. Help!

  3. lynn hahn says:

    I hope I’m doing this right. I have some exercise videos on my blog it that vblogging? That’s a whole new term for me. Course I’m of the “what’s a computer?” generation. I am learning fast tho lol

    Here’s a regular blog post I like

    http://getrealfit.blogspot.com/2010/10/you-are-beautiful.html

  4. Vlogging is all I do. I was born and raised in the Netherlands so writing in English??? Not so much, yes I do have an accent but it is much easier for me to Vlog.
    My latest vlog is one of my biggest Vlog, A huge contest to win a trip to St. Lucia! YES so go check it out. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baby-To-Be-TV/67415379802?v=app_95936962634&ref=ts
    Good Luck.

    PS: Love your tips! One extra advice for some other newbies like myself..Turn of the sound when editing!

  5. Rachel says:

    Vlogging may be a good idea for my particular niche, I know that listening to podcasts in my “genre” is booooooooooooring.

  6. I don’t think I’m ready to vlog yet but I admire people who do it!
    .-= More Than A Mom´s last post: Read and Share: The Jesus Series, Life and Miracles ~ A Review =-.

  7. Thanks for posting this. I am a new blogger and I would actually love to start vlogging. I don’t know what I am waitng on. I keep making up all types of exscuses. I think I am just afraid of how I may sound in front of the camera and afraid of messing up. I do believe that vlogging is a good way to bring more traffic to your blog and a way for your readers to know you better. So I will keep all these great tips in mind as I get started on my journey to become a vlogger.

  8. I’m both intrigued and intimidated of vlogging all at the same time. The best I can do is put it on my to-do list!

  9. Kadi Prescott says:

    WHA??? I cannot believe how many of you are afraid to vlog! I am creating a conference next year that is centered around new media (vlogging included) and working with brands. I had better see you all there to learn about the importance of this social media tool! LOL

    Here is why you NEED to vlog:
    http://www.girlygazette.com/2010/06/the-evolution-of-women-in-social-media-vlogging/

    Now…get your vlog on!

  10. great info.
    have a fantastic day.

  11. I vlog every monday! This last one…was a little long. Kim Kardashian ya know, she makes me ramble! But usually they are only between 2-3 minutes long. Who has time {or wants} to watch 15 minutes of me rambling! I’m getting better at it, and I love that I know ONE post a week will be taken care of! Thanks for the info.
    .-= Minky {moo}´s last post: Minky’s Monday Musings~ It’s a good thing she’s pretty. =-.

  12. I like vlogging because it helps the readers to really see who is behind the blog and your personality comes through. I found that demonstrations made good videos. Like the tripod idea–I had a lot of problems with keeping the camera straight when doing my “How To Post An Amazon Review.”
    .-= Karen & Gerard Zemek´s last post: Cereal on Ice Cream? =-.

  13. Just regained consciousness following garage sale and Father’s Day.

  14. that video was hilarious! LOL!

    I’m having a giveaway! Hope you’ll enter!
    http://ohbabyshowerdecor.blogspot.com/2010/06/fabulous-giveaway-soft-comfy-gift.html

  15. Jaime-Ann says:

    Jessica,
    This is the first time I have checked out your blog/vlog and I think I just fell in love. Well – you know what I mean, right? Anyway, super funny and I can’t wait for your next ‘installation’ in your vlogging posts. One day I will figure out a way to incorporate a vlog into my ‘still wet behind the ears’ site.

  16. Great ideas. I don’t know when I’ll be ready for this but I have a friend that would be perfect for vlogging so maybe now I’m a little more prepared to help her. Thanks.

    My latest post in honor of Father’s Day http://omgyummy.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/fathers-day-omelette/

  17. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!!
    .-= Kate´s last post: I GIVE YOU NOLIE =-.

  18. I think I am WAY TOO scared to Vlog! But I love the idea!
    .-= Mary Catherine´s last post: CVS 6/20-6/26 =-.

  19. I think I could use one more day this weekend. Happy Father’s day to all the great dads out there!
    .-= Jess´s last post: Is it bad luck or maybe we are just really lucky? =-.

  20. I’m in love with vlogging. I’m a broadcast/film major and theatre minor, so this is right up my alley. I’m trying to do about 2 vlogs a week. Here’s one of my favs. (By the way, I have a channel on YouTube, too.)

    http://yourretailhelper.blogspot.com/2010/06/old-navy-shopping-trip-may-29th-2010.html

  21. Happy Father’s Day! We travelled from Colorado Springs to Flagstaff today and we are in a hotel tonight! Wish us luck before we get to Grandma’s house tomorrow!
    .-= Kristy´s last post: Carpe Diem! =-.

  22. They need to invent a new word for it….I can get past how “vlog” sounds rolling off of my tongue.

    My last post:
    http://www.autismarmymom.com/2010/06/pass-pinot-4-tantrums.html

  23. Vlogging… that means you need to have showered and washed your hair, right??!
    .-= Dani G´s last post: Queen of Creativity =-.

  24. I like the anonymity of blogging, so I don’t think I’ll become a vlogger, but it is very interesting! Happy vlogging and blogging!

  25. Oh,Jessica Bern. Jessica Bern.

    I just want to hurry up live, die, and come back as Jessica Bern.

    I do think I am her biggest fan and will do whatever she says. Whatever.

    Great to see this up here!!!!!!!!!

    And I do want to vlog, I really do.

  26. Happy Sunday Ladies! $40 CSN giveaway on Just Like June ending tomorrow! Cheers!
    .-= Just Like June´s last post: Giveaway: $40 Gift Certificate to CSN Stores Online =-.

  27. Happy Dad’s Day to the fellas, & Happy Sunday to my SITStahs. Peace. :)
    .-= Michelle´s last post: 30 Things I Vow to Do This Summer… =-.

  28. Hope you’re having a wonderful Father’s Day!

    Blessings,

    Teresa <

  29. Last day to enter my first EVER giveaway!!! Check it out.

  30. I adore vlogging, it adds much more personality from the person behind the blog if that makes sense :)

  31. Lands End needs to listen to me….

    http://tinyurl.com/2atste4

  32. As always, a great post to end the week! Here’s my fave post in honour of father’s day….

    http://somethingtolearn.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/on-the-subject-of-my-dad/

    Cheers!

  33. Xce!!ent post as ususal!
    I think those who have no interest in Vlogging probably have never done it. Once we do it, it’s no turning back!

    I’m wundering if some pt/shoot cameras can also do Video?

  34. No Sunday linky? I thought I was just too early this morning, but I guess not! :) Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day. I know we did!
    .-= John Deere Mom´s last post: My new favorite necklace…and a giveaway =-.

  35. Sunday funday. Taking it easy before I hit the lightroom harder than ever. The work never ends. Loving the newest blog post. If you haven’t seen it then you should :o) More abandoned pictures very soon. Thanks everyone for all the support.
    .-= Jennifer M.´s last post: Abandoned World NY Series Part 3 (Final part of series!) =-.

  36. I’m a bit late on this but hope you all have a fantatic weekend. I’ve been having lots of fun blogging this summer. Come check out http://www.mysweetheartmoments.com for some cute ideas!
    .-= Kristin´s last post: Father’s Day Gifts! =-.

  37. Not ready for vlogging here. When you have twin babies and a full-time job, “haggard” is what comes to mind when thinking of myself. I don’t want to subject the internet to that. You’re welcome :)
    .-= Erica´s last post: …And There’s Another One =-.

  38. Silly me! I forgot to do the link-up and visit. Here goes:

    You best bet is to check out my latest post which features a giveaway for a Diaper Dudes Diaper bag that ends today at 5pm EST. The entries are pretty low, so the odds are great!

    http://www.rookno17.blogspot.com/
    .-= Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17´s last post: URBAN BABIES WEAR BLACK PART II ~ and a chance to win a Diaper Dude diaper bag for DAD! =-.

  39. My first introduction to vloggers, and still my favorites, are Holly & Charisse over at Life Laugh Latte!

    Happy Fathers’ Day Everyone!
    .-= Jenn Erickson/Rook No. 17´s last post: URBAN BABIES WEAR BLACK PART II ~ and a chance to win a Diaper Dude diaper bag for DAD! =-.

  40. Not sure about vlogging…something to think about for sure!
    .-= Holly L´s last post: Things My Dad Taught Me =-.

  41. Oh, no – I could not do vlogging!
    .-= Momma Drama´s last post: New Awards! =-.

  42. Thanks for the tips. I thought about vlogging a makeup session with a makeup artist.

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