Maybe you watch vlogs while you’re at home with the kiddies (I do) and you’re looking to start a vlog of your own, but you don’t really know where to start. Well, no worries! I’m going to give you some tips and tricks today to get you started.
I’ve been film making for about 9 years but, we picked up vlogging about 3 or so years ago, with a few breaks in between (due to the fact that when I was pregnant I was totally unmotivated and so nauseated all the time) The last thing I wanted to do was have a camera in my face and edit them often. Although I know a lot of mamas have, so hats off to them!
You can check out our family vlogging channel called The D Squad right here.
But the thing I love about family vlogging is the ability to just BE creative, to capture memories of your family and to connect with other families in a totally different way! We have spent time going through old vlogs and just loving seeing how our kids have grown up!
Okay, so assuming you have a camera and an editing program, you’re ready to go. Here are some things to think about with getting started.
1. DECIDE ON A NICHE
Just like in my resources on how to start a blog, with a vlog you need to decide what you will be vlogging about. This one is hard for creative types. But in order to keep yourself motivated and UNDERwhelmed off the hop, this is a good one to figure out.
Sure, you may come up with a few different ideas, but I would recommend trying to commit to one at a time. There have been times when I have literally get up one morning and decided – HEY, I’m going to start a kids vlogging channel. And I did just that.
Note: You can find my cheesy kids vlogging channel called Kreative Kids TV here.
It’s a fun little project I started with my kids last summer. Who knows maybe I’ll pick it back up at some point. And if you checked it out, let me know what you think!
TIPS FOR PICKING A NICHE
What are you passionate about?
Pick something that you are passionate about. This is going to take a good chunk of your time. So pick something you like, not just something you think will be popular. You don’t necessarily have to know everything about the topic either! But as long as it’s something you can enjoy doing – then go for it girl!
Some Vlog Topic Ideas:
- Family Vlog
- Baking Vlog
- Crafting Vlog
- DIY Vlog
- Motivational Vlog
Maybe some other crazy awesome topic that isn’t hugely popular yet but you LOVE. Then go for it! Who knows maybe it will be an up and coming niche. After all “vlogging” wasn’t even a LEGIT term until just a few (well I guess in the last 8) years ago. It didn’t become popular until someone started doing it and then a viewer thought – “Hey that’s AWESOME, I’m going to do that!” …and then the domino effect rolled out.
2. DECIDE HOW OFTEN YOU WILL VLOG
One thing that I would recommend is deciding on how often you are going to put out content. And, once you decide I would make that known to your audience. Whether it be on your youtube or Facebook cover photo or somewhere in the videos. Think of it like a television show. The thing I like about some of my favourite shows is that I KNOW when they are going to be on next – and I look forward to that day! If you don’t have a set time that you put out content, then you audience doesn’t know what to expect from you. They won’t know when to check in.
Some families vlog every day. Yes, EVERY STINKING DAY. If that is something that
3. CHOOSE YOUR PLATFORM
Where will you upload your content. Will you upload right to Facebook, Youtube or Vimeo? Well that depends on your goals. So to help you decide I will share with you my thoughts on each one.
What I like about uploading to Facebook is the fact that a video uploaded directly on your page or profile will automatically begin to play as your friends or fans scroll through the newsfeed. This is a cool feature that doesn’t happen if you were to simply upload a youtube URL onto a post. If your goal is to monetize your vlog then this may not be the best option. I personally have chosen specific videos that I’ve created an uploaded them to Facebook and my youtube channel. Some of those videos did WAY better on Facebook compared to youtube. I would suggest if you plan on monetizing your videos, I would upload a teaser for your entire channel to Facebook, with some sort of call to action encouraging your viewers to then head over to youtube.
Which leads me to my next point.
Youtube to be the standard for vloggers. There have not been many platforms that have come close to creating the community that youtube has for vloggers. Hence the term “Youtubers”. Although with any open community, you can expect a broad range of opinions in comment section of your videos, this is the place to be if you want to build community and monetize your channel.
Vimeo is a platform for serious creatives. It’s a community of mature film makers that share their good stuff and generally offer positive constructive criticism toward a creators project. There are some positives to this platform, but if your overall goal is to build a vlogging channel and connect with other “vloggers” or “Youtubers” this place might not be the best choice. I personally have and do use both platforms. It usually just depends on my project goals.
NOTE: Check out my Vimeo vs Youtube article here for a more in depth description
4. CHOOSE A NAME
Before starting a vlog you need a name! I would suggest going right onto Youtube search bar and start typing in your name ideas to see what comes up. There are literally thousands of youtube channels out there so even if you come up with something unique, it wouldn’t be surprising if it already exists. Don’t obsess over this either, just come up with a few names or a few variations of the channel names and go from there.
Okay, That’s what I have for you for now. I plan on putting out a series of posts related to vlogging, teaching you everything I have learned so far, both the right way and…ugh the HARD WAY. I truly believe that video is one of the most powerful ways to connect. It lets your audience hear your voice, and it’s just super fun! Chances are you already know that since you are here. Thank you for reading, and don’t forget to comment below if you have any questions!
What other things would you add to this post? What questions would you include?