Blog or Vlog? Here's How to Tie Them Together
When you set up a blog, you might be weighing up the merits of blogging versus vlogging. Each of them can be very different and have different pros and cons. However, if you not sure which to choose, you don't have to select one of them. In fact, if you already have a blog, some regular videos could be an excellent addition to it. It gives your blog more diverse content and allows you to build your personal brand. You can show people who you really are and prove that there's a real person behind your writing. Launching as a vlogger can be difficult, but it's fun if you can put in the effort.
Decide What to Vlog About
The first thing you need to do is decide what you're going to use your videos for. Are they going to be like your blog posts but with you talking instead of writing? You have a more visual medium to work with, so you can do more with your vlogs. For example, you might use them to show people how to make something. You could use them to demonstrate what you get up to in your daily life. Or perhaps you could even record interviews with people who will interest your readers. Whatever you decide on, it's a good idea to have a script to follow for each video.
Pick a Medium and Upload a Video
Next, you need to decide where you're going to upload your vlogs. There are a few you might consider, depending on the length and topics of your videos. However, most people like to choose YouTube as the place to start. It has a large audience and you can build a channel for people to subscribe too. You can also tie it in with other Google products. It's easy to use, so uploading your first video shouldn't take long at all. Think about what you want that first video to be. It could just be an introduction that tells people about you. However, it's a good idea to start with something that will draw people in.
Start Building Your Vlogging Profile/Channel
Once you have that first video up, you need to start building your reputation. It can take a while to get any traction on your videos but having a blog can help. Try to comment on other people's videos and subscribe to channels that are similar to yours. If you feel like you're not getting anywhere, you might consider buying YouTube views. This can help to make your videos look more popular so more people give them a go.
Tie Your Vlogs to Your Blog
If you already have a blog, you can use it as a platform to promote your videos. Make sure to post the videos on your blog so that your readers will watch them. You should also use your blog's social media accounts to post your videos. Share them on Facebook and Twitter so your followers see them.
When you already blog, vlogging is often the next logical step. Take the time to build your skills if you want to create professional content.
This is a contributed post.