Vlogging 101

Since I’ve started vlogging once a week, I’ve gotten a fair amount of question bones tossed my way. Like what is it? Why do it? Isn’t it scary to have your face out there for all to see?
Here’s a quick tutorial and reasons why you should give vlogging a whirl.
What Vlogging Is
Video + Blog = Vlog. It’s that simple. Instead of typing out a blog entry, you simply speak it into a camera. Doesn’t have to be fancy. In fact, I wouldn’t know how to edit if you paid me. I use photo booth and do a vlog entry in one shot. If you want to get fancier, though, you can use things like Microsoft Movie Maker or Apple iMovie to add all kinds of fun effects to your video.
Why You Should Vlog

It’s a great way to spice up your usual blog posts. It adds a little variety. Personally, I choose to post humorous vlogs, but you could make them “how to’s” or even use them for interviews.
The other benefit I’ve noticed is that it bumps up the hits on my blog. If you’re looking for a way to increase your blog traffic, vlogging is an easy way to jack up your numbers.
Vlogging is a great way to show your readers the human side of you. Your facial expressions, your inflections and intonations, are seen instead of imagined.
And don’t forget, by vlogging, you’ll stand out from the everyday Joe-Schmo blogger who uses text only.
It’s Not As Scary As It Seems

I’m not going to lie. The first time…let’s just say your knees will knock a fair amount, but after that, it’s a piece of cake. If it creeps you out to see your mug up on the screen, then here’s a little tip. Just post it. Don’t watch it.
So give it a try. It’s worth the experience even if you decide not to continue with the vlogging adventure. If you’d like to see my latest vlog entry, check out Writer Off the Leash.

Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas…professionally, however, for the past 10 years. Her latest release, UNDERCURRENT, is a tale of honor and sacrifice.

You can find Michelle at: Writer Off the Leash, www.mmgriep.com or on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest.