You probably haven't noticed, but I have not been posting here as much as normal. And it is because I am vlogging. Every.Single.Day. Seriously. I am like a maniac or something. I can't stop.
But I really miss writing. I miss writing sentences, rewriting them. Rearranging them. Trying to take the perfect photo. It is challenging - but so rewarding.
Unfortunately, it takes up a lot of time, too. Time that I can barely squeeze in everyday.
Vlogging on the other hand is SO much easier to do everyday. It takes a few minutes (literally - my vlogs are ~5 min long - or LESS!). I never edit them. I can do them with my kids. And I have more than twice (almost 3 times!) as many followers as on my blog. Which is so bizarre because I have had this blog for over 6 years - whereas I have been vlogging for only 126 days.
And in that 126 days I have figured out a few things about vlogging and how it is different from blogging. Let me tell you some of the things I have noticed.
This is the biggest factor that makes vlogging fit my lifestyle right now. It takes almost NO time to make a video and upload it. Just the 5 minute length of the video + the time it takes to connect my camera to the computer and hit upload. (well, I do title it and add a really short summary - but that is like, 2 minutes max). Contrast that with blogging: I probably spend about 1 -2 hours on the average post. Ironically, it is SO much faster to read blogs than to watch YouTube videos. The post that it took me 1-2 hours to write - I could probably read it in 1-2 minutes. Unlike videos. If the creator made the video last for 20 minutes - I HAVE to watch the entire 20 minute show to get all the content. And most people do not use the description box - so I don't even get a summary of the content with out watching it.
It takes pretty much no effort to make a video. I have done it plenty of times with my kids, unlike writing in my blog - which would be impossible to do with them. When vlogging, I make them a part of the video. I just whip out the camera and start talking to it. Whereas writing this post has taken me (so far) 2 days! I have to wait until they are asleep and feel inspiration.
You do have to have a camera (obviously) to vlog. I suggest a fairly good one. I use a Flip.
This one may or may not offend people. But I have noticed that the readers/writers of blogs are a bit more intellectual than the watchers/makers of YouTube videos. Of course people along the entire intellectual spectrum do both... It is just that if I see someone writing LiKe DiS -I am probably not going to read anything they write. But if that same person is making a video - I would not even notice their horrific indifference to proper punctuation/spelling so I will watch their video.
This one is probably what prevents most bloggers from making videos. You are totally putting yourself out there by making videos. People see you: your every twitch, your voice inflections, your pimple... EVERYTHING. They see you. Exactly as you are. Because unless you are an amazing actor - you are going to have to eventually be yourself. And video is a lot more exposing than a journal entry.
So, that is what I have noticed about vlogging, so far. I really, really enjoy it. You should try it!