Howdy, followers and anyone else who might be reading this. How are you guys doing today? Good I hope, ’cause I am and I want you to be too.
Ever since I’ve made this blog, I’ve talked about my interest in vlogging. I can’t say exactly when I’ll start, but I promise “vlogger” is going to be something I will add to my repertoire. While I will be treating my vlog like my blog in the sense that I will post whatever I like, and while there will be an overlap between the two, I’d like there to be a few key differences so they can both have their own charm. I do believe if you like my blog, you should like my vlog (unless you just hate seeing someone smile constantly on camera) and vice versa.
When I will blog
As long as I have a meaningful topic and worthwhile content, anytime is a good time to blog. Blogging is also great for me since I have an affinity for the written word. Posts would be easier to set up since they don’t require a vast array of equipment. The only things I require are a laptop or a desktop and a working internet connection. Since I can write well, and convey my thoughts through written words, blogging has really worked for me.
When I will vlog
Vlogging involves the same process of sharing information, and experiences, but it is done in a video format as opposed to a written one. Setting up a good vlog is not very difficult if I have the right kind of equipment. If I started a vlog back in middle or high school, I’d probably be forgiven for having videos that aren’t in HD. Nowadays, having videos in 720p or higher is not only an option, it’s probably expected. Unlike blogging, vlogging does not require lucid writing skills, as vlogging is more inclined towards giving the audience a more conversational approach. It’s a good thing I have love for the spoken word too. As long as the topic or issue being discussed is interesting and engaging (and I’d like to think I lived a wonderful life so I feel I have a lot to say), I have something to talk about.
Blog and Vlog content
Before I decided to delete a good chunk of my posts, I wrote a lot of stuff on video games, anime, reviews, anecdotes, stuff from my personal life, etc. Now that I think about it, I believe there are some topics that are better presented in a blog post and others in a video. I will say the topics of anime and video games will be present on both my blog and vlog. Unlike my blog, which is exclusively Starchaser, I wouldn’t mind my vlog having other people’s presence involved (mostly my brother).
Topics for my blog
- Reviews (anime, visual novels and video games)
- Personal stuff
- Short updates
- Top # Lists
- Fictional stories I’m writing
- Charity and activism
- Life advice
Topics for my vlog
- You should be watching (anime)
- Video game play
- My music (any song I won’t have on my music page will be on my vlog) and my brother’s music and music videos
- Respond to viewers (e.g. Ask me anything)
- Daily life
- Speed drawings
The cons of blogging
Anyone with a blog who is looking to gain a readership should know it’s imperative to have a good knowledge of search engine optimization (SEO for short). Knowing the right keywords, appropriate tagging, and adding a correct description is necessary to ensure a blog shows up among the search engines.
Besides having good SEO knowledge, keeping my blog updated on a consistent and regular basis is a must. Everyone has their own schedule, but for me I try to have at least one post a week. Once readers start to enjoy reading a blog, they will want to come back for well-written posts. It was one of the reasons I decided to delete a lot of my previous posts, I only wanted to make well-written ones. Anyway, readers might start to lose interest if my posts are spread far apart from each other. The good news is I’m able to write in a captivating manner. This means the themes and topics I write about can be presented in an appealing and substantial manner to get people’s attention.
The downsides of vlogging
To put it bluntly, vlogging needs a good amount of equipment. I want to produce a high quality vlog and in order to do that, I need an advanced video camera that records in high-definition, and editing software (Windows Movie Maker doesn’t count). All the equipment required for vlogging costs money.
Another drawback of a vlog is that it does not provide me a chance to quickly edit videos after uploading them online. Unlike blog posts which can be edited easily and in a few seconds, videos would have to be DELETED *Broken Matt Hardy voice* or re-made to correct any errors. Vlogs are also more time-consuming to make. It can take hours to edit and publish a vlog.
Of course, there are going to be more topics I will touch on for both outlets, but I want to give you and myself an idea on what I am interested in discussing. Will the topics, techniques, and tactics I listed guarantee I will become the world’s most popular b/vlogger of all time? Eh, who knows. Like I said before, I didn’t start this blog to become popular, and I won’t make a vlog for that reason either. I do them because I enjoy them. And the people who like what I do and say will naturally gravitate toward me. Even when I get the audience I want and the traffic I need, I shouldn’t become complacent. There’s always room for improvement.