Everyone who uses the internet on a daily basis is probably familiar with what YouTube is. For those who aren’t, it might be customary to ask them if they’ve been living under a rock. YouTube is a global video sharing sensation – over 8 hours of unique content gets uploaded to the site every second. You read that right, every second. YouTube has progressed far past its early days of entertaining teenagers on the internet with cute cat pictures and parody songs.
Viral videos, television shows, compilations and all manner of content can be found on YouTube these days. Professional music video production companies will market their artists through YouTube. YouTube, now owned by Google, has one of the largest concurrent user bases on the entire web. This is for very simple reasons.
YouTube is easy to use, has a VAST amount of free content, and allows you to upload anything you’d like within legal parameters. Fancy uploading videos of yourself playing video games with your friend? You can do that. Fancy learning how to play the chords to a select song on guitar? You can be sure there’s a replete amount of content suggesting you come and learn.
One of the most popular YouTube content sensations, which began on the side almost as soon as it was up and running, is the Vlogging, or ‘video logging’ trend. If you’re unaware, vlogging is the act of blogging in a video format. It’s that simple. However you live your life, you can be sure that creating an appealing video around the things you most like to do will draw some form of audience.
Why do this you ask? Well, some people simply enjoy sharing their experience of their day to day life, or building a follower base so as to potentially make vlogging into a full-time career. Many people just do it as a side hobby, and enjoy the discussion that springs up around the various topics presented. No matter your motivation, it’s not hard to assume that you’re reading this article because you are interested in vlogging yourself.
But where do you begin? How do you differentiate yourself from the hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of vloggers out there, and more importantly, how do you retain a follower base? You might even worry about how to create the content in the first place? What form of editing software do you need, and how on earth do you operate it?
Well, you’re in the right place. This wonderful guide to lifestyle vlogging should give you the help you need to get your YouTube content of the ground and gaining an audience. For this list, we’ll assume that you’re hoping to gain large exposure during your efforts, and potentially make it into a full-time hobby.
The clue is in the title. If you have nothing to record yourself with, you’re more ‘blogging’ and not ‘vlogging.’ But what camera do you need? Is a webcam camera enough? Well, for the most part, no. You don’t need a professional DSLR used to shoot movies, but you need something a little better than a webcam. iPhones or modern Androids can actually work pretty well here if you’re strapped for cash, as most of the newer models have native 4k recording support which is fantastic, to say the least. Just be sure that you’re recording your face in a well-lit environment.