|| What is it? ||
It’s video logging. It’s just like blogging, but in a video format and on a personal level. In a simple way to say it, it’s a way to document your life.
|| Why do people vlog? ||
There is no ‘one’ specific answer as everyone has their own reasons why they want to vlog. Majority of the people I know who vlog is to document their lives and share it with family, friends, and the internet. This is a way for them to re-live the moments in this era instead of the old home video tapes. Technology just makes it simple. You can edit a weeks worth of video clips into one simple video and be more creative with it’s content. It’s also a way to stay in touch with everyone near and far with a simple link. You don’t have to wait for that annual visit and hold them hostage on your livingroom couch to watch your home videos. It allows you to a library of memories in the touch of a button and the keepsake of it all is priceless.
|| How can I vlog? ||
You don’t need to have much to make vlogging happen. Some use their smartphones to film their videos, edit, and upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, or other video hosting sites. If you feel more comfortable with having a camera, you can do so and upload and edit the video clips on your choice device (tablet, smartphone, or computer) so you can then upload it to your video hosting site. If video hosting sites aren’t your taste, know that you can always set your privacy settings to your specifications or just share it by sending the video privately to your preferred contacts. Just a mental post-it note, use royalty-free and non-copyright music if you decide to upload your videos. YouTube has a library of selections or search the internet if the music in your editing software/app is not to your satisfaction.
|| What benefits and sacrifices have I experienced from vlogging? ||
Vlogging has made me break my shell out there in public (somewhat, it’s an acquiring change and still get weirded out at times). Sometimes we shut things out in our lives that are important to us because we are so worried what everyone else thinks versus what we think. At the end of the day, when you capture those moments that are the little things in life that matter most...is all that really matters. I can guarantee that at the end of their day, their life moved on as so did yours.
Another benefit is going back to re-live those moments. My son is 20 but can go back and watch his 16th birthday, first basketball game, or our trip to Europe. If you ever lost a loved one, it can mean so much to go back and see their smile, hear their laugh, watch them hug you, or just have that ‘moment’ back for even a minute. We as a family love to travel, but to be able to revisit those places over and over is amazing. We just got back from the Philippines after my husband has been away for over 30 years. I captured as much as I could so he can go back whenever he feels like it. I also got to vlog my when my daughter had her surgeries, formal dances, performances and competitions. The list goes on.
The sacrifice is that it does take time. Once you get used to it, it becomes more simple. It really depends on the content creator. It takes dedication to want to be persistent in the vlogging world. Some don’t choose to do that and I think it’s great as well. I found many, many times that I needed a break from vlogging because I just want to go on with my life from beginning to the end of my day. I am a full-time working woman who is a wife and a mother and a whole lot of crazy in our schedule. The last thing I want to do is edit a video and post it. I want to live in the moments of no distraction. That’s the cool thing, you vlog as you please and on a pace you choose to go by. There are simply no rules.
|| Final Thoughts ||
Worth giving it a try. You may not like it, you may see to it that it’s actually worth the keepsake. I have been doing it for years and I have no regrets vlogging at all. We are NEVER promised tomorrow. I was able to catch moments in my life that many people ‘ache’ to have back. It’s never too late.