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Book Blogging 101 - Vlogging

Spawned from the Big Sis, Little Blog program, Book Blogging 101 was born. Do you have a question? Leave it in the comments section or email me parajunkee at gmail dot com

Summing it up with text....

Q. What is Vlogging?

Vlogging is Video Blogging. Some would say the future of blogging. I'm not buying it though, especially in our world of book blogging, because when it breaks down - we like to read. Use a vlog to showcase your personality, save a little bit of time and put a face behind the alias - but don't over do it - as I did above! LOL

Benefits of vlogging:
  1. Puts a face to your blog
  2. Shows off your personality
  3. Save time: do a quick vlog, instead of writing a lengthy post
  4. Saves your readers a bit of time, 30 sec vlog instead of a long post to read
The downside of vlogging:
  1. Some people don't like watching them. They like to skim posts, and you really can't skim a vlog.
  2. Stalking your blog at work? Sometimes is blocked by firewalls or you can't really turn that sound up
  3. You are not showcasing the inner writer that is dying to get out
  4. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) - text is searchable, video is not.
 The skinny -accentuate with a vlog, but don't over do it.

Q. What do I need to vlog?

  1. A Computer
  2. A webcam / camcorder / flip cam with a microphone
  3. Movie editing software
  4. Internet connection
  5. A hosting site, such as, vimeo, etc.
Flip UltraHD Camcorder, 120 Minutes (White)For those without a webcam on their puters, I recommend FLIP cams. Easy to use and upload direct to These are the latest trends in vlogging.  Plus they are relatively expensive. The one to the right is listed as $149 on {which is the same price as Best Buy and other electronic stores} plus you get a $20 amazon GC when you buy it, which is a good deal. If you were thinking about getting a video recorder, but are intimidated with all the software and extras that go with it, this is a good one.

Otherwise, most laptops and computers come with a webcam. My iMac came with one installed and the software to go with it: iMovie. All the new laptops have one - which makes life very easy.  Make a quick vlog - and now blogger lets you upload a video directly, so you don't even have to host on youtube or another video website. See the little "action" icon, I don't know what those things are called...LOL Just click it and you can upload your movie...and now are you ready to do a VLOG?

Have you done a VLOG? We want to see it, link it up no matter what the topic!


My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

I love the flip for videos and it has its own editing progam too.

J.A. Saare said...

Maybe one day I will make a vlog... we'll see. :)

Bradmouth said...

Man. I don't know if I'm ready for vlogging. But I will follow your instructions if I do.

I'm following your blog on face book.

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Tynga said...

Hello Rachel!
I just wanted to add that you can also do it with pretty much any photo camera, cause you can video with most of them now. That's how I do my vlogs ^^ I don't have webcame or those other fancy cam you mentionned

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel, I'm one of those people that like to skim posts and I don't like pressing the Play button on a vlog without knowing what I'm getting. I may do it if it's a minute long or so, but 5 minutes I would never watch - except on this occasion: watched your whole vlog! :-)

I can't see myself doing one yet, but who knows. Thanks for the tips.

Lu said...

Love your vlog Rachel :)
A quick question, how big is a vlog when you upload it normally?

Enbrethiliel said...


Rachy, I totally agree with your post. I read everything that you wrote and opted to save the vlog for when I wasn't too busy. (I will get around to watching it!)

But I didn't know any of this when I made my first vlog (linked up above) and so it's almost ten minutes long and pretty tiresome! LOL!

Thanks again for breaking everything down. =)

Tanya said...

Great post! I completely agree with pros and cons of vlogging! It sounded like you had an outline or notes you were following -- which is definitely what needs to be done! It helps with avoiding redundancy. I've actually been thinking about vlogging a new weekly follow up, but I seriously want to hire a stand in actor for it! *giggles* Just kidding!

Love your vlog and thanks for the post!

JoJo said...

OMG you are too cute! thanks for sharing!

nymfaux said...

Thanks for the post!!! I love the pros/cons--I'm totally not into vlogs (yet)--I love Tanya's stand-in actor idea :) but mostly, I just want to READ. However, I sometimes like the instructional vlogs when I'm trying to do something technical--I like the visual--but I also like written instructions so I don't have to worry about losing my place or pausing the vlog.

but yeah, I feel a little self-conscious on camera---has anyone else started putting on weight since starting their blogs???--I need to start working in an exercise routine here, otherwise I just get sucked in

Marie said...

I just left a link to my latest vlog. The Flip camera is fantastic and I've used it for my vlogs but most of the time I just use my webcam. I see more Flip videos in the future, though! Great tips on vlogging- it's so easy to do and a fun little add-on to a book blog.

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