So it's been just over a year since I started vlogging regularly on my Youtube channel. I thought I would share some tips and advice I have learnt along the way, in case anyone else was thinking about starting their own little vlog!
1. Make videos you would want to watch yourself. I started by making content I thought others would like to see, but it's incredibly hard to be consistent when you are not fully enjoying what you are doing. Ever heard that saying, find something you love doing and you'll never have to work a day in your life... well it's just so true. Vlogging successfully is a lot of work, so make sure you are making content you enjoy.
2. Post regularly. Especially when you are starting out. And by regularly, I mean every day or every other day. Yes, it's a lot of work, but you have to keep putting good content out there if you want people to notice you!
3. Don't stand for negative or hateful comments. Lots of people will tell you that it's expected when you put your life on the internet. I don't think this platform gives anyone the right to be rude or nasty. Bullying is bullying, whether it's in the playground, or through your computer. Don't stand for it. Delete or block people you find offensive and move on!
4. Video production London isn't everything, but it is important. So you don't have the best camera? Meh, me neither. Mine is an old Lumix SLR which they don't even make anymore! It's not all about the money you spend on technology, it's about working with what you've got. YouTube is a visual environment, so make whatever you create visual appealing. I always de-clutter my bedroom when I film in there, because no one needs to see my dirty socks in the background. You know?
5. Stop comparing, and start connecting!! Don't sit there watching someones videos and feel jealous of how amazing they are or of how many followers they have. Instead, be productive! Reach out to them and connect with them. Send them a tweet, ask for tips, send them an email. Ask to do a collab! If you don't ask, you don't get, you know?! Everyone has to start somewhere, and the community on Youtube is actually really welcoming and helpful (on the whole).
6. Use your social media. You just have to use your social media platforms as much as you can. It's the best way to connect with your audience regularly, get seen by new potential subscribers and get your content out there. 60% of my YouTube traffic comes from my twitter and Facebook pages! And did you know, you can post videos on here as well as on YouTube?
Here's a helpful infographic to show you how effective posting social media videos can be!