Things VLOGMAS taught me last year!

Ok so if you don’t actually know what VLOGMAS is, let’s address that first . . . It’s basically a bit of a vlog-based challenge to upload to youtube every day in December (or as most people do, up to Christmas Eve.)

I did VLOGMAS for the first time last year and I flipping loved it:

Yes ok, it was really hard work.  It was draining and time consuming and there were definitely days where I wish I hadn’t bothered but all in I was glad I’d done it.  At the very least I was left with 24 videos of festive memories to look back on when I’m old and grey and my children are busy creating magic with their own little ones!

I’ve had moments this year where I’ve thought that perhaps I wouldn’t bother taking part in VLOGMAS again this year, I mean who has time to watch those videos anyway?  But really I know I will, because I film to remember – and if someone else watches it and enjoys it?  Well that’s just a bonus.

With that in mind I thought I’d share some things that VLOGMAS taught me last year: 

1. To edit fast 

When you’re filming and uploading on a daily basis, you need to learn to edit quickly.  You haven’t got time to spend hours editing each video – not when you’ve still got other work to keep on top of or, you know, a life to actually live!  I learned lots of tips, tricks and keyboard shortcuts and because I was using them daily they were well practised by the time the end of VLOGMAS rolled around.  The downside of this was that I changed my editing software in the middle of January . . .

2. Not to talk whist walking 

Look, some people can get away with this – they merrily walk along talking to the camera and all is well with the world.  For the most part this really doesn’t work for me – mainly because I get too breathless and don’t realise how bad it is until I watch it back.  Being asthmatic and walking in the cold winter air isn’t a great combination so I’ve learned, for the most part, to stand still when I’m vlogging!

3. To be brave and try different angles

Vlogging every day would soon get a bit tedious if you didn’t try out new things – and with it being a daily occurence it didn’t feel too big a deal to try new angles or shots, hell they don’t have to go in the video if they don’t work but if they do then they might just make your video that bit more interesting.  This has played into my vlogging throughout the year and I’m often to be found kneeling on the floor or climbing on things to get a different angle on the shot!

4. Short but sweet is the way forward 

It’s December.  Nobody has any time.  Nobody wants to watch 38 minutes of you talking to camera, well unless you’re Zoella and then you might just get away with it.

5. Long intros are tedious 

This isn’t just a VLOGMAS thing, but an all year round thing.  I love a good intro, they’re great for branding and helping people to feel familiar with your channel . . . however they need to be really short otherwise people are going to click past – I don’t want to watch a 15 second animated intro, I want to watch your content.  (Zoella is a case in point, she had a lovely festive intro last year but it was so long – I watched it once but then fast forwarded through it every other time I went to watch one of her videos – what’s the point in that?)

You can subscribe to my channel here to make sure you don’t miss our VLOGMAS updates which, fingers crossed, will be uploaded at an unspecified time each evening . . . and I’ll pop a weekly round up of videos on here too for you.

So, if you’re going to be taking part in VLOGMAS this year – good luck!

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4 Comments

  1. November 25, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Yay! I love watching Vlogmas videos….I can’t wait to see yours x

  2. November 27, 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Loved this! I have decided against it, I just won’t cope but this is great advice for anyone else – and maybe me next year x

  3. November 27, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Cracking tips, Colette. I’m tempted to join in this year to practice just doing it and getting quicker. I won’t be talking though. Far too likely to walk into lampposts! Happy Vlogmas x

  4. November 28, 2017 / 7:13 am

    Having done Vlogmas last year I agree with all of this. It’s a steep learning curve, but you learn so much. Totally with you on long intros – if you’re set on one for vlogmas, just have it in your first vlogmas video not the whole lot. I skip all intros that are over 3 secs to be honest!

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