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4 Reasons I Haven’t Started Vlogging…Yet

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I keep hearing that vlogging is gaining popularity and that the most successful bloggers out there have added video elements to their blogs. So what’s my hangup about it?

Once in a while, someone will ask me why I don’t do video posts. I’ll occasionally include a video clip on YouTube or Vimeo that relates to a post, but in terms of me actually going on camera to deliver the equivalent of a blog post that way, well, it just hasn’t happened, yet.

I’ve actually gone so far as to build a nice little open (from an After Effects template I purchased online). So when I eventually do blog, I have the opening piece of animation ready to go.

Have a look:

If we believe what we hear about vlogging becoming a more and more popular way to attract new readers watchers, then one wonders why on earth I wouldn’t have taken that video plunge. Well, here goes:

4 Reasons I Haven’t Started Vlogging…Yet

1. I work in television.

Please don’t read any conspiracy into this: it’s not that I’m worried something I say on camera in a vlog post would injure my credibility as a journalist; I’m not employed as a journalist, so we don’t have a problem there.

But working in television, and having done television production professionally for more than 22 years now, creates a special challenge for me: I want any video I produce for this little blog to have the look of a professional television production.

This means no little webcam will do. Most viewers out there might not care about the difference, but I would. I have a pretty good digital SLR camera that can do video and sound. I haven’t gotten around to testing it, yet, but sooner or later I will. Until I see that it can produce video at a quality I’d be satisfied with, this is probably my number one stumbling block.

2. A well-done video is time consuming.

Once I get through that first stumbling block, by either deciding to “live with” whatever video capabilities I’m able to produce on my own or by finding a means to produce a level of quality that I would be satisfied with, that’s only part of the battle.

Then there’s the time element. Anyone can turn on a camera, sit in front of it and ramble on. That’s not what I’d want to do. My vision of a vlog I’d produce is, well, produced. That’s show-business talk for edited complete with music, the open you’ve already seen, and any graphics and titles that seem appropriate at a given moment.

So I’d have to work in time for that.

At this point, that’s not something I have time every week to do. It may be something I could do once a month. But is once a month often enough to even bother with? I haven’t decided the answer to that one.

3. I’m not sure what I’d vlog about.

This one, now that I’ve typed it out and can see it glaring at me on the screen, is admittedly more ridiculous of an objection than not wanting to look fat on camera.

This blog is almost 10 years old. And on top of that, for the past several months, I’ve been consistently producing at least one post every day.

So it’s not like I haven’t found things to talk about.

But to me, the beauty of a vlog post is that because it’s video, I should be able to show you something. Preferably, something other than my talking head.

Why would you want to watch me read a post to you when you just read it yourself and eliminate the virtual middleman? And what could I show you on camera that would be so substantially better than something I’d just write about?

4. I’m on a diet.

Yeah, and those 40 pounds I want to lose? They haven’t exactly accepted the hint, yet.

When I was last on camera regularly as a reporter, I was probably a good 50 pounds lighter than I am now. Granted, that was about 20 years ago, and when you consider the average college freshman can pack on 15 pounds in one school year, a 50-pound gain in two decades isn’t that bad. Unless you’re a doctor, of course, and then you will never agree with such a sentiment from one of your patients.

I would like to trim down before I go on camera.

Sure, I could do an occasional vlog on the diet itself. But I’d rather be on camera as the “after” picture, not the “before” or “during” picture.

Silly, I know. But I’m still trying to talk myself into ditching this objection. Along with the three before it.

So there you have it.

Now you know why you haven’t seen my mug on camera with any vlog posts just yet. And now I must ask you a few questions: Do you vlog? If so, how long does it take you to produce one from start to finish? If not, what are your stumbling blocks?

13 Comments

  1. Yeah, I hear ya. Although I do have a Vine account and I’ve posted a video or two on Instagram, I never got into the actual vlogging thing. I thought about it many times, but I didn’t really think I had enough interesting things to say to warrant spending 10 minutes or more boring the audience. If I did, I wouldn’t show my face, though… I would just shoot my surroundings. I tend to like those videos better anyway. There is a semi-famous (well-known is a better word) Finnish vlogger on YouTube who’s been posting clips for years. He’s rarely in them himself, usually they’re of him driving or pumping gas or something. He just captures video wherever he goes, mundane stuff, but what makes it interesting is his extremely Bohemian lifestyle and attitude. My point is, there are many ways to do this kind of stuff, and you’re the only one who knows what works for you.
    I understand your perfectionism in the sense that I care a lot about the quality of the pics I post on social media, even if they are usually just of my cats. I have a consumer-grade digital camera (not a DSLR) but I don’t use it, since my iPhone takes at least as good pictures, maybe better. I rarely post a pic to Instagram “straight up”; I’ve never used the app’s own camera function, because then I can’t use Camera+ to apply Clarity to it, should I want to. I usually take 10-12 pics of the same thing, slap on filters or adjust one of them, and then post that one. If the source pic is so fuzzy or too saturated that filters make it worse, I post it as is or probably don’t post at all. I’m not a real photog, but I prefer to post pics that look good (to me).
    As far as video goes, you don’t really want to post anything under 720p anyhow, or you will be inviting comments like “Ahh, 320p, we meet again” or “What type of shoe did you film this with?”
    At any rate, your “open” looks good. Then again you already knew that, or you wouldn’t have posted it.

      1. patricksplace not very good but then again if I don’t like what I record, I don’t post.

        1. patricksplace I think if anyo.e gets into #vlogging then the best to vlog once a week.

        2. catchingcodyk Once a week sounds right, but once a week can be quite a challenge, too.

  2. I don’t think I’ll ever vlog.  I’m uncomfortable in front of a camera and it would show.  Besides, all I have is a webcam and horrible lighting in my computer room so it wouldn’t work with what I have now.

  3. I wanted to start vlogging (it’s funny how we make up words) but it has been extremely hard. I am a bit of a perfectionist too. I care about lighting, sound, me rambling on. I see other successful vloggers that make it seem so easy to create. I hope to get there one day but for now, I am sticking with blogging.
    By the way, I love your intro!

  4. You’re SO preaching to the choir on this one! I was a news producer and assignment editor/manager for a few years, so I have the same high standards. I keep hearing I can buy a tripod and lens for my iPhone, but…somehow, I don’t think that will cut it for me! 🙂 
    I think we have to remind ourselves that MOST readers/watchers don’t have the experience we have, so we can probably relax our standards a bit. Whenever you do start vlogging, I’ll be anxious to see them — I know they’ll be awesome!

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 29 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.