At the end of last year, I decided I would take that huge plunge into the vlogging world, a new adventure. A world that I knew hardly anything about except for the hours of it I watch myself of other bloggers. I had no experience (and still don’t) on the videoing front but I jumped in the deep end of it like I always do.
I am a firm believer it’s either sink or swimming and there is no reason to half ass anything in life so ‘go all in, or don’t go in at all’ is my motto. So am I sinking or swimming?
Well that is debatable and probably depending on who you ask. If you ask me, it’s more of a ‘back float’ going on right now. A survival tactic that is useful when you are feeling like you are struggling but one big thing I love about vlogging is the more you do it the easier it gets. It’s all about practicing.
Yes, I have embarrassing, cringe-worthy, vidoes on my youtube channel. Yes, I have videos that I filmed with my iphone the wrong way up and have black sides on them. No, I won’t delete any of them. I thought at first, as I got better, I would go back and delete those horrible no starter videos. The ones full of bloopers before I figured out how to use imovie. The ones full of umm, and shakes before I knew how to edit them out. But I think they are all part of the learning curve and the learning process so there they will stay for all to see.
I like sharing my whole journey from start to finish and see how much I have either learned or things I have improved on. It’s like our blogs, we would go back and delete all those first posts we posted would we? I think the same goes for vlogging.
While I am still learning and practicing now, I have one part of my vlogging I absolutely love so much and really enjoy doing whether its popular or not. It’s my new series called “Bloggers Insight”. This was born because throughout my first whole year of blogging last year I attend numerous conference and blogging events and yes, I did learn from them but I learned MORE from the actual bloggers I met. So a thought occurred to me that I should interview inspiring bloggers once a month on the skills and knowledge they have to offer the rest of us.
My very first interview was with the sweet Lisa from Hollybobbs, who I met and roomed with at Blog Fest. She knows her vlogging inside and out so I thought who better to start my journey of vlogging and interviewing with than her.
I learned so much from Lisa in just a little amount of time. I am still trying to put all that into practice now each month with my vlogging. Lighting is always an issue for me and getting a clear videoing image too. I usually film on my iphone which is great and handy to upload but lately I have been using my dslr to see if the quality will improve in my uploads. Lisa is right, I just need more practice too!
My second interview was the lovely Morgana from Butwhymummywhy, whom I have known for years before I ever was a blogger. I have had the pleasure of getting to know her and her amazing family before blogging was a part of my life but when we found out we were both blogging she really has been such a HUGE supporter and coach to me. I owe her so much. I am so proud of her starting her business, a life time dream. She works so hard and here she shares with me how blogging got her to that point.
Blogging can open so many doors for people like it has for Morgana and even me after a year of blogging I have had opportunities I never thought possible like working from home.
My latest interview was with the beautiful Charlotte from Write Like No One Is Watching. I met Charlotte on a number of occasions at conferences and one taxi ride later we have become close friends. Her knowledge on beauty is amazing and her makeup is always flawless.
Charlotte taught me a lot in just a little time together about what makeup I should be looking for or buy, if I am just starting out. I could drool over her makeup supply and her beautiful home.
I truly learned a lot from my interviews of all various topics. And I look forward to interview many more inspiring bloggers. We learn from each other and I think even the new bloggers have something to share. That’s the beauty of the blogosphere we support, love and help each other so much on this writing, videoing, sharing journey. I am so blessed to be a part of it all.
Thank you ladies for being inspiring and allowing me into a little piece of your heaven for my interviews. And I look forward to sharing many more “Blogger Insights” with all of you lovely readers.