March Video Blogging Challenge

Video Blogging ChallengePower up that video camera and get ready to participate in the March video blogging challenge! Here’s an opportunity to get the support and accountability you want or need!

Let’s talk about what it entails so you can decide if you want to participate! Here are some basic questions that are bound to pop up.

How often do I record a video?

I want to make this easy. That’s why I think it’s best if we devote our video blogging challenge to a Monday through Friday schedule and take the weekends off.

We will start the challenge on March 3, 2014 and end it on April 11, 2014. Your recording schedule will be as follows:

  • March 3-7
  • March 10-14
  • March 17-21
  • March 24-28
  • March 31-April 4
  • April 7-11

How long does the video need to be?

I don’t feel the time frame is an issue until you go over the 10-minute mark. I like to keep my videos short because I respect the viewer’s schedule.

When I participated in my first video blogging challenge, my first video was less than two minutes in length. As I grew comfortable, some were a bit longer.

How professional does it need to be?

Look at my first video blog entry – it wasn’t the greatest, but I still shared it. You are not doing this challenge to make a television-quality video. You are learning how to get comfortable in front of a video camera so you can bond with an audience!

This is about being “YOU” and not trying to be something you are not. Video has always been popular with the masses, and it’s time to share your personality with the world! If you want to build a community around your online business – video can help make that happen!

How will you record?

This is totally up to you. You can use a small camera, such as the Kodak PlayFull HD Video Camera for under a $100 or the Logitech HD Pro Webcam. If your cell phone has video capabilities, you could use that too.

If you’re too nervous to sit in front of the camera the first few days, you could create a screen capture video with Camtasia or similar screen-capturing software. As long as you record a video every day for the entire challenge, it doesn’t matter how you get it done.

What will you vlog about?

This is an opportunity to video capture anything you want. Reveal your personality, shoot a video while you are out walking for exercise – the sky is the limit!

Record an interesting tidbit that happened to you during the day. Shoot a video of your dog being rambunctious or the cat scratching your curtains and explain why this bothers you.

Create videos that inspire followers, help consumers who buy your products and engage people to grow a special community around YOU!

Consider your niche. If you’re a painter, you could create short videos showing people how to get started in painting, such as choosing the right canvas or paint brush, etc.

Where should you place the video?

You can create a Vimeo or YouTube account and add the videos, or you can add them to Amazon S3. Whatever you want to do is fine. It would be nice if you shared the videos with the rest of the challengers, but if you’re shy – you can choose to keep them hidden.

The whole point of the challenge is to get comfortable in front of the video camera and gain support from the others in the same boat as you – getting over the fear of doing video. So, I would like to suggest that you consider sharing them with us. :)

Bear in mind, YouTube has the ability to keep your videos unlisted. This means you can control who gets to view them based on where you share the video link. For this purpose, I created a private Google Plus community to allow you to share unlisted videos.

What should you do next?

Write a comment below and let me know if you are going to join me during this video blogging challenge. Head over to Google Plus and join the VBC community.

Video Blogging Challenge Community
https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/106607738627614514439

I had so much fun when I participated in Tiffany Lambert’s video blogging challenge last year, and if you keep saying you really need to create videos – now is a good time as any to get started!

Will you be joining us for the video blogging challenge? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Thanks for reading,
– Bonnie

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About Bonnie Gean

Bonnie is a full-time writer and marketer with over 20-years of experience as an entrepreneur. She loves helping people overcome the technical challenges associated with an online business. Need a step-by-step tutorial? Simply ASK her and she'll help you too.

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  1. I have two questions I just found the challenge is it to late to join and is it OK if I create the video using Google Hangouts?

  2. Hey-is it still possible for me to join this challenge. I know I’m super late. I just requested to become a part of the google+ group. Thanks so much.

  3. Hi Bonnie – I got on late…
    jonathan recently posted…In late to the video blogging challengeMy Profile

  4. I’m up for the challenge Bonnie! I definitely need to use more video in my business.
    Karen Thomson recently posted…Networking – Why It’s Good To ConnectMy Profile

  5. Hi Bonnie, you’ve done it again!

    You’ve set a great challenge, but I am going to pass this time. No brave enough, soon I will have to be, I know :)

    My limiting factor is that I speak English with a Spanish accent even after 35 years in England. What I need is to start videoing with a board first and then I will dare do your challenge.

    Great resource you’ve found in tagboard.

    Thank you Bonnie
    Liliana Marsden recently posted…Give away eBooks to Promote Your BlogMy Profile

    • You cannot use that excuse, Liliana. People would love your accent and it would definitely provide the “appeal” factor for many more. You just need to sit down and “do it” so you can get over the fear of video!

      Start with a whiteboard or a screen tutorial but PUSH yourself outside of that comfort zone. You’ll be amazed at the difference video can make for your online business.

  6. Sounds like a great little experiment for me, Bonnie Gean. I’m in!

  7. I’ll be there – it won’t be everyday – I’ll just add it to my blog posting schedule ……….. that’s more than enough for me to handle!!
    Tamsin recently posted…Success Summary 23 February 2014My Profile

  8. This is interesting Bonnie! I was giving this some thought and I will give this a whirl! Would love to learn more as we come closer to March 1st!
    Nate recently posted…What Entrepreneurs And Monopoly Have In CommonMy Profile

  9. This will actually work really well with the Facebook project I’m working on right now. I was going to blog about some of the topics but I can just vlog about them instead!
    Amanda Thomas recently posted…3 Tips for Using Memes in Your MarketingMy Profile

  10. I’m gonna try it out. I can already see myself falling short of doing it every day…I’m just not that interesting LOL But I’m definitely joining in!
    Misty Spears recently posted…Niche Site Revealed: A Deeper Look Into My Latest Niche ProjectMy Profile

  11. I don’t think I can keep to a video per day schedule, but definately up for a couple per week. Not sure what to natter about yet, although I am sure you’ll be giving us some tips!
    Jan Kearney recently posted…Runcorn Business Networking and Seminar Morning (I’m Speaking Again!)My Profile

  12. Hi Bonnie,

    Your video blogging challenge is a really great idea, although like a few others, I’m not very comfortable around a video camera, so I will probably try the other options you have suggested such as of filming something and doing a voice over, or a tutorial, but yep count me in!

    Kind regards
    Sky
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  13. I’m going to give it a try as I’ve been wanting to step up to the plate for a while. It looks like my cellphone doesn’t have video, but we’ve talked about me getting a new one. So, in the next day or two I will either have a new cell phone or purchase one of those items you suggested. I’ll try to get everything together by the time you start, and hopefully can complete the full month. Thanks for taking the time to lead us (or push us) into the unknown!
    Edie recently posted…The End of an EraMy Profile

  14. This sounds like a great idea Bonnie … Video blogging is something I have been planning on doing for awhile now. As I have a couple of product launches in March I think like one of your other comments that a video a week in March would work best for me.

    Thanks for kicking me into action with the idea though and great post
    Rod Moore recently posted…Success Vs Failure In Internet MarketingMy Profile

  15. I could see doing a video a week. However, I am not sure I could commit to a video a day. Just don’t think I am brave enough to do it that often.
    Cindy recently posted…Perspective: Seeking OffenseMy Profile

  16. you are much braver than me. I hate to hear my voice so vlogging is out!!! I do however enjoy others.
    jackie tanner recently posted…My Talk For EDAW 2014My Profile

    • It’s not about being brave, Jackie – it’s about coming to terms with the idea that you can endear people to you (and your brand) if you’re willing to put yourself out there to engage with them.

      I created a video today just after getting over a sinus cold. My voice still isn’t up to par, but I don’t let that stop me from connecting with an audience. :) I look at it this way – if they don’t like how I sound, they don’t listen. If I cheat people from being able to listen to my voice (however nasty it may sound), I am shooting myself in the foot.

      Being in business is about connecting with others and you can only do that so well with an article or blog post. Sometimes, you have to throw the gauntlet down and go for the brass ring. I wish you would reconsider. It’s much easier to get over your fears if you do this with a group of people, rather than by yourself.
      Bonnie Gean recently posted…The Power of Plus Review – Part 1My Profile

  17. I LOVE this idea! Are you going to run a Facebook group? I don’t do Google+
    Kimberly Eldredge recently posted…Keeping Current: Five Tips To Write About What’s Happening In Your IndustryMy Profile

    • With Google Plus, we can get better search engine results than through Facebook, simply because Google will throw link juice at their own properties before they do it for other websites. Why don’t you do Google, Kimberly?

      If it’s because you’re not familiar how to use it, I am currently doing a review of “The Power of Plus” – a product that shows people how to gain the best outcome from using Google Plus. This might be a product you can relate to. See it here: http://www.bonniegean.com/the-power-of-plus-review-part-1/

      As far as Facebook, I haven’t decided yet to create a Video Blogging Group over there (yet) because people who don’t want to use the Google Plus community can leave their video links in the CommentLuv section of this blog. If I change my mind about a FB group, I will certainly write about it. :)

      I WOULD LOVE it if you decided to hop aboard the video challenge. I had so much fun during the first challenge I participated in and I am certain you would too!
      Bonnie Gean recently posted…The Power of Plus Review – Part 1My Profile

      • Thanks for all the updates, Bonnie. You really make a strong case for Google+. One of the MAJOR reasons why I don’t use it is because my tribe is already ON Facebook. I understand search engine optimization BUT my clients don’t come from search engines. The other side is that I’m just too busy to participate in more than one social media platform.

        I would like to do the challenge with you, however! Sounds like fun!
        Kimberly Eldredge recently posted…Keeping Current: Five Tips To Write About What’s Happening In Your IndustryMy Profile

        • That certainly makes sense, Kimberly. Be where your tribe is. I would do the same thing! Oh btw, here’s a great website to help you learn where else your tribe may be: https://tagboard.com/

          Simply type in your keyword and the website will tell you where your customers/prospects are hanging out – other than Facebook. :)

          Trust me, girlfriend – BUSY is my middle name. That’s one of the reasons I don’t Twitter or do LinkedIN as much as I do FB and Google Plus. No time left at the end of the day!

          Love the idea that you’re considering the challenge, too!

  18. Fun post with great directions – funny that I am in a Video Course now – and getting ready to do video blogging! :)
    Coach Donna L. Ward recently posted…Are You Creating The Experience Of You?My Profile

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