Power 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
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,
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