Vlogging? No, thanks!

A few weeks back, a group of parent bloggers, including a couple of my must-reads, launched a new YouTube channel.

‘Ooh,’ I thought to myself, ‘I must watch that!’.

And then I had a reality check and a word with myself. Because I will never watch it. I don’t even want to watch it.

There are two people in my house that watch YouTube. They are both male and under the age of 14.

Apparently vlogging and YouTube is the future of blogging. We all need to do it now. Well, if we all need to do it, I’m just going to have to accept that I’m going to get left behind. I will become even older hat than I probably am already.

I’m just not a visual person. I’d rather read a book than watch telly and I’d rather read a blogpost than watch one. I want to read at my own pace, not follow what’s going on at the speed someone talks. So when I see a video in a blogpost, I just skip it. I never click play. Whether you’re telling me about your holiday, showing me an ace new product or I’m witnessing your toddler’s first steps, I’m just not going to watch! I’m happy reading about how proud you are or what a great time you’ve had, I don’t need to see it happening.

I admire people who have the motivation to keep up with the latest trends, who want to do it, who enjoy doing it. That’s all good. But the world would be a boring place if we all did the same. I’m all about the words and always have been. Even my photos don’t keep up with the times. If I’m writing about my son playing violin, I will include a picture of his violin – no tasteful lighting, no darling rustic wooden table, no artfully scattered rose petals to make it beautiful, because it’s just a flipping violin!

So good luck to all you vloggers out there. I genuinely wish you every success with your ventures. While you’re entertaining the world through the spoken word, I will keep sitting at my dining table and bashing away at the written word, because that’s just me.

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Author: Sarah Mummy

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    • So glad to hear it! I’m happy to get left behind if I have to be, because I’m not joining in! x

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  1. I totally agree! I like to read at my own pace too, skip bits,reread bits. With vlogging that all becomes either impossible or a chore. I’m so so glad I’m not alone! Long may we write and blog!

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    • Yes! Exactly that. So glad it’s not just me too. I will still be writing and blogging if I’m the last person on earth doing it!

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  2. Oh I could be wrong but I may be in this group! HA! The thing is the only reason we started it is as HUGELY love YouTube. Wasn’t as we wanted to be stars. All of us are massive consumers of YouTube. We love vlogs and vloggers and we just wanted to have a crack at it. We know that it may not be hugely successful but we really love the whole process of working together as a team and the process of making films. It’s not something we feel that we have to do or need to do to be more popular. We just did it because we love it. And it makes us happy! There is a huge market for people watching YouTube. It’s just not everyone’s cup of tea which is super fine! xxxxx

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    • You’re right, it’s you! You are one of my must-reads. Like I say, fair play to anyone who wants to do it and I didn’t ever think you were doing it to be stars or to be popular. It makes sense if you enjoy watching. But I can’t be bothered to watch any videos, it’s just not my thing. Although I did at least consider watching your videos for a few seconds, which is more than I do for anyone else! πŸ˜‰
      Everything I read is telling me it’s the future, so you’re doing the right thing and I’m not! x

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  3. I’m with you here – would rather read than watch. I will click on videos but generally if they’re longer than a minute, I’m unlikely to watch in full.

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    • Yay! I’m impressed by how many people think this. In all the time I’ve been blogging I think I’ve clicked on two videos – 3 Children and It’s dog playing and Crazy with Twins’ recent cancer video.

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  4. I don’t think there are any hard and fast rules. I have a YouTube channel that I update from time to time but I’m a writer. I know that’s where my skills lie so I shall concentrate on that. I do like my photography but I concede I’m a better writer than photography.

    I do watch YouTube videos. I salute anyone that does it, but editing a really good video takes so much time. When blogging as I do (ie fitting it round two young children) I have limited time. So yeah, I do it, but it’s not something I concentrate on.

    Even if it is the latest thing, so what? Trends come and go, good quality blogs and good bloggers are here to stay.

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    • Yay, I like that – trends come and go! You’re right, when your time is limited, there isn’t time to produce a decent video even if that’s your thing. Your photography is pretty good too, but it’s great to be a good writer.

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  5. Too right Sarah! It takes me long enough to write and share posts let alone vlogs! I can see some people would find them useful especially if they prefer film to words, but I doubt I’ll be watching anytime soon.

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    • Thanks! Each to their own, I say! You and me are definitely words people πŸ™‚

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  6. As I often say the only rule in blogging is to do what you enjoy and what works for you. In the same way there are people who prefer to read content, there are people who like to watch content instead. And for everyone who is amazing and loves writing, there will be someone who finds it easier to chat to camera (I am not one of those people, for the record).

    I think what’s happening isn’t about “we have to do it” but rather that, as broadband in the UK gets faster and the audience for online content bigger, there are more people watching and discovering more content – and if it’s fun for you, then I’m all for having a go, and taking advantage of the opportunities that brings you. But I think if it’s not for you, you’re not left behind – it’s just about more choices and more opportunities πŸ™‚

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    • Thanks very much. It’s very true it has to be what works for the individual or I don’t think the blog or vlog will come across well.
      I hadn’t even considered that about broadband speeds and that being the reason why YouTube and vlogging are getting more and more popular.
      I will turn down any opportunity that asks for vlogging, sometimes with a heavy heart, but it’s just not what I want to do!

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      • Maybe this is why I don’t watch much Youtube…our broadband speed still isn’t much past dial up, so even small videos buffer, and it takes an hour to upload 30 seconds of video to my youtube. Too painful.

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  7. I am the same. Love a good postcode read but I will skip over the video.
    I don’t want to vlog myself. I want to express myself through writing and challenge myself with how I write. Vlogging for me feels like it is a lazy way to get my point across – I should be able to describe something through descriptive writing, not just showing a video of it.

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    • Postcode read? Blog post read! Thanks autocorrect for making me look stupid with the point I was trying to make!

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    • I like that way of looking at it – I hadn’t considered it like that. I just see writing as easier and more natural to me, but I’m obviously a less visual person.
      (Love your typo btw!)

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  8. I think it’s all about knowing your audience, as it is with writing. This is my first visit to your blog, and although I’m not a ‘rustic table and rose petals’ person, I do appreciate that sort of thing, so, judging by your mention of them, I might not be your audience. The great thing about consuming other people’s blogs is that you can build yourself a portfolio of inspiration which suits you best.

    My YouTube game is weak, but I’m up for trying more of it. Some things bloggers want to share with people on video, or indeed, need to, as part of the arrangement they might have with various paid content suppliers (let’s not pretend this is a factor for lots of those great folks making the leap). Your personal preferences are clear here, which I think was the point of the post, and the other comments so far show that you’ve got it quite right for your audience. Interesting discussion.

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    • Thanks very much. It’s nice to hear from a new reader (even though you probably won’t come back!).
      I have nothing against the rustic tables and rose petals if that’s what people want to do – I won’t avoid blogs because of them, but they’re not for me! Photos play no more than a supporting role in my blog, whereas for other bloggers that’s what they’re all about.
      I will never agree to any review or sponsored post, however lucrative, that asks me to include a video in the post. And if that means all the opportunities dry up for me, that’s fine by me.

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  9. I get what you’re saying, I’d much rather read a blog post as well, but saying that I am also happy to Vlog, although it wouldn’t be my first choice for myself πŸ™‚

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    • It sounds like you’ve got the right balance for you. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  10. Oh yeah, its not for me at all – I do watch them sometimes, but rarely! Cannot imagine doing it myself – do the odd review vid, but never with my actual face in – oh the horrors of that idea!

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    • Ha ha, I couldn’t even cope with a review vid without my face, let alone with it!

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  11. I’ve done a few video reviews, but that’s about the extent of my vlogging experience – I actually prefer to write and photograph than talk and video. I am also one of those who tends to gloss over videos, preferring to read something. Mainly because I can read at 3 am when I can’t sleep and the house is silent with everyone else sleeping – I can’t do that with a video!

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    • That’s a very good point about the sleeping, I hadn’t even considered that! We can read blogs quietly anywhere and at any time, but we can’t always watch noisy videos as it’s not fair on others around us. Thanks very much for commenting.

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  12. I’m like you, I prefer reading, than watching and also skip videos on blog-posts. Surely the actual written word won’t go extinct in favour of vlogging? And judging from the comments here, a lot of bloggers agree with you too πŸ˜‰

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    • Thanks very much. I don’t think the written word will ever go and it’s great to see so much support for the written word. My feeling is though that the bloggers who want to embrace vlogging are likely to end up the ‘successful’ bloggers – in terms of rankings, stats and the kind of reviews they get. But there’s a lot more to blogging than that stuff! πŸ™‚

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  13. I think my first love for blogging is writing and reading the written word and as a general rule, as I do my blog reading in transit, I usually read rather than watch content.

    I think vlogging is just another type of content sharing, equally valid, and doesn’t replace the need or desire to consume content in other ways. Just as blogging evolved with the emergence of free domain space and free blogging platforms, so does vlogging with faster broadband and smart phone/tablet/mobile technology which allows it to be easily produced and accessed.

    YouTube is also not just one thing – it’s a platform to host content. Just as there are good and bad and indifferent blogs hosted by blogger – it’s not only vlogging to be found on YouTube – it is many things to different people (just as two people can experience Twitter in two entirely different ways, without perhaps ever encountering the same content, such is the same for YouTube)

    I use YouTube to listen to music; my Dad uses it to watch old fashioned comedy clips. These are probably or perhaps different to the content which your son(s) watch, and then there are channels which teach hair braiding, or first aid skills, or any one of an endless list of skills.

    That’s not to say you have to watch it, of course!

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a really interesting comment and you make some good points. My husband used to watch music videos and old comedy clips on YouTube too and until about a year ago, I thought that’s what it was all about. But then my sons discovered Minecraft and gaming videos, just as I started to become aware of the emergence of vlogging. And you reminded me that my daughter watches hair tutorials on there and has learned some very impressive hairstyles!

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  14. I totally forgot to say that also I often read blogs on my mobile while travelling or in public spaces. Reading is easy and quiet in those situations. Vlogs, not so much!

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    • A very good point! And one which I hadn’t even considered, but a few people have mentioned it. Thanks.

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  15. I happened to be at YouTube Studios last Thursday for a behind the scenes tour and a Q&A with one of the head honchos there. It was interesting on a number of levels and I properly understand why a lot of bloggers are now looking at vloggers with a degree of jealousy. The reach and popularity it’s possible to get relatively quickly with a good YouTube channel is staggering, as is the sponsorship and money being flung at those that make it. It’s no wonder the more ambitious bloggers want a piece of that pie, and I don’t blame them!

    I think though the problem bloggers have is video isn’t another trend that they can bandwagon jump on like a lot of parent bloggers did with thrifty, food, travel and now stationery themed blogs.

    Video is an entirely different kettle of fish and requires a completely different skill set to blogging. I see regular videos from people who write brilliantly but have absolutely no screen presence, no idea how to frame a video shot and nothing to say. I’d personally rather read a blog post than watch a blogger sit at their kitchen table and mumble out that blog post awkwardly to camera.

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    • Thank you! Another really interesting comment about another thing I hadn’t really considered. I saw vlogging only as a way for people to get on in blogging, but hadn’t considered the much bigger YouTube world out there and the people making megabucks out of it. Fair play to people if they can achieve that, but interesting to hear you say about good writers can make boring presenters and the skills are entirely different. I know I don’t have the skills needed for presenting, and I’m perfectly happy with that!

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  16. I’d also add that personally there isn’t a great deal of traffic driven to YouTube from my blog- about 70% of my YouTube traffic comes from YouTube (either YouTube searches or YouTube suggested videos). This sort of seems to support your position and I’d be interested to know whether anyone else has a similar set of stats.

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  17. I much prefer to read and write, mainly because 99% of the vlogs I’ve seen are SO boring!

    However… Bunny wants to become a vlogger, so I will be attempting to master the art of YouTube for her!

    I do however, love videos on YouTube which are not vlogs… Like parodies and music videos.

    GREAT blog post. Love your honesty and the fact you’re not afraid to stick to what you know and love. You won’t get left behind. X

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    • Thank you! That’s such a lovely thing to say πŸ™‚
      One of the approximately two videos I’ve ever watched was your cancer video and I thought it was brilliant. However you make a good point about the boring videos! A blogger who is very experienced with video tagged me in a post, so I went against my usual rules and watched. It was so boring! I really didn’t get the point of it at all.
      Good luck to Bunny in her vlogging career! x

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  18. The brilliant thing about the blogging world is the diversity – there are thousands of parent bloggers in the UK, and we all have our different strengths, passions and skills. I also think bloggers in general are often desperate to improve their skills and plug any knowledge gaps they might have. We look at other blogs and naturally, we spot ways we can improve our own, and we go out and learn how to do it. That, to me, is amazing and exciting.

    So while lots of bloggers are trying their hand at video and YouTube, it’s totally fine that you don’t want to, and that you don’t watch any YouTube videos. For me, I’ve been interested in video and editing for a few years, going back to when I worked on More magazine and had a seminar with YouTube, where they told us how big it was about to get.

    But I haven’t started making videos because I feel I have to, or I’m scared of being left behind, it’s because I’ve always had an interest, and it’s a natural progression for my blog, and many others.

    I think your post has possibly upset a few people (not me, might I add!) and I’m not sure whether that was the intention, but I think we’re all entitled to have our say.

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    • Thanks very much, we certainly are all entitled to have our say! I don’t think the upset people have bothered commenting here, so I can’t respond to them.
      It makes perfect sense for you to make videos as, like you say, you’ve always had an interest. I had an interest at university (far too many years ago to mention!), but it was never something I followed up and now I’m just happy with my writing, which I will always look to improve.

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  19. Gosh I hope that Alison isn’t right about this post upsetting people – why would it? You’re basically saying ‘good luck to you but it’s not for me’. I cannot understand why that isn’t ok? Some people wouldn’t read your blog because it’s not for them but you’ve never been upset about that, it’s the reality of blogging and we all have different tastes/interests. I was starting to feel a little ‘left behind’ with regard to the vlogging community but I absolutely KNOW it isn’t for me and had to have a harsh word with myself too – I started blogging because I love to write, why change that because everyone else is doing something different?! I do have one question though….are you saying that you never watched the video of my daughter playing her piano piece?! Tsk! x

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    • Well the upset people haven’t commented, so I can’t know if I’ve upset them or not. Like you say, I’m just saying ‘each to their own, but it’s not for me’. I’m not dissing them for their choices, I’m just saying it’s not my choice.
      In all honesty, I can’t remember if I watched your daughter playing the piano, although I have a feeling I might have done. I can categorically say I DID watch the dog video you made for S2S2D though! x

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  20. I’m struggling to get into this one, too. I just like the written word and am not comfortable having my photo taken, let alone vlogging! I can see when it’s useful, and never say never and all that, but right now, I’m sticking to writing!

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    • Good for you! I think I’ve said never! I don’t mind having my photo taken, but I’m a lot happier just writing!

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  21. Whilst I dip my toe into a bit of vlogging every now and then, I feel like my home really is writing, so I totally get where you’re coming from. I also tend to skip videos in blog posts too, but usually because I’m reading them silently in bed with Hubs asleep next to me, so watching a video would not go down well at ll!!!

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    • It surprises me how many people have talked about the volume of the videos and offending other people, it was something I hadn’t even thought about.

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  22. I’m not sure where I stand on vlogging – I do sometimes watch videos but probably more out of nosiness and “I wonder what she sounds like in real life” sort of thing.
    I’m guessing you won’t be listening to my new podcast then…

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    • Afraid not! If I want to listen something I listen to the radio! πŸ™‚

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  23. Me too Sarah. I’m feeling so demoralised at the moment with my blogging. I’ve moved websites and I know things take a while to pick up. But I really feel like I’ve found my own style of writing now. It’s not clever, it’s not exciting but it’s me. And nobody has the remotest interest in working with me anymore. Maybe it’s all about the Vloggers these days, or maybe they are just discovering much better writers. But I’ve decided that this is is the way I enjoy writing and it is a nice record for me and my family, so that’s the way it’s going to be.x

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    • So sorry to read this Natalie. I felt the same when I moved my blog over, but I’m so much happier with it now. It’s great that you’ve found your own style of writing, but sorry to hear nobody wants to work with you (if it’s any consolation, they don’t much want to work with me either!). Like you, I want my blog to be a record for me and my family and that’s all that really matters. Hope you feel better about blogging soon. x

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  24. Yup – agree with you there … and I have the added disadvantage that my old computer tends to throw a wobbly if I ask it to watch a video. I know I am just about OK on writing down my thoughts and feelings but I know for sure that any video I tried to make would be awful. It just isn’t me. That said, I am trying to improve my photographs this year but only to get the natural light right. There will be no rose petals.

    Keep writing – there are plenty of us still reading.

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    • Thanks very much, that’s a lovely thing to say!
      It made me laugh about your computer – I used to have that problem too! It was impossible to watch any videos.
      Your photography is all about the great outdoors and that’s fab.

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  25. I’m so with you. I love making youtube clips to embed in my posts to enrich them, to give them more depth – perhaps clips showing my child mastering a new skill or demonstrating a product but out and out vlogging? Nope, not my thing. I’m a writer.

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    • Thanks very much. I’m impressed that you embed clips in your posts, I won’t even do that! I will turn down any reviews that require me to include video.

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  26. I’m with you as well. I rarely watch vlogs, primarily because I don’t use headphones with my phone so everyone else would have to listen too. That said if I have something specific I need to find, like how my daughter’s piano practise should actually sound then I’ll look it up on YouTube. My son (9) is an avid Minecraft YouTube video watcher too, he talks at great length about his favourite YouTuber (iballisticsquid!)

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    • Your 9yo son sounds rather like my 11yo son! My son likes Stampy best, but he likes Squid too! A lot of people have made the point about the headphones and that’s something I hadn’t even considered. My daughter looks up hairstyles on YouTube, but I just never think of using it for anything!

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  27. I’m glad that you are doing what you enjoy – the minute that blogging/vlogging becomes a chore it is time to give up! I absolutely love vlogging, so for me I’m not following any trends really – I just do my own thing. I think the most important thing is just enjoying it and blogging/vlogging or whatever for pleasure rather than because it is a trend πŸ™‚ x

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    • Thanks very much. You’re so right – do what you enjoy and what feels right for you, whether it’s blogging or vlogging.

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  28. I am a late bloomer when it comes to blogging, and I am still getting the hang of it, so I am concentrating at it for now. When I first started blogging I did realize that most bloggers were now starting youtube channels and such… But as you, I do prefer to write and video making is not my thing… I do think that I am a visual person, but more into drawing, designing and photography, all in the amateur stage… I do wish the best of luck to all those pursuing this new endeavour! I do have fun watching a couple of videos; it’s a way to keep up with what’s happening! x

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    • Thanks very much for commenting, it’s nice to hear from a new blogger. You’re right, it’s definitely good to master one skill before you move onto the next! It sounds like your drawing and photography are a good outlet for you.

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  29. I’m not sure where I sit on this. I agree, my passion is also just from writing and I don’t watch any vlogs but I do get why the make-up tutorials and all the ‘how-to’ vlogs are big hits and growing. I’m not sure vlogging is for me and my blog quite yet…so for now, I’m happy expressing it all through text and photo’s πŸ™‚ Jess x

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    • Good for you! And if you decide to move in that direction in the future, there’s no stopping you! Thanks very much for commenting. x

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  30. I think video is a brave new world for a lot of parenting bloggers, particularly those without a media background and it’s wonderful, encouraging and inspiring so many are pushing themselves out of their comfort zones, trying new ways to connect and share their voice while reaching new audiences. It doesn’t replace the written word but enhances their own blogs and reach in my opinion.

    I love watching all kinds of videos on youtube by lots of varied bloggers from the parenting genres to style, food, beauty and beyond. I love sharing old cartoons with my kids and connecting with filmmaker friends who have between 10 and millions of subscribers.

    I also think as a pro-blogger, it’s important to find ways and vehicles away from google’s penguin updates and penalties hence youtube activity (paid or otherwise) and secondary blogs are a good move for those running blogs as businesses.

    As a filmmaker, pre blogging I worked with huge teams directing commercials, tv documentaries and short films and that somehow prevented me from going solo LOTS to make more of my own videos. I have made some but want to make more this year, lots more. Why? Because I love film, I enjoy being on camera and I want to keep up to date with what is happening not just with Youtube but in every area of blogging I can-not just because it’s my job but because I love learning new skills. However there is nothing wrong with those wanting to keep up with trends either. These are exciting times for bloggers and technology. That does not mean for one second everyone must try everything out there but I think being open to it all is what is important, it can be scary to try new things and it’s commendable when others do so. You mention in one of your comment your original interest in filmmaking at uni, it is never too late to try anything-the fact the internet is so democratic and offers us all new platforms and chance to share our stories is so incredible. What an interesting read this made today.

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    • Thanks very much for taking the time to comment. With your background, it is understandable you would want to be a part of it. And, as I said, I have nothing against those who do.
      I’m not a pro-blogger, my blog is my hobby (albeit a very time-consuming one!), so I get the readers I get and I’m happy with that. It grows very gradually over time and that’s fine. If they stop coming to me because I don’t vlog, that will be fine to, because I will be staying true to myself.
      I used to enjoy working with video at university and it was a lot more complicated then! But I didn’t go into that line of work and then I just got too busy with other stuff and lost interest, so didn’t go back to it.

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  31. i love making videos (of the kids, not of me) and I find they can really enhance a blog post of our days out. I’m not bothered if people watch them because they are there for me to look back on more than anything else and my kids adore watching them.
    I’m not one for talking well on camera – I say “er” an awful lot so will be steering clear of those sorts of vlogs and I admit I just don’t get the “unboxing videos” why do people want to know what you’ve bought at the shop?

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    • Making videos of the kids for your own memories is the perfect reason for making them – and I wish I made more of them for that reason!
      I am so out of touch with this stuff that I didn’t even know people made videos of unboxing stuff. It sounds very boring!

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  32. Love this post, I’m also another one who reads blogs and skips through the videos. And if there’s a blog post, which is just a video with no transcript then I just close it down.

    I do use YouTube for tutorials, and embedding in my posts, plus I have added a few of N in relevant posts.

    I tried doing a vlog and N kept interrupting so that’s never happened, and I’ve done an intro to me…which ended up going way off tangent, and I’ve never got round to editing it. Oh, and back at the start of the year, I was planning on a sale haul vlog…but everything is still in the bags (really must put them in the wardrobes because it’s too late to do a video now).

    I just don’t have the time at the moment. I can’t escape from N interrupting. And as for uploading…30 seconds video takes over an hour on our broadband. Plus I’m not sure I’m the right type of person to speak on camera, I just keep waffling on (like this comment!).

    I’m with others about the sound though. I read blogs and am on the internet in the evenings with the OH in the room. That means either headphones with jumpy buffering, or no videos. So I rarely watch vlogs.

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    • Thanks very much for your lovely comment, I really appreciate it.
      Wow, that broadband speed sounds awful! I know I’ve uploaded two videos to YouTube in my entire life (a few years back now) and it was about the same – it took all evening and was very frustrating!

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  33. This is a weird one for me because I used to be in videos and on film in my old job. It’s something that I’m comfortable with but not really overly fussed about getting in to from a blogging point of view. I think it’s because I rarely watch them. In fact, it’s really difficult for me to find the time and space to watch them. Reading posts is so easy because I can pick up my phone and take a look at them at any time. Video needs me to be sat somewhere where I’m not disturbing anyone else and I just don’t get that opportunity (or want that opportunity as it would mean sitting in a different room to my husband in the evening). So it’s not for me right now but who knows in the future.

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    • Yes! You speak perfect sense! Just because you’ve worked with it in the past doesn’t mean it needs to be an automatic choice when it comes to blogging, although for some people there is a natural link there. Thanks very much for taking the time to comment.

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  34. Hi! I came across this post via 40+ Bloggers today so thought I’d add my thoughts, although to be honest, I think everything I wanted to say has already been said. From a personal POV, I started vlogging because it was another way to be creative. Words have always been my one true love, but I also love learning new things and trying to improve on what few skills I have! I appreciate I’m probably an acquired taste, but I have always blogged for me and no-one else really – same goes for making videos. It makes me happy. I don’t write or film if I don’t feel like it … but when the mood takes me, now I have another creative outlet. You’re right, it’s not for everyone, but at the ripe old age of 44, I’ve learnt to just do what makes me happy, regardless of what everyone else thinks – I think I’m way too old to do something just because it’s seen as the latest ‘trend’.

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    • Thanks very much for commenting, that makes perfect sense. If it is something you enjoy, then why not? It seems that those of us in are 40s are never going to be part of the latest trend, whatever we do, but who cares?

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  35. You’re right about the age of vlogger watchers. My daughter constantly has them blaring out of her phone, and I find the inane laughter and useless subjects unbearable.

    But I know why she listen to them. She’s hard at work on her A-Levels, so doesn’t get out much at the moment. She needs the company of other young people, but in her own time and environment. These vloggers are like a virtual community to her. They make her feel she is still part of the world.

    In my mind the drivel pumped out by these vloggers is relatively harmless than if she went on a chatroom or forum, where there is no control of who is on the other end.

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    • That’s a good point re the vloggers v chatrooms and forums. Those are something I haven’t encountered – either myself or my children. My boys love watching Stampy and his Minecraft videos. His voice drives me mad, but he’s not supposed to appeal to me, the same as the vloggers your daughter watches. That’s a good point about company too, which I hadn’t considered.

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