How to go from blogger to vlogger

Video blogging (or vlogging) has taken the online internet TV community by storm, and we think the industry shift from ‘blogger to vlogger’ is exciting.

Anyone with a camera, an internet connection and something to say, can vlog, and we’ve made the move from blogger to vlogger recently too.

Vlogging is a great way to showcase your experiences and personality via the video format.

Thanks to fast internet you can upload a vlog to YouTube pretty much anywhere on the planet, whether it be from a cafe in Gastown, Vancouver or at a truckstop in the middle of Outback Australia.

The great thing about vlogging is that there are so many micro-communities which allow you to connect with like-minded people who share your passion. A quick search will connect you with thousands of communities, for example, travel, cooking, dogs, craft beer and gaming.

Travel vlogging has an enormous online community. Many bloggers have made the transition too, and are sharing their experiences with the world.

The best part is that you don’t need expensive eqipment to start a travel vlog.

Many YouTubers have opted to use their smartphone or a basic digital camera.

My top five tips for travellers to help you shift from blogger to vlogger are…

Select your niche (what are you passionate about?)

The first question you need to ask yourself is what are you going to vlog about?

Choose a niche or something you really care about. This will help you focus on topics (content) that you know or are an expert on.

Mine are travel, food and dogs. Who doesn’t love eating food and patting dogs while travelling? (wash your hands though!).

When you talk about your passions people will find you more interesting because your enthusiasm easily shines through.

I can talk about food and dogs forever.

Be specific and people (your viewers) will find you.

Keep your clips short

Try and hook your viewer in the first few seconds and spark their curiosity.

Your video should share a creative story showcasing all of your best bits filmed on an adventure.

Tell the audience what they are going to see to give them a reason to keep watching. Don’t save your best bits until the end. 

Current industry statistics show that for optimum engagement stick to about two to four minutes in length.

If you need more time don’t be afraid of breaking your longer videos up into digestible bits to create a series.

Practice makes perfect

Anyone who has tried moving from blogging to vlogging will know that talking into a camera lens is not as easy as it sounds, especially at first.

Practice makes perfect though!

Pick up a camera and start talking or you can sit down in front of a mirror and pretend it’s the camera.

It’s important to know the right angles and movements for you as you vlog.

As you watch yourself you’ll notice things that you can do to improve. The more you do it, the more comfortable and confident you’ll feel.

Just let your partner know in advance otherwise they might think you are to talking yourself (again!).

Be consistent

To build your audience you need to consistently upload high quality vlogs.

Your subscribers like to know that you are active.

Vlogs which are entertaining and engaging will always have an audience.

Don’t wait weeks or even months until you upload a new vlog otherwise your loyal fans may have moved on.

Stick to a schedule. If you regularly upload a video on Sunday at 8am make sure you meet the deadline.

Sound is important

Audio is just as important as video quality.

If your audience can’t hear or understand what you’re are saying they will move on.

If your videos always have poor sound quality, people will avoid them.

If you are filming in a quiet room, a good quality camera microphone will be sufficient.

However, if you plan on venturing outdoors a good external directional microphone will help aleviate a lot of background noise.

Browse Ebay and Amazon for options.

Alternatively, you can also record audio on another separate device like a phone or Zoom recorder.

Showcase ‘you’

Learn to filter your experiences through personality.

Be yourself on camera.

Viewers want to trust and connect with the person they are watching. Use this to your advantage.

Look directly into the camera and speak to the viewer.

Be friendly. Be approachable. Be yourself.

 

Do you have other tips or questions? Let us know in the comments.

 

Vlog: Whitecross Street food market London

Whitecross Street food market in London is a longstanding secret with locals and gets very busy at lunchtime.

This little gem has something for even the fussiest palate – including falafel, burgers, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Moroccan and my personal favourite, hog roast.

The area is also brimming with history, so take a walk around to view old buildings and plauques.

Open Monday to Friday.

 

Discover more:

Whitecross Street market website

Historical walking route: Whitecross and east London

Blog: history of Whitecross Street

 

 

Guide to beaches and scuba diving in Santorini

We’re excited to be heading to Santorini, Greece, in May – our second attempt after being delayed from going last year (although we did embark on another adventure instead); so, when Alice Ross pitched this piece on beaches and scuba diving in Santorini, of course we said yes!

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Recreational scuba diving was restricted in Greece for a long time. The government did it to prevent antiquities smugglers – diving was allowed to only some people who were given special authorisation by the authorities determined to protect the country’s marine life and remains of archaeological importance.

Fortunately, in 2004, authorities lifted the restrictions and anyone who wants to scuba dive just about anywhere in the country is allowed to do it for recreation.

Since then, Greece has quickly become one of the most visited scuba diving sites in the world. With more than 4,000 islands and 12,000 miles of coastline, the Greek seas offer an ideal place for scuba diving.

One of the best places to do scuba diving is in Santorini. The marine life that you can find the coast of Santorini is arguably well-known. The island’s waters, molded by a volcanic eruption that took place in the 16th century, are rich with mineral, supporting a solid range of coral and creatures.

These great volcanic eruptions have formed wonderful underwater backdrop giving scuba divers ceaseless options for wall dives and unending stops all over the volcanic islets and the caldera.

Aside from the beautiful underwater world Santorini offers, the water visibility all over the island is good! The water temperature is approximately 22°C, so make sure to wear some nice wetsuit. Diving in the vicinity of the caldera is also possible; however, the southern side of the island is the one that offers a variety of delightful caves which you are able to explore with the help of a master diver who is familiar with the site.

If you are interested in visiting Santorini for diving, this list of four beaches where you can scuba dive is worth checking out.

Perissa Beach is a very famous beach resort that should be top of your list.

It’s an organised, developed beach with a plenty of comfortable beach chairs, umbrellas, as well as other amenities, such as lifeguards, playground, and of course a shower. It’s worth mentioning that it was awarded Blue Flag award for being organised and clean.

When you reach the end of the beach is where you will find the diving spot. There are also two diving centres you can check out on this beach. Aside from that, however, you are able to pick from different water sports like windsurfing jet skiing, kayaking, and parasailing. Lastly, a wonderful water park with pools offers and water slides that cater to anyone of any age.

Perivolos Beach is a long, black sand beach with beautiful deep blue waters which is connected to and Agios Georgios Beach and Perissa Beach.

It’s another well-organised beach with sunbeds, lifeguards, umbrellas, taverns, restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, bars, showers, a playground, and public toilets.

There are many beach bars playing club the latest music, DJ guest during the weekend, volleyball tournaments, and exciting events on special occasion. But of course, this is also a nice place to go if you are looking for some underwater (or even over the surface) adventures!

Agios Georgios is located less than one kilometre from Perivolos Beach. It’s a big, sandy organised beach.

It’s more peaceful than its neighbouring beaches, and the water is shallower.

Some small taverns offer delicious lunch. Umbrellas and sun beds can be rented if you want to relax at the beach, and there are a lot of opportunities for water sports like scuba diving.

Divers can explore the beauty of Santorini’s marine life under the supervision of master divers who prioritise safety. The locations for dives might be very local in the bay and all over the neighbouring headland cliffs or a little further afield, depending on water visibility and conditions.

Ammoudi Bay Beach is accessible by walking or riding ride down the 214 steps from the castle of Oia.

Amoudi Bay is well-known for its traditional Greek inns with fresh seafood and the astounding romantic sunsets. Once was Santorini’s commercial port, Amoudi Bay has now become a tourist spot. There might not be sunbathing comforts at this beach unlike the other ones mentioned above, but the diving scene here is impeccable. Diving here is something you wouldn’t definitely find anywhere else in the world.

You see, Santorini isn’t only about sunsets, beautiful landscapes, and majestic geometric houses in the villages.

If you take your time to explore deeper, you will have the chance to experience an amazing adventure in Santorini. If you have not experienced diving before but you’re interested, you don’t have anything to be worried about as most dive shops in Santorini offer a non-certified scuba diving course where you’ll have to engage in a brief scuba diving introductory lesson before diving down to a depth of maximum 6 to 7 feet.

For more like this, take a look at fortravelista.com.

 

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