Taking Your Blog to the Next Level with Video

Flip Video Camera

You know what I love the most about blogging? It’s taking my blogs to the next level. I’m rather technically challenged so my blogs tend to have only the basics. My first big step was to switch from Blogger to WordPress for my personal blogs, I was nervous, but I did it. I took another big step when I learned to use images to illustrate my posts, but I’m proud to say I mastered that in no time. Now, I’m taking my blog to a higher level with video.

Why video?

Video scares me. I’m not confident enough in my appearance to show myself to the world through video, but I definitely think there are times where it’s good to show rather than tell. For instance, I did my first ever video blog post at Simply Thrifty today. My husband and I have to replace our backyard fence. Rather than hire someone, we’re saving money by doing it ourselves. What better way to illustrate the work needed to be done than with video? I think that by using video I show that we’re saving money, but also that maybe we’re sacrificing other areas of our lives as a result. It will be interesting to see if we regret not hiring anyone by the time we’re done. Sure,I could still use my words, but this really drives home my point.

How can you use videos in your posts?

  • To show a before and after. For instance, if you have a gardening blog you can show your garden as it progresses through the seasons.
  • To demonstrate. Why not take your instructive post to another letter by offering video so your readers know if they’re on the right track?
  • To entertain. I’m not talking about juggling, but there are definitely times when a video blog post done in good humor is more entertaining than a written post.
  • To review. One of the reasons I got the video camera is to do video product reviews. I don’t mind writing about them, but I’d love to really show what the products look like or how easy they are to run.
  • To add a personal touch. Your readers might feel they know you better if they can see or hear you rather than only read your words.

Do you HAVE to have video?

Of course you don’t have to have video. It’s certainly not necessary. To me however, it felt like the next logical step.

Comments

  1. What a great idea, Deb. I’m scared to death of making my own videos as well, even though so many people keep telling me it’s the way to go.

    Seeing how you’re using it to enhance “how to” posts is a great idea and I can see where that would help BIG TIME with a blog I’m currently working on getting up and ready.

    Lots of food for thought here. Thanks! :) Now if I can just convince the hubby we need a video camera….LOL!

  2. Cindy, I highly recommend the Flip Video Camera – it’s very inexpensive and very easy to use.

  3. No, I don’t have a camera, but it would be perfect for Junk Creation.

    Problem is my cat wouldn’t stay out of it. I’d have to lock him up during filming for sure. He’s always in my photos. I’m going to do a Cat Blooper post one day.

  4. I am into video now. It’s interesting, fun but not easy. I use Nokia N95 and it helps in the process. Then of course it’s up to the blogger, but at least it’s a mobile and you carry it with you at all times.

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