Dateline: 15 May 2017
Video blogging is now where it's at with savvy online marketing. Whether it's the marketing of ideas or products, more people will pay attention to you if you make a movie and put it on YouTube.
I've come to terms with that reality, and have now launched a new vlog titled This Agrarian Life. And, of course, every vlog must have it's own web site: www.ThisAgrarianLife.net
This new vlog has been a long time in the thinking. But my thinking was that I would not video blog. The reason being, my lack of technical and stage prowess, along with the amount of time it has taken me in the past to make the few YouTube videos I've managed to crank out.
Written words have always been my strong point anyway. They have served me well. I'm comfortable with words. I'm not naturally inclined to put my live self into the medium.
But I've been feeling that I need to be a little less introverted. And then it occurred to me that the prospect of video blogging was overwhelming to me because I was complicating it.
What if I just filmed real short clips (less than 3 minutes) of various small-subject things that I've done, or am doing, here on my little homestead? With a single-take, short, focused video, I could eliminate the time-consuming production work of putting the video together.
And, instead of adding a "proper" introduction, with music and all of that, I would just have a 3-second introductory title frame. That would save me even more time.
And, with my spotty, low-bandwidth internet service, I might be able to upload a short video to YouTube in only a couple of hours (instead of overnight, and then some).
So, I made 7 short vlogs last Friday and uploaded them to YouTube over the weekend. With my scaled-down approach, the videos were easy to shoot and produce. And they uploaded to YouTube so much faster than previous (longer) movies I made.
Initial viewer response has been pretty good. I'm encouraged.
I have not thought this vlogging journey out too far into the future. I'm just taking it a vlog at a time. But I hope to make a lot of these mini-movies in the days ahead.
I invite you to join My YouTube Channel and watch all the episodes of This Agrarian Life as they come out. You will find all my YouTube videos at that link.