Every Blogger should have a YouTube Channel.
I have always loved shooting videos, but I was not confident enough to take that passion for making videos to the next level. It was only after I attended the Blogchatter #LightsCameraChatter campaign last year that I got to learn so many tips and tricks of video blogging. And, now I look forward to making a video & share it on my YouTube channel and embed it on my blog as well. I feel that every Blogger should have a YouTube channel in 2020.
Do you have a YouTube channel?
This July, I got an opportunity to take a session during the #LightsCameraChatter campaign and talk about my love for video blogging. I did an Instagram Live on Blogchatter’s page, where I spoke about my YouTube journey as a blogger. And how I am capturing travel stories on YouTube and connecting them with my blog.
I also talked about the difficulties & challenges a beginner may face when starting their YouTube journey and how to overcome those obstacles to stay motivated and positive even during the low times.
I started my blog growingwithnemit.com in 2017 to share my parenting journey and travel experiences with the world. I also have a YouTube channel that goes by the same name – Growing With Nemit. For those who are new here, Nemit is my 4-year-old son & all my parenting & travel stories revolve around him.
And, then I took some questions, sharing a few here. You may watch the video at the end of this post for all questions.
Q1 – When did I feel the urge to start a YouTube channel, why and how?
I started my YouTube channel at the same time when I started my blog in 2017. Because at that time, only I knew that one has to have a presence on all social platforms. But what I didn’t realize was how difficult it is to manage all social platforms along with a blog, especially when you are a parent.
Since I enjoy clicking pictures and shooting short video clips, I instantly fell in love with Instagram. And because I was getting good traffic on my blog through Facebook, I tried to stay active there as well. But it was different with YouTube.
I can describe my YouTube journey in 3 stages – Newborn, Infant, Toddler.
My first video was a 7-sec raw clip of Nemit going down on a slide, and nobody watched it. It’s not that it bothered me, but I realized that I am doing it wrong & it will need a lot of work if I want to get the best out of it. So, I gave it a break.
The next video which I shared on YouTube was after a gap of 15 months; it was also a raw clip. But, this time, the whole purpose of this video was to use it in one of my blog posts. And, surprisingly, it did make a difference.
My readers spent more time on that post, and that video also got more views as compared to my first video.
Here’s the post where I added this video – 30 Stimulation activities for Babies!
Now, it was last year’s April when I was participating in the Blogchatter A2Z challenge, and I was writing on the theme traveling with kids, I realized that I could use our travel videos to attract more traffic on my posts.
I shared two videos from our Kashmir trip on YouTube, which I then embedded in my posts. But due to the time constraint, I couldn’t do it for all my posts.
That was the time when I wanted to take video blogging seriously. I wanted to learn from the experts to give my YouTube channel a push & take it to the next level. That’s when I participated in the Blogchatter’s Lights Camera Chatter campaign in July 2019.
Q2 – Why you should start a YouTube channel if you are already a Blogger?
- Video blogging is the ‘in’ thing.
- You can attract more traffic to your blog.
- To increase your brand’s visibility.
- Embed YouTube videos in your blog.
- Make your blog more impactful for your readers.
- YouTube videos can rank on Google, just like a blog.
- Fight writer’s block by shifting to video making/editing & keep your creative juices flowing.
Q3 – What Equipment I started with and gradually upgraded?
Just like any other YouTuber, I started with my mobile phone only. But there are some pros and cons of using a mobile phone to shoot videos.
PROS of using a mobile phone for shooting a video
- Quickly access the mobile phone to shoot videos.
- Edit on the phone and upload it directly.
- Most mobile phones come with a good camera so you can shoot quality videos too.
CONS of using a mobile phone for shooting a video
- Mobile phones catch all the noise around you if not using a microphone.
- You can’t capture clear shots of faraway objects.
- Degrade the video quality if shooting in the dark.
- Not suitable for shooting selfie videos.
Here’s the list of equipment which I am using now-
- Canon G7X Camera
- Mini Tripod & Long Tripod
- Bluetooth Selfie Stick with remote & selfie stand
What else you can invest in to make better videos –
- Boya Microphone
- Ring Light
Watch the full video of Instagram Live here –
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That’s it for today guys. I will write another post on video blogging, where I will share my experience making videos. And in what ways those videos are helping my blog.
Do you think bloggers should have a Youtube channel too? And, if you do have a channel, how has been your experience so far? Tell me in the comments below.