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 2021.
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. 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 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 April when I was participating in the Blogchatter A2Z challenge, and I was writing on the theme of 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. Do you think bloggers should have a Youtube channel too? And, if you do have a channel, how has been your experience so far? Do share your YouTube link in the comments below, would love to check it out.
I think I attended this session. And yes, I agree we have to give an extra limb to our blog. Youtube is a great way. I have been thinking for a very long time about youtube but with two podcast channel, I guess youtube will have to wait.
You know this is really timely for me. I have been thinking of building a brand around my blog and a you tube channel has been on my mind for a while. These tips are very useful. Thanks so much!
Yes completely agree Neha that bloggers should have youtube channel. It definitely offers many advantages as you mentioned in this post. Personally I used to make videos with my girls only during vacation . Your post has made me inspired to make more videos and take video making seriously.
I loved your YouTube journey Ig live.Very helpful. I am still an infant with the vlogging thing.Its amazing how much youtu.be can help us .
You are right buddy, our YouTube channel does contribute to our blog’s growth. I have captured my weight loss journey on YouTube as well as my blog and those posts hve done really well
I totally agree with your reasoning for starting a Youtube channel. I have one and I use it but it’s unfortunately not my main focus as of now- I use it merely as a video platform where I can upload affiliate content!
Definitely agree! Bloggers should have a youtube channel. I have that on my list too for 2021. YouTube does help to grow one’s blog alot.
I have never thought of starting a youtube channel for my blog. My son has a YouTube channel, where he live streams games.
You are so right . I wish i have started it earlier but never mind . Your post has inspired me to make more videos on youtube
WE don’t have Youtube channel citing the reason it requires an equal effort to do so. But reading your post I got an idea how to build a youtube channel and how good it can be for a blog too.
Yes! I agreed. For me, videos are more interesting and more connecting than blogs. I started my YouTube channel for reciting my poems and giving those a platform.
You are definitely right . I have a blog and a youtube channel also . And yes , youtube channel contributes and helps to our blog’s growth also .
Completely agree! With social media platforms becoming a major marketing factor , blogging on various platforms is a must.
Leave your footprints wherver you go!
Also, regarding the additions for a good video, I personally prefer ring light.
Yes even I feel every blogger should have a youtube channel. Cross posting surely helps build traffic to both medias. Some of my previous Videos are going viral now and bringing in some good traffic to my blog.
You made me think of having a YouTube channel. I have never given a thought about this but after reading your post, I am seeing this with a new perspective. Maybe I should start a YouTube channel to promote my blog. Thanks for this insight.
I totally agree with you. Every blogger should have a youtube channel no matter how small it is. When I started mine, I never thought deeply about it but looking back I realise that it is the best decision I took.
The visual medium is extremely powerful and I agree with all the logic. It’s also important to be on various platforms as a content creator since one shouldn’t confine oneself to just one medium.
I totally agree that we bloggers should have youtube channel, I have one channel but still need to work on that!! Thanks for sharing this article it is really great!!