Taking The Plunge And Starting A Youtube Channel

How to get started as a vlogger on Youtube

Let’s face it – so many bloggers are now getting started on Youtube as another string to their bow. We all have our own motivations for doing so, and for me it’s really about developing a new skill and sharing a bit more of me for my audience.

I remember having a lot of reservations about making videos – mostly to do with my really squeaky voice and my really British teeth. But times change. I decided to take the plunge and create a video using my DSLR.

Admittedly, I sold my soul a bit and picked a beauty product review video as my first topic, as I know generally there’s a lot of that sort of content on Youtube that people watch. The focus was all out, and I didn’t really know what I was doing. But hey, it’s had over 100 views which is pretty good for someone with 6 subscribers.

I thought I’d share a few tips as a Youtube newb on how I’ve got on and what I’ve learned so far!

Trial and error

The key to getting started on Youtube is simple. Trial and error. Give it a go, don’t take it too seriously and aim to improve on each video you post.

Although I’m not really a Zoella fan, just look at her first video compared to her more recent ones. Sure, her first videos were from about 5 years ago, but everyone starts somewhere!

Keep it simple

From the premise of your video, to the editing, keep things nice and simple. If you make it too much of a task, you’ll resent making more content as it’ll be too time consuming/stressful.

When making my videos, I don’t even use a script. I simply plonk the camera (my Canon G7X) on the tripod, set up a couple of cheap soft boxes (I get about 0% natural light in my room so…), and go.

When it comes to editing, I use iMovie and I avoid any fancy transitions, overlays etc. Youtube videos don’t need to look all fancy. Even the biggest Youtubers out there will often stick to basic jump cutting.

Learn from others

Have an idea of something to film? Look at what others are doing. Can you do it better? Can you make your video unique and not just covering the same things?

If you’re not sure you’re really creating something new, shoot it anyway. See how you feel about it. It’s quite easy to critique your own videos, and I’ve definitely done away with videos purely based on the fact I wasn’t quite sure about them.

Don’t be too harsh on yourself

I think a big obstacle for many in deciding to start Youtubing is a confidence thing. Putting yourself out there is a scary thing, but it’s also a really rewarding one when you can upload something you’re proud of.

You yourself are often your harshest critic, so bear that in mind. If you’re a fellow blogger, we are lucky to have a great community behind us that supports each other and our talents, so remember that the next time you feel scared that someone might be negative about your content.

If you are worried about the infamous Youtube trolls, simply don’t allow comments on your videos. I have left comments open on mine, knowing full well that any negativity can be deleted as I please!

So there we have it – just a few tips on how to take those first steps on Youtube.

Seasoned Youtubers (or fellow newbies), any tips to add?

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  1. Donna Louise Hay

    I love this! It's so nice to know that more and more bloggers are making the move to vlogging- it's something I aspire to one day! Well done you and good luck! Il be subscribing to your channel 🙂 xx

  2. Cat Fyson

    Thanks hun, glad you enjoyed it! Just seen you have subscribed, thank you so much 🙂 I look forward to seeing if/when you take the plunge and hope these tips help xx

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