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Throwing a Vlog Into Your Blog

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I’m terrified of vlogging (video blogging). I admit it. But every time I create one, I get a lot of great feedback and tons of comments. And when I view a vlog, I tend to leave more comments – it probably has to do with that feeling of closeness that you get with the blog author, and a better sense of relating to them. So if you’re looking to add a touch of personalization, or encourage more interaction with your readers, try adding a vlog!

Here are a few tips that I’ve learned from the (few) vlogs I’ve created:

  • Keep it Natural. I try not to be too scripted, although I think about the points I’m trying to make before I actually begin filming!
  • Do a Couple Takes. It’s fine to redo your video – once, twice, even twenty times – to get it to the point you’re comfortable putting it online for the world to see!
  • Look at the Camera. It may feel awkward, but it will feel more awkward to a viewer who watches you staring out the window while talking!
  • Get Creative. Try a fun background, use props, or inject some personality into your video. Use body language and humor to make the video interesting.
  • Keep Your Audience in Mind. Always keep your blog readership in mind, encourage them to join in the discussion, but be careful of your word choices!
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Nikki Katz is the Managing Editor for the BlogWorld Blog. Feel free to follow her Twitter @nikki_blogworld and @katzni

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Nikki Katz is the Managing Editor for the BlogWorld.com. She has been a freelance writer and blogger for over a decade, writing for About.com, iVillage and b5media. Feel free to follow her Twitter @nikki_blogworld and @katzni.


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