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7 Tips For Starting a Family Vlog and Making it Successful

The term ‘vlog’ is a short word for ‘video log’ or ‘video blog’. A vlog is like a diary, blog, or journal but in a video format. These are very popular today on several online platforms, especially YouTube.

Family vlogging has become a fascinating trend. With numerous types of family units out there, there are hundreds of entertaining YouTube videos for people with different choices. If you are thinking about starting a family vlog, the first thing you should work on is how you can make your channel or vlogs outshine the rest of the vlogs.

Reasons You Should Vlog

Nothing gets you more attention than vlogs if you are looking to increase your social media presence. Whether you are running a business or want to be a part of an online community for entertainment purposes, vlogging is an amazing way to promote yourself and market your products and services.

You have a wonderful family, and surely, all of you have amazing things to share and say. Now let’s focus on how you can capture what makes your family special and worth following. Read on!

But before you hop on to the vlogging journey, go through the 9 important tips discussed here to make it a pleasant one.

1.  Watch and Learn From Other Vloggers

Before you start, take out some time to learn how things are done. Make a short list some of the most viewed or most recent (or both) vlogs on YouTube and watch them. Spend at least a week or more to study the vlog styles and tactics. You'll find a huge list of family vlogs right here on vlogwatch.com. Of course, there isn’t one defined way to do a vlog and you don’t want to copy anyone. The real reason for watching others is that it will help you generate unique and fun ideas for your own family vlogs.  

BIG TIP: Don't ever be afraid to ask other vloggers or even people that just like to watch family vlogs any question you might have about vlogging or how to make your vlog better. That's the only way we learn.

When watching these vlogs, brainstorm by asking yourself questions such as:

  • Why are their vlogs interesting??
  • What are their viewers commenting? What are they saying?
  • Do they film their vlogs in one go?
  • How long are their videos?
  • How are they connecting and communicating with their viewers?
  • What trends can you pick out in every video?
  • Do they edit their videos?
  • What topic are they vlogging about?
  • How quickly do they upload new vlogs?

Find your answers to see what works for successful vloggers and then you can adapt that to make yours reach that level.

2.  Vlogging Topic and/or Theme

Based on the vlogs you watched, short list the ones you like the most and think of focusing on that when you are producing your own vlogs. Of course, keep the ‘nature’ of your vlogs in mind, i.e., if they are going to be funny, GK based, travel based, etc.

For this, you have to first decide on the type of vlog you are intending to produce. Work to deliver value to the viewers through your vlogs. Having a consistent theme will attract more followers. Being all over the place will confuse your potential audience and they won't ever know if they should become a subscriber to your channel or not. 

The good news is that you can play with different styles of vlogs every time while you remain consistent with your brand. If possible, write down a list of topics you’d like to cover. If you have multiple topics to cover, think of a way to create a streak of vlogs in which each one complements the other— even with different topics. This, however, shouldn’t compromise the diversity of each topic.

3.  Filming Gear (Camera)

As a beginner, you don’t really need a fancy camera with extraordinary features to create vlogs. Most vlogs can be perfectly made by simply using your mobile phone. This is what you should do to start with the vlogging game. Once you gain some experience and think that vlogging is actually your thing, progress to invest in cameras then and gradually start using more professional gear to improve video quality.

Whenever you are ready to buy a camera, you can consider the following models:

  • GoPro HERO 5 Black
  • Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
  • Nikon D5300 24.2 MP CMOS
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5i
  • Canon 77D (this is what I use and I love it!)
  • Sony a5100
  • SONY AX33 4K Handycam
  • Canon VIXIA HF R800

4.  Video Editing Software

Use the following tools to optionally edit them. These include both web and phone applications of which some are free, while some have advanced software and you to pay for them once.

  1. Filmora Video Editor
  2. Windows Movie Maker
  3. Pinnacle Studio
  4. Final Cut Pro
  5. Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 13
  6. Adobe Premiere Elements 1
  7. iMovie (For iPhone)
  8. Adobe Premiere Clips (For Android)

5.  Creating and Customizing Your YouTube Account

The YouTube channels creation process is now integrated with Google and Google+, meaning it’s easier than ever before. You can create a channel using your Google account directly or if you don’t have one, sign up for Google first and then do it.

You will be able to see the “Create a New Channel” option in your YouTube account’s settings. The process is very simple.

While Google will pull your basic information such as profile picture and name, you can opt to customize your channel the way you like once it’s created. Edit your description, add links to your profiles and channels, and make the most of every customization option you are given.

Uploading your vlogs on YouTube is a no-brainer. Simply hit the “Upload” button on the top right corner, select the video, fill out the necessary information that is required, and upload it.

You can also use the official YouTube app to upload vlogs from your smartphone. This is a great choice if you don’t want to go through the hassle of transferring videos to your laptop and then uploading them.

6.  Social Media Promotion

The easier parts are all done; now comes the difficult one, i.e., promoting your content. Most famous vloggers promote their videos on every social media platform they have available including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, and others. Do the same and share your vlogs with as many people as possible to increase the views.

7.  Audience Management

The final thing you should do to make your vlog successful is to properly manage your audience. Once you get the desired subscribe count and have people viewing and interacting with your vlogs, you need to learn how to interact with your loyal viewers and keep the trolls/scams out.

Treat your followers with respect, just like you do a close friend. Family vlogging is very personal and your vlog watchers are experiencing very personal things about you and your family. After sharing a video, reach out to viewers with direct questions. Ask them what they think about today's vlog. Ask them for advice and respond to their responses. The more you engage with viewers though Youtube comments the more fans will engage with you and your channel will grow. Ignore the haters and focus on the real people that make family vlogging so awesome and such a beautiful experience.

So, you are all set to embark on your vlogging journey now. You are prepared to avoid the bumps and deal with any that come your way. Happy vlogging!


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New VlogWatch Merch!

By bryan, 2018-01-26
New VlogWatch Merch!

Hey all -- we've got some new VlogWatch merch -- with all new designs by Blind Mime Studios  -- and we're really excited! Hope you like the new designs and stuff available at our all new LotsaBrands!com shop -- go check 'em out!


We've got awesome designs for laptop zip covers, phone cases and dye sublimation (print all over) t-shirts. Hope you love them as much as we do!



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Turtles All the Way Down

By bryan, 2017-10-12
Turtles All the Way Down

The wait is over! John Green, the number one best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back.

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward.

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza's story with shattering, unflinching clarity.


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A Perspective on Trolls

By bryan, 2017-08-21
A Perspective on Trolls

@the-jade-john-show offer a positive way to look at trolls at around 6:25 here:HOW WE BEAT THE TROLLS LOL Vid 1313

Jade says, "It's great that I give your life purpose." And then Jon adds that since adsense is enabled, they actually get money every time someone trolls their comments.

It's funny they talked about trolling this morning because, after being away from their channel for many months, I began watching again yesterday and noticed the large number of trolls clogging up their comment feeds. I guess there are large numbers of people that think it's fun to do that. What a pointless life they must lead if they find value in that kind of thing.

Good job putting it all into perspective, Jade and John.

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Our Take On the Youtube Advertiser Boycott

I'm a big Youtube news junkie. It's where I get a significant portion of my news and I watch a diverse range of stuff, from right to left. Probably some of it is what originally defined "fake news," although that term is being more loosely defined every day.

As you've most likely heard, lots of major advertisers have discontinued advertising on youtube, reportedly, on the basis of news reports of ads being shown on fringe hate videos. The logic being that an advertiser doesn't want to be associated with such things.

I think there is probably more going on here than that, however.

More to come…

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Youtube on AppleTV Continues to Disappoint Me Daily

I love to watch vlogs on AppleTV. At least I'd like to love watching vlogs on AppleTV except it's really more difficult than it needs to be because the Youtube app doesn't really work very well.

You can't Like or comment on vlogs, which is a common deterrant to a lot of AppleTV apps. For some reason, interacting is discouraged. Why? 

You also can't even view the comments, let alone comment on videos. Why?

The biggest thing I don't like is the videos just don't update. I haven't really been able to figure out any way to get them to update in a timely manner. Sometimes I open the app and a new batch of videos are there in the recent activity line, but more often than not, it's the same batch as yesterday or even longer back.

Get with it youtube, let's make a better, more interactive app!

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Trucker Josh Intro

By bryan, 2016-09-10
Trucker Josh Intro

Trucker Josh was one of my first vlog subscriptions and could very well have been a big reason I became hooked on watching vlogs regularly. I think I'm like a lot of you vlog fans in that I don't have all kinds of time to watch all the vlogs I'd like to watch every single day. You probably have a few regulars and maybe watch one or two on a daily basis or save your watching for the weekend when you can relax in the morning. That's sorta been my practice lately, I think.

Anyway, it seems like my vlogwatching is always changing and I'll keep up with one vlog for a while and then move on to another and back and forth and sometimes a vlog you love falls off the radar for awhile until you pick it up again.

So I stumbled back on to Trucker Josh's channel page and found a new intro video loaded with people from all over the world who created little TJV video ID's a lot like I used to have indie artists make for my radio show.

"This is Bryan in Salt Lake City and you're watching Trucker Josh and Diesel on TJV!" 

Pretty dang cool -- check it out below.

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Can we relate to full time vloggers?

Sam and Jenika of Samika Vlogs announced in today's vlog that Sam has quit his job and they are making the jump to full time vlogging. Of course, I'm happy for them. Sam was quite emotional talking about how he has a lot of dreams and ideas he wants to pursue but they have had to be set aside because he's busy holding down a full time job away from home and his passions.

But an interesting thought was raised in the comments of today's vlog and it's a thought that I've had as well, to be honest. Youtube user oodominatoroo commented:

"This is the downfall to YouTuber's making so much money.  The reason we like to watch them in the first place is it's nice to see someone else struggling through everyday life, having normal responsibilities and doing things most of us do ourselves on a daily basis.  But then they quit their jobs and start vloging full time from home, not going to work at a normal job, not living a normal life, and it's not encouraging or setting a good example for our youth that hard work pays off.  This is becoming a pattern on YouTube now and it's just sad.  Fortunately there is plenty of other new Vloger's trying to get started we can support until they hit this unfortunate stage of the YouTube lifestyle."

I don't agree with the "not encouraging or setting a good example for our youth that hard work pays off" part. Full time vlogging is all about having the guts to risk following your dreams and vlogging is really hard work. But, I also don't think oodominatoroo is saying Sam and Jenika shouldn't be pursing their dreams. It's just that we follow youtube channels, in large part, because we can directly relate to the people in them. So when they begin vlogging full time, I hope they don't fall into defining themselves more as "vloggers" than as people, if that makes any sense. Which it probably doesn't.

You know, spending more and more of their time collaborating with other full time vloggers, going to conferences about how to be better full time vloggers, going on road trips to meet up with fans, etc. I think that kind of focus does translate into more of their lives become something with which we simply don't relate. I don't want to see that.

It's not that Sam's job was really a part of their vlog anyway -- at least for the short time I've been avidly following. It's more about their family life and I don't think that's going to change. In fact, now that they both can focus on vlogging, we'll probably get to see more of their family life and relate to that even more than before.

Again, I'm not saying they shouldn't full time vlog -- I think it's great and I look forward to everything Sam and Jen can create now with more time and focus. They are definitely one of my favorite young family vloggers. Their vlogs convey a lot of the struggles and fun that make up real life and I'm grateful to them for sharing it with us and I think this new path on their journey will continue to be just as great to watch as ever. They'll continue to live a llife, sharing both the joys and struggles as they have done in the past. They're people and we'll still relate.

Just saying oodominatoroo is not entirely wrong either and I don't have any "answers" other than what he said. I'll keep supporting Samika but I'll also keep looking out for new vloggers. Most importantly though -- all the best to Sam and Jen as they take us with them on this huge leap into the future. It's going to be great!

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April's Life: The Bullying Has to Stop

April talks at length about the experiences their oldest son is having at school with another boy who is accusing their son of bullying as a way to bully him. It sounds complicated and it is, yet it's also pretty straightforward too. If you're forcing another person down, whether it's physical abuse or purely emotional teasing, it's causing harm to the other person -- it's bullying and it has to stop.

Since April and husband Davey are away at Playlist Live, they've pulled their son out of school until they return and they talk of possible solutions to the problem in today's vlog. Be sure to check it out, along with lots of stuff from the Playlist floor, other vloggers and fans too.

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The Abolitionists

By bryan, 2015-01-29
The Abolitionists

Many vloggers were out to a Utah showing of The Abolitionists, including Samika Vlogs and Ellie and Jared. Even CTFxC was there, having traveled all the way from California to be with a full house in the theater to see what obviously had a profound effect on everyone present. The film follows a crew filmmakers as they infiltrate human trafficking activities and save the child victims of this horrible "secret." We're planning to go, of course -- thanks for sharing your reactions to this important film, guys!

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