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What Does Vlog Mean & Where Does it Come from?

“Vlog” is a word that gets thrown around a lot, and while it certainly has become more mainstream and popular, there are many people who don’t know what it means. Understanding all of the terminologies that you will run into when you decide to try to build a name for yourself online is the best way to start setting yourself up for success.

That is why I have written this article, explain what a vlog is and where it started. Here you will learn if a vlog if right for you or if a blog is more suited. I also add some candy on top at the end of the article, talking about some of the biggest YouTubers as of writing this. Let’s jump in.

What is a Vlog (Video Blog)?

A vlog is a weblog that uses video to allow the creator to express themselves, pass on information, and connect with their fans. When someone vlogs, they are sharing information, advice, and their experiences with others, but instead of writing down their thoughts, they are talking about them and creating a video that others can watch. There are different websites where vloggers can host their videos, although some prefer to use a personal website that is set up for this purpose.

Vloggers do not need to have the writing experience that bloggers do, as they are generally giving information in a much more conversational tone and discussing their thoughts with their viewers. One thing that people need to be aware of before they decide to start a vlog is that they need to have the right kind of equipment in order to make high-quality videos that others are going to want to take the time to watch. If the picture is fuzzy or the audio isn’t clear, it’s not only going to be difficult to pass on information, but viewers also won’t want to take the time to watch.

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Blogs offer the ability to communicate with others, but unlike vlogs, where the person is making a video of themselves speaking directly to their viewers, bloggers write down their thoughts. They need to be able to express themselves easily and coherently through written word or they will struggle to find readers. One reason why some people prefer blogs over vlogs is that they can include videos and pictures in their posts to really connect with their readers and drive their point home.

To start a blog, a person only needs an internet connection and the ability to write. It is fairly easy to set up a blog and start updating it regularly, but it isn’t always as easy to make sure that your personality shows through and allows others to connect with you.

A vlog is a weblog that uses video to allow the creator to express themselves, pass on information, and connect with their fans. When someone vlogs, they are sharing information, advice, and their experiences with others, but instead of writing down their thoughts, they are talking about them and creating a video that others can watch. There are different websites where vloggers can host their videos, although some prefer to use a personal website that is set up for this purpose.

Vloggers do not need to have the writing experience that bloggers do, as they are generally giving information in a much more conversational tone and discussing their thoughts with their viewers. One thing that people need to be aware of before they decide to start a vlog is that they need to have the right kind of equipment in order to make high-quality videos that others are going to want to take the time to watch. If the picture is fuzzy or the audio isn’t clear, it’s not only going to be difficult to pass on information, but viewers also won’t want to take the time to watch.

How Did Vlogging Start?

At the beginning of the year 2000, Adam Kontras posted a blog entry that included a video to talk about his cross-country move. This post was what later became the longest-running vlog in history. Later that year, he also posted a video that included text changing over the top of a still image and referred to his video blog as a “vog.” When Kontras started adding videos to his blogs, it was really groundbreaking, as nobody had ever really combined the two before.

Tropsims.org, now defunct, was started in 2002 by Luuk Bouwman. This was a video diary of travels after college and was one of the first sites online to ever be referred to as a videolog or a vlog. Not to be outdone, in 2004, Steve Garfield started his own video blog. This is when vlogging really started to take off.

YouTube Was Born

YouTube was founded in early 2005, right in the middle of vlogging’s increase in popularity. Just 17 months after being founded, YouTube was ranked as the fifth most popular site on the web. They had 65,000 new videos being uploaded each day and 100 million videos being viewed on a daily basis.

While vlogging got its start back in 2000, it wasn’t until 2005 that it really took off and became the hit that it is today. This is partly because more and more people had access not only to the internet, where they could view the vlogs that others had made, but they finally had their own equipment as well that they could use to make and upload their own videos. As YouTube became popular and people realized that they could start vlogging as well, it became something that more and more people did, allowing them to connect with others in a way that they hadn’t before.

Should You Start a Vlog or Blog?

Before you decide to start a vlog, it’s a good idea to consider the pros and cons. Even though vlogging has been around for almost twenty years, having a great vlog is a wonderful way to set yourself apart from the competition online. If you want to really show yourself different from others, then vlogging may be the way to do so. Additionally, vlogging is a great way to show a visual aid when you connect with your viewers and can make it much easier to explain a process or a thought.

You need to know that vlogging can be very time-consuming, as you don’t just record a video and upload it. You have to make sure that you take the time to edit your video so that it looks great and make sense. Vloggers need to be able to keep the attention of their viewers, as viewers often have short attention spans.

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Some of us prefer to write instead of recording.

If you are a strong writer and prefer to express your thoughts and feelings through the written word, blogging is a better option for you. Not everybody is comfortable getting in front of the camera, which is fine, but if you prefer to be behind a screen and don’t want to show yourself to your viewers every day, you will be much better off starting a blog than trying to set up a vlog.

On the other hand, if you enjoy watching videos, have an eye for how to make videos that are interesting and stimulating, and are willing to work hard to create videos that others will respond to, then you should try your hand at vlogging. You do have to be able to write out what you want to say, but it’s also important that you’re interesting, speak clearly, and can connect with your viewers if you really want to make an impression with a vlog.

How Can You Start Vlogging?

Getting start vlogging is fairly easy, I have even written a guide on how to that earlier, which you can find here. Your first step will be to come up with an interesting handle that you want to use for your YouTube name. It’s ok to be creative when choosing your name and setting up your profile, but it’s a good idea to pick a name that relates to what you will be talking about. While you may want to invest in some expensive and high-quality vlogging equipment as you gain followers, all you need to get started at first is your phone or a webcam.

To make sure that you really set yourself apart from others vloggers online, you need to find your own angle and how you are going to talk to your viewers and connect with them. It’s a good idea to watch a wide variety of videos when you’re just getting started and finding your voice. This will allow you to see what works for you and what doesn’t and can give you some ideas when you are first getting started vlogging.

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Make sure that even if you don’t get a lot of views at first, you keep making videos and that you’re upbeat and happy when recording. There isn’t any way that you can be successful if you give up, so even though it can be hard to continually make new videos when you don’t feel like you’re finding an audience, you need to keep it up. The more videos that you have, the easier it will be for people to find you, and once they do, they will want to watch what you have done in the past.

The Biggest Vlogger(s) on YouTube

PewDiepie is the biggest vlogger on YouTube. He is known for his comedy shows and first opened his YouTube account in 2010. Just two short years later, he had more than one million subscribers. He now has more than 78 million subscribers and is well known as being the most popular vlogger on YouTube.

NigaHiga is another very popular YouTuber and has more than 21 million subscribers. Like PewDiePie, he posts a lot of comedy videos, but he doesn’t have the following that the former does. He has made a few different YouTube channels and even appeared in a horror film in 2016.

A beauty and fashion vlogger, Zoella is known for not only posting incredible videos and having a lot of fans but also releasing a debut novel in 2014. She posts videos showing information on beauty and fashion and also has a channel where she vlogs of what she does on a normal day and has almost 12 million subscribers, as of writing this.

Casey Neistat is a vlogger and filmmaker who has 10.6 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. He started posting daily vlogs in 2015 and has quickly grown to become one of the biggest vloggers on the site.

There are many vloggers on YouTube who have more than one million subscribers. With hard work and dedication, there’s no reason why you can’t be one of them. Good luck!

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