The internet. Everyone knows what I amtalking about right? The digital reality we bring ourselves into when we useour phones or computers.
The internet has many benefits to our world today, butjust to let know it has also become a problem. Who else tries to do their workand gets distracted easily because of the constant notifications they get fromtheir favorite social media app? I for one do. We all live in bubbles of distractionand they’re everywhere in forms of the web such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat,YouTube and many more. We can’t escape it, but I am here to talk about acertain subcategory on YouTube called “Vlogs.”What is a vlog? It is a shorter term for”video logs.” The videos are usually posted on a website called YouTube and theYouTuber can gain an audience that can enjoy the content that is in the videothey have created.
People vlog about anything such as their daily lives, videogames, clothing, music, cars, food, politics, paranormal and the list goes on.Vlogs have been popular on YouTube before and they are still popular now. I amhere to tell you why I started vlogging and if you’re interested in doing itwhy I encourage you to. I would spend most of my spare timewatching vloggers like Casey Neistat, David Dobrik, and Justin Escalona(PlayTheGameFilms). They are all daily life vloggers.
All of their contentintrigued me so much that I wanted to try it out. If I could choose my favoritevlog it is when Casey Neistat came back from quitting his vlogs! He quit hisvlogs because he wanted to do more than just vlogging his life, but he cameback because he missed making videos for his audience. I was very excited once I saw the video in myrecommended playlist! Casey Neistat’s vlogs include his daily life and techreviews. David Dobrik’s vlogs include his daily life and comedy skits.
JustinEscalona’s vlogs include his daily life and cinematography. They are myinspirations on why I started to vlog. So I combined all of their styles ofvlogging and put them into mine. In my head, all I could think of was all thecontent I can make when I go on adventures with my friends. At first, all I had was my iPhone 6s torecord videos and to be honest the quality was good. It wasn’t as great as aDSLR or any other camera, but it did the work.
I chose content over quality andso I created a YouTube channel called The Lunch Club. It consisted of me and mygroup of friends that would record and post on it time to time. The channellasted for about 2 years then I moved on to my individual channel. (Clarenz DelMar) I always start off my videos with a “What’s up guys!” I would also havecinematic sequences.
They are basically slow motion shots I would shoot such asthe sky, the road, the sunset anything that’s beautiful at the moment and Iwould add music to it! In other words, it’s called B-Roll. I did most of theediting on the videos on my phone and that was hard to do because of theprocess. It takes me about 2-3 hours just to edit one video.Editing seems easy at first, but itreally isn’t.
I use an app called iMovie it didn’t have a lot of editingoptions, but it was simple and it got the job done. You have to get all thevideo clips you recorded and put them in order. I would end up with a 15-20minute long video and I would cut it to 5-8 minutes. I would also have to findnon-copyrighted music so I can use in the video. I had a lot of times where Iused a song that was copyrighted and YouTube took it down.
Next, I make anintro and choose the font that can relate with my content. Then, I do colorcorrecting on my videos so the colors in the clips can be more vibrant and itwould catch the audience eye. Once I’m done with all the good stuff, I thenmake the outro of the video which includes my last video I uploaded and themost viewed video. Lastly, I would render and save the video and upload it toYouTube I don’t have the fastest internet so it takes like an hour or two to befinished and up for people to watch.
The reaction I would get from people were”Wow! You’re editing is so nice!” “I would love to see more videos!” That’swhen it hit me I kept uploading and uploading because it brought joy to othersand it was a stress-reliever! On my spare time I would just record things thatI enjoyed and hopefully people enjoyed it as well and they did! Sooner itbecame a habit not a bad habit, but a passion. I would wake up brainstormingdifferent ideas I can do to post on my next video and I kept uploading. Myviews started off with 10-20 views a day and now they are about 30-70 views aday and Guam is a small place. I then upgraded cameras for a bit becausemy friend was nice enough to lend me his Canon T3i. It wasn’t up to date withthe other versions of the camera, but come on I wouldn’t want to miss thechance to use a DSLR! It was a dream to have a professional camera in my handsand I just didn’t know how to start! I started just testing it by shootinganything and the quality was extraordinary! The stability on it was… stable! Ifyou didn’t know, stability is a main factor on a video because people don’twant to watch a video that keeps shaking unless it’s a video about anearthquake… I started filming with it and it felt like I was one of my favoriteYouTubers because it felt very professional and fun to use! I can zoom in andout without it being all choppy and all. Overall the camera was amazing! Myshots were cleaner, but remember content over quality! I currently have a jobnow and I am saving up for a Canon camera that is affordable because my iPhoneis slowly giving up on me…What is great content? Great content iswhen you think of unique and creative ideas.
You have to find something thathasn’t been made before or that hasn’t been trending. Also the idea has to be somethinginteresting and think about your audience if someone else made this idea into avideo would you watch it? That is great content to me. If you really want to vlog, do it! Youwon’t regret it.
Don’t focus on your views and subscribers because they will goup from time to time. Focus on your content and putting it out there! Be a Guamvlogger like me and I know a couple as well and they’re my friends. TheirYouTube channels are RICHIE MENO and the daily life of josh. All of us want tomake Guam a known place! We want to show its beauty and what potential it has! Wewant people to know that we live in paradise! We want this island to be filledwith a community of vloggers that share the same passion and inspiration. Myfriends and I would help each other out in videos and also think of ideas foreach other. We all have filmmaking aspirations. We want artists and celebritiesto visit our island and see what’s great about it! So join us and vlog to makeus known! Not only for us, but the island you live on! Lets all work togetherto expand the community on this island! Don’t forget to subscribe, leave a likeand comment below!