We all know what blogging is – heck, what is it that I’m doing right here?
But what about vlogging? Have you heard the term before? Essentially it’s blogging but in video form. Some vlogs are really short, just the span of a minute or a few, or really long, over fifteen minutes.
Blogging holds a special place in many people’s hearts because of the fact that it’s been around for so long and they might be bloggers themselves.
Vlogging is relatively new, especially in the last few years since YouTube came into being. Many people vlog about whatever is their heart’s desire, just like blogging. Some vlog about health and fitness, others vlog about books, while others vlog about personal daily lives. It really all depends on the individual.
A great example of a popular vlog community is the vlogbrothers, which the two main “hosts” of the vlog are author John Green and his brother, Hank. They post funny, witty, serious, historical, interesting videos and call their community audience “nerdfighters.” They’re engaging and oftentimes positive, making them successful at vlogging.
Blogging, on the other hand, is more about the written word and how you can grab people’s attention through that. Blogging, like vlogging, can come in many forms from informational, to fun, to personal, and beyond.
I personally have two active blogs, this one and a new one I just started after I began book vlogging called Reader Rayna. I find it to be a great way to get my own personal thoughts and opinions on something that I’m passionate about out there, plus it’s much easier for me to get my words out in writing than verbally.
So, here are some pros and cons to vlogging:
- Pro: You’re able to be more interactive and silly on camera if you choose to be.
- Con: Some people might not understand your humor.
- Pro: You can talk about whatever you please as long as it’s within YouTube’s ToS guidelines.
- Con: Some people might not appreciate what you have to say, therefore “disliking” your video or saying hurtful/mean things in the comments.
- Pro: Many people are doing it, so it’s always good to be able to do some research and get ideas for how you want to run your own vlog.
- Con: Plagiarism can still happen via camera, so you have to make sure you really make your vlogs your own.
And here are some pros and cons about blogging:
- Pro: You’re able to get your thoughts and opinions out to a large audience, like vlogging.
- Con: Some people might not be interested because your topic might be too similar to others, or yours might not have the same “spark” as other blogs.
- Pro: Many people are doing it, so you can always do some research and get ideas for how you want to run your own blog.
- Con: Plagiarism can happen, so you have to be careful of what you put out there.
The lists can go on and on, but those are some of the major pros and cons for both blogging and vlogging. It really all depends on how you want to reach your audience and how you want to express yourself, whether that be through words, camera, or both. Take the time to consider each and do some research ahead of time to see which would be better suited for you.
Here’s the link to my own vlog: Reader Rayna vlog
What about you? Do you have a personal preference as to how you blog/vlog? Which do you prefer and recommend? Let me know in the comments!