DIY Vlog

How to Start a Video Blog or Vlog


I reworked this article from a couple of past articles because I decided to give “vlogging” another try!

There have been quite few awesome recommendations for the DO IT OURSELVES feature on Miseducated (suggest to us what you’d like us to both make and share the process of making) and so I decided I would try something I was asked about years ago.. mostly because I’m a bit shy/critical of myself and it’s VERY hard for me to force myself to make a video blog. I’ve done a couple through the years but I’ve deleted or never published most of them.

What I’ve been trying to do is to be as relaxed as I am when I’m writing.. as though I’m just hanging out with my friends and you’re coming along on the sugar trolly.

This first try is my new vlog introduction. It’s not perfect, it’s not even that great but I did check off my long list of basics such as finding a setting (key!), making the intro using an image and the custom theme (I got tired of the animation — maybe later) and having an idea of what I might say (but not scripted and slow!). I tried to put forth the basic tips I’ve collected throughout the internet years when creating this quick and dirty video show introduction. Stay tuned for both my notes and steps to try it yourself!


1. Theme Visual & Theme Song (or voiceover)
2. Introduction
3. Video Blog
4. End / Bloopers / Goodbye / Theme Close (with a cute animation??)
5. Credits (if needed)


What do you need to do this? Do you have any friends that compose original music? Can you use music that is free for public use? The possibilities are endless.

Video Editing

Again you can use and get creative with videos of public domain or grab your webcam and record some. You can settle for Quicktime Pro for quick and easy editing such as cutting, copying and pasting clips. If you’re interested in more advanced video editing software you should try Final Cut Pro~ for quick and easy editing I used iMovie.


Of course this depends on what kind of video blog you’re making — if you’re interviewing a guest or featuring an event then obviously you would prepare questions and feature them as much as, if not more than, yourself.

AND if Miseducated has taught you anything it’s to pay attention to your mise-en-scene. Actually pay attention to what’s in the frame. If you’re filming in front of a pile of dirty laundry it probably wont have the same effect as in your local soda-shop or your cute office.

So if you want to start, read the following steps and join me in this fun medium of communication.

STEPS: Try it Yourself!

1. Watch a lot of video blogs.

Check out your friend’s blogs, their friend’s blogs, you favorite model’s blog and more. Surf around Flickr and Youtube and see how other’s carry out their video blogs. Pay attention to the content, length and format. Note what you like and don’t like about them.

2. Create the actual content.

Write down what you plan to talk about, keep it short and to the point so you can freely elaborate on video. Make sure you don’t look like you’re actually reading the notes to yourself; make it spontaneous but don’t get too lengthy. I think the best videos are short and sweet.

3. Practice makes perfect.

Practice in front of the camera. Take long videos, short videos, videos of you talking with your best friend, whatever video ideas you have practice them. Pay attention to how you present yourself in front of the camera and take notes. Re-record re-record re-record.

4. Post your video.

After following all the above steps you may or may not be ready to post your video. Post it anyway. We all have to start somewhere and that only leaves room for improvement.

Don’t worry about getting it right your first video. It will probably be too long, you’ll look like a huge dork, and the guys building a hotel next door will probably take the exact moment you’re recording to use their jackhammer. Whatever.” – Kontrary

Have you given it a try? Are you considering it now? Do you think we should further investigate this form of blogging?

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  • Reply Angie 10/08/2010 at 11:51 am

    YES. I’ve always kinda envied people that are comfortable enough to make video blogs, it doesn’t come easily for me. There’s something about being able to hear someone’s voice and see them move that makes you feel like you know them better, instead of just reading their writing. I’m inspired to try again…

  • Reply Aimee 10/18/2010 at 11:37 pm

    I really want to start a vlog, but I don’t have any editing stuff and it takes ages for my vids to load on to youtube.. Maybe if I clear my cache… lol I love the little song and animation at the start! So cute 🙂

    • Reply Amber Renée 10/19/2010 at 1:14 am

      Aww! Thanks — my husband is a music composer so he made the little tune for my quick animation. Haha. I had planned more but knew if I put it off I’d NEVER post it. *BLUSH*

      Can’t wait to see yours. Maybe we should do a Miseducated video mashup sometime? 🙂


  • Reply Aimee 10/21/2010 at 12:55 am

    A mashup would be so cool! I never would of thought of that >.< Haha now I'm going to try my hand at brainstorming – which always ends up as a page with scribbles all over it 🙂
    See you!

  • Reply goldiloks 12/26/2010 at 8:23 pm

    😆 😛 OOOOOh amber i LOVE THE little animation at the beginning. everything was so cute n genuine. very very lovable.

  • Reply Dianna 01/30/2014 at 9:47 pm

    Ha, ha your so cute! It’s been a while since visiting your blog so it’s really nice to see all the colorful things you’ve been up to! And to see your face animated! You inspired me to share some of arty creations so I joined a crafting site where I could do that. I don’t have much of an online presence but, yeah, thank you for inspiring me to share 🙂

    Here’s my site if you care to see what monster you ignited:

  • Reply gorillahearted 01/30/2014 at 9:48 pm

    I was so nervous to make my videos until I read this. You really gave me the inspiration and courage to “throw myself out there”. Who cares how the videos look I guess, all you can do is try and improve! Thank you for posting this! You’ll be seeing/viewing me soon! <3

  • Reply Tinkalila 02/05/2014 at 8:50 pm

    These are some really great tips! I haven’t vlogged for quite a while, I’ll definitely try it again with your advice in mind!

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