How To VLOG

Last night I put together my ultimate how-to video on vlogging and… I thought I’d post it here for those that spend much more time reading my content than watching.

(And, if I’m to be honest, the written content here is still infinitely-better than my vlog, so, you were warned…)

It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but, the point is simple and trustworthy: Execution trumps everything and if you can overcome your fear (“PUNCH FEAR IN THE FACE!“) then you’ll open yourself up to a ton of personal rewards. I promise.

So, here’s my 10 Steps to VLOGGING (oh, and if you want to see the full video of my vlog from September 2010… it’s at the very end of the post…):

And here’s the visual guide for those that don’t want to watch:

Step 1: Think About VLOGGING

Step 2: Decide to VLOG

Step 3: Find a Camera

Step 4: Hit Record, Start Talking

Step 5: Punch Doubt, Fear, and Anxiety in the Face

Step 6: Upload to Youtube (Use the Mobile App)

Step 7: Continue Punching Fear in the Face

Step 8: Wait for Upload

Step 9: Get Congratulated

Step 10: Celebrate in Whatever Way You Want

And that’s about it.

You’ll notice that I didn’t include any step around editing or post-processing or any other video equipment. This was intentional because those types of things can get you hung-up and can delay you from actually executing.

In fact, most of us will stop there because we don’t feel like we have the “right” equipment or the right “workflow” or something like that. What we all know to be true, however, is that those types of things are excuses.

You need to get over that junk. You can do this. Trust me. This is how I started right here…

Original September 21st, 2010 VLOG:

Yikes. See, terrible. But, that’s where I started. No graphics, no editing, no jump-cuts, no music, just me talking in a monotone voice about the day. Sure, no one subscribed and no one cared.

But, I did it. And, I’m not really that embarrassed about it. I’m glad I tried, I’m glad I executed, and I’m glad I was able to find this video for posterity.

And… I have improved…! Clear as crystal. I’m not amazing and I probably never will be, but, that’s okay. I’m really happy about my progress.

Oh, and don’t forget this.

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