Video Blog: Almost “YouTube” Famous

I was fortunate enough to be part of the VideoStudio team that recently went to PlayList Live (see Sara’s post) and I have to say – it was AWESOME! There are some crazy-talented people at that show – celebrities, artists, comedians and technology experts and people who have just turned their daily lives into a regular series.

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This is the second year Corel (and I) have attended Playlist Live and I noticed there was a marked difference this year. It wasn’t as much about having fans come to see their favorite YouTuber perform or be interviewed on stage, buy merchandise or line up for hours to get an autograph. That was the same – right down to the girls screaming their heads off while Austin Mahone (a.k.a. the next Justin Bieber) sang on stage.

What was interesting was the way this event was also designed to teach those up-and-coming YouTubers how to make their mark and connect with their audience. That and meeting some incredibly inspirational people using video to reach out and help others made me really appreciate that YouTube isn’t just about funny videos your friends send you. It’s a really powerful way to connect, entertain, teach and share in a way that’s accessible to everyone.

On the less serious side, I realized that if everyone has the chance to be “YouTube” famous, I need to figure out the fundamentals. Since most people use YouTube to “vlog”, I thought I’d start there. What’s a Vlog you ask?

1. A video log. A journalistic video documentation on the web of a person’s life, thoughts, opinions, and interests.
2. Simply put: a blog in video form, most likely found on YouTube
Walking around talking to a video camera just seems ridiculous and is probably a major cause of pedestrian and lamp post collisions, but Greg Wood (Product Marketing Manager, VideoStudio) and I thought we would give it a try. Check out the video above to see the results. I think you’ll agree that we need a lot more practice…

Are you a vlogger? We’d love to hear from you. Post a link to your YouTube channel in the comments below.

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