I was selected as an iVillage iVoice earlier this year.
When I applied, I did it because I wanted to be famous, duh grow some serious vlogging muscles.
You know because EVERYONE is doing it and it’s like the future or some shiz from what I’ve heard.
For me, even after being on a reality show and making a few random local news appearances, I was still super uncomfortable in front of the camera.
Just so many insecurities I had that were all proven credible when watching myself on screen.
The camera added 10lbs 30lbs at least=um, ew AND weird.
I would sweat.
And forget what I was trying to say. Along with my name and who I was.
For whatever reason I just couldn’t get my mind right in front of a camera.
So, I wanted to challenge myself.
And, thankfully, iVillage took a chance on me!
My ability to stand the sound of my own voice has grown immensely (but I still sorta hate listening to it).
I’m even thinking about recording my own voicemail message (seriously, call my house; it’s my mom) at some point.
I still think I’m ages away from really incorporating video into my blog.
I’m no vlogger.
Mostly because I can’t be bothered to figure out the technology behind that. Or spend time editing. Or even putting a bra on to make myself presentable for a visual audience.
So, eager fans, The Dumb Mom Show is not about to happen.
But, at least now, when called upon to make an apperance on Good Morning Maryland to discuss some natural, over-the-counter cold remedies for kids, I don’t pee my pants even a little. Or sweat so badly the news anchor can smell the fear in the air.
I’ve still sorta got the whole awkward chic thing going on (totally made up description to describe how I look like I might be cool if I was so uncomfortable), but I like to think that’s part of my charm, you know?!
And, you can get to this point too!
Dumb Mom’s Guide to Starting a Vlog: By Someone Who Hasn’t Done It, But So Totally Could if She Freakin’ Felt Like It
1. Get some material. Tell a story. Do a reenactment. Give me a skill set, like a new recipe to botch or a craft I can’t copy. I want my video to have some substance. A point. If a camera is involved it better be worth it people. For me, I don’t want to watch a boring video about your day because that’s just, well, boring! I want to learn something. Or laugh. That’s it.
2. Keep it short. Like 2 minutes or less. Don’t wear out your welcome on my screen otherwise I’m just gonna navigate away and make sure to not watch your vlogs again. Ever. There is only one human, non-celebrity hottie on this planet I’m going to spend more than 2 minutes watching on video, and that’s because she’s proven she’s worth it. You want more than 2 minutes, you have to win me over like Mama Kat did.
3. Edit to awesomeness. Learning to edit your video to cut out all of the completely unnecesary bonus material where your kid interrupts or you have to get up to turn off your cell phone that won’t stop ringing, wastes your time and mine. If you can figure out some basic editing software you will save yourself the frustration of doing tons of reshoots while also saving me the frustration of hating your vlogging face. Win-win, right!
4. Don’t be scurd (ebonics for scared, stay with me here, people). Getting over your ownself is by far the biggest hurdle every vlogger faces. It’s not as anonymous as traditional blogging. It takes a little make-up (maybe) and a bra (for sure, don’t play). It requires quiet on set (so hard if you live in a madhouse like myself), a little forethought at the onset to prevent annoying bits featuring you just rambling on (maybe even a script if you really want it to go off without a hitch), and effort on the back end too (editing is easy once you get the hang of it, but it still takes time). Plus, you have to get over your weird sounding voice, facial expressions, and completely-fabricated-by-camera-tricks added weight in your neck and chest region. Whipping your inner self-confidence-devouring beast is the first step to becoming a great woman vlogger.
5. Be fun. Which means you sorta have to have some. It’s hard to watch vlogs done by people who hate it. They look constipated uncomfortable. Your inability to chillax comes across in the video and we have a hard time relating to you or even hearing what you’re saying because we’re too busy focusing on how you keep saying “oh, and, um, so yeah” over and over and over again. Everyone starts somewhere though, and I get that (and I’m sorry for any me-looking-bound-up-and-ill videos I may have previously subjected you to), so here’s my suggestion: do a few practice runs. Just record yourself on video every day for a week and promise yourself you aren’t even thinking about sharing it. It will be for weeding-out-your-weirdness purposes only. Not for human consumption. That way, you can see just how annoying your “um-and-yeah’s” are before you completely alienate your readers with them. Practice really does make perfect!
Okay, so here is me subjecting you to one of my (& @dadarocks) iVoices videos (please note though that I’m cheating a tiny bit because I’ve not had to personally edit any of these. I’m a star, do you hear me?! A STAR!) just to prove that if you dream it, it will happen or something ridiculous like that…
Also, be sure to check out what me and @sharonmomof6 have put together to help you get organized for the holidays! Her part is super helpful, mine is just mildly entertaining: Get Organized Holiday Community Challenge
Have you incorporated vlogging into your blog?!
If not, what’s keeping you back?! It’s totally okay to say the fact that you aren’t a blogger is your biggest challenge; non-blogging readers are welcome to just use this time to compliment me on my wonderful videos comment here too!