A Look Back: My First Vlogust and What I Learned From It

If you follow me on YouTube, you’ll know that I decided to participate in Vlogust, in which people post a video a day through the month of August. Some post subject-specific videos to their channels; my friend Toni posted videos about making pinback buttons and running an online business. Other choose to do daily vlogs, in which they record bits and pieces of their everyday lives. I opted to do this, because daily vlogs are my absolute favorite kind of video.

However, I don’t do very much, and I knew this going into it. Also taking into account how new I am at making videos, I decided that my goal would be to do at least 10 days for Vlogust.

I made it–barely. The fact that I don’t do much made me a little self-conscious to vlog. Spending time with my family and friends (save Toni) also made me a little self-conscious. But that said, I did end up getting 10 videos and recording more than 10 days of footage.

What I think went well:

  • I’m happy with the way my intro card turned out (the footage of Boone jumping into my parents’ pool) and think the music paired well with it
  • Considering my car broke down on the first day of Vlogust, I think I started out pretty strong where content is concerned
  • In my last video I discuss my plans with Toni (who did a video every day on her own channel, here) for future videos and how we think Vlogust went; it wasn’t planned but I enjoyed it

What I’d do differently next time:

  • Being that it’s summer I want to do more outside of the house, so maybe by this time next year I’ll be more comfortable with vlogging in public
  • I’d just prefer to do more in general next time, like going to the beach or something at least once
  • I’d like to be more consistent with doing my “Hello and welcome to Vlogust Day [number]!” next time. I plan to do this during Vlogmas for sure!

What’s next?

To be honest, I don’t  100% know all of what I’ll be doing next. I have a million interests and I don’t think of myself as an expert at anything, so I’m kind of viewing my channel as a creative outlet where I can post whatever I want. I know that in October I will be having a Fall Favorites video to do (I am doing my favorites videos every 3 months instead of every month). Because I like cooking videos, I also want to post a new cooking video once a month; however, in October I’m challenging myself to make a new cooking video featuring pumpkin as a key ingredient every week. I have a few more ideas that will involve writing a script, but those are of a more personal nature and I think I want to hold off on that.

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