Vlog Every Day in August

VEDA Vlog Every Day in August

Heard of VEDA?

It stands for “Vlog Every Day in August” or “Video Every Day in August.”

Vlog Every Day in August is a simple, fun way to get out there, get your message heard, and become more confident with video blogging.

Thousands of new and experienced YouTubers are doing it.

Wanna play?

Here’s how:

(1) Create and post a video on YouTube every day in the month of August.

Your videos don't have to be “professional” or “perfect,” and forget about editing and fancy graphics.

Plan for 10 to 15 minutes of “production” time daily, start to finish.

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Vlog Every Day in August “Production” Tools

New to video blogging?

Here are 4 simple video blogging methods to get started:

Video Blogging Method #1: Video blog with your mobile phone.

Got an iPhone? You can use the YouTube Capture App (FREE).

I'm using the Movie Pro App ($4.99) on an iPhone 5. I'm also using the iMicrophone ($70) with the Extension Cord ($25), but you don't need a microphone to get started.

Android? I don't have a good recommendation. I suggest trying the built-in app. The important feature to look for is the ability to upload the video directly to YouTube from within the app. Got an Android video app you love? Leave a comment and let me know.

Video Blogging Method #2: Record your vlog using using your webcam.

It's simple, record your video online using the YouTube Webcam Recording feature.

Find instructions here: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57409

Video Blogging Method #3: Create your video using Google Hangouts.

Want to team up with others to do a daily video? Use Google Hangouts.

Your Hangout videos are automatically recorded and uploaded to YouTube.  After you finish your Hangout, log into YouTube and update the video title, description, etc. as needed.

Video Blogging Method #4: Make a Screencast video.

Hate the idea of being on camera?

You can still Vlog Every Day in August using the Screencast method.

Show something on your computer, share your 31 favorites websites, tools, etc.

I use and recommend Camtasia on the PC/MAC and Screenflow on the MAC.

You can also download a free tool called Jing (for Mac or PC) by Camtasia.

Remember: keep it simple, use what works for you, and have fun.

Vlog Every Day in August “Production” Tips

Wondering what to say?

Talk about anything you want. Share a series of 31 tips, offer a daily motivational quote with your thoughts, share your personal weight-loss journey, or follow one of the daily calendars provided in one of the communities I mention below.

31 VEDA Daily Prompts and Content Ideas for Professionals

The content calendars and daily prompts I've found online are for written for personal video blogging. I've created this calendar as an example of what someone in the authoring, advice or life coach business might do for their daily video.

Day 1 – Friday: Introduce yourself, let people know why you're doing a vlog every day in August and kinds of topics you plan to cover

Day 2 – Saturday: Why do you do what you do? What was your motivation to get started?

Day 3 – Sunday: What are you most grateful for in your life?

Day 4 – Monday: What's your favorite motivational quote?

Day 5 – Tuesday: (Your Topic) 101 – this is a 3-part series with 7 tips over 3 days;

For example, today would be Tips 1-3; open each video in series by letting the viewer know it's a series and to watch the other videos to get all the tips, mention the next video at the end of each video; also offer something free if appropriate from your website

Day 6 – Wednesday: (Your Topic) 101 Tips 4-6

Day 7 – Thursday: (Your Topic) 101 Tip 7+ summary of all 7 and encouragement to put what they've learned into action

Day 8 – Friday: What's your favorite movie?

Day 9 – Saturday: Shout out to 2 or 3 other people participating in #Veda, mention their names, share what you like best about their video blogs so far and link to their YouTube Channels in your video description

Day 10 – Sunday: How do you motivate yourself?

Day 11 – Monday: What's your morning routine?

Day 12 – Tuesday: 7 Steps to…  – this is a 3-part series with 7 steps over 3 days;

For example, today would be Tips 1-3; open each video in series by letting the viewer know it's a series and to watch the other videos to get all the tips, mention the next video at the end of each video; also offer something free if appropriate from your website

Day 13 – Wednesday: Steps 4-6

Day 14 – Thursday: Step 7 + summary of all 7 and encouragement to put what they've learned into action

Day 15 – Friday: What'd you get done this week? What worked? What didn't? What did you learn?

Day 16 – Saturday: Shout out to 2 or 3 other people participating in #Veda, mention their names, share what you like best about their video blogs so far and link to their YouTube Channels in your video description

Day 17 – Sunday: If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?

Day 18 – Monday: What's your favorite book about… (Example: personal growth and development)? Sum up 3 ideas from the book and link to it in the description.

Day 19 – Tuesday: 7 Steps to…  – this is a 3-part series with 7 steps over 3 days;

For example, today would be Tips 1-3; open each video in series by letting the viewer know it's a series and to watch the other videos to get all the tips, mention the next video at the end of each video; also offer something free if appropriate from your website

Day 20 – Wednesday: Steps 4-6

Day 21 – Thursday: Step 7 + summary of all 7 and encouragement to put what they've learned into action

Day 22 – Friday: What'd you get done this week? What worked? What didn't? What did you learn?

Day 23 – Saturday: Shout out to 2 or 3 other people participating in #Veda, mention their names, share what you like best about their video blogs so far and link to their YouTube Channels in your video description

Day 24 – Sunday: What's a big life lesson you've learned?

Day 25 – Monday: Who inspires you, and why?

Day 26 – Tuesday: 7 Steps to…  – this is a 3-part series with 7 steps over 3 days;

For example, today would be Tips 1-3; open each video in series by letting the viewer know it's a series and to watch the other videos to get all the tips, mention the next video at the end of each video; also offer something free if appropriate from your website

Day 27 – Wednesday: Steps 4-6

Day 28 – Thursday: Step 7 + summary of all 7 and encouragement to put what they've learned into action

Day 29 – Friday: What'd you get done this week? What worked? What didn't? What did you learn?

Day 30 – Saturday: Shout out to 2 or 3 other people participating in #Veda, mention their names, share what you like best about their video blogs so far and link to their YouTube Channels in your video description

Day 31 – Sunday: What did you learn from doing 31 videos in a row? (from #battenVEDA list)

More daily prompts and content ideas (from calendars listed in the Communities section below):

Remember, these are suggestions. You don't have to follow any specific formula or pattern. Do what works for you, and have fun!

How long should your videos be?

I suggest no more than 2 to 3 minutes.

What if I miss a day?

No worry. Do your best to make a video every day in August, but if you miss a day, keep going. Focus on completion, not perfection.

(2) Share your daily video in social media with the hashtag #veda so others can find you.

Make your videos easier to find and grow your audience by sharing your videos in social media with relevant hashtags.  Popular hashtags for Veda include: #veda #vlogust #sssVeda and #battenveda.

Also search Twitter and Facebook using the hashtags #veda or #vlogust throughout the month of August to discover and connect with others who are video blogging.

I plan to watch, like, share and comment on at least 3 to 5 other videos daily. I suggest you do the same.

(3) Team up with a community or 2 to 3 others who agree to encourage one another by liking and sharing each other’s videos.

There is no official #veda website or community.

But that doesn’t mean you have to do this alone! Team up with a few other video bloggers or participate in one of the Vlog Every Day in August Video Blogging Challenges being organized across the web.

Vlog Every Day in August Communities

Here's a list of Vlog Every Day in August groups I've found. I'll add others here as I discover them. If you know of one, leave a comment to let me know.

Savvy Sexy Social (associated hashtag #sssveda): this group is organized by Amy Schmittauer, a social media consultant and vlogger from Ohio, she's also providing a calendar of topics;

We Blog, We Blog: this group has done VEDA before, they have a list of participants and also an excellent calendar of prompts;

Batten VEDA 2014 (associated hashtag #battenveda): this group is being hosted by an advertising agency in London, they are also hosting Hangouts and Monday Night Twitter Chats throughout the month #BattenChat;

One Thing Alone (associated hashtag #otaveda): the focus of this group, hosted by Asheritah, is sharing stories of God's faithfulness in everyday life, there's also a great list of faith-based prompts;

YouTube Mommy Meetup: great list of daily prompts for mommy bloggers, you'll need to join their Facebook group to be listed in this post;

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