Thursday, February 3, 2011

5 Easy Tips for Vlogging with Style.

If you are like me, vlogging both intrigues and terrifies you. You want to try it...But you don't want to look (or sound) stupid.

It's scary.

A while ago, I sucked it up, and made my first vlog. I was inspired by my friend Mary from The Mama Mary Show.

It was kind of a disaster.

.....But it was also really fun.

This is Mary:

I emailed Mary a while ago, and practically begged her to write, or film, a guest post for me. She said yes.

Without further ado, here are Mary's 5 Easy Vlogging Tips (to help you vlog with style).


Top Five Vlogging Tips

I met my girl Helena a few months ago via the SITS Girls website and it was love at first stick figure. When she asked me last month to do a guest post on vlogging tips, I was like "hellz yeah" and threw up a peace sign. It's taken me a while to getter done, but it's finally here (see below).

As I was recording it, I realized that I'm really not an expert in this field, but I like to pretend I am, so I had a lot of fun.

I also realized that I don’t even know how to pronounce Helena's name. Is it a soft 2nd “e” like Marlena from Day of our Lives or a hard "e" as in Marlena Deitrich? At the end of the vlog I tried to say “thanks Helena for having me on your site,” but instead it came out, “thanks (weird pause) thanks for having me.”

A little bit about me, besides that I am now a self-proclaimed vlogging expert. I began vlogging in 2009, soon after I started to blog. I figured that since I had named my site “The Mama Mary Show” I should better start providing show-like material. Plus I am much more comfortable talking then I am writing. Soon a weekly series called “Monday Momsense” was born, in which I discuss a topic du jour ranging from tips on how flat chested women can get cleavage to what to do with leftover vodka (I’m not sure why anyone would have leftover vodka, but just in case, I have a use for it, aside from adding it to tomato juice). The Monday Momsense vlogs are rarely posted on Mondays, but they are always filled with the sense of a mom, which is none.

(you can also watch it on Youtube)

Below are some of my favorite vloggers who work the camera from a different angle than I do.

Karen Alloy
Lizzie B TV
Jessica Bern
The Ohana Mama
Hoo Dee Hoo
Mama Kat

Now go get your vlog on!


For more of Mary's vlogging tips, be sure to check her out at Bloggy Boot Camp SD, where she will be speaking on this very subject.

(Also, here is a quick pronunciation guide, for those of you who are identifying with her awkward pause. You can say my name however you want, but the way I say it is Hell-ay-nuh. There's this whole accent-over-the-second-'e'-thing, which doesn't always make it onto the screen. Here, I'll put it in: Heléna. That's my real name.)

Now grab your camera, and give it a try!



Mich said...

I have a hard enough time blogging. I'm not quite ready for vlogging yet. Besides, that means I'd have to get in front of the camera, right? Yeah, no, I'm just fine to stick with regular blogging! ;) But good luck with it, and maybe if I lose 500 lbs and look like Lea Michele, then I'll start doing it! ;)

Joey Lynn Resciniti said...

I recently made a video to try to get my kitchen HGTV'd. Its the closest I've come to vlogging and I violated ALL FIVE of those tips.

I'm patting myself on the back right now.

Mama Mary said...

This was so much fun! Thanks for having me. I forgot to add that "jazz hands" always spice up a good vlog. And thanks for the clarification on your name. I had a feeling that's how your pronunciation would be.You coming to BBC in SD by the way? Cheers girl, love ya!

Anonymous said...

Mary sure does give good vlog. I am not there yet, but when I am ready, I'll remember these tips!

Someday I'll Learn said...

Man, I wish I was more comfortable talking than writing! I suck at verbal communication, preferring to hide behind my keyboard whenever possible.

Jen said...

LOVE Mama Mary!

Thanks for the tips.

Unknown said...

Vlogging is one thing I'm not anxious to try. Talk about dorky awkward.

Anonymous said...

I love Mama Mary! Just thought I'd say that first :)

Thanks for the tips Mary. I did my first vlog back before the holidays. My lighting was bad. I asked for a new camera for xmas (and got one)so I could start vlogging but it seems I haven't mustered up the courage or purpose to do another post yet.

Her tips come in handy. Totally agree about the make up thing.

Maybe add one more tip

I think everyone should have a signature greeting or signoff like Mama Mary (who could beat her's "Chai for now")? Genius!

Danielle said...

i effing love her! "even if youre one of those bitches who looks good without make up.. " BUAHAHAH. Man, I WILL VLOG. I just need to freaking figure out my dang computer

Jendi said...

Great tips! She touched on one that I really wish more people would realize - put the camera at eye level or slightly above.

It's always good to hear of more new vloggers!

Lynsey Jones, The Party Plan Coach said...

Oh this is AWESOME! Thanks to Jendi over at for highlighting this post - it was GREAT!
How do you get the little "Mama Mary Show" Intro? Is it a .gif image in editing or something else that I need!?! I have someone who could probably do it, I just dont even know what "it" is.
Thanks so much! Heading to check out all of the others now!

Jan Hatchett said...

Tip #4 is too freaking hilarious! I am definitely not one of "those" ahem, girls, but I got a major laugh out of the thought! Thanks!

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