To Vlog or Not to Vlog… That is the Question

vlogging

No, I didn’t type “blogging” incorrectly (although it’s common since the V and B are next to one another on the keyboard), I actually did mean to title this”Vlogging”. Video blogging. Youtube. You figure it out.

Anyway, I’ve been an avid follower of some Vloggers on Youtube for a while now. Whether it’s to watch a haul of what a blogger just bought on sale, a tutorial on how to get wavy hair or a video of someone just talking about their opinions, I find them highly useful and/or entertaining. A lot of what people vlog about is similar to what I blog about, but just in video form instead of writing. I enjoy writing more than talking, so I prefer to have a blog.

Recently, my boyfriend’s female coworker sent him an article she found on NPR about the success of these vloggers- specifically fashion and beauty ones. She knows I run a fashion/lifestyle blog and thought I may be interested. I’ve had quite a few readers e-mail me and ask me to do a video of how I curl my hair or what my beauty routine is like, so I’ve had this idea in my head for a while now.

So the question is– would you guys watch videos if I made them? Knowing me, I’d probably do a few beauty/hair ones, some fashion ones, and then some ones where I just make fun of celebrities or tell jokes. Because that’s how I am. Although I worry about how awkward I would be on camera, I think it might be sort of fun. And I do get lots of requests for videos, and I’m a people-pleaser, so….

My second question is what types of things would you like to see me do videos of. It can be about anything- makeup, hair, fashion, my personal life, etc. Seriously- anything. Leave your suggestions in the comments or e-mail me them if you don’t want it posted publicly. I figured for my first “official” vlog I would just answer reader questions as a “Get to Know Rachel” type of thing. So shoot me your questions for that- stuff like “What’s your most embarrassing moment” is totally cool with me- I’m ready to let it all hang out. Figuratively, of course. I will be wearing clothes in the video, don’t worry.

55 Comments

  1. Personally I think vlogs are a great idea as they are informational. I really enjoy hair and makeup tutorials, DIY’s, how-to’s, and overhauls …
    Hope this helps – can’t wait to see what you decide.

  2. I would love to see vlogs from you! I have watched a few – but in all honestly I don’t have time to watch vlogs, I’d rather read blogs… BUT I’d totally watch your vlogs πŸ™‚

  3. I like when bloggers post videos every once and a while, but I don’t actually follow any “vloggers.” I think fun vlogs are the best, hearing more about your life. I do like some tutorial ones too.

  4. I think some vlogs are great! And I think yours would be too. Hearing more about your personal life, and seeing your style on Video instead of reading about it would be cute.

  5. This was brought up to me as well, I want to do it but I need to find the time. I would want mine to be mostly tutorial or about fashion. So yes I think you should do it, that’s a great way to gain new followers and explore a new platform “YOUTUBELAND”

  6. Fun! I’ve considered vlogging before too, but GOOD LORD, my friends can attest that I make some faces without thinking…like I am just overly expressive. So I have a feeling that I would look like a complete goof. (But then actually that might be funny.) I say go for it! I’d be most interested in hair/beauty related videos, but would probably watch anything you posted. Vlog away, Rachel! Maybe you’ll inspire me to actually make one too. πŸ™‚

    1. I do that too! Or I roll my eyes when I don’t mean to. Bad habit. I would totally watch yours πŸ™‚ Thanks for the confidence boost Lauren, I think I may give it a go!

  7. Ahh I feel like I’ve been asking myself the same questions lately too! Vlogging is such an intimidating word to me that I don’t know if I will ever try, but I’m excited to watch yours!

  8. Definitely vlog! I used to do YT (before blogging) and I really enjoyed it. I feel that it allows you to be a bit more expressive? I think that’s what I want to say, haha. JUST DO IT! πŸ™‚

  9. YES! Please Vlog! I have a channel and have made a few videos, but I am hoping to do more of this. The lighting in my apartment is really horrible though, I either look yellow or white so I also was waiting to get some video editing software. I would watch your videos of anything AND everything!

  10. I think you should start vlogging for sure!! I would love to watch!:) I would love to see your daily makeup routine. I realize I just read about it, but I’m such a visual person that a video would be great! Have a great weekend!!

  11. I am sooooo scared to a vlog. I did it once and cringed the whole time! πŸ˜‰ I would love to see you do a hair tutorial!! πŸ™‚

  12. Lol I cannnnnnot vlog. I am so unnatural when I know I’m being taped and wayyy too hypercritical of myself. Haha. Anyhoots, I really don’t watch many vlogs (mostly because they’re harder to watch at work) but the few that I do, I love. I adore Niki’s new vlogs because they’re so darn cute. I follow a few beauty bloggers because I’m always looking for product recommendations for girls with my tan complexion. And I watch a few humor ones here and there when I’m bored. But I’d totally watch yours! I just typically prefer reading blogs over watching vlogs.

    1. haha oh stop! I think we are all too critical of ourselves, which is why I figured I’d ask my readers! Niki is so good at it- she’s a natural! I would probably just put the video at the end in addition to the text/photos since I prefer that. Thanks for the input!

  13. I’m actually a huge vlog fan. I say go for it, girlfriend. I really like seeing how people curl their hair, put on their makeup…stuff like that.

  14. I’ve been thinking about doing this too but it makes me incredibly nervous! haha.

    Quite honestly I don’t really watch fashion videos, but I always watch hair and makeup tutorials when bloggers post them! I don’t know why this is haha. I like your idea for your first video too! πŸ™‚

  15. I agree with the comments that you never know how it will turn out until you try it, so go for it!!! Maybe it’s exactly what you’ll be very very good at!

  16. Giiirl i have been contemplating on that too!! I’m thinking I might give it a go and I think you should too!

    ps. I’d totally watch your vids!

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