Whew! Excuse me while I take a breather and catch my breath. I just finished my very first VEDA (Vlog Everyday in April/August) Challenge last month. And boy was it a challenge. Making Videos to post on my Youtube channel everyday was an interesting experience, and I learned a lot. But, here are 3 in particular that I want to share with you today. If you want to check out 50 more things I learned during VEDA, check the last days video on my channel! 🙂
You Don’t Get Anywhere by giving in to “I Don’t Feel Like It”
I committed to VEDA because I wanted to give it a shot. I livestreamed on Periscope last August as a sort-of VEDA, and I really loved it. I started my Youtube channel in January, so when April came around, I was excited to go ahead and do it again on my channel. The only thing is, livestreaming takes no time at all compared to planning, recording, and editing a video. Something I knew, but just hadn’t taken as a big deal.
The first few days were great; I was excited, I was pumped, I was ready to go. And then ideas started fading, finals came around, I got a new job and Lae was TI-RED. Oh boy, were there times this month where I was just like “Yoooo, I don’t want to do thisss! Whyyy did I publicly announce that I would publish a video everyday? Why???” So, I went ahead and did it anyway.
If I stopped every single time I didn’t feel like, I probably would have had 12 videos up instead of 30… okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but it’s not far off. All this to say, I did it because in the end the goal was to make a butt-ton of videos so I can habituate myself to talking to a camera, planning a semi-script, editing videos and all other parts of the process. You don’t get anywhere by giving in to ” I don’t feel like it”…now if only I could have that attitude about other aspects of my life lol.
Some Things Are Best Learned By Doing
Put simply, there are somethings you can read about and learn, and others that you must actually do to learn. Sure, reading about it is helpful, but for many things in life doing is much more efficient. I dabbled in video editing once upon a time in my teenage years, but it was more out of curiosity than anything. While I’m sure reading about vlogging might have saved me some time here ‘n there in a few situations, there is nothing like diving in and just going for it.
I learned so much during VEDA, both about video creation and myself as far as what does and doesn’t work for me. Some things are great to read and get a general idea about, but to really get to know the topic at hand, actually doing it trumps all.
Pretend No One Else Will See The Video
So, as you might have guessed, talking to a camera is f—ing weird (like, really weird) when you first try it. It’s not like I haven’t been on camera before, but when you are putting yourself out there in an effort to have the world “see” you, it can be weird to talk to someone you can not actually see.
For me, that meant pretending that I wasn’t going to show the video to anyone while I was recording. I know, easier said than done, especially when you KNOW you are. But! I gave myself solace by saying “Lae, you can delete this if you really end up not liking how it came out…” And because I’m a newbie to Youtube, this made me go into recording with the thinking that I won’t like how it comes out (because I don’t have the skill yet) and I’ll have no other choice but to delete it.
Of course, by the time I got to the point of editing, I was too tired or it was too late to do another one since I had to turn out one of these buggers everyday. So, it definitely helped! May sound like a bit much just to psych myself out for recording, but it definitely helped in the ‘being yourself’ department!
Last month I really challenged myself. Like… it was a freaking struggle. But, I’m so glad that I did. Sometimes all a girl needs to do to add to her well-being is to prove to herself she can accomplish something… and that’s exactly what I did! 🙂
What have you been up to lately? Any new feats accomplished? Share with us! 🙂
Until next time loves!