So you’ve decided to start a blog. Congratulations! It can be a great way to build a following, connect with customers, and make some money. But before you can get started, you need to decide who your blog audience is, And that’s where we can see the difference between bloggers and vloggers.
Bloggers are people who write about their personal lives and experiences on their blogs.
They may also do commentary on specific topics, but their primary focus is on the content they write and the people they write about. Vloggers, on the other hand, are people who videos themselves.
They might also do creative content such as cooking or photography, but their primary focus is on the video itself and what happens in it.
There are a few key differences between bloggers and vloggers that you should think about before starting your blog. Bloggers typically have smaller audiences than vloggers. Blogging is more of a personal thing for bloggers.
WHO IS A BLOGGER?
There are many people who consider themselves bloggers. But what is a blogger, and how does it work? A blogger is someone who creates and posts content on the internet.
They do this by using a blog platform to post new articles, photos, and other content. This content can be anything from simple thoughts and ideas to complex investigations into world events.
Bloggers are also often involved in online social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
WHO IS A VLOGGER?
The Vlogger is a person who posts a video blog with a specific content schedule. They are most often done as a side project or for personal interest. Vloggers can be divided into several categories based on who they are doing the Vlog for.
It could be for fame or money, or a combination of both. Most Vloggers stay true to their passions, not worrying about the money or fame that comes along with it.
BLOGGER AND VLOGGERS TOOLS
- -A camera
-Hardware keyboard (by Logitech)
-Computer (by Logitech)
-Cloud services (Google Drive)
iMovie – a good choice for beginners because of its simplicity. It is known for its ability to edit in full-screen (watch a tutorial here).
-A phone or computer
-A computer with a webcam
Since the early 1990s, with web sites and Usenet postings, blogging has become a mainstream Internet activity.
The traditional business model of blogging is fairly simple. A blogger just starts a blog, writing some thoughts down, as they happen.
-An iPad or Android tablet
One of the quickest and easiest ways to start a blog is to use an iPad or Android tablet. You don’t need to spend an awful lot of money on one if you can get hold of one second-hand.
Your iPad or Android tablet should already be updated and should contain all the necessary tools to help you with your blogging.
It’s also worth having a clear look at your Apple or Android tablet to see if you have certain apps pre-installed that you may be able to uninstall.
-An online blog directory service
Online blog directory services (OPDS) have helped bloggers in the past, but it’s fair to say they’re still not what you’d call ‘used to be’.
But there are still some out there and if you’re ready to take the plunge and start blogging for the first time then OPDS could be the right option for you.
-A phone or computer with a microphone:
Practice with that, and then make the recording and upload it.
Make sure to download an external microphone (one with a 3.5mm input on the other end) so you can stream it later.
I do not care about “Webcams.”
You need a high quality screen, a reasonably good microphone, and decent software and basic equipment for uploading.
You do not need a $200 microphone or a $200 laptop.
A decent set of headphones and a decent speaker system if you want to have a good experience.
Do not depend on Skype unless you are a good person.
What tools do you need to be a successful Vlogger?
1. Social Media
Social media is key for any successful YouTube channel. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The main factor that separates a successful Vlogger from a good one is the ability to create a strong and engaged online presence.
The best Vloggers always make sure to have strong social media presence, and make sure that their content is engaging and personal.
With a large following, it is possible to monetize your channel, which would provide a financial backing to help pay for video equipment, supplies and other digital-related expenses.
2. Video Editing Software
There are many video editing programs on the market, with the major ones being Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro. The choice is yours, but the key is to get the best software you can afford.
A good camera is a must for a successful Vlogger, no matter what type of content you are producing. You need to have a camera that allows you to take clear and high-quality videos in any environment or situation that may arise.
It also allows smooth video editing and gives your footage an overall professional look and feel. These cameras usually range from $200-2,000 dollars depending on the model that you choose to purchase.
vloggers use microphones to record great quality audio. They need equipment like a tripod or gorilla pod, lights, and travel gear if they are filming in the living room! If they are doing Travel Videos, they might need a drone or other professional equipment.
Sometimes vloggers outsource some tasks like hiring make-up artists to look great on camera or asking freelancers to help them produce their videos.
Lastly, you might want to consider having your own monthly subscription with an editing software so that you can easily manage all of your footage.
5. Monthly Subscription
Being a vlogger might require more skills and money than what is budgeted initially. It will likely cost you more up front, as you will need to purchase equipment such as Premiere Pro in order to make your channel running.
Bloggers vs Vloggers
A blogger’s audience will be smaller than the vlogger’s. (We’ll get into exactly how much bigger in a moment.) Vlogging is also a lot more interactive.
Many bloggers will spend a lot of time moderating comments, and interacting with people through Facebook and other social media.
Many vloggers post videos without commenting on them.
Vloggers do not moderate the comments on their videos, which makes interacting with them less valuable. As a result, vloggers’ audiences are much smaller than bloggers’ audiences.
You will probably find that most people who comment on your videos are people who watch your videos, not people who read your blog. Many people view the videos as part of the entertainment package of your blog. Bloggers generally write longer posts.
The Different Types of Blogging
You may be wondering what exactly constitutes a blog. For most people, the most common definition of a blog is an online personal journal, where someone posts articles that are on topics related to their daily lives.
The readers (the readers’ friends) that follow the blogger might include friends and family members, close friends, coworkers, etc. Blogs also include multiple sites or blogs that are all part of the same network.
For example, a personal journal about traveling might be referred to as a travel blog or a travel blog that posts articles and videos about the same topic.
Bloggers may include experts in a specific area such as cooking, fitness, education, and other areas. They may write for other blogs as well, which is referred to as “Guest Blogging”.
What Makes a Good Blogger and Vloggers?
Bloggers write about specific topics they are interested in. A good blogger might post regularly on a certain topic to build up a following. They might also comment on articles that have been written about the topic and add their own spin on it.
A good blogger will learn about their audience’s interests and provide them with a steady stream of useful information that will interest them.
There are a lot of bloggers out there, but most aren’t considered “superstars” because of their audience size.
The majority of bloggers publish consistently on a regular basis in order to build a loyal following. As a result, they can build up a powerful online presence for their websites.
What Makes a Good Vlogger?
On average, a vlogger’s audience is 15-100 times larger than a blogger’s audience.
For a successful blog, you’ll want to have a readership in the hundreds of thousands or even millions. However, in order to really engage with your audience, you may need to start small and work your way up to that.
You want to have an audience with a size that you can afford to pay for ads, but you don’t want to do this at the expense of losing a significant part of your audience. 2) Bloggers typically offer a pay-per-post model.
This means that you pay per piece of content you create. This may not be an option for you as a new blogger, as you might not know whether your content will generate enough interest to bring in enough money.
They Might Be Personal, But Their Primary Focus Is On The Video
Vloggers on the other hand, do videos for their audiences.
They Make Money Through Ad Revenue (While Bloggers May Not)
Bloggers typically make money from their blog in other ways, including advertising. But vloggers are a different story. They might choose to monetize their channel by adding sponsored content to the videos, selling the clothes or hair clips featured in their videos, and selling merchandise like the mugs that say “Do You Want Sushi” that star “Jeff the Drunk” (and that you can buy on Jeff’s Webstore).
While there are exceptions, for the most part vloggers primarily make money from their channel in the form of ad revenue. Bloggers Are Visited By More People Each Month Than vloggers.
They Might Be Creative, But Their Primary Focus Is On The Video.
A vlogger might be creative, but their primary focus is on the video they’re shooting and the people who will be watching it. This could mean that they’re doing a lot of live-tweeting or creating lots of pictures and videos for Facebook.
They Do More Live-tweeting.
A lot of vloggers do live-tweeting from the parties they’re at, or live-tweeting to their followers about the topics they’re discussing. If you want to blog, this may not be something you want to do.
Vloggers Do Less Social Media.
Vloggers spend most of their time on social media. You might think that it’s great that they’re using Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube more, but they’re also building up their presence on other social media networks as well.
They Do Lots Of Creative Content.
How do Bloggers and Vloggers differ in audience?
Most vloggers have a large, active audience. Many vloggers have millions of subscribers and reach thousands of millions of people every month. But the majority of bloggers only have hundreds of people reading their blog every month.
Bloggers do more than just write and film videos. Bloggers will typically create content for a number of websites.
How do bloggers share their content?
Bloggers usually work with companies to place their content on their blogs. Many blog networks and syndicates host bloggers and provide them with a way to share their content with the world.
How do bloggers get the traffic they need to make money?
Many bloggers have a way to generate revenue from their blog. Some bloggers use affiliate links to generate money from products and services.
How do bloggers and vloggers differ in content?
2) Bloggers typically write shorter and do commentary more than vloggers.
How do bloggers and vloggers differ in style?
3) Bloggers will often only write a post once or twice a week whereas vloggers are often prolific, writing videos everyday.
Why is blogging more of a personal blog than a vlog?
4) Bloggers may occasionally make money on their blog by creating a blogroll and allowing their readers to pay for the right to get on their blog’s blogroll.
5) Bloggers need to be constantly writing to make a living, whereas vloggers can occasionally make money on their blog. But blogging can be a hobby for many vloggers, while many vloggers use it as their primary focus, making money a secondary concern
The Blogging Population.
The blogging population is growing at a tremendous rate, with the number of bloggers in the United States doubling every 1.2 years since 2003. Blogging has become an important component of the social media landscape, but it is far from the only one.
As of December 2012, there were an estimated 193 million active users on Facebook. The number of people using Twitter grew by over 100% in 2012 as well, to over 200 million users worldwide.
The Vlogging Population
According to recent statistics, over 44% of Internet users watch vlogs every single month. The average person spends 100 minutes a day watching videos online which amounts to watching 5 billion YouTube videos per day in total.
Vlogging is also an effective form of marketing since it’s estimated that 66% of business owners rank video as the most effective form of content marketing. Additionally, 85% of businesses use video as a marketing tool.
Is blogging for you? Is vlogging for you? The answer to these questions will largely determine whether you succeed or fail as a blogger.
You could potentially get more traffic to your blog if you blog about things that a lot of other people are already doing. Or you could simply fail by writing about the same stuff everyone else is writing about.
Before you start your blog, think carefully about what your goal is, how you’ll measure your success, and which tools will be most useful for you to use.
It’s a lot to think about! And a lot to do, but with some planning and preparation, you can be a great blogger.
If you have questions about blogging, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to answer it.