For a little while, we’ve been rolling out a series of how-to articles titled Vlogging 101; with the plan to inspire our readership into making their own videos on YouTube (And who knows, maybe with our advice you’ll eventually become the kind of person we write about on the site?). But while we’ve covered subjects like lighting, sound and the tricky ol’ thumbnail, we’ve yet to start from the beginning: writing the perfect vlog script.
There’s a lot to cover in scripting a perfect vlog; so for this one, we decided “why not turn our already amazing and successful series on how to make videos into actual videos?” So yep, we’ve gone and done it. “Vlogging 101” is now a series you can start watching on our YouTube channel.
Watch the video from us on how to nail your vlog script below.
And if you need your advice written down, here are some of the key tips:
Figure out a style that suits you. Whether it’s writing everything down word-for-word, or a bullet pointed list of keywords and prompts, try a few different versions to see what works best for your vlogging style.
Read your stuff out loud. That way you know sort of how it’s going to sound before you start recording, and you can figure out your tone and pacing much easier. Also, it helps you learn to appreciate the sound of your own voice a bit more!
Time yourself reading. If you write too much, it will be a long video. Maybe you don’t want that, maybe you do; but it helps to prepare ahead of time by knowing how long it takes you to say what you’ve written down. A 3-min vlog will work out at around 500 words.
ABOVE ALL – PREPARE! No matter how you script, you can’t go wrong if you do a little bit of groundwork in the first place. Preparation can go a long way.
Be sure to check out our latest “Perspectives” video – a chance for some of the biggest names in YouTube to share their advice and talk about the issues that really matter.