Time is an amazing thing. On one hand the last 6 months have gone so fast, on the other it seems like it’s been forever.
In September of 2016 I decided I wanted to try my hand at making (sailing) travel videos. Nothing too amazing, really, but videos to show what it was really like living on a sailboat and traveling. (Ok, I would love to have them be amazing, but though I’m an avid tv and movie watcher, I’m not all that practiced with making videos.)
I’ve been wresting with the format, content, finding music, editing and pretty much everything else there is to making videos. There has been a huge learning curve and I’m still working on it, (right now I’m working to figure out how to really make my videos a story, not just clips put to music, or with music and some voice over).
Things I’ve learned (the hard way)
1.) Finding the right music is hard… and important!
Music sets the whole tone for a video (if there is music in it). It tells the viewer how to feel. And to make videos look even better, you should edit “to the music”. (Basically, make your cuts on the beats, slower scenes with slower parts of the song etc.)
Even more important is making sure that you can use the music. If you’re violating copyright laws. If you’re violating them, youtube will get upset.
2.) If you build it, someone will complain!
I’ve had people attack my boat, attack my family, my parenting… I’ve had my videos attacked, what I say attacked… Basically, if people are watching, someone will complain at some point!
The good news is that if no one ever complains, it most likly means very few are watching, OR you’re not doing something that people will LOVE (because if some love it, others WILL hate it).
3.)Just Do IT
I spend a long time wishing I would/could do something like this… now I’m kicking myself that I didn’t start sooner. I had every excuse in the world not to do it, and used them frequently… but push come to shove, I was scared.
The problem is, the only way to get over it is to listen to Nike and “Just do it”.
4.) Starting small isn’t a problem.
When I worry about the vlog/blog being small, I remind myself that it’s prefect because then it gives me room to practice and get better without TOO many people seeing how bad some of it is.
5.) It’s ok to make bad art
This is one that’s held me back for years. I what it all to be perfect and wonderful. But to even get close to that, I have to remember that I need to make a lot of bad art first.
6.) A travel vlog/blog needs more then one income source
I am working out how I can generate at least a few different income sources from doing my vlog/blog. The first is google ads. This isn’t a whole lot of money (in the 6 months my best month I made $30), but it’s a start
Another income source for me is Patreon, an on-going crowdfunding site. I have a few loyal patrons that love my work enough to give me a bit of money whenever I create a new video episode. I need to figure out how to make this more appealing to people. Right now I’m making about $90 a month
There is a lot that I still need to figure out. (Like what I actually what my vlogs to be like.) And some that I have like my vlog/blog goal (I want to be able to use the vlog/blog to both make money and gain exposure so that at the end of this trip, I’ll be able to make enough money to support us continuing to travel.)
I still have at least a few years to really get it all figured out, so I’m not too worried