How to download Youtube Video and Audio

Since I became a youtuber I started to watch a lot of youtube videos and I often want to comment on something, or show a quote from a video that I want to link to or talk about. So I needed a way to download videos. I am editing in mobile primarily, So I’ve been using a screen recorder to record youtube while I was playing it on my screen. Unfortunately you cannot record internal audio on android. So the audio you record goes via the phone’s external audio and gets recorded really soft and distorted. And good sound quality is really important on youtube. So I needed another way to download videos.

So I searched Google and found Now, this might not be the simplest solution out there, but it does work on mobile. Or actually, If you hack wikihow’s solution, then it works on mobile as well. And I like this solution because you don’t need to install anything and if you use it often enough, it is simple enough to remember.

Here’s how it works on mobile:

  • Go to youtube and copy the URL.
  • Now go to your browser and paste the url.
  • Now look at the URL below and fix the URL you pasted to match it. Don’t change the video code ofcourse !
  • Select the video or audio format you want et voila! – Easy peasy

Next step – mixing it in with your own videos.


Don’t let that vlogging dip make you quit!

Now here’s an interesting video. I recognize this and I think last week I was at that quitting point. That’s good news, because that means that from here on, things can only move up.

Even before I started vlogging I new I needed to make the process of vlogging as easy as possible, to avoid quitting just because I wanted things which were impossible. This meant I had to accept the limitations I had to work with and the consequences this would have for the quality of what I’d produce. Unfortunately the quality is exactly which is going to determine the success of your productions and therefore it was also the source of my dip.

In the past months I have heard youtubers say very contradicting things: quality over quantity vs. only post what you’re proud of.

Now I’m not proud of any of the vlogs I made until now and that is why I haven’t been promoting them like I now you should, if you want to grow your channel. So there lies the source of my discomfort and the solution as well: I need to step up and improve my videos if I really want to play this game. I have seen sufficient other youtubers catching much more attention than I have. It really made me lose some confidence.

At the same time, I have had a few videos which attracted more viewers than the rest, which confirms that the format which I had in my head when I started should work in the long run. The problem is how to get there. How to create what I want within the time and space limitations I face. The answer, I fear, is just like with all the rest I do: just do it.


Fear for vlogging

Recent events

Now that’s funny.

I made this video some time ago after I had received some feedback. The main message was: make shorter videos. Not spectacular feedback. But to me, and because of the effort it took to make videos at all, it set me thinking and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I had heard more often of course that people only watch 1 minute of video, but still; seeing all the vlogs and videos which are 10 to 20 minutes long, short videos just wasn’t a priority for me until then. I was trying to tackle the host of other skills and things you need to master when learning to vlog. Talking in front of the camera for one, coming across more vivid and entertaining, editing it all, finding the story in what I tell.

After this feedback I dove into my statistics to see what my viewers were doing. Because, I’m not the type of person that will just take you for your word. I want data to support the statement. But the data confirmed the statement: people watch for only a minute or so. Making long videos is harder and takes more time than making short videos. So after seeing this, I decided to make shorter movies. I now aim for 2 to 3 minutes. But making such short movies with a message is actually quite hard. I still often end up with a longer movie than originally intended.

Back to where it started

The feedback I had received had awakened in me a little spark of fear and doubt. That’s why I decided to make a video about a topic which I thought I would’ve made much earlier in my vlogging career, namely as the first or second vlog.

Starting to vlog is really scarry.  I really needed to get over a threshold of fear. What if people will hate me? What if it explodes and I no longer have privacy? But I’m also not the kind of person who wants to be stopped by anything. Least of all fear. So I’m glad that despite all my doubts I justed started. And slowly, while vlogging, the fear ebbed away. Doubts still surface from time to time. Especially after I get feedback. But well, let’s just say those are good moments to reflect on what I’m actually doing.


Another funny thing about this video. It looks like nobody wants to watch a vlog on fear. because this is the only vlog I have until now which 10 weeks later still had zero views. I find that funny because I think all new vloggers need to tackle their fears. But also, non-vloggers often respond to vloggers from their own fear.

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Earning money on youtube

The big question everybody’s quick to ask is: will you be making money with your youtube channel?

Of course I had the same question and in the past months I regularly looked into this. And although I cannot rule out the possibility that I will make money with my vlog in a far future, for now that is more a dream than anything that will happen very soon.

Youtube has put up some thresholds for monetising channels. But even without that, you need thousands of viewers just to earn a few bucks. There are much easier and less time-consuming ways to make money. Like having a regular job.

There are lots of articles and videos about how to make money on youtube. And it is fascinating to read and watch all that. But I also fet filled with dread when thinking of what it takes to get there.

For now it is just not for me. As a starting youtuber your main concern should be making clips that you love, and building a community around your self. For me that means interacting with my followers and having meaningful conversations. Heck, I actually have much bigger goals with my channel than just to make money. It’s a social experiment. I want to change the world and I need a community to achieve that. If I would make money it would need to go back into the community.

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Vlog vs. video

I’m not sure what to call non-vlog video, so I’ll just call it video. But I’d like to write a small piece about vlog vs. video. Because I notice that a lot of people around me expect me to make video. While I really want to vlog. I want to record the things I do. I want to take you along and show you what I come across. I don’t want to work from script, because I don’t think it will become more natural and certainly not more authentic if I do. However, that I want to vlog does not mean I don’t want to make other videos as well. But I’m pretty sure I could never make a fully scripted video every week. Whereas a vlog, especially a raw vlog – really is manageable for me.

Below are two videos. The lower one is the making of for the upper one. Personally, I just don’t really like these heavily scripted videos. It just doesn’t feel alive to me. Making vlogs, I also try to avoid having to say things twice. The first recording is often the better one anyway. I just cut out all the uhms, hesitations and plain errors. With this Seepcat video however, we made endless recordings of the same story until we had the shot in one take.

I’m starting to hear noises that vlogging is not a good idea for most youtube channels, because vlogs do not result in as high follower’s growth rates as other formats. Viewers like consistency. Not only time-wise, but in every immaginable aspect. Nobody likes change, and vlogs are probably hard to make in a very consistent way. So if you want to grow rapidly, don’t make vlogs. Instead, go for entirely designed, consistent, scripted videos.

What are your thoughts? What do you prefer? Entirely scripted video, or vlogs?

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Vlogging with Recurring Items

Because I have several goals which I would like to achieve via Rural Web, I wish to communicate on several distinct topics in parallel all the time. To be able to address all these topics in a balanced way, I thought I would use what I call “recurring items”.

The names of these items double as hashtags which you can use on any social media to join the conversation or catch the attention of our network.

The recurring items are:

  • #TellmeMonday – tell us what you’re working on or trying to achieve.
  • #TechTuesday – teach us tech
  • #RwebWednesday – post about development cooperation and community building.
  • #FeedbackFriday – talk about feedback you have (been giving) for others; tell us how you’re dealing with feedback you got or tell us what you’ve learnt (feedback to yourself)

Using our hashtags on your posts shows that you’re part of our community. It makes you easy to find and will expose your content to many. Use it on relevant content, not on everything. That way it works as a filter.

I introduced my recurring items in a series of vlogs (see above and below). Unfortunately I don’t have the time at this moment to publish four films per week. So for now all my vlogs are published on Wednesdays, but I still address thr items and use the hashtags on other social media.

I have frequently seen people asking where other vloggers got their inspiration. For me these items work really well to give me an angle to look at my life or whatever is in front of me and to imagine how I can create a story, vlog or message around it. Aspecially tell me monday and feedback friday are ideal to make short talking head videos which are focussed – bringing a single message – and both easy and quick to make.

Do you use recurring items? Which ones? Why these? Which items of other vloggers do you like to watch?

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A Tech & Youtube Community for Africa

I am a member of two facebook communities for youtubers. I would like to start my own community however and I have finally decided how I’ll do it.

The community I wish to build is not just for youtubers. I really wish to build a community for African Techies. So African youngsters working in web development or ICT. I know that there are tech hubs sprouting up all over the continent. I’m really interested to know what these people are capable of and to work with them.

The ICT sector offers job opportunities among other things. Rural Web always was an ICT for development project. We always wanted to be connected to tech communities, but also to teach tech to non-techies.

The idea is that more advanced tech users answer questions and help out the less techie people.

Some things I can do for example is to teach how to build websites, send newsletters, use geographic information, programming with python and other languages and learn to vlog. Quite a list.

The internet is great for finding solutions to tech problems. But sometimes it’s easier to ask a friend.

I converted Rural Web’s ICT page to a Tech and youtube community for Africa on facebook.

Join us here:

And post your own tech vlogs on #TechTuesday!

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Facebook Vlogging Groups review

About two weeks after having sought out the facebook groups I became a member of two of them: a Dutch one and an English one. I was worried to get flooded with messages, as apparrently both groups get over 50 messages per day. But the activity in the groups is actually not so big.

Now that I’m a member of these groups, I get lots of suggestions of facebook for similar groups.  many with thousends of members. But I think I’ll stick to the ones I found for now.

The groups I joined:


So what’s it like, to be in a facebook group on vlogging?

Well, it’s actually pretty quiet. There are a few serious posts per day, with people asking questions and putting up polls. Some people ask advice, which can be about growing their follower’s base, or it can be about solving technical problems. Others are curious about what others are doing and how they are doing and maybe just want to engage in hopes to get followers.

The weekly thread

In the Youtuber’s support group a post is put up every week to which people can post their weekly videos. A filter-by-tagging system is described, but it doesn’t look like anybody is using this system. Everyone just posts their link with a short sentence, which usually doesn’t reveal anything and is not helpful in deciding whether it will be worth for you to watch that post.

Posting your videos outside of this dedicated weekly thread is officially not allowed and may cause you to get banned from the group.  But either people don’t read the community rules, or they don’t care because enough people still spam the group.


Most activity in both groups are members posting to the weekly thread. They do this to get sub-for-sub – which means you subscribe to someone and in return they subscribe to you. The result is of course a growing number of subscribers. However, your goal should be engagement, not just having subscribers. Honestly, we only have time to watch so many videos per day. And if you’re anything like me, you really don’t want to waste you time on crap. So subs-4-subs is not something I’m interested in.

Is it worth it?

yes! I really like being part of these groups, although I can imagine I will move away from them after a while. The facebook groups I became member of are huge, but I think most members are not active any longer at all. They’ve probably forgotten they were a member and have moved on to other things.

But the active members do make it a lively place. You can find lots of inspiration: other youtubers from beginner to having thousends of subs. I have watched videos of some of them and compared myself to them. I have also been  giving feedback, to people who had asked to get feedback. That seems to be appreciated and is fun to do. I would be interested to keep following these people and see how they improve over time.



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A new Vlogger’s Learning Path

I’m starting this blog about 6 months after having started to vlog. I would, however, like it if this blog gave an account of my whole learning process, or learning path. I will therefore backpost some articles to the dates where things approximately happened.

Before starting this vlog, I wrote tow articles about my learning path.

One of them I have backposted here: Learning to Vlog: Jan – Sept

The other one is a Google Photoalbum which I will leave as it is, because of the videos it includes. There’s no easy way to publish the videos on this vlog unless I would post them to youtube. But because they include my kids, I don’t want to do that. Have fun reading the post though: Learning to Vlog 1.

The backposted articles are listed hereunder and were loosely based on the two articles linked above:









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The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

The title of this post and the first sentence are both the standard dummy text you get when registering a wordpress site at I found it fitting however, therefore I decided to keep them and to create my first post around them. For this is the beginning of a new journey: the journey to look for an adequate way to quickly publish texts in support of my Rural Web learning circle on ‘how to vlog’.

Please read this article about Rural Web to learn more about it. What is most relevant for now, is that Rural Web is a community of people who love to learn and grow together. We learn in online and offline Learning Circles – meaning that we prefer to learn together. We publish about our learning paths so that others can benefit from the time and effort we have put into our own learning.  The idea is that publishing about it will save others time and will help us internalize whatever we are learning. If time allows it, we even go as far as creating learning materials for others. Again, because it strengthens our own learning, and because it helps others. The base rule is, however, not to recreate what already exists. If there’s already good learning material out there, then just reference  it and review it so that others know what is worth their time.

Originally, Rural Web’s learning philosophy dictated that learning materials were created. The idea was that they should be published on Wikiversity – a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, projects and more. Creating learning materials however turned out to be more difficult than I originally thought it would be. And back in 2011 I didn’t find Wiki’s very user friendly. I took my refuge to Google sites, which are easy to create and maintain, but this too never really took off. It was all to complex to work with. So, in an attempt to simplify things even more, I find myself here at, starting a new journey – using a blog to record my learning path on “how to vlog”. Because that’s what I’m working on at this moment. That’s the tech I’m trying to master and apply to reach my personal goals. Seeing how popular vlogging is at this moment, I expect that a lot of people are interested in it and have the same questions I have. If you are, then know that you are invited: to join my learning circle – to connect and follow through all kinds of social media. To learn together, to tell your story; to share your learning path.

I intend this blog to be the most comprehensive recording of my learn to vlog endeavor. I vlog about it as well, but the time it takes to create a video does not allow to me to show and tell you all that there is to this story.

Therefore, if you’re learning to vlog and you’d like to know how it was to learn to vlog for someone else – then please follow this blog and follow me on other social media:

Youtube: Geocherylvids – channel: Learn to vlog – this channel shows a mix of my own ‘learn to vlog’ videos and videos by third persons. Drop me a line if you make How to Vlog videos yourself.

Facebook: Rweb.ICT – Follow me here, or ask and get answers to any of your ICT questions.

Good luck learning to vlog!

Stay in touch,
Change the world.


(aka Geocheryl)

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And the further he went, the longer the way home became. — C.C.S. Crone


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