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 WordPress.com. 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 WordPress.com, 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!

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


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