Fear for vlogging

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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.

My name is Cheryl. I’m Learning to vlog for Rural Web Africa
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