Blogging vs. Vlogging: What You Should Start in 2018?

(Last Updated On: October 18, 2017)

Are you confused what to start in 2018?

If you’re stuck between blogging and vlogging and wondering what you should start doing on the internet, then this blog post is for you. The reason for writing this blog post is that it has become imminent to talk about this, especially when both blogging and vlogging are going to the next level.

Before getting deep into these two topics, let me briefly clarify blogging and vlogging:

What is Blogging?

Blogging is a communication medium that publishes written text content on the internet. The purpose of the blogging is to put forward thoughts, ideas, suggestions, and solutions. Bloggers write blogs on their favorite blogging niches.


What is Vlogging?

Vlogging is a video blogging that serves pretty much the same purpose as blogging, but vlogging is emerging more of a storytelling medium, nowadays. However, there is no pre-defined rule about vlogging. You can do whatever looks suitable to you.  


Not everyone who comes across these mediums of communication starts doing it. A very few people despite the fears go and try it out.

It’s not that one medium is better than the other, but the both has it’s own criteria and way of working. Depending upon preferences of each individual, some may choose blogging, some may opt for vlogging and some may opt for both.

I’ll try to shed some light on both mediums, and you should try to study both these things, and choose whatever resonates with you. Good luck!


Blogging

Blogging

You’ve understood the basic concept of blogging. Without a doubt, you should start blogging, if you aren’t already doing it, but now I’m going to give a few points to ponder about blogging just to make sure that you find the true essence of this communication medium. I’m hopeful that these points will clear many possible doubts about blogging that you may have. Take a look:

Writing

The number one thing you must be familiar or in love with is writing. If you hate writing, then blogging isn’t for you. You might want to try out vlogging or even something else. If you’re not writing or not interested in the written content, then you can’t run a blog. Therefore, blogging might not be a great option for you.

Awareness

One of the most important things about blogging is that you should be aware of what you’re talking about on your blog. If you don’t know the topic, you’ll end up writing less-compelling or low-quality content that won’t perform well. So get to know stuff and write about things you’re certain about whether it’s parenting, sports car, or gardening. Don’t mix up awareness with the niche. Niche is a different thing; read next point.

Niche

Niche is a blog type that tells what kind of content the blog publishes. The niche could be sports, American football, home & décor, photography, adobe photoshop, or pigeons. It could be anything that you want to talk about on your blog. Bloggers choose the niche they are 100% comfortable in writing content. If you’re thinking to start a blog, then figure out a niche, first of all. Think about what you are passionate about and always like to talk about it. It could be Superheroes of Hollywood or playing golf or egg frying.

Monetization

If you’re wondering to get into blogging, then one of the reasons might be making money online. It’s true that you can monetize your blog. In fact, the monetization opportunities are limitless. Gone are the days when just Google Adsense was the only option, and no one knows what to do else. You can make money with your blog through various means such as affiliate marketing, freelancing, and working on Fiverr.

So now it’s up to you to decide whether or not you should start blogging. Don’t start blogging just because I’m doing or many others are doing it. In fact, ask yourself whether you want to do it or not. It will be you who has to sit down and hustle for a long time to make a steady income through blogging. If you love blogging, then this path is worth taking. Don’t quit your job or don’t stop your main business until you become successful in blogging and the income becomes consistent. If you’re just starting out as a part-time blogger in 2018, then you know the basics now.


Vlogging

vlogging

If you’re wondering that vlogging could be your thing, then read the rest of the blog post to find out the answer. You’ll be able to conclude it for yourself that you should start vlogging or not. Here are four points you should know:

Camera Confidence

I’m not discouraging you or it’s not a necessary thing to have to get started. If you love to make videos, then you’ll develop confidence over time. Just to clarify more that camera confidence is something that makes you look comfortable on camera. If you want to vlog on YouTube, try to stay calm and don’t overthink your voice quality. In short, become comfortable in your skin.

Camera Gear

You might be told a lot on YouTube that you should get a good quality camera or get a mic. People on YouTube are very blunt about their views. Most of them aren’t creators, though, so they don’t understand what it takes to create a video and put it out there. So don’t ever worry about your camera quality, gear, and editing software. You can’t change someone else’s opinions, so better focus on what you love. The top YouTubers around the world started with small family cameras and what they didn’t do is quit. So start whatever you have to film your vlogs or videos, and put it out there. Do checkout my list of best budget vlogging cameras to choose one for yourself.

Storytelling

One of the best vlogging tips would be storytelling. Always try to portray some stories in your vlogs. Vlogs that don’t have a clear narrative or storyline don’t appeal viewers and subscribers are likely to unsubscribe if they think they aren’t interested in the creator’s standpoint. So storytelling skill has a lot of things in it, for example, what’s plot, how to share, where you shoot, and what you tell. All of these elements mix up together to create a story.

Set Ground Rules

Before you even start vlogging, don’t forget to set some ground rules that what you’re going to show in your vlogs, what you can’t, who you can feature in the vlogs, and what you can’t feature. It depends on a vlogger as well as the situation. For instance, sometimes, you’re somewhere and you feel that you should vlog, but the management tells you that you can’t record a video or take pictures here. So you may have to respect the rules and regulations at some points. Similarly, you can also set your rules that where you’d film most of the times and where you won’t. You might watch in top vloggers’ vlogs that sometimes they ask for permission if they’re filming the vlog around someone to make sure that they’re okay to be filmed with them.

So these are things a new vlogger must know if someone is looking forward to starting a career in vlogging. No doubt that vlogging is hot these days and YouTube is full of great vlogs. But you must know that it takes time to grow or you may not grow as fast as someone else grew within months. There are many factors how a video gets ranked on YouTube. We’ll discuss that in the future article on this blog.

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Conclusion on Blogging vs Vlogging in 2018

I have tried to discuss key strategies on what factors you need to look before you start blogging or vlogging, obviously choice it’s your’s. Both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. Some people do either one thing and some do both.

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An Internet Entrepreneur who converts visitors into customers; A Google & Microsoft Advertising Professional with years of experience in Internet Marketing, Social Media and Blogging.

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