What’s VEDA, you ask? Well, it’s an acronym that stands for Vlog Every Day (in) April (or August – but for the purposes of this librarian and her blog, it’s April).
Why VEDA? Great question. Let’s talk it out:
- Vlogging can be a great way to build dynamic relationships with your network of peers across the globe.
- Vlogging is also an engaging way to hold an online conversation.
- Video blogs can showcase your personality in a way that traditional blog posts just can’t.
- A lot of people are interested in vlogging but held back by their own insecurity or discomfort being on camera – VEDA is a great way to crack through that initial awkwardness to make vlogging a regular, comfortable part of your digital life.
- All skills are improved with practice. By the end of a month of vlogging, you’ll have your own style and workflow down to an exact science.
- It’s fun!
So, are you in? Here’s what to do next:
- Set up your YouTube account if you haven’t already
- Reference the Google Calendar (below) for video ideas
- Share your videos on twitter (#VEDA), facebook, or however you feel comfortable
- Leave a comment here so I can check out your videos!
I’ve attempted VEDA in the past, and while I had fun, I didn’t complete the challenge – mainly due to laziness and lack of planning. So this time around, I’ve done what I can to set myself (and you) up for success.
Here’s a prompt list in Google Calendar form – all you have to do is add this to your own calendar (or just print it out) and you’ve got at least one suggestion for each day of VEDA. Knowing myself and knowing how my weekends tend to go, I’ve saved Saturday and Sunday for some low-key regular weekly features. I already (try to) post weekly Book of the Week videos on Fridays, so I left those in the rotation. I’ll add some brainstorming questions to each daily prompt to help you get started with what to focus on for each video.
The important thing is just to have fun and interact with your community online!
So, what’s the word? Are you in on VEDA this April?