Video Blogging Your Way To An Alternative Career

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By Ayush Bhuyan:

Over the last five or six years numerous blogs have cropped up all over the interwebs. A relatively new concept is of making videos instead of typing in all the information. This has led to the term Vlogging (Video logging). The essence is the same as blogging except that it’s on video. The surge of several video streaming sites such as YouTube, MySpace, and Bing etc. has contributed to the rise of this strange hobby which has already become a career and source of income for many. People have started quitting their day jobs for this.

How do vloggers earn?

YouTube has this partnership program. If a channel gets selected for it, YouTube places ads next to the videos of that channel and it generates revenue for YouTube. The partner gets a share of that revenue. To get selected, the channel should meet certain requirements. The channel owner needs to regularly upload interesting videos that generate thousands of views and the videos should not contain copyrighted content.

How much do vloggers earn?

The partners are not allowed to disclose their income so it is not known for sure. But many users on YouTube have quit their conventional day jobs after few months of getting accepted as YouTube partners. The best example is that of Ray William Johnson, an American actor and comedian best known for his YouTube series Equals Three, in which he provides commentary on viral videos. His video blogging venture has helped him make a fortune.

How much investment is required?

At the start, all one needs is a camcorder or Flipcam. A Flipcam records 720p HD video for up to 8 hours and starts at about INR 7000. If you are thinking of doing skits or plays then a tripod stand is also recommended. As one grows into a pro YouTuber and starts earning through it, better equipment can be purchased to improve the videos.

The nature of work

Vlogging is a very occupying and enjoying line of work especially for all the geeks and techies. You have to talk a lot and be funny and entertaining. You might get tired of shooting videos but it is very satisfying. The vlogs will also serve as electronic diary entries and you can watch them again later on in life.

Famous vloggers and YouTube personalities:

Shaycarl: Shay Butler (web alias, Shaycarl), his wife Colette (web alias, Katilette) and their four children. The show consists of daily vlogs that are usually 8 – 20 minutes in length that are filmed, edited then uploaded every day onto YouTube as single video formatted home videos. This guy has quit his day job and is very successful on YouTube.

CTFxC: Internet Killed Television is commonly known by its fan base as CTFxC which stands for Charles Trippy Family Core (formerly Friend Core). As of November 28th, 2011, the series has 564,266 subscribers, making it the second most subscribed reporter channel on YouTube.The web series gathers an average of 150,000 views per episode, which brings the show to have over 225,190,687 total upload views.

The web-series also refers to itself as a “home-made reality show” due to its format of a first person perspective that directly follows the Trippys’ activities with a typical video-blogging style.

iJustine: Justine Ezarik, is an American viral video comedian, and Internet personality.She is best known as iJustine, a lifecaster who communicates directly with her thousands of viewers on her Justin.tv channel.

Ray William Johnson: Ray William Johnson is an American actor and comedian best known for his YouTube series Equals Three, in which he provides commentary on viral videos.

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