I think I mentioned some time ago that I have reactivated my YT channel because I shoot videos from time to time for my assignments at Open University Malaysia (OUM). I am getting a grasp of it and still sticking to the so-called silent vlog concept. This means I do not talk much in the video. The main theme is still lifestyle with a sprinkle of OUM. I did think of making OUM my niche vlog but thought that there wouldn’t be much material. Unless I am talented to make my own lo-fi tracks or something. Furthermore, I am not that aesthetic to be in front of the camera and do a Study With Me video.
As we enter May, I am glad to see that I have surpassed last year’s target of making 10 videos per year. I have also made improvements to the titles and thumbnails for the older videos. In fact, I am going for this life series concept – where my life has Seasons and Episodes. I have also put some videos as Unlisted for privacy. These are mainly the final products for my assignments. I still need to improve on the video descriptions. Experts say YouTubers starting out should maximize on keywords and hashtags.
I am not a Youtuber but it surely involves a lot of work behind the scenes. Especially those who are keen to put out good content. In fact, everyone has their own personal styles in doing a Youtube video and compete for a spot in the algorithm. If you’re lucky, you get discovered and earn a subscriber. Otherwise, you’re just another person with the camera syok sendiri on the platform.
When it comes to vlogs, I enjoy the silent ones more. Less chatting, sometimes with subtitles and interesting background music. I am okay with the occasional voices/conversation in the clips but not those really boisterous ones. My favourites so far are Hagreendal and Ji Hyun from South Korea. I have yet to discover Malaysian vloggers that don’t talk so much. Do let me know if there is one.
Anyway, because I love the silent part of the vlogs – I am creating my channel based on that notion. As an introvert showing off my face is not really my thing either. So I tend to shoot myself from the chin under or just my surroundings without myself. I am aiming to keep my videos between 10 – 12 mins for each upload. Ever since I joined Youtube in 2011, I managed to create only 19 videos including this new one. Ha ha ha. No fret. Ali Abdal shot 77 videos before he was finally able to monetize from his content. So maybe I need to get to 100 before I get a reasonable amount of exposure (likes and follows) on social media?
The video above took me nearly a month to collect mini clips and footage. Editing the clips to make it as one continuous video took me another 6 – 8 hours on an app in Google Playstore. Obviously, viewing the end product is satisfying but to shoot another video is no easy feat either. Despite that, I am slowly creating materials for my 2nd vlog centering on the new norm. The plan is, each of my YT video will have 4 subthemes at a length of 2 -3 minutes. Sounds easy, huh? In real life, it’s not.
Content ada but to make the audience hooked and interested to go through the video is another thing. We will see how it goes.