My kids are an integral part of my blogging, as I’m sure many of you can relate. As I’ve tried to include vlogging in my own blogging repertoire, I’ve also tried to include my kids. Vlogging with kids can be a lot of fun if you follow a few key tips.
Vlogging with Kids: Why?
Earlier this year, I had a review scheduled for a product that was targeted at my kids. Instead of simply taking pictures of my kids interacting with the product (which I also did), I decided to let them share their thoughts about the product with my readers via a vlog.
For my readers, it’s a fun way to change things up on my blog, giving them a chance to “interact” with my kids.
For my kids, it’s not only fun to see themselves on the computer, but it’s a great lesson in evaluating and communicating their thoughts on a topic.
Vlogging with Kids: Tips
Teach Your Kids HOW to Vlog
Let them watch you vlog. Show your kids how to talk directly into the camera, give an introduction, etc. Have them watch other vlogs that have been done well. Expose them to quality vlogs in order to learn how to vlog well.
Kids learn a lot just through observing, and teaching your kids how to vlog is no different.
Set the Stage
When you’re ready to record your kids for a vlog, create the setting – find a non-distracting background, a place for them to stand/sit, and (if possible) use a tripod or somehow otherwise set your video camera on a solid surface.
Create Buffer Space for Editing
Start recording a few seconds before you’re actually ready for your kids to start vlogging. This will give you a better chance at getting a “clean start” to your vlog in the editing process.
Try to Make “Take One” Work
Unlike adults, kids are usually only good for one “take” when recording a vlog. Rather than stopping and starting multiple times, allow the camera to keep rolling. You can always cut/paste later to clean it up.