Ryanne has developed some great online tutorials for aspiring video bloggers at Freevlog.org. She is the co-author (with Michael Verdi) of Secrets of Video Blogging. Jay is the co-author (with Joshua Paul) of Videoblogging.
“There’s definitely a need for quality content,” Ryanne told my students. “It’s great to come from a place like CBS or CNN…and now we’re producing our own content.”
“It’s so exciting now because it’s so wide open,” added Jay, noting that it’s still fairly easy to get attention for your videos because there are so few video blogs out there.
Jay’s advice to my students: Start making videos, do it consistently, focus on the kinds of stories you like (not the kinds you think might be popular), have fun…and do it because you really love it. He says he only wishes video blogging had been around when he was a little younger so “instead of forming a rock band I could have formed a video band.”
Ryanne added, “Your blog becomes a resume.”
Jay & Ryanne’s Video Blogging Resources
- FreeVlog.org - free tutorials and other helpful info on video blogging, created by Ryanne Hodson and Michael Verdi, authors of Secrets of Video Blogging
- SpinXpress.com - home of the Get Media search engine for all kinds of media available for reuse under Creative Commons licensing
- OurMedia.org - a community site for video producers and podcasters
- havemoneywillvlog.com - a blog to help video bloggers fund worthwhile projects
- creativecommons.org - everything you need to know about creative commons licensing
- blip.tv - free video hosting with creative commons licensing
- WGBH Lab - Video Sandbox - WGBH’s video archives, now available for mash-ups under creative commons licensing