Blogging has been my hobby for over three years now. I love writing down all the little adventures we get up to and capture our weekends. Pictures and photo albums are one thing. You can see the photo and a little caption beside it but you don’t actually know the full story behind this photo. This is where blogging comes in so handy.
From the day Chloe was born, I wrote down all her milestones on this blog. It will be so lovely to look back on in a few years time and to show her what she was like as a baby or toddler. I still regret that I didn’t start blogging when Matthew was born. As he was my first child, I certainly have enough photos off him though sorted into folders which I can capture and know the story behind.
I am not big into reading. The last book I picked up was five years ago, just before I gave birth to Matthew. What I do enjoy, is reading other people’s blogs. Particularly parenting and travel blogs. It’s so interesting to follow their journey and you feel like you know them for years. There are bloggers I have been following for three years now. Back then their little babies were tiny. Throughout their blog you can see them growing up so quickly.
Something else I noticed in the last few months though. Blogging seems to have taken its turn. There are a huge amount of bloggers who have taken to YouTube. In fact some of them now make this their priority of “blogging”. You see them posting less and less on their blog and update their YouTube channel multiple times each week. Don’t get me wrong, certain bloggers I actually only watch their YouTube channel and don’t go on their blog much.
As for myself, my YouTube channel is pretty much empty. What I do enjoy, is taking videos of our days out, our travels etc. I did get a few requests lately if I could not talk a bit more about the video rather than just having music playing in the background. It would be more watchable. This got me thinking… Are people nowadays more interested in WATCHING videos of people’s life rather than READING about their lives?
Personally I don’t think I will ever be confident enough to do a video even once a week. Blogging on it’s own keeps me on my toes enough. I attempted a clothes haul the other day in front of the camera which I will embed in the post below. You can tell me what you think of it. I don’t think it’s as natural as some other bloggers are. Then again, I know it will take time and effort to get used to being in front of the camera and talking to the camera.
This is a topic I asked the blogging community about, too and surprisingly everyone has different opinions on seeing YouTube as the possible new way of blogging…
Kirst from Life With Boys:
I love watching Youtube and always have, but have never had any desire to be in front of the camera. More recently though it seems like everyone is vlogging, and I can’t help but feel the pressure to join in for fear of being left behind.
Natasha from Mummy and Moose:
Being in front of the camera scares the hell out of me but I am going to have to be brave and go for it lest I am left behind before I have even began! I confess that I am easing myself into it by using my children in vids while I learn a little bit
Kate from My Family Fever:
I will never vlog- it’s not for me at all. I’ve no desire to be in front of the camera and edit video.
I also prefer to read blogs. I love the passion and imagination behind the words and I find them easier to pick down and put up than I would a video.
Sinead from Shinners and the Brood:
I’ve been blogging for under a year and yes, it sometimes feels like I’ve arrived late, just when people seem to be leaving to go to a more exciting, more dynamic after party! For me personally, blogging is about the written word. I love watching Vlogs and I have massive respect for Vloggers who put themselves out there, making videos and doing live streams but I’ll never be as comfortable or confident in front of a camera as I am behind my keyboard!
Katy from Katy Gibson:
We have been daily vlogging for years now and actually started before I took my blog more seriously but my husband was blogging at the time. We do it for the memories and our children love watching our vlogs back where as they wouldn’t read my blog.
Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine:
It does seem to be going that way, which is annoying as 1) I have absolutely no desire to put myself out there like that- it’s taken me many years and a lot of courage to start a blog (I have a lot of self-confidence issues) and 2) I don’t like watching YouTube. Even people I’ve been following for years are adding videos at the end of posts. I feel I’m missing out by not watching, but I really have no desire to
Lyndsay from Fizzy Peaches:
I hope not! I love vlogs, but I think blogging has it’s place too – I can express myself through writing and would feel totally uncomfortable doing it all over video, even though I do have a Youtube channel too. I also love reading blogs in the dead of night as I feed my little one – wouldn’t be the same watching it all on video!
Collette from Truly Madly Cuckoo:
I started a YouTube channel and published an introduction vlog. I only left it there for a few days before I deleted it, as it was so cringeworthy! Maybe I’ll try again one day.
Catherine rom Battle Mum:
Vlogging does seem to be taking over somewhat. While I vlog occasionally my blog and writing is my main focus. I don’t actually like posts that are a few lines and then a video that you have to watch to get the full story. Truth be told I hate it. I only embed my own videos in a post if it’s a review or day out and only after I’ve written a full and complete post about the place/product. And I place it at the end so people can choose to ignore it if they want. I will often move on from a blog post if it’s solely a YouTube video so never expect my readers to watch just one of my YouTube videos. That’s not what a blog is for. To me it’s for the written word and photos. If I want to watch vlogs, and I do, I head straight to YouTube.
What do you think of the whole vlogging hype? Do you vlog? Did it take you a lot of willpower to start it?