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by Robyn Townsend (subscribe)
BA English student studying at the University of Birmingham. Reviewing theatre, films, books, local events. My Twitter is @robynwithayuh
Published April 12th 2013
Get out your camera and start sharing ideas
YouTube is a way to share ideas, opinions and videos of talking cats, but instead of just watching and enjoying, why don't you try it out yourself? It's a great project for a summer break, and it can become an interesting and rewarding hobby. I myself have found it enjoyable, when talking about things I have a great interest in, and provoking discussion.
This is my serious YouTuber face

You don't need to use the fanciest camera or have to buy the most expensive editing software - even just a webcam is enough. Consider your content, and talk about things you're passionate about, and people will be interested!

If you worried about getting started, or feel like you don't have the confidence, consider these tips:

- Choose a subject you're interested in. If you have a lot of ideas and passion about your topic, it'll be easier to talk to the camera and feel confident.

- Pick something relevant. Watch the news, search online and follow stories, until you find a subject that gets you excited and you feel able to add your opinions to. That way, what you're saying is current and interesting, as well as informative.

- Keep your vlogs short. Don't worry if you haven't got much to say. 3 minutes is long enough to get your point across, without losing the audience's attention.

- Write out a script. If you're prepared, you will relax more and the words will flow. You'll also avoid rambling, meaning your vlog will be more concise and there'll be less to cut down on when editing.

- Add some humour and warmth. Be light-hearted and enjoy yourself. Consider including pets for an 'aaaw' factor, or film in your bedroom to show off posters and things you're a fan of. Be relaxed and comfortable, and people will enjoy watching you.

- Make videos for YOU. Don't worry about who might be watching, just focus on recording your thoughts and feelings at this moment in time. Think of it as a way to make memories! Pick topics you're interested in and use a style you enjoy.

From a fellow YouTuber, enjoy making videos, and good luck!

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