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Ok, you must be wondering what am I up to now? Let me set the scene…
I need to pay for the last bit of my September cruise to the islands (The Caribbean that is). Now I know what you are thinking and I will not address that AT this time. Maybe when I share one of my personal journal moments one day but not right now. Besides, by the time I get at least a temp job (which is what I am looking for when I say I want to work with clients anyway), it is time to make my last payment on June 1st. What must a girl do to get her hands on some cash besides begging the financial gods (AKA banks, credit unions, and those check cashing places), relatives, or going to the local casino? How about getting rid of some stuff you are no longer using? AKA giving them a good home.
So, I started with my Longaberger business and the art of getting rid of every basket, pottery, or wrought iron piece that I do not like, or no longer can house in my 2-bed condo. Besides that, I can also use the leftover money to buy the baskets and pottery that I DO want, but was not able to get, even with my discount as a consultant. Did I tell you that I am sort of not making much success with it? I will tell you why in another post.
Next, I decided that I need to get rid of some of the craft items, especially the ones I bought while working at Archiver’s when it was a brick and mortar store. When you are a scrapbooker and card maker AND you work in the place where your loves are (meaning scrapbook supplies), AND you get a discount, you sort of becoming a hoarder. Not the kind of hoarder on a show like Extreme Hoarding, or whatever that show on A&E is called, but you know what I mean. So, I found some ribbon, which I do not use anymore. I graduated to washi tape. Same difference. I put it on a destash craft group on Facebook. No bites as of yet. Next, I found clear rubber stamps that I am not using. I still use them, but I want new ones to go with my Tim Holtz distress inks and my Stampin Up ink, as well as my Mementos black ink. I did not want to put up another post on the same Facebook group, so I tried video. Guess what? It worked. In 7 hours, I was preparing my little package to send off to my buyer. I now have $14.00 going towards my cruise. Yay!
What does this have to do with writing?
It has everything to do with writing and you do not have to use videos to only sell products. In fact, you can use videos in any type of how to post you place on your blog.
I follow a You Tubber named Jennifer, and she has a vlog called Pretty NeatLiving. She is a lifestyle vlogger, but she also has a blog by the same name. The way she uses the blog/vlog method is simple, she repeats everything she said on her vlog in written form. Hey, everything cannot be done in vlog form. The reason is perhaps there is a giveaway form a person needs to fill out and she needs to count that. She also has sponsors, who may not want her to have more than one way to get their campaign message out. The finally way could be that she is using the oldest method of getting her message out, which is some people learn by reading, some learn by doing, and some people learn by listening. It is the most effective way of getting your brand across. I am also learning that as well.
Another You Tubber I follow is named Tmika, who is ScrapDaWorld. She is a crafter like me, but she also uses the blog/vlog method. This is how she uses it. She runs crafting swaps throughout the year. I am preparing to create a flip book for her swap this month. Tmika announces the swap on YouTube, including showing the sample project and how the project should be made. Next, she will repeat those instructions in her blog, post the link to the video, a thumbnail photo of video, and finally a picture of the project. Tmika also goes a step further by posting all of this through her social media.
I am working out my kinks on how my videos are posted on this blog and my other blog, P. Lynne Designs. Currently, I am using IFTTT program (which stand for If this that that) which allows me to post my videos on this blog, but some videos are not related, like my recent Dollar Tree Haul video or Selling my clear stamps video. I need to check to see if they did a post on P. Lynne Designs blog because that is where they belong. I am not an expert on how I figured how to link it to a WordPress blog, but for a blog in Blogger, it is easy.
My Takeaway for you:
If you are interested in enhancing your writing (no matter what niche (subject) you write about), my suggestion is to eventually have a blog/vlog combination going. It does not cost much to start a YouTube channel if you do not have one. Vimeo is also a good platform to have a channel. You can also start your blog first, and then have a video channel. You do not need a camera to get started, use your phone. You do need a tripod for your phone. Especially if you do not want to hold your phone. Down the road, when your finances are freed up, get you a camera with great quality. You can also invest in a voice over microphone. Again, that is in the future.
If you are uncomfortable being in front of the camera, try talking while being behind the camera, or do try a short 2-3-minute video in front of the camera. This is how I got started. How about, “just do it” as the old Nike commercial used to say. I always say, try it once, and if you hate it, skip it for a while. Videos are not for everyone, but I do encourage you to at least try it.
If you do try it, your last piece is to invest in a good editing software. I am currently not editing because I do not have the software I was using. I am getting ready to try a software by Adobe Premiere Pro. There is also a good one by Apple called Final Cut Pro. You can use it for both Mac and PC as well. (Note: Neither of these software links I receive a commission on. They are simple the editing software that I like). If you hate looking at yourself while editing, hire someone to do it for you, but eventually, you will have to do your own editing.
I do hope you do try this combo for your writing and gaining traffic. You may get offers for a collaboration or even a job offer.