Q: Any basic tips for aspiring vloggers?
1. Learn how to edit. When Hank and I started making videos in 2007, YouTube was a much less crowded place, and we were blessed to be able to learn how to edit as we went. These days, you need at least a passing familiarity with some editing program (I use Adobe Premiere, but any of them will work), because videos need to look and sound reasonably good or they quickly become hard to watch.
2. Allow yourself to make some bad videos on the road to making good ones. (This is also true of writing or any other form of expression: You are not born good at talking, nor do you pick up a violin for the first time and expect to play Carnegie Hall the next day.)
3. Whatever you do–whether it’s videos about quantum mechanics or celebrity plastic surgery or animated stories from your life or whatever–make sure you genuinely enjoy it. Because if somehow you do build an audience, you are going to have to continue making that stuff, and if you don’t enjoy it, you’re going to be miserable. Ze Frank gave me this advice, and it’s proved very useful to me.
4. Grow your community by reaching out to communities with similar values. Many of the early nerdfighters came from the Harry Potter fandom, and from fans of Neil Gaiman. We reached out to those people and found that they liked the same stuff we liked and were interested in the same kinds of projects we found interesting.
5. Keep trying to get better. Hank and I made more than 100 videos before we got our 200th YouTube subscriber.