Dad Blogger Turned Dad Vlogger

I was up late the other night working. Ok, let me correct that slightly. I was up late the other night attempting to work, but was instead watching TV, faffing on social media and thinking about how I should probably head to bed.

As the last Family Guy of the night was ending and I was preparing to head upstairs, the man that lives inside the TV told me about an upcoming programme which sparked my interest. Some fella – who I’ve never heard of before – was going behind the scenes to meet some of the biggest vloggers – who I’ve never heard of before (apart from Zoella) – to see why vlogging is so popular and where its future lies in Rise Of The Superstar Vloggers.

In the 1.5 years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve noticed more and more bloggers turning to YouTube to share their lives. I’ll be honest, it’s not something that has ever really interested me, particularly as I don’t watch many videos – let alone vlogs. However, as I sat watching vlogger Jim Chapman meet the likes of Tyler Oakley, Alfie Deyes, KSI, Joe Sugg and Zoella, my brain started whirring about how video could work with my blog.

When I eventually went to bed at 3am, I’d made a decision. I was going to attempt to vlog. Even if I was crap at it or found that it wasn’t for me, at least I’d given it a go. I didn’t really have any excuse. I had Windows Movie Maker, had recently bought a Nikon 1 J5 Compact System Camera and have a cute kid, so most of the components were there. It was just about cracking on and doing it.

So that’s what I did. On Wednesday, I filmed loads of stuff so that I could create a video showing a day in the life of a stay-at-home dad. I shot footage of us doing normal stuff – eating, playing at home, visiting Tring Natural History Museum and cooking tea. Nothing exciting, just my life. I then edited the videos I’d taken, added some music, created a thumbnail and – with a lot of trepidation – uploaded to the barely used The DADventurer YouTube channel. That was that. I had become a vlogger.

I actually really enjoyed the process and learnt a lot as I went on. My main discovery was that the most important thing is how you edit your video. You end up with so much footage that there’s a desire to stick it all in, but you’ve got to be pretty harsh on what you cut. My final video is anything but perfect, however I’m pretty pleased with it and have been really chuffed with some of the nice comments I’ve received. Blogging will continue to be my bread and butter, but I think vlogging is an interesting side project which I’ll continue to delve into. Can you be a blogger and a vlogger at the same time? Who knows.

Anyway, that’s enough of me in written form. I’d love it if you could check out my first ever vlog below, let me know what you think and subscribe to my YouTube channel pretty please 🙂

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  • Ah yes… those halcyon days. She’s a fabulous helper. Loved a look into your life. Well done. Great first effort. Am thinking, I probably won’t. No-one want to watch me sitting and drinking red wine all day. lol

    • Thanks Mars – haha, I think you drinking wine could be quite interesting after a few glasses! 🙂

  • Loved this Dave. I was going to watch a minute or so while, err, working. But got a little carried away and check out your whole day. Great first Vlog! You’re a superstar in the making 🙂

    • Thanks Claire! Ha, not quite sure about superstar, I’ll settle with ‘not too bad’. Sorry for disrupting your work 🙂

  • Shey Crompton

    Really enjoyed your day in the life video. I saw the exact same documentary and am now carrying out screen tests to see if I could be a vlogger.
    What do you use to edit your videos? I’ve used Windows Movie Maker a bit, but am on the lookout for a more versatile tool.

    • Thanks! Give it a go and see what happens 🙂 I’m just using Windows Movie Maker too – can be a bit clunky, but I’m reluctant to part with any cash, so this does me just fine for now! 🙂

      • Shey Crompton

        In still trying to learn to speak without ers, ums, and ahhs. I also noticed that I use the a coke of key phrases when I am stuck for things to say which needs to be quashed.

        I’m looking into blender at the moment for editing. It’s free and meant to be quite powerful. I’ll let you know how I get on.