KOCHI: Vlogs have become our daily diaries, a means to communicate voices and thoughts to the world, of course ,through videos. And Malayali women are no strangers to this trend which is already a hit across the country. City Express meets some of the most popular women vloggers of Kerala.
Claimed to be the first women vlogger in Kerala, this 28 year old creates her vlogs in Malayalam and centers them around beauty tutorials, movie reviews and skits among others. Quiz her about the inspiration behind starting such a vlog, her answer is quick. The lack of malayalee vloggers, she says.
For those who have been wondering what the Neelathamara star has been upto post-marriage, she is very busy with her own YouTube channel. Her channel covers areas like make up tutorials; product reviews do-it-yourself series and travel vlogs. Her vlog covering her trip to Shimla is quite interesting and is a must watch.
Former Ms Kerala and model, Jovita George is a full-time lifestyle vlogger who focuses on make-up and fashion tips for young ladies who mirror similar interests.
Ashwathy Ashok who hails from Thrissur owns a clothing line and is the owner of Asvibecreative, her own website. She makes videos on Do-it-yourself projects, sewing tutorials as well as beauty how-to’s.
Another vlogger focused on fashion and beauty, Swetha Vindo from Perunthalmanna is an architect during the day and an avid vlogger during her spare time. She has her own channel which she titled Glam Tzu. There are others like Jorgeen, Yashi, Renji Anooj, Desert rose, Friendly Cupcake, Ria Rajendona and Shwetha Vijayan.
You don’t need to write to make your point across. Instead just take a video. Most vlogs don’t even have dialogues these days. This is more effective as people can see things rather than just read and imagine. It does not take many hours to make a vlog. It can be done anytime, anywhere.
Tips to make a vlog
Making a vlog is pretty simple. You can film yourself and then upload the clip to host sites like YouTube and then embed a link (or HTML) on the blog. Vlogging is similar to public speaking except that your audience is not present when you present it.
All vloggers are actually doing the same thing in their own individual style. Therefore, before you start, it is advisable to watch and learn to get an idea. It will help you identify what all tools an gadgets you would need for your vlog.
Having a rough mental sketch of how to go about doing your video is necessary. It will help in a smooth flow of your thoughts. Topics can range from being very serious to quite funny. Pick your area of expertise here. Also, make sure that it does not sound mugged up. Nobody likes that!
Looking at a happy, smiling face is always a delight. Be presentable. Instead of being stiff, breathe, stay calm, and speak from your heart.
Even though it is difficult to interact, try to adopt a conversational style. Engage your audience. Ask questions, suggestions, etc.
A tripod saves you from the humiliation of a flop show. Instead of holding the camera yourself or keeping it on uneven surfaces or even hanging it in mid-air swaying in the gentle breeze, fix the camera on a tripod stand, which is not very costly. Nobody likes to watch a disaster.
Contacts with those in the field helps you to row as a vlogger. Comment on their videos and be friendly. Keep in mind to avoid abusive language and offensive statements
Your own channel makes you and your work more authentic. In addition, setting up a video YouTube channel and adding tags to your videos makes them easier to find.
The first few videos need not click. Do not be disheartened. You grow over time. You mistakes and learn from them
The ambience of your video also matters. Dress up (if necessary) according to the topic or go outdoors all in a way that goes with your topic.
Say only what is necessary. Stop the minute it becomes boring. Keep it short and to the point.