As it is well known, there are many platforms on which to have your work published. Even with the numerous printed mediums, i.e. newspapers, magazines, novels, etc. the world is moving towards a more modern method of information distribution, the internet. While the aforementioned mediums are available in online based format, there seems to be a huge rise in the popularity of online blogs and video blogs, also known as vlogs.
When it comes to creating your own, personal, online presence, a weblog, or blog, for short seems to be the best bet. “A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. Really, it’s anything you want it to be.” The major draws to blogging are how easy they are to use and the creative freedom that blogging allows. Many of the blogging sites are rather simple to use, even for those who are not technologically savvy. They generally include a place to include your title for the post, the text box to type your thoughts and a button to click to publish to your page. Simple as that. Blogs offer the blogger the opportunity to express their thoughts, experiences and opinions in a way that is all their own, without the need of approval from editors or restrictions on what they can and cannot say. As it is in the world of print publishing, in the blogging world, there are a plethora of websites that allow you to post your work on, just a few of these sites include, WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, Medium, and Svbtle, each site providing features that are similar yet different, allowing each person who wishes to blog, to find what works best for them.
Vlogging, is essentially the same thing as blogging, minus one big characteristic. Where a blog is typed and published to a website. A vlog is in video form. Vlogging is more advantages tham blogs in some aspects. For one, the viewers of a vlog tend to have more of a connection with the views than a blogger does with their readers, mainly because of the fact vlog viewers are able to put a face and a voice with the information they are receiving and they are not just reading words on a screen. Another advantage to vlogging, is that the vlogger is able to easier convey information to their viewership, in the sense that they can show people how to do things rather than just tell them. Some of the most popular vlogs include beauty tips, and video game tutorials, all of which are easier to be shown rather than to explained. A few drawbacks to vlogging is that, there aren’t as many sites to publish vlogs, and they aren’t as easily made as blogs are. The creating of a vlog includes recording, editing, rendering and uploading the videos. Vlogging sites include Youtube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Blip.tv and Break.com. The extra effort that goes into vlogging may be worth it though, because the mentioned websites do offer money to vloggers with large viewerships through including adds on their vlogs.