I’ve always thought of vlogging as something that people do who have no life or friends. They sit in their room, talk to a camera, and rant about things they can’t control.
That’s not completely wrong. A lot of vloggers fit that description, but recently I found a group of vloggers who share their experiences more than their gripes.
What’s more, there’s a very active sailing/liveaboard community on YouTube. That means we can join the conversation instead of creating one on our own.
Now we have our own YouTube channel and we’re making short films every day (so far). Here’s the latest.
The short answer to the question posed in the title of this post is that we’re making videos for YouTube because a written blog isn’t enough. There’s only so much you can convey in words and pictures.
You don’t get a feel for the joy and laughter we experience with our kids. You don’t see the looks we give each other between photos. And a video lets us tell a fuller story of our day-to-day life.
Sharing the smaller moments is important to us. It’s those moments that make up the bulk of our day. Instead of only seeing our smiling snapshots, video lets you see how we interact in our unique environment.
Also, you know, it’s actually pretty fun to make little movies every day. Our kids LOVE to get silly for the camera and they feel like superstars when they see themselves on YouTube.
Making movies pushes us to move and get out, too. We can’t make an interesting video of us sitting around the boat all day. Who would watch that? I mean, I wouldn’t even want to edit that kind of video.
Instead, we get out and make adventures happen. We go on bike rides, skateboarding, fishing, out with friends, or in search of lost pets. So, even if no one watches our little films, we benefit from making them.
It’s also a challenge to make something every day. I’m a big believer in making things, even if those things suck. People who make things are generally interesting people.
You learn new skills and gain knowledge about the world when you make stuff. Makers are people who are growing and discovering and improving.
Making things almost always leads to new adventures. (Just ask Wayne Szalinski…) When you make things, whether it’s a gadget or a piece of art, you’re creating new opportunities.
Plus, every once in a while, you might make something that people enjoy.
We hope YOU enjoy our little films. And, if you do, please LIKE 👍🏼 the videos on YouTube to help us reach even MORE people with our movies.