So I'm sitting in the kitchen with my business mentor in early August and she says to me...
"I think you should do Sarah Arrow's 30-day blogging challenge, here's her webpage... just put your name and email address in there."
Now I'm a good boy (most of the time) and follow the advice I'm given, so I did what I was told, entered my name and email address (being careful to spell my name right as I've done it wrong before and got emails sent to Meal) and the challenge begun. No um-ing or ah-ing, no hesitation, just went for it.
I'm not a man for taking the easy route, and because my thing is video I decided to make this a video blog challenge, so all (except one) of my blogs contained at least one video, some had 2 and one even had 4.
And it's been fun and it's been easy.
Ok, there were challenges, but do you want to know what the hardest thing was? You do? Then watch the video below to find out...
I apologise for Rudolf muffling my mic at one point, he does like a cuddle!
So guys and gals, do have a go at Sarah's 30-day challenge, and if you find that too easy and really want a challenge, guess what, I have a 7 day video challenge From selfie-shots to self-shooter in seven days, which will be growing into a 30-day video challenge, so watch this space.
Today is Sunday, last night was Super Saturday of the Rio Olympics, I was up until 3.30 in the morning to see if Jessica Ennis-Hill could win the gold medal in the Heptathlon.
She got the silver, great. Moe got the gold in the 10,000m which was awesome. The thing is I've only had about 4 hours sleep and I'm out today, and I've got a blog to do.
For me the quickest way is to stick my phone on a tripod, put a microphone on me, stick a light up and talk! And I can share my ideas and my expertise through video, because it is so much easier for me to talk to camera and share and interact and present then for me to sit at the computer and type.
What did I do with the video in this post? I stuck it on YouTube and once it was up YouTube had a caption generator. So it essentially transcribed what I was saying. I then went through the closed captions and copied and pasted the words that I was saying into my blog. I didn't even have to write, it just converted what I was saying. I then edited the text, tidied it up a bit and formatted it.
I'm sure there are some online options to get your video transcribed, I think I've seen one for as little as $1 a minute. $1 a minute to get a video transcribed... Not bad at all.
The transcribed words formed the basis for the content of this video blog and how long was the video? About 2 - 2 1/2 minutes, at 3 words a second, that's 180 words a minute times two and a half, that's 540 words. Perfect amount of words for a blog.
And a two and a half minute video is perfect too for YouTube and people's short attention span.
It was that easy, I didn't even have to use my brain 'cause all I was doing was talking. For me that is the easiest way to create content for a blog.
I can't believe it, today is day nine of a thirty day business blogging challenge that I'm doing. And you know me, I don't like to make things easy. So I decided to make each of my blogs a video blog, that means not only researching and then writing several hundred words, it means complimenting that content with a video.
If you've missed out, here's a summery of the best blogs from neilben.tv the past week or so.
The big question I asked in this vlog was "Is it ok to steal other people's ideas?"
"Stand up for your position, your job title and your skills, because people will trust you and elevate you and think “yes” that is the guy I want to work with."
Don't get me wrong, video is great and the sooner you start using it's amazing power to grow your business the better, and even the simplest video will make a massive difference.
But once you start building your confidence in front of and behind camera the camera you need to start mixing it up and creating videos different from the normal.
The reason this is number 2 is because this is going to be an amazing event in an amazing venue, and what better way to promote a Masterclass that people will not want to miss, is through my vlog.
"You know you need video on your website and social media. You know video can help raise your profile, attract new customers, and transform your business. But you also know that professional video can be expensive.
On this one-day masterclass, you will learn how to harness the power of video without breaking the bank – by using your own smartphone and tablet."
Out of all my posts this week, this one got the most engagement, the most comments, the most shares and the most video views... So what does that tell me? It tells me people want to use video and if they can find an easy and cost effect way to do it they will.
Check out this vlog to see what everyone has been talking about.
Over the coming weeks I'm going to create more posts on making videos with your smartphone or tablet, so do keep an eye out for them.
I'll also be sending out regular updates, not only on my video blogs, but all things video. So click on the image below and you won't miss a thing.
This document also includes a kit list to turn your phone into an HD-Video camera and a checklist to take you from initial idea to finished video.