Should I start a podcast, YouTube channel or blog?

So you’re ready to start being a content creator but perhaps you’re wondering which THING to actually create content on?

You’ve heard podcasting is hot.

You’ve heard YouTube was great.

Perhaps, you’re being told blogging is where it’s at.

So now you’re wondering… which medium should you start?

With so many options, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed so I’m sharing some pros and cons to decide if you should start a podcast, YouTube channel, or blog right now.

 

Should You Blog, Podcast, or YouTube?

 

 

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When deciding which type of content is best for you there are a few factors you want to consider such as:

1. What fits BEST for you?

Do you have a way with words that moves people? Are you super animated with your actions and expressions? Do you love to talk? Certain qualities will align with certain mediums better.

2. Which interests you the most?

Does the thought of being on videos give you hives? If so, blogging or podcast may be better for you for obvious reasons.
Perhaps you enjoy listening to podcasts and do it frequently? Then podcasting may be a better route for you to take.
Think about which medium aligns with your interest but be careful not to confuse skills with interest. You may not be that skilled at creating videos BUT if being on video interest you then definitely look into it.

3. Which medium is best for the content you are creating?

What medium will work best for the content you are creating? For example, if you’re sharing interior decorating then blogging or videos may be a better medium since its visual. On the other hand, if you’re a comedian then starting a YouTube channel or podcast would probably be best since it focuses on the audio aspect.

Think about which medium will benefit your type of content the best.

Blogging

If anyone tells you that blogging is dead they are either seriously misinformed or trying to keep all the blogging-money to themselves.

Blogging is still profitable and a great medium to choose if you enjoy writing.

Unlike creating a podcast or recording a YouTube video, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on equipment such as a camera or microphone. The only expense you truly have to get your blog up and running is a web hosting domain. Check out my step by step guide to starting a profitable blog.

However, there are a lot of blogs so it does take time to build your blog up to where it’s making money and bringing in traffic.

Also, gone are the days of writing blog posts like a dear diary page. If you want to make money with your blog then you will need to create blog posts that are geared towards helping the reader.

Pros to blogging:

  • It’s a low-cost investment compared to YouTube and podcasting
  • You can update old blog post allowing you to create content that never expires
  • It’s profitable in a bunch of different ways
  • Can help establish you as an expert in a field

Cons to blogging

  • It’s time-consuming and can take a longer time to grow VS other mediums
  • Not as personal as YouTube or Podcasting where you can hear and/or see the individual which helps to build a better connection with your audience
  • It can take a while to make money from your blog
  • Can be difficult if writing does not come naturally to you

Should I start a podcast, YouTube channel or blog

 

YouTube & Video

You can create videos on practically any platform these days such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, Linkedin, and you can even do live-streaming!

However, I’m going to focus on the biggest video platform (and the 2nd more visited website in the world) which is YouTube.

YouTube is a great medium because it allows your audience to SEE and HEAR you which means developing a connection with your audience is easier. However, it’s a double-edged sword since it can be either a HIT or MISS (and honestly, some people will enjoy your videos while others will not).

While YouTube can be more expensive than other mediums to tap into (if you want certain equipment) it can be also pretty profitable (even for smaller YouTubers) since the platform does pay its creators once they hit a certain number of subscribers and watch time. I, personally,  earn at least $1,000 month as a YouTuber each month. There is a learning curve to YouTube but it’s not nearly as much competition as blogging.

Pros to YouTube:

  • YouTube is free to use
  • YouTube pays its creators via AdSense once you hit a certain criterion
  • YouTube allows you to build a deeper connection with your audience since they can see and hear you
  • It’s profitable a bunch of different ways
  • Can help establish you as an expert in a field

Cons to YouTube:

  • You do not own YouTube meaning if YouTube wanted to take down your account, they have every right since the platform is not yours
  • There is a learning curve
  • Creating high-quality videos can be expensive when it comes to equipment (Camera, lights, microphone, etc)
  • Once you have uploaded a YouTube video, you cannot go back and edit it like a blog post meaning videos can become dated
  • Recording and editing can be a hassle

Despite the cons to YouTube, I can say first hand the benefits that having a YouTube channel has given me.

 

 

Podcast

Podcasting has become extremely popular in the past few years and it’s growing each year!

The great thing about a podcast is it can be as cheap or expensive as you want. You can create a podcast for absolutely free on platforms like anchor or choose to house it on your website and pay for a podcasting host.

If you want to secure sponsorships with your podcast, I highly recommend housing your podcast on your website as you do not owe any of your podcast housed on anchor. Additionally, podcasting equipment can be as minimum as a microphone or your phone that you record on.

Pros to podcasting:

  • It’s profitable a bunch of different ways
  • People listen to podcasts for a much longer percentage of time than they watch video content.
  • Can help establish you as an expert in a field
  • Podcasts can be listened to from just about anywhere (to watch a video… you have to actually watch it. To read a blog post, you have to actually read it but with podcasting, you can be driving, washing dishes and even working out!)

Cons to podcasting:

  • Can take time to grow your audience
  • You will have to market your podcast heavy especially if you do not have an established audience
  • Once you have uploaded a podcast episode, you cannot go back and edit it like a blog post meaning episodes can become dated
  • Editing can be a hassle

 

podcast VS BLOG VS YOUTUBE

You don’t have to choose

The thing is… there doesn’t have to be an either/or

Now I realize that you can spread yourself thin focusing on all three and if you’re focusing in many different areas at once, it’s hard to master one or expect any kind of growth… But you can actually do all the 3 or 2 if you’re strategic about it.

Podcast VS Blog

You can create a podcast and then use a transcription service to convert your speech into audio form.

Simply upload your podcast to Rev.com and they will provide you the written form of your podcast which you can turn into a podcast.

Click here to get $10 off transcribing your podcast

YouTube VS Blog

You can also use a transcription service to turn your YouTube video into a blog post.

Simply upload your YouTube video to rev.com, and they will turn your speech into written form. Click here to get $10 off transcribing your YouTube video

 

YouTube VS Podcast

Once you have recorded a YouTube video, separate out the video from the audio and turn the audio into an MP4 for your podcast. It’s super easy to do and can be done on most video editors including iMovie and Wondershare.

You can also pay people to turn your podcast into a blog post, turn your YouTube video into a blog, and/or turn your YouTube video into a podcast! I recommend sites like Fiverr where you can pay as low as $5 to get it done.

When it comes to deciding if you should launch a YouTube channel, podcast, or blog, I say choose what makes the MOST sense to you! As someone who has a YouTube channel, a blog, and a podcast. I, first, started off with YouTube. Once I mastered that then I moved onto blogging too. Now that I have a team, I also have a podcast.

All of this took time. I didn’t start off doing all 3 which allowed me to focus without becoming burnt out or overwhelmed. When it comes to if you should start a podcast, YouTube channel or blog, think about which medium you can be the most consistent on right now and which medium excites you the most. I think that’s the option you should ultimately choose.

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How to take better pictures of yourself (9 proven ways to get that killer shot)

Have you ever walked past the mirror and thought damnnnnnnn, girl! You’re looking fioneee today!… so you proceeded to take a few million photos of yourself but none of them looked that great? Not even one selfie slightly reflected that gorgeous-ness reflecting back at you in the mirror. Tragic.

Today, as your digital bestie, I’m sharing 9 quick and easy tips to take better photos of yourself so you can have that bangin’ selfie…


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How to take better photos of yourself

1. ALWAYS Shoot from Above

Shooting from above will provide a more flattering angle by emphasizing your eyes and make your face and neck appear slimmer. Photos tend to look better when taken slightly above (instead of the dreaded chin first image)

2. Use Even Lighting

Natural sunlight is the most complimentary light (plus it’s free!). If you’re shooting inside, try to shoot near a window. If you’re shooting outside, try a day when there’s an overcast or shoot early mornings/evenings.

While natural sunlight is complimentary… direct sunlight, particularly in the middle of the day when the sun is straight overhead, is usually not flattering because it’s too harsh and will produce dark uneven shadows across your face.

You want the light to be even so you don’t have any shadows on your face and neck which are distracting.

3. Use negative space

No one likes a photo that cuts off at an awkward spot. Try to have space above your head so you don’t cut the top of your head off (unless you’re aiming for that kinda photo). I aim to have empty space at the top and empty space on the sides when shooting myself full body, so I don’t have weird cut-offs in the photo.

 

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4. Shoot in continuous mode

I find taking a bunch of photos at 3-10 second intervals is easier when you’re taking photos of yourself. It allows you to take multiple images in one sitting without having to constantly get up and touch your phone/camera each time you pose differently.

Here’s an example of when I took continuous photos of myself for a sponsored post!.

5. Think about your positioning

When shooting yourself, try not to position yourself directly in the middle of the shot. The best photos tend to follow the rule of thirds. This improves the composition and balance of your images by ensuring the most important things are placed in a way that is more pleasing to the eye.


As you can see my face is slightly more to the left instead of directly in the middle of the photo which makes this visually more appealing.

6. Consider getting a tripod or selfie stick

Having a tripod to set your camera up will give you better results if you’re setting your camera up to take multiple photos over a period of time (continuous mode). Having a tripod has been an absolute game-changer for me and will help you take better photos of yourself.

7. Invest in a remote

A remote will allow you to take multiple shots at different poses without having to physically get up to take the picture each time. This will definitely help you take better photos of yourself because you take 10 photos in a matter of a minute and virtually stay in the same spot.


I love remotes because they allow me to continuously takes photos and easily (and quickly) hide the remote under my leg for the photo.

8. Get a ring light

A ring light produces perfectly balanced lighting that is evenly distributed. It’s very complimentary and helps improve the image. If you’re recording videos or looking for high-quality photos that look professionally, I definitely recommend getting a ring ling!

What’s even better is they now have ring lights for your phone, your digital camera and stand-alone (which is what I use).

9. Invest in editing software

Sometimes the lighting is off or you need to crop something out of the photo. This is where a photo editor comes in! I like Adobe lightroom because it allows me to lighten up dark photos and even remove a pimple!

10. Work them angles’ and pose

My best advice to find YOUR angle is to take a bunch of photos and study which angles and poses look best for you.
If you’re taking a full-body photo standing up, lift your arm to look slimmer.
Turn your shoulders so you don’t look lifeless.
Put your hand on your hip (my go-to).
Practice in the mirror trying different poses to see what works for you. Take those million selfies and figure out which angles are the most flattering for you.

how to take better photos of yourself


me… totally trying to be a model

11. Check the background

You don’t want to take photos where the background will distract you. Always do a quick scan behind you and ensure there’s nothing that will draw attention away from you. This includes a messy background with things all over the floor or distracting objects.

Here my tips when it comes to how to take better photos of yourself. This especially comes in handy if you are an influencer!

Do you have any tips when it comes to taking great photos of yourself? If so, share below! I love to know!

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