Ready…get set…


Well. Not yet. But #Vlogmas starts on Monday morning in your time zone of choice, so now is the time to get prepared! Here are a few things you can do between now and then if you’re too excited to wait.

  1. Make sure your camera battery is charged and that you have space on your memory card.
  2. Go and follow your fellow participants on Youtube and Twitter! The list is here. Don’t forget to check back regularly for updates.
  3. Check out the topics calendar. (And if the first topic is on November 30th for you, it’s probably because changing each individual event to GMT was far too difficult so all the topics are listed under Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Sorry not sorry.)
  4. Start planning your responses and stocking up on snacks.

As always, the topics are merely suggestions and you don’t have to do every topic if there’s something you’d rather talk about on a particular day.

And any questions can be directed to Emily or me in the comments or via Twitter on the @weblogwevlog account! (If you signed up, but you’re not on the participants’ list, let us know ASAP!!)

Happy #Vlogmas, friends. It’s going to be a fun month.

#Vlogmas 2014

Whaaaaaaat? TWO weblogwevlog events in one year?! I know, it’s totally shocking right?

A few of you asked back in August if we were going to be organising something for Vlogmas, and after some careful consideration (read: two seconds of emailing between Emily and myself), we figured why the hell not!

For those not in the loop, Vlogmas involves making a video every day from December 1st to December 24th. It’s going to run a little differently to #VEDA solely because we’re both busy doing NaNoWriMo and also there probably won’t be nearly as many people doing it. But rest assured, there will be a topics list and a sign up sheet as per usual!

If there are specific topics that you think should be on the calendar, let us know in the comments or on Twitter, and keep an eye out for updates in the next couple of weeks!


Day 19 Round Up

So the topic for Day 19 of VEDA this year was “The best book you’ve read this year”. And a lot of us (*cough* ME *cough*) went a little overboard and named a millionty books rather than just one. To save everyone the effort of going through the videos a bunch of times to get the titles and authors for their to-read lists, I figured that the sensible thing to do would be to stick everything in one location.

So I hereby present to you The Ever-So-Slightly-Belated We Blog We Vlog Community Book Recommendations for 2014:

How I Paid for College – Marc Acito
Tiger Lily – Jodi Lynn Anderson
Cash – Johnny Cash
The Summer Queen – Elizabeth Chadwick
Pointe – Brandi Colbert
Stealing Lincoln’s Body – Thomas J. Craughwell
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
In the Body of the World – Eve Easler
If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Dark Places – Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
Sandman – Neil Gaiman
The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
The After series – Morris Gleitzman
Blue Moon Rising – Simon R. Green
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
My Drunk Kitchen – Hannah Hart
The Enemy series – Charlie Higson
Fan Cultures – Matt Hills
Girt: the unauthorised history of Australia - David Hunt
On Writing: a memoir of the craft – Stephen King
The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
Mystery Men – David Liss (Marvel)
We Were Liars – E. Lockhart
The Throne of Glass series – Sarah J. Maas
The Pushing the Limits series – Katie McGarry
The Lunar Chronicles series – Marissa Meyer
Beloved – Toni Morrison
Under This Beautiful Dome: a senator, a journalist, and the politics of gay love in America – Terry Mutchler
The Power of Starting Something Stupid: how to crush fear, make dreams happen and live without regret – Richie Norton
Last Call: the rise and fall of prohibition – Daniel Okrent
Fairwil – Alysia Gray Painter
Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins
His Dark Materials series – Phillip Pullman
The Godfather – Mario Puzo
Attachments – Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
The Harry Potter series – J.K. Rowling
Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – Maria Semple
Touching the Void: the true story of one man’s miraculous survival – Joe Simpson
Cop Town – Karin Slaughter
Tiny Beautiful Things: advice on love and life from Dear Sugar – Cheryl Strayed
The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line (Veronica Mars) – Rob Thomas
The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham

If I’ve missed your suggestion, send me through the title and the author on Twitter (@melbsonmymind) or by email (melbourneonmymind(at)gmail(dot)com) and I’ll add it to the list.

Happy reading, friends!!

And we’re off! Almost…

There’s just over 36 hours to go until August starts (at least in Australia), and that means it’s time to start your vloggy preparations!


1. Make sure your camera battery is charged.

2. Follow your fellow VEDA-ites, because the participants list is now live! Don’t forget to check back in case there are new additions between now and 1 August.

3. Check out the topics calendar. We’re pretty proud of it.

4. Stock up on snacks and eyedrops. You’re going to be clocking a lot of screen time this month, friends!


Remember, the topics are just suggestions. If there’s something you don’t want to answer or something you’d rather talk about instead, GO CRAZY! Interpret the topics as you wish.


Any questions can be directed to myself (Kirsti) or Emily on Twitter – @weblogwevlog. We can’t wait to see all of your faces!

#VEDA 2014 Sign Up

It is time! #VEDA stands for Vlog Every Day in August, but you know that already. This will be our fourth year doing #VEDA as a group, and it is the absolute most fun.  Join us!*

If you want to participate, here’s what you should do:
1. Sign up here!
2. Mark August 1st on your calendar.  That’s when it begins!
3. Start thinking of vlog topics. We’ll have a google doc brainstorming session soon. The calendar will be finalized at the end of the month.
4. Watch We Blog, We Vlog and the WBWV twitter for news.
5. Ask Kirsti or Emmy if you have any questions. Or, try Nico or Joey if you have technical questions.

*Only sign up here if you want to participate in our #VEDA community. There is no official #VEDA and if you just want to make a video every day in August, you don’t have to sign up anywhere. We just like to do this as a group. You are welcome to join.