We’ve got a new twist this year, in that we’re featuring some vloggers throughout the month!
There will be features on Newbie Vloggers, (which means new to WBWV, not necessarily new to vlogging) Veteran We Blog We Vloggers, some top commenters, and just some people we enjoy a lot!
First up is the amazingly courageous Kain.
If you happen to have missed Kain so far, they came into VEDA totally enthusiastic and taking on Book-Tube-a-thon right from the get-go which I happen to think is admirable already, any then came their day two video. They added in a little something that had been forgotten in their intro video.
If you haven’t watched it, clickity clack that play button below and check it out.
We’re all stoked to have Kain with us and can’t wait to learn more about them throughout the month!
While the 4 admin are probably pretty good on being able to find vloggers to feature, please let us know if there’s someone that you think is extra fabulous and deserves a shoutout!
We’ve been very remiss in updating the website this year, so with less than 72 hours to go (in Australia, at least) it seemed time to rectify that!
If you haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EJSo4JtLbJjFUipR9CuiOc2HOdHnP2B4w0n54z1gYuM/viewform?c=0&w=1
The calendar of topics is now live, and we’re really excited about it. There are more general themes than we’ve had in the past, with similar sorts of topics all falling on a particular day of the week. Huge thanks to Katherine for putting it together!
(As always, be aware that the calendar is set up in Australian Eastern Standard Time, so if the topics seem to start on July 31st for you, that’s why.) [This is now corrected! The calendar should now load in your respective time zone. -Nico]
WHAT TO DO BEFORE VEDA STARTS:
1. Charge your camera battery. Seriously.
2. Apologise to your router. It’s going to be a busy little bee over the next month.
3. Tell YouTube that you want to monetise your account (you don’t actually have to use adverts) because that means you can schedule videos, which is a freaking lifesaver.
4. FOLLOW ALL YOUR FELLOW WBWV #VEDA PARTICIPANTS.
That last one is key, as it’s a big part of how we keep this thing feeling like a community. If you don’t see your name on the list, give us a shout out on Twitter @weblogwevlog (or in the comments below) and we’ll sort it out.
Happy vlogging, friends.
Love all your faces,
Kirsti, Emily, Katherine and Nico.
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.
- Make sure your camera battery is charged and that you have space on your memory card.
- Go and follow your fellow participants on Youtube and Twitter! The list is here. Don’t forget to check back regularly for updates.
- 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.)
- 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 doesn’t start until December 1st in whatever time zone you’re in, but you can sign up any time in the next two weeks starting from RIGHT NOW! We’re pretty damned excited about it.
Here’s some things to do between now and then:
1. Sign up here! The sign up form also includes a box for topic suggestions because unfortunately neither of us have the time to run a brainstorming document this time around.
2. Follow @weblogwevlog on Twitter for regular updates.
3. Mark November 29th in your diaries, because that’s when the participants’ list and topic calendar will go live.
4. Direct any questions to the official weblogwevlog Twitter account, or to myself (@melbsonmymind) or Emily (@lovewokemeup).
5. If you have questions but don’t have a Twitter account, leave us a comment below!
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!
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!!
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!
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.