I’ve just recorded a simple instructional video for you showing you one of the easiest ways ever for creating powerful content for your blog.
Today’s blog post comes in two parts:
- The first part shows you how to set up an “interview” like scenario for creating interesting video content for your blog.
- And the second part shows you the end result.
After watching both these videos, you’ll realize how easy it could be for you to create similar videos for your own blog that your audience will just LOVE!
The Behind The Scenes Video Of How I Did It
The End Result Of My “Interview” Like Video
Transcript Of Today’s Video
Hi there. Gideon Shalwick here. A few weeks ago I got an email from a friend asking me for an email interview. If you don’t know what this is, this person asked me to answer a bunch of email questions with email. He wanted me to reply back with some text.
I enjoy writing but I enjoy speaking and being in front of a camera more. I find that it is easier for me to create content using a camera and talking to you “face to face”. I figured, what the heck, I’m not going to write anything back, I’m going to create a video about it and turn it into an interview. So, acting like it is an interview so it looks like the person is actually interviewing me live but in fact it was just me sitting there in front of the camera!
I want to show you the set up I have for that so you can do it too because I think it is a really easy way of creating blog content really fast and getting some really good content out there at the same time.
Here’s what I did…
I had the questions from my friend on my laptop just in front of me. I was sitting on the chair in front of my laptop so I could see the questions on my screen all the time. Then I had a light at about a 45 degree angle to my face. I had the camera just in front of the light at the same height as my face was when I was sitting down.
This is the approximate positions I used for the light and the camera. If you are sitting in a well lit room you probably don’t need an extra light, depending on how good your camera is. I decided to use one of these fancy lights to make it look a little bit better and I was recording at night so I actually needed the light.
The other thing I did was, instead of looking at the camera while I was recording (because then it is obvious that no one is interviewing you) I looked at another place directly in front of me. I looked 45 degrees to the direction the camera was pointing in – another place in the kitchen, the fridge, while I was talking and acting like I was speaking to the person interviewing me. On the camera it looked like there was someone else sitting directly in front of me, interviewing me. But I was in fact sitting there looking at my fridge!
Something I did that helped a lot was to put a picture of someone that I could focus on in front of me so that it looked like I was speaking to someone else. You could do something similar. That’s a really cool tip, you could put a picture of someone’s face there so that it brings your interview to life and it makes it come across a lot more real. You’ll see in the interview that I had in the other video with Louis how that comes across…
I start off that video with an introduction using a splash screen with some text and then I get straight into the first question. So instead of Louis asking me the questions live I have the questions as text. Everyone else assumes the other person, in this case Louis, is sitting opposite me asking me the questions and I’m just answering. But, in fact it’s just me looking at the screen at the questions.
I wanted to share this technique with you as a really cool and easy way of creating content for your blog. You don’t need someone else to ask you these questions. You can come up with a bunch of questions yourself.
If you are going to be putting your video on YouTube, keep it brief. Probably just three or four questions. Try to keep your video between three to five minutes. That way, your videos are the most powerful and most likely to go viral. The interview I did was a bit longer but I had to answer those questions but you don’t have to. You can do less questions about a certain topic of your niche. Maybe the top five questions that you get asked in your niche. Or, whatever it is your audience is interested in.
You can write those questions down and have them in front of you and then just hit record. Afterward you do your editing and upload it to YouTube and send it to your list or put it on your blog and make it come across really interesting. The other thing about interviews is they are more interesting than you just speaking directly to the camera like I’m doing now. Having a bit of variation is a good idea.
This technique is something I’ve done a few times now. It’s really easy and as you can see, it gives you a pretty good result and it makes you come across a lot more like an expert as well.
That’s it from me and I’ll see you inside the next video.