Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web 83 83 people found this article helpful What Is a Vlog? You probably see these on social media all the time By Susan Gunelius Writer Former Lifewire writer Susan Gunelius is a marketing communications specialist who writes about branding through blogs. our editorial process Susan Gunelius Updated December 17, 2019 Around the Web How to Get a VPN Tweet Share Email Vlog derives from video blog or video log and refers to a type of blog where most or all of the content is in video form. Vlog posts consist of creating a video of yourself or an event, uploading it to the internet, and publishing it within a post on your blog. However, it doesn't have to be that restrictive. What Vlogging Means In the early days of blogging, vlogs were called podcasts, a term that was used to refer to both audio and video blog posts. Today the two have adopted their own distinct nomenclature. The term vlog is also used by video streamers who don't use a blog but post scheduled updates via other means like YouTube; their profile often advertises them as vloggers. However, live broadcasts are available too, from websites like YouTube and Facebook, and those are also considered vlogs. Photographer is my life. / Getty Images Vlogging, therefore, has become a mix of blogging and streaming, with or without the other so long as there are self-made, first-person videos involved. A vlog is sometimes also called a videocast or vodcast. Motovlogs are vlogs made while riding a motorcycle. How to Create a Vlog You can vlog anywhere that supports video content, but that's not all you need. The first step is to identify where you want to blog, as in which website you should use to post your blog content. YouTube is a huge website that hosts lots of vlogger's content, and it's absolutely free. However, there are alternatives if you need a traditional blog platform that also supports text and image posts. It's absolutely necessary to have a recording device too, like a webcam or dedicated video camera (or even your iPhone) that isn't attached to a computer, as well as a microphone. You can definitely use any kind of video and audio hardware that you prefer, but to stand out among other streamers and vloggers, it's usually recommended to get yourself something that can help produce high-quality content. What's more is the video editing software necessary for post-recording and pre-publishing. This includes not only your traditional video editing programs but also any video conversion software that can help get your unedited content into your editing software.