Featured Vlogger: Jordan Goodfellow
It’s my pleasure to introduce Jordan to you this week. I only came across his work a few weeks back, but was bowled over by the quality and number of subscribers he has built up.
People often think vlogging is a quick 5 mins and then throw it up on Youtube, but as Jordan explains, there is a bit more to it than that…
TL: Tell me a bit about you.
Jord: My name is Jordan Goodfellow I’m 21 years old and lived in Telford all of my life. I currently work on my youtube videos full-time because i want to put all of my focus towards the content for my viewers
TL: What do you vlog about?
Jord: The focus of my vlogs/channel is to get people together to share their thoughts on wrestling and create a channel and videos where viewers can come and enjoy themselves.
TL: Why Wrestling?
Jord: I decided on wrestling as my niche because wrestling is my passion and i wanted to share my opinions and create a friendly community of people who enjoy wrestling.
TL: What do you get out of creating the videos?
Jord: There are many benefits of vlogging one main benefit that has really helped me was it made me more confident also it allows you to meet and interact with people who enjoy the same things as you.
TL: What do your folks think about all the time you spend creating content?
Jord: My family don’t really understand the whole vlogging/youtube thing but they are very supportive especially my mum and my aunty and uncle who actually let me have the computer that i use to edit today on.
TL: Do you need a lot of expensive equipment and software to get started?
Jord: I Currently use a Nikon Coolpix S7000. Its a very lightweight and smart camera. Very easy to carry around and has the quality that I’m looking for.
If you are thinking of starting vlogging i would recommend a lightweight camera that is very easy to carry around but still has the quality you need.
For beginners if you are thinking about starting before you take the step of buying a camera, the camera you have on your smartphone will be good enough for example many you tubers actually use their iphone’s and are very successful. In fact, thats how I started using my sisters iphone.
I use Sony Vegas pro to edit my videos. It’s software you have to pay for but the features on the programme make it worth the money. If you are just starting i would recommend Videopad editor. It’s really good software for beginner editors.
TL: What’s your process for creating a video?
Jord: The first step for me is to research thoroughly the topic I’m discussing in the video, so that I have every bit of information I need. This can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the type of video.
The next step is to record. Now very rarely do I record in one take. It can take anywhere fom 30 minutes to 1 hour to record the video depending on the type of video, but usually I can get the video done in 3-4 takes. I want to make sure the video is the best it can be for my viewers.
Next I get on to checking the footage and editing. This is the longest part of making videos. Editing a small video of 3-5 minutes can take up to an hour, where as if i am editing a video 5-15 minutes long it can take up to 3 hours depending on the type of video. I enjoy it, so the length it takes me to edit doesn’t matter to me.
I then have to make the thumbnail. I do this while the video is rendering. For the thumbnail, I use Adobe photoshop which is the best programme and what most youtube creators use. Making the thumbnail takes about 30 minutes. If you are new to making graphics I’d recommend a browser based programme called Pic monkey which is free and much more simple to understand, plus you can still make very good thumbnails on there.
The last step is to upload the video and share it around all my social media. I have a set upload time, uploading all my videos daily at 6PM. That seems to be the time most convenient for most of my subscribers, plus it also gives them a set time so they know when the video is coming.
TL: If someone reading this thinks they would like to have a go a vlogging, what advice would you offer?
Jord: My advice for anyone who is looking to start vlogging + starting a youtube channel would to be consistent and enjoy yourself. Also make sure you are doing it for the right reasons and work hard.
TL: Tell us something no-one knows about you!
Jord: There is not much people don’t know about me but something my viewers may not know is that i am very shy and quiet until it comes to recording a video
TL: Thanks for sharing, and any wrestling fans in Telford can see your content by following these links: