1.Formal : To beat severely with a whip or rod. 2. Informal : To publicize aggressively: “Flogging a new book” for example. (I’ll be talking about the latter).
Video Blogger – One who records a video blog. A vlog or video blog is a blog (short for weblog) which uses video as the primary content.
I have been vlogging for the last two years and I have made it my job, but not in the same way that other YouTubers necessarily make money, because lets be real. I do not have the numbers. I am no Pewdie Pie. More cottage pie.
I work with and for Channel Mum and occasionally “deals” can come my way, but my “deals” are not paying my mortgage, they are just keeping me in Hula Hoops. I should add that when I first met founder of Channel Mum; Siobhan Freegard she asked me “What do you want?” in a Hollywood agent kind of way and instead of barking back “a star” I simply mumbled “a job”. That is how it happened. I believe in Channel Mum, I believe in their message, I believe in Siobhan and more importantly I want to help make Channel Mum the place for mums on YouTube. It is not JUST a resource for new mums, it is THE place for all mums.
I was a stay at home mum for 2 years who was dabbling in YouTube when Siobhan tripped over me, but I knew I had something that they needed – editing. I started editing most of their videos for brands and pitches and the rest as they say is history. I am now an official Channel Mum employee who happens to be a vlogger, but do you care? Why am I telling you?
Because dear reader…YOU probably ‘get it’ (thats why you keep coming back here, even when I leave it a month between posts – thank you, love you), but some humans seem confused between vlogging and flogging. Mother Pukka recently wrote a far more articulate post on the subject of #AD and money. As far as I see it – every blogger and vlogger must disclose if they have been paid for ‘product pushing’ and or if they have received goods for FREE in exchange for a review. It is simple – if this information is divulged then the ‘person’ has been responsible and it really is up to you if you want to 1. read the post 2. watch the post 3. buy the product so it really confuses me that after all of that – people still have time to write negative messages and comments about the flogging.
In my PSVE lessons (I mean it might of been covered – I was a serial skiver) the job options were office, retail, nurse, teacher. Blogging, vlogging was unknown, it had not started, it was not an option. In 2016 it is a career, a job and just like most jobs – people get coin for their words, for their faces, for their audience. Just like Fearne Cotton, just like Lorraine Kelly. Vlogging, blogging is amazing, but if you want to keep doing it then you have to start flogging to pay your internet bill. This is not a case of chicken and egg, because surely the first person who ever wrote a blog or filmed a vlog had an agenda to push and share with you. Even if that agenda was or is to simply connect. The agenda was not advertised so it was “OK”.
Honestly, I too get mad if I am quite clearly being ‘shown’ something because of undisclosed tuppence, but don’t get your raging emoji on when someone is honest, authentic and is respectful to their audience’s intelligence. So do or don’t watch videos or read posts with the word #AD in the title, it really is up to you, but know that you are respected and I would never push or share a product or feeling that did not correspond with me, my life and my choices. Same can be said for most of the ‘people’ I choose to follow and…. you know, I am a fucking grown ass woman who can spend her own money and make her own choices on what to buy. Trust me I am a “vlogger”.
Life mantra: Be honest, don’t be a twat, use GIFS, drink Gin.