How to Become a (Blogging) Star…

by Janice

She has star power. She has that “it.” She even has glitter.

But if it weren’t for VIDEO we might never have known…

How Jenny on the Spot used Video to Become a Bloggy Star

Jenny on the Spot - BlogHer10

Jenny on the Spot - BlogHer10

Jenny on the Spot is FUN – the kind of fun that makes you want to be best friends with her, the kind of fun that makes you feel like you are her best friend, the kind of fun that comes shining through on camera.

I read a lot of blogs and meet a lot of bloggers. Standing out in the blur can be hard. A blogger must sparkle — through their incredible writing, or their stunning photography, or their tantalizing recipes… OR their fabulous VIDEOS!

I fell in bloggy-sister love with Jenny Ingram when I watched a video she shot of herself dancing to “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing.”

In her Jenny-esque style, Jenny shot and edited a fabulous video that included her dancing in her pajamas and in her backyard.
I then watched almost all of her other video blogs. But I swear. I am not a stalker.

Since then, I have been a Jenny on the Spot fan. I hang out with her whenever I can. And I gush about her to PR reps and fellow bloggers – because, we all need some Jenny on the Spot kind of fun in our lives.

Three Blogging Tips from Jenny on the Spot

If you are looking for a way to stand out in the blogging crowd, to make sure you are not lost in the blur, consider adding video or vlogs to your repertoire. Here are three blog tips I have gleaned from Jenny’s success.

1. Sparkle — you can even add glitter!

Jenny Ingram

Jenny Ingram

Jenny’s infectious spirit, sweet heart, and quirky sense of humor is unforgettable. You just do not forget Jenny on the Spot.

Jenny allows her personality to radiate through the screen. She doesn’t pretend to be someone she isn’t. She is Jenny. Take her or leave her. But most of us, we choose to take her!

2. Be Purposeful — get focused and stick to it.

Back in 2004, Jenny didn’t begin her blog laughing, nor making others laugh. Struggling with the challenges of motherhood and life, Jenny began writing out her feelings at Jenny on the Spot. She worked through her emotions and found camaraderie in the online mom community.

Then, a few years ago, Jenny realized she wanted to laugh. She wanted to make others laugh.

Even though life hurts, Jenny decided she is going to focus on the good – to find the fun even if it means putting on some sparkly red converse shoes, heading into her backyard and shooting a crazy video of herself dancing.

Yes, Jenny is fun. She found fun. And she is bringing fun to you – both in words and in video!

3. Make it GOOD — produce good quality, concise videos

Jenny delivers great videos. She knows how to edit and shoot creatively and she uses her skillz!

But even if you aren’t an editing or shooting pro, Jenny shares in the video below her top video blog tip for using videos and video blogs effectively…

This is a video interview I shot with Jenny Ingram at BlogHer 2010. (When you finish watching, make sure you click over and watch this video of Jenny dancing. And I promise, when you are watching it you WILL feel like dancing! Then make sure you subscribe to Jenny on the Spot’s You Tube Channel.)



AND In case you missed it
, I had a blast shooting Jenny and the other Flash Mob bloggers at Blissdom. Click over and experience some of the most fun anyone has ever had at a conference in the Blissdom Flash Mob.

So Tell Us…

Does video help you make a better connection with a blogger?

Have you incorporated video or vlogs into your blog?

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Written by 5 Minutes for Mom co-founder Janice.
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Janice is co-founder of 5 Minutes For Mom. She's been working online since 2003 and is thankful her days are full of social media, writing and photography. You can see more of her photos at janicecrozephotography.com.

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1 Nolie
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February 3, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I find videos let me get to know the blogger better. You get to see them and hear how they talk and it’s 100% real. I have started doing video as part of something called Monday Mingle. Watching long videos is tiresome and I will skip past the chat that isn’t needed. People laugh at me as 90% of the time I try to squeeze my video under 2 minutes and see just how short I can make it while still answering all the questions. I just need to learn to care what I look like on video maybe. I am the queen of recording how I am every day. PJ’s, no make-up and hair in a ponytail. I am not a girly girl though I am sure you figured that out when you met me.

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2 Janice February 5, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Good for you Nolie! So good for you doing video – and making sure you keep them concise! :)

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3 kristin February 3, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I like many just adore Jenny! Her glitter and all that jazz.

I find her tips perfect as I’m trying to do more and more videos.

Great interview, even greater person featured.

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4 Janice February 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Thanks Kristin! Yes – Jenny is fabulous! :)

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5 Amber February 3, 2011 at 11:48 pm

I do use videos. But my husband makes videos professionally, so I have more than a little help with the technical details. ;)

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6 Janice February 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Ohhh so jealous! I wish I had someone technical in the house to help w video!

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7 jennyonthespot February 4, 2011 at 2:19 am

I’m blushing. And also sporting the BIGGEST. SMILE. EVER! Seriously. I don’t know what to say… Just know that the feeling is mutual. And your site played a HUGE role in helping me redirect my focus. {hugs} and all kids of love. :) :) :)

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8 Janice February 5, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Well – I am honored that our site encouraged you girl! You rock – and I am SO glad the post made you smile! :)

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9 maddy February 4, 2011 at 3:48 am

I seriously needed some exclusive blogging tips.Thanks a lot for sharing it.

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10 Janice February 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

:) We will be doing more blogging tips and video tips in the future as well. Are there any questions or subjects you would like us to cover? THANKS for the feedback!

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11 Louise February 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm

I wish Jenny was my BFF too!

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12 Janice February 5, 2011 at 6:58 pm

:) But you have us as BFFs! BlogHer10 wouldn’t have been nearly as fun without you! :)

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13 Louise February 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

That is true, I have you guys and I wouldn’t give that up for anything in the world!! You guys are TONS of fun, and I always learn a lot.

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14 jennyonthespot February 11, 2011 at 1:37 am

LOUISE! I ADORE YOU!!! We need to figure out how to make our schedules matchy-up! xoxo :)

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15 Louise February 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I’m free in September..LOL Miles and Zoe will both be in preschool. I’m sure I can fit you in sometime before then .;-)

16 courtney March 22, 2011 at 4:25 pm

hey i need sum help my mother is not a happie camper with me riight now because im on 15 and pregenant

17 lu February 5, 2011 at 9:20 am

Janice, I am so glad I had a chance to meet you and hang with you at Blissdom. You are truly an amazing woman and we both think Jenny is pretty awesome. That is a good thing!

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18 Janice February 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Yes Lu – it was wonderful to get to meet you too! And yes – we have our Jenny in common! ;)

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19 jennyonthespot February 11, 2011 at 1:37 am

You know… you 2 are 2 of my biggest life-loves? True. It’s true…

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20 Lynda February 5, 2011 at 10:38 am

Truly inspiring person indeed. It is not easy to do this and that task. Blogging is fun but seriousness will determine the benchmark of success. Congrats…

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21 Janice February 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Amen!

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22 ShopYourselfChic February 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

fantastic! thanks!

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23 Janice February 5, 2011 at 6:59 pm

thanks!

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24 Rachel February 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I love the video idea! I have started and then restarted blogging and I’m serious this time, lol! I think it woiuld be a great outlet for me and a way to capture memories forever! Hopefully I can add videos once in a while!

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25 jennyonthespot February 11, 2011 at 1:39 am

Rachel… Yes, once in awhile. It gets easier over time. It has opened up a whole new world for me. I encourage you to dig in!

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26 Annie February 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I had a total blast hanging out with Jenny at Type A Mom! I only wish I had hung out with her the entire weekend and not just the last day :(

Video? Oh yeah, I do video! I love it! I just recently put up a video of my 3 yr old singing “Jesus Loves Me” to her baby sister. It made everyone’s heart melt! I do video for product reviews if the product deserves it and I can show it off better that way (like a vacumm, totally needs a video review to show the level of noise and ease of use)

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27 jennyonthespot February 11, 2011 at 1:40 am

Oh Annie… you just made me smile… and miss TAM! Are we subscribed to each other on the YouTube? I guess I could go look… :)

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28 Annie February 11, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Thanks Jenny! I am not sub’d to you and you are not to me on “the” YouTube LOL! I am going to fix that now. I am Angel95Annie on YouTube

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29 Kitty February 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I LOVE making videos for my readers!!! There’s never a dull moment in my world and something funny happens almost every time. My readers enjoy the videos so much and learn a lot for them and I definitely think it helps them connect with me. I get so many emails and they talk to me like we are best friends and I think that awesome!

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30 jennyonthespot February 11, 2011 at 1:41 am

Excellent point! A great way to connect more personally with one’s community :)

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31 Brandy February 11, 2011 at 12:01 am

I don’t do vlog, but just had to say that the “I don’t feel like dancing” video was HILARIOUS!!!! Looooved it! Thanks so much for sharing.

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32 jennyonthespot February 11, 2011 at 1:42 am

Heehee – thank you Brandy!

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33 Linda February 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I’ve actually found that I like vlogging more than actual BLOGGING.

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34 Stephanie March 1, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Her “I Don’t Feel Like Dancing” video is so fun. You can’t help but SMILE – and dance. :)

I typically don’t have time to watch videos (I prefer written text). That said, I do enjoy watching an engaging, well-designed video from time-to-time.

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