Two years ago, I started TravellingK. I bought my domain name and published my first WordPress article. Where has the time gone? To celebrate the occasion I thought I’d explain how I make my videos.
When I first started, I focused more on general travel. I’d spent 6 years living overseas and had made the most of that time by exploring as many countries as possible. Eventually I made my way back to New Zealand.
5 months into the TravellingK blog I bought my caravan and started writing purely about my caravan experience. That’s when I started feeling like I was on the right track. I still have a long way to go, but I’m slowly getting there. What I’ve learnt is you really do need a niche topic.
I’m a graphic designer and use the Adobe programs all day long. At the start they were just the print or web design programs. One job required I start using Premier and After Effects to help when the media designer was off sick. I even went on an 8 week Adobe Premier course and have kept learning.
I’d started with a few travel videos where I was firmly behind the camera – just lots of pretty travel footage.
I don’t even remember why, but one week, I made my very first vlog. I felt so awkward and stiff, but got such a positive response that it motivated me to being in-front of the camera more often. Talking about my caravan experience means I really do need to be in the videos and it’s becoming easier with time.
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I also have a Go Pro camera. I initially bought it for underwater filming after getting my diving certificate. I’ve found it really handy for filming while I drive. I have it attached to my window and can turn it to show the road or myself.
This is an extremely simplified overview. I’ve realised I could end up with a very long article if I went into great depth.
There is a lot more that goes on behind the scenes. Here are some of the other parts:
I use WordPress. It’s a free and popular online tool for making websites.
My hosting company is Biztactix. They are good. A little tricker to get in contact with as there’s only a US landline number but they’ve always solved my problems. There is also a great online library of technical information.
To make the website look slick, I use a theme bought through Envato. Look up ThemeForest and search under WordPress. Some themes are more restrictive than others so make sure you like the navigation and set-up of pages. Adding logos and changing colours are usually the easy part.
I hope you’ve found this overview helpful? Is this what you imagined? I’d love to hear in the comments below.