Motovlogging: It’s Harder Than It Looks


I watch a lot of Motovloggers on YouTube. Everide, GoatCabeza, Jake the Garden Snake, The Northern Vlogger, and TankGrrrl are only some of my subscriptions.

For those unfamiliar with the term, motovlogging is a combination of events that result in a video posted publicly, usually via a dedicated YouTube channel, that contains recorded footage shot from an action camera mounted on a motorcycle, helmet, or some combination thereof and accompanying narration.

Wikipedia - A person who creates motovlogs is known as a motovlogger, and the action of making motovlogs is called motovlogging. Most motovloggers upload their videos on YouTube, and the network of motovloggers [t]here is known as the motovlog community.

Yours Truly wants to begin moto-vlogging, too. Thus far the baby steps I taken in pursuit of this goal are limited to experimenting with my GoPro3 camera, creating the Motorcycling with Baz YouTube channel (empty right now) and studying how to film, narrate, and edit videos. I hope to begin crafting some worthwhile videos soon…the operative word being worthwhile.

In Defense of Crappy Motovlogs

While there are some very useful motovlogging channels on YouTube, like the ones I listed above, there are also hundreds of channels that are the equivalent of random selfies posted on MySpace: mindless, unfocused, and rambling videos that are painful to watch. I doubt these worthless videos ever are viewed all the way through.

But before I buckle the chin strap on my motovlogger critic’s helmet, I will give these brave folks the credit they deserve because producing a motovlog isn’t easy. It’s far more complicated than posting a selfie on Facebook

It takes guts to publish anything in the public space. And, just as there are hundreds of worthless Kindle books on Amazon, there are likewise hundreds of worthless motovlogging channels on YouTube. But each one of the people responsible had the stones to create and publish regardless of the feedback they receive. It’s a brave act to publishing anything and motovlogs are no exception.

Standards for Worthwhile Motovlogs

That said, there is always room for improvement and the following points represent how I think motovloggers could up their game -or, in my case… just start out the right way– and save the world from hours of time they’ll never get back.

Have a Clear Purpose for Each Video. Don’t ramble. Have a purpose in mind for each motovlog and get to it quickly. Let viewers know why they should keep watching and then deliver on the promise.

Just Be Yourself. Some of the best and most entertaining motovlogs result from just being natural as if you were speaking to a friend you’ve known all your life. It’s not necessary to put on airs and assume a persona of Mr./Ms. Pro-Motovlogger and talk in a weird, unnatural cadence or voice.

It’s OK to React to the World Around You. You’re not an automaton; You’re a living, breathing human being and you’re riding a motorcycle in real time. It’s OK to react to the foibles of cagers or road hazards and just be human. Don’t be obnoxious, but be human and real.

Write a Clear Summary of Your Motovlog. Include this in the remarks under your video. It can help viewers decide which video to watch first. Include your social media accounts if you have them: again, it’s helpful to viewers.

Motovlogging, like blogging or filmmaking is a significant undertaking. Anyone to ventures into any of these areas gets the helmet nod of respect from me. Having published three books, hundreds of blog posts, and now wading into the waters of motovlogging, I can tell you it take guts, confidence, and very thick skin.

Have You Got Helpful Tips? Please Share.

If you’re a writer, blogger, or motovlogger (or combination thereof), you’ve probably learned lessons along the way and have some tips or recommendations for filming, equipment, editing software, or anything else related to this topic.

Please feel free to lend me your expertise and experience. Use the comment box below to  give me your best tip(s) and recommendations for anything related that you think might be helpful.


photo: spacep0d


8 thoughts on “Motovlogging: It’s Harder Than It Looks

  1. Nice article mate! Completely agree that simply getting out there and giving it a go takes quite a bit of courage… the other thing I might add is to always keep evolving and finding your own style… this may not always happen immediately but I found that as I made more videos I could identify what works and what doesn’t as well as what is popular. For example I found that as I’m a new motovlogger keeping videos shorter to begin with keeps audience ce retention high until I start to find my style… even I get bored of some of my videos and so I know what to avoid moving forward… just my 2p worth! Again great article mate and good luck with the vlog!

    Road and Sky

  2. Great writeup. Yes, the motovlog world is getting saturated because most think having a bike, camera and microphone = successful vlogger. Its a tough road that does take some thick skin and devotion. MOTO PILOT

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