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February 20, 2017Published by: Bradley Tubb

The American president vs. the Swedish librarian

Donald Trump is causing a stir on Twitter again.

Nothing new there, but this time he had a most unexpected critic.

During an unscripted rally on Saturday, the US president referred to: "what's happening last night in Sweden", suggesting it was the latest country in Europe to be hit by a terrorist attack.

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March 28, 2014Published by: Steph Bennett

Tips for Preparing for #BattenVEDA

Vlogging

In the countdown to #BattenVEDA we’ve pulled together some top tips to ensure that you’re fully prepared to get the most out of your vlogging experience this April. Whether you’re new to YouTube or not, it’s always good to check you’ve got all angles covered.

Your YouTube Channel - How do you look?

It’s time to check your appearance and we’re not just talking about you as the vlogger. So, facepacks, hairdresser appointments and beauty sleep aside, you need to make sure every aspect of your YouTube channel is looking great and working to your advantage.

  1. Customise your YouTube URL - Make it easy for people to find you on YouTube as those auto-generated URLs are long, complicated and not really very pretty.

  2. Choose a profile image / avatar - This the first thing people see when searching for you, when you appear in their subscriptions feed and when content is shared to other platforms.

  3. Add a cover image - Make the most of the opportunity to add a touch of personality to your channel showing the world who you are and how you want to be seen.

  4. Get connected - Showcase your presence on other social media networks, blogs and websites right on your cover image. Simply click the edit button in the top right hand corner of your cover image and you’ll be presented with the option of custom links for you website or blog by adding their name and URL.

  5. About You - Introduce yourself in a punchy but informative way and give people good reasons as to why they should watch your videos.

  6. WaterMark - Consider adding a branded watermark in the form of your avatar on to all of your videos. This watermark doubles up as subscribe button which links viewers directly to your channel home page. You can add your own by going to going to to Video Manager, Channel Settings, InVideo Programming.

Your Social Networks - Have you told anyone you’re there?

One of the main reasons we’ve started #BattenVEDA is to build a community for vloggers taking part in the VEDA challenge. The more people that know you’re taking part and where to find you, the more views your videos will receive on YouTube.

  1. Share your YouTube channel - Make the most out of your existing following on social media channels let your friends, fans and followers where they can find you on YouTube and how to subscribe to your channel.

  2. Post links to your vlogs on social media - Each time you upload a video to YouTube for #BattenVEDA, share it on social media too. Tweet it, Pin it, make an Instagram or Vine trailer to entice people to your channel and get them to see the great video content you’re producing.
  3. Use keywords and hashtags - Using keyword tags on your videos will allow YouTube users find you more easily. We would totally recommend using your channel name as one of the keywords as this will help viewers find other videos you produce in the suggested viewing list. Equally, use hashtags on the key topics you’re talking about and of course #BattenVEDA.

Your Tools - What will you use to edit and upload your vlogs?

The tools of the trade vary from vlogger to vlogger but there are some things that are essential for everyone who chooses to vlog: a camera, editing software, memory cards and batteries.

  1. Select your camera - There are no rules as to which camera you should use to vlog so try out a few options and see what works best for you. If you’re vlogging from home or your desk, you could use your laptop or a digital camera or if you’re on the move, a smartphone is a great way to vlog.

  2. Editing tools - YouTube offers it’s own editing suite if you don’t have your own software at home which is pretty intuitive to use. If you prefer to edit on your laptop or PC, basic tools such as MovieMaker and iMovie are a good starting point. And again, if you’re on the move there is an iMovie app which is very cool.

  3. Memory cards & Batteries - There’s nothing more frustrating than running out of memory or battery power when you’re trying to vlog so make sure you always have space available to film and a charger on hand to keep you powered up.

#BattenChat - Let’s talk more about vlogging

For more vlogging tips and tricks join us for #BattenChat hosted by @Battenhall and @StephsBubble every Monday at 8pm throughout April. Our first #BattenChat will take place on Monday 31st March. We’d love you to join us.


March 25, 2014Published by: Steph Bennett

Register to be part of the #BattenVEDA Community

BattenVEDA What is VEDA?

VEDA is a YouTube Challenge taken up by vloggers around the world to Vlog Every Day in April.

This year we're inviting you to take part in VEDA and become part of the #BattenVEDA community. It doesn't matter whether you're a YouTubing Pro with millions of followers, a blogger who's looking for their next big challenge or someone who's never dared to talk to camera before.

We'll be here to guide you with regular vlogging tips and tricks via the Battenhall blog as well as providing you with a network of incredible people who've all decided to get involved too. We're all in it together and connected via the hashtag #BattenVEDA. We've even put together an entire calendar of topics for you to talk about every day to help keep you focused and plan your vlogs. Of course you're welcome to freestyle too!

Are you up for the #BattenVEDA challenge?

Yeah? Okay! Let's get you registered, connected and ready to vlog! Simply complete this little form to let us know you'll be taking part so that we can follow your progress on YouTube and Twitter.

The entire #BattenVEDA community will appear in this lovely spreadsheet below. Go forth and connect with everyone on Twitter and subscribe to each others YouTube channels. You'll find this is a great way to get ideas and tips and also a great way to share and receive positive feedback to keep you motivated throughout the month. This is also an awesome list for all the non-vloggers out there to follow if you're just interested in seeing how it works!

Here you'll find the beloved #BattenVEDA calendar complete with your carefully selected daily vlogging topics. We hope you'll be inspired and have a lot of fun taking part in the whole VEDA experience.

Finally, always remember to use the #BattenVEDA hashtag when you share your vlogs on social media. We can't wait to connect and start watching your vlogs! See you all on April 1st!

May 28, 2013Published by: Anton Perreau

WordPress turns 10

Wordpress 10th anniversary

Ten years ago Matt Mullenweg started a platform that has become the inspiration to create a writer out of everyone. As TechCrunch explains, 'writing is one of the hardest things to do', but WordPress has made sure that publishing and sharing our thoughts shouldn't be difficult whatsoever.

As the world has transitioned from print-on-paper, in books bound-with-string, WordPress has encouraged young and old to become writers - writing is an essential part of learning, development and creative thinking throughout our lives. Alongside the obvious benefits of writing itself, the WordPress software has become an integral part of those who can create a career from consulting, designing or implementing open source solutions.

WordPress has always been an open source platform, and though Mullenweg didn't know what this meant when WordPress was first developed - it has become the essential feature making WordPress the powerful platform it is today. Today the world of WordPress allows us to build even the most complexed of websites; from e-commerce, to blogging right through to news websites. Notable WordPress sites include The New York Times, CNN, Mashable, AllThingsD, TechCrunch and eBay to name but-a-few - you can see the full list here. It's no surprise that Wordpress has become a platform of choice for so many writers and developers.

Over the last few days, 10th birthday parties for WordPress have been happening across the globe, collected and shared through a #WP10 site. At many of these parties I'm sure the focus will be on all the good things that WordPress has done in the last 10 years. What's even more exciting is what WordPress might do with the next 10 years - Happy Birthday WordPress!