Video: About recording DITL videos

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Day In The Life videos (or DITLs) are popular with vloggers and viewers alike because you get to see a fascinating insight into other people’s lives. In the same way that Instagram Stories show a less shiny, real world view compared to many of the pictures on the grid DITL videos show a warts and all view of a person’s day.

So What Are The Rules With A DITL?

There don’t seem to be any, just pick the camera up and record what is going on. Some videos start first thing complete with PJs and end at bed time, others will just feature a chunk of the day.

Popular lengths seem to be either less than 5 minutes or around 20 minutes. Personally I am more likely to watch shorter videos, but I have heard that YouTube prefers videos over 10 minutes long and I know plenty of people who love to watch the longer videos so it’s definitely a case of do what you are comfortable with.

The style varies between vloggers too: you can choose to speak to camera like Ali From We Made This Life where she explains what has been happening or just let the moving images tell the story, with possibly a view captions like in Hello Archie’s video.

A key part of DITLs is trying to give a good idea of a whole day compressed into a short video so one technique is to increasing the speed to make parts like cleaning, washing and travelling more interesting to watch e.g. with all of Leanne Cornelius’s washing of baby clothes. Snapshots are good to include too and great for sections of the day when it is less easy to take video.

Different Types of DITLs

The flexibility of DITLs are great because they can show an ordinary day, or a special one. Lucy Howard chose to share a trip to Howlett’s Wild Animal Park, but Little Snippets Vlogs captured a standard day with her toddler and 31 week bump. Both of these videos are totally relatable to other parents of young children though because they include the normal aspects of a day like cleaning, eating and general silliness (like drawing on a desk), aspects you probably wouldn’t include in a standard review of a day out or product.

They really give viewers the chance to relate e.g. the marks on the wall, piles of mess, strange games that children play, the constant feeding and entertaining, Emily’s video from The Peachicks And Us is a great example of this. You can’t hide reality so you get to see the parts of the house that would be cropped out of photos. As Hanna (from Little Snippets explains) they also capture aspects that you don’t see in pictures and text so they are a great way to document your children growing up.

Another great use of a DITL video is to showcase a different way of life for example Gee Gardner’s video showing a day home educating her 7 year old or Life With The Busby’s video of a day out at two blogger events. These aren’t experiences many people will have so it is a good way of illustrating your life.

Whether you have recorded a Day In The Life video before or not I hope this post gives you a few ideas of what you can include.

What do you love about DITLs? Why not leave a comment to let me know.

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About Kate Kirk

Kate lives on the border of London and Essex surrounded by the chaos caused by her two daughters, cat and partner. When she can distract her toddler for long enough she blogs at www.countingtoten.co.uk about honest parenting. As a co-parenting, non-dairy eating, occasionally depressed and often shouty mother of girls who love toys, books, going out and mess she covers a bit of everything and is often covered in everything. You can find her chatting away on Twitter (EssexKate), Instagram (EssexKate) and Facebook (CountingToTenBlog) when she should probably be tidying the house.

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