Bloggers use video to enhance their sites’ content in all kinds of ways, including everything from clips of films they review to instructional videos demo’ing DIY projects to home videos of family and friends. Adding visuals adds clarity to what you’re writing and helps explain complex concepts by helping your readers engage in a different way.
The Daily Quirk is a collaborative magazine-style blog covering everything from film to fashion to fitness. We love its look, its tone — and the way it uses VIdeoPress.
Scrolling down The Daily Quirk’s home page soon brings you to a sidebar widget highlighting featured videos that are uploaded and displayed using VideoPress. (The Daily Quirk is a WordPress.com blog, so it’s using the VideoPress upgrade; self-hosted sites can sign up for VideoPress and then use it via a plugin.)
The Daily Quirk is able to show sneak-peaks of upcoming films and insider interviews, like these pieces with the stars of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy taken at the most recent San Diego Comic-Con.
Sure, The Daily Quirk could explain why the new Jason Sudeikis movie is so funny or paraphrase an actor’s description of what made a role challenging to play — and it’d be fun to read — but it’s even more powerful when we can see and hear for ourselves.
Best of all, they’re using VideoPress, which means no bandwidth limits and no ads. When one of their posts goes viral, their hosting will never go down, and they never have to worry that an inappropriate ad that doesn’t mesh with their site will appear at the end of an embedded video. Great for them, and great for their readers!
Want to take control of your video? VideoPress is a $60/year upgrade for WordPress.com users, or the upgrade plus this free plugin for self-hosted WordPress sites.