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10 Vital Stepping Stones to Becoming a Vine Star

10 Vital Stepping Stones to Becoming a Vine Star

Stars are made on the Internet every single day. Many of those stars get their starts by creating addictive videos on Vine. For anyone who loves social media, it’s hard to believe that the world actually lived without this video phenomenon up until it was created in 2012. The amazing part is that you can actually become a star simply by recording six seconds of pure gold on your phone and uploading it to the Vine community for free.

While becoming a Vine celebrity may seem as easy as recording a quick video and waiting for views to rack up, it’s actually far more complicated than that. Are you interested in getting some views and recognition? Here are 10 tips for climbing to the top of the vine and becoming a Vine superstar.

1. Pay attention to your profile

Don’t make the mistake of creating a bland profile. Choose a profile picture for your Vine account that really pops. It’s important to think of yourself as a brand or public personality when choosing your photo. You should also use your profile as a spot for creating a witty, short bio that tells people what you’re all about.

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2. Be outgoing

You can’t just wait for people to find you on Vine. It’s important to start following some people that have similar interests as you. There’s actually a good chance that many of the people you follow will follow you back in return. Plan to follow a good mix of celebrities and ordinary people.

3. Introduce yourself

Nobody wakes up in the morning and becomes a Vine star. You need to start with a good first video. Go ahead and create a fun, friendly snippet that tells people who you are. People will likely stumble upon this video over and over again if they like some of your other videos.

4. Utilize hashtags

You will be practically invisible on Vine if you don’t use hashtags. Hashtags make it easy for people who are interested in the topic you’re posting about to find your videos. You should definitely use hashtags that are relevant to your posts to attract more views.

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5. Pick the right hashtags

Nothing is more obnoxious than using hashtags that have nothing to do with the content you’ve posted. In fact, doing so is a great way to lose credibility. While it may be tempting to try and attract views by using trending hashtags, you should only do so if your post is actually relevant to the topics that are trending.

6. Be active every day

You can’t expect a dormant Vine account to get much buzz. If your goal is to become a hit on Vine, you need to work at cultivating your persona each and every day. Make a plan to dedicate the first 15 minutes of your day to Vine activity. Start your morning by coming up with witty topics and scenarios that you can share with your followers.

7. Cultivate a unique style

All the great filmmakers have their own unique quirks that can be easily identified by fans. While a Vine video isn’t the same as a major motion picture, you should approach each video you make as if it’s a work of art. Take some time to cultivate a unique look and style that your fans will know you by.

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8. Don’t cram

You only have six precious seconds to make a huge impression on Vine. Many people fall into the trap of trying to say too much in that short span of time. Avoid cramming too much activity into your six seconds if you want to create something that is actually worth watching. You should focus on one key visual element per video when creating your videos.

9. Don’t shake

A shaky Vine video is the sign of an amateur. It is important to hold your phone or camera steady when shooting your footage. If you can’t seem to keep your hand steady, consider investing in a tripod that can hold your recording device.

10. Get loopy

Are you wondering what people are searching for most on Vine? You might be surprised that people want videos with loops. Once you achieve a perfect loop, viewers will watch your video over and over again. A loop is a great way to rack up views quickly.

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Featured photo credit: Disney | ABC Television Group via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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