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April 1, 2008

Becoming a You Tube Star: Video Blogging with Hannah Montana

With over 1 million viewers and over 64,000 subscribers, the ‘Miley and Mandy Show’ - staring Miley Cyrus and best-friend Mandy – has become the hottest thing on You Tube in the past few weeks. If you haven’t seen it, the show simply includes episodes of Miley and Mandy being girls. From pillow fights and dance videos to special guests, back stage peaks, q and a from viewers and even a tour of Miley’s room, the video blog gives you and me a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of these BFF’s and their silliness. Here’s what Miley had to say about the show in an open letter on her You Tube page:

The Miley and Mandy show began when Mandy who is a professional dancer began to teach me (Miley) a routine to Janet Jackson's, Feedback. Now Mandy has gone through a lot of dancing and performing training and well me... not so much! While Mandy taught me the dance steps we recorded ourselves so we could watch it back and remember the moves. As expected I was not so good and I began to fool around and goof off. Mandy joined me shortly after and as we were joking and having fun the camera never stopped rolling. Once we watched back the video we had made we realized that when we were just being ourselves it was much more entertaining than the dance we had put together! So, we decided to make a youtube account and load the video and see what the reaction. Not expecting the success that it has brought, the next morning we had thousands of views and over one million messages requesting more of The Miley and Mandy Show! We began to load more and more videos and now the show has become something more than ever expected. Mandy and I have been best friends for 2 years and we are closer than ever and the show is a HUGE part of that! We get to spend lots of time together and share a lot of laughs. Now, the song writer in me is seeing this as a perfect opportunity to use a little metaphor. For me and Mandy laughter is like sunshine to a flower.... It helps it grow and be brighter and even more beautiful than it was ever expected to be. Ok... I had my cheesy moment, Moving on! If we've learned anything through this experience it is that with every great thing in life comes something bad. We have received millions of messages and comments and 99% of them are wonderful and extremely encouraging! There has been a few derogatory comments that are definitely rude and unnecessary but they are not effecting us personally because the over powering support of our wonderful fans!!! PLEASE remember that we have young girls and boys tuning in and it would be greatly appreciated if the cussing and vulgarity was kept to a minimum! It would not only be respectful to us but to the children and their families if not used at all! THANK YOU GUYS SOO MUCH & BE SURE TO KEEP TUNING IN!!! =]

love always,
Miley and Mandy

Welcome to the videoblogging, or vlog, era people. Exemplifying the self-publishing phenomena that first began with blogging, videoblogging may not be completely new to the blogging landscape, but is gaining more and more popularity as it is discovered. Because YouTube is a user-friendly application that can be shared instantly with the online community, friends and family, it has never been easier to simply “Broadcast Yourself” and have your 15 minutes of fame.

As in the case of the ‘Miley and Mandy Show’, reality television is no longer a prime-time headliner. Rather, you can create it yourself. Now, without sounding all parental, here are a few tips to keep you safe when producing your very own videoblogs.

  • Never reveal your identity (name, age, contact info)
  • Be mindful that once you upload something to YouTube, the entire world has access. And even though you might later delete it, someone might already have a copy (there are currently over 25 million viewers every month).
  • Never post anything you wouldn’t show your parents, grandparents or youth pastor (btw – it’s a good idea to first get your parent’s permission).
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