Blogging, Books, Lists, Reviews

V is for Volunteer

Volunteering is definitely a need of the day. And while we might not be able to step out and volunteer in the ways we normally would, there is still so much we can do. And we can get started on it right now.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  –Anne Frank

And with all of us staying in right now, we certainly can spare the time and our hearts to help however we can.

“Help one another. There’s no time like the present, and no present like the time.” – James Durst

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.” Elizabeth Andrew

We are working with our kids’ scout troops to make masks, and do food deliveries. There are also many other ways you can help in your community, and many sites offer ideas and resources to do so; like this one for learning more and helping out in California. Remember:

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

And of course, volunteering has its benefits too.

  • It fills us with purpose, makes us feel more useful
  • We feel less stressed, much happier
  • And inevitably healthier (mentally, physically and emotionally)
  • We also feel more connected to our community (locally and globally), which is even more needed in these times of social distancing
  • And the obvious benefit of having helped someone in need

“I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”  Edward Everett Hale

Image credit: e-Volunteerism

The Book

The Vlogger’s Handbook

Book Info

The Vlogger's Handbook

Title: The Vlogger’s Handbook : Love it! Live it! Vlog it!
Author: Shane Birley
Publishers: QEB Publishing
Pub Date: 17 Sep 2019
Genre: Children’s Nonfiction
Age-Range: 10 – 13 years
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads || Amazon || Book Depository || Target ||
Barnes and Noble || IndieBound


This fun, comprehensive guide to vlogging delivers the skills and tips you need to get started, produce a professional look, develop your skill level, and cultivate your creativity.

With a fresh, stylish design and bite-sized text and project prompts, this is a no-nonsense approach to learning about:Setting up and uploading a vlog Inspiration for what to vlog about How to storyboard a vlog Lighting and props Advanced video skills Editing your vlog Adding sounds and effects Building an audience Making your vlog pay Internet and social media safety guidance Throughout the book, Q&A panels feature successful young vloggers who give their own personal tips and stories about how they got started. Your own vlogging success comes next!

My Thoughts

Vlogging is something I keep thinking of doing, but somehow never have gotten around to yet; and then there are my teens – especially my dd – who is getting videos ready for becoming a vlogger herself.

So when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it, for the both of us. And I am glad I did. The book covers the basics of vlogging and it includes many important topics; safety issues (which is the most important, from the parent perspective); how to pick the theme(s) of your vlog; equipment needed; and some details on creating and editing videos for the vlog. It also includes tips and Q&A type of sessions with popular vloggers.

The colorful illustrations and easy-to-navigate format along with the broad range of information make this perfect for the targeted audience of beginning vloggers.

In Summary

A great ‘introduction and inspiration’ resource for all those who are venturing into the world of vlogging, regardless of their age.

Get it Here

Goodreads || Amazon || Book Depository || Target ||
Barnes and Noble || IndieBound

Pin me

The Vlogger's Handbook Book Review

Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the digital ARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading the book.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi

My ‘V’ Book Stack

The Books

  • Vikramaditya’s Throne
  • Venetia
  • Vasilisa the Beautiful
  • Vanity Fair
  • Vegan Eats World

Quick Notes

I read Vanity Fair years ago, and need to read it again. This is a copy I got from a sale at the local library, simply because of how it looked!

Vasilisa the Beautiful is a book from years ago.

“Volunteers are paid in six figures — S-M-I-L-E-S.” – Gayla Lemaire

Random Thing(s) for ‘V’ Day

 Van-jotthery An 18th century Yorkshire dialect word for a random assortment of things.

h/t: MentalFloss

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”– Arthur Ashe

And now, the end of this post

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

For previous posts, click on the links below:

Day_0(Theme) Day_1A Day_2B Day_3C Day_4D Day_5 Day_6E Day_7F Day_8G Day_9H Day_10I Day_11J Day_12 Day_13K Day_14L Day_15M Day_16N Day_17O Day_18P Day_19 Day_20Q Day_21R Day_22S Day_23T Day_24U

Linking up to the April A to Z Blogging Challenge, and the Ultimate Blog Challenge (click on the images to learn more about these challenges)

ultimate blog challenge

12 thoughts on “V is for Volunteer

  1. V makes for a tough theme! But I love these topics. I haven’t had time for volunteering for a while, and would love to be able to get back into it.

  2. Loved seeing what you did with the V word! I think volunteering is my favorite V word. I love people who volunteer because they’re so needed in so many branches. Whenever I can and feel well enough for it, I always volunteer someplace that has to do with animals; shelter, health care, etc.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *