Be Part of the First Tiny Buddha YouTube Video

Sunshine & Smiles

As you may have noticed, there’s been a Tiny Buddha YouTube channel up for months now. There have been nearly 3,000 views on the page but, thus far, there aren’t any videos on there.

Today is the day that changes!

Since I launched this website in the fall of 2009, Tiny Buddha has been all about community.

Each week, I publish 4 blog posts from Tiny Buddha readers. I’ve published nearly a dozen posts that incorporated wisdom from members of the Tiny Buddha Facebook page. I even included tweets from Tiny Buddha Twitter followers in my upcoming book (available through Conari Press at the end of the year!)

It seems to me that the best way to launch the Tiny Buddha YouTube channel is to feature a video that includes all of you.

The Video Topic: What Makes You Smile?

The first Tiny Buddha video is going to about all about happiness–more specifically, the things that make you smile. Think about the things that bring you the most joy: your baby laughing, your dog rolling around in leaves, the sun setting at the beach.

Now go and get it on camera! It can be a short clip, and it doesn’t need to be professional quality (though, of course, the clearer, the better). You can be in the shot, or it can be just the thing you love. Whatever makes you happy!

The result will be a collection of short clips from Tiny Buddha readers from all over the world, all edited together into one feel-good video.

5 Reasons to Participate in the First Tiny Buddha YouTube Video

1. If Tiny Buddha has made you smile, this is a chance to pay that joy forward to others who may see the video.

2. You’ll have a lot of fun identifying and capturing something that consistently makes you happy.

3. If you’re an active part of the Tiny Buddha community, this is an opportunity to share a little more of your world than you can in written words.

4. If it interests you, I’m happy to include your name and URL in the video (though this is not a requirement).

5. I plan to share this video on the Tiny Buddha Twitter and Facebook pages (where there are 160,000 and 34,000 friends respectively) meaning it could be seen by tens of thousands of people.

How to Submit Your Video

Ready to get involved? Grab your camera, capture your happy moment, and send it to Lori at TinyBuddhaVideos(AT)gmail.com. You do not need to narrate your video, but please include your full name and website in your email, and specify whether or not you would like that information on the credit page. There is no specific length guideline. Please note that it needs to be an actual video, not a montage of photos.

Please note that this must be a video you are authorized to share–meaning you took it, and it does not include people that have not consented to be on YouTube.

The deadline to submit a video is Friday, April 1, 2011.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments below. I look forward to seeing your clip!

Want to Beta Test the Tiny Buddha iPhone App?

One more thing before you go: I’m looking for roughly 10 people to Beta test the Tiny Buddha iPhone app. It’s been a long time in the making, and it’s finally ready!

UPDATE: We’re all set for Beta testers. Thank you to everyone who volunteered! The app will be available soon.

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She started the site after struggling with depression, bulimia, c-PTSD, and toxic shame so she could recycle her former pain into something useful and inspire others do the same. She recently created the Breaking Barriers to Self-Care eCourse to help people overcome internal blocks to meeting their needs—so they can feel their best, be their best, and live their best possible life. If you’re ready to start thriving instead of merely surviving, you can learn more and get instant access here.

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