Vlogging, Blogging, Boggling!

I’ve somehow always found the idea of blogging to be extremely complex for something that is seemingly so simple: “Write what you want to write about when you want to write about it, irrespective of having anyone reading it” pretty much sums up the overall premise of the task at hand, but at the same time we still want someone out there to read it, which forces us into writing something that we think will be entertaining to someone else, but can also impede from writing either what we want to write, or writing it when we want to write it. I cannot count the number of times I’ve thought to myself “I should write up a blog entry about this” and then not have the time to do so, or be sitting doing absolutely squat-all to find myself doing something completely unproductive instead of what could be a decent exercise in writing (never a bad thing), sometimes simply because I’m not feeling in the right mindset to be moderately creative.

There’s a self-set third-party expectation that a written piece needs to resonate with other people, I guess. If you combine that with self-criticism over how interesting one’s life is, nothing ever gets written. “Why would anyone find my ego-centric rambling about my boring life worth reading?”

And you’re absolutely right, why on earth would I want to read your crap? When it comes to most of the stuff I read, it boils down to the fact that I do find something in there that is either worth reading or makes me think, and that’s what made it worth writing. OK, you don’t always write something that interesting, but I end up developing a degree of empathy for what you are saying, and by golly there are some cracking bits and bobs in there that are worth saving.

Take this entry: It’s long, disjointed, poorly written, of little interest, and chances are when I read over it later I will wonder why on earth I did so and find 8 or 9 contradictions in my flow of thought that I’ll kick myself over. In fact I already am right now, and I’m tempted to ditch this whole entry before I dig myself a nasty hole in which to hide myself.

But not without first touching on the subject of videos and Vlogging. I’ve toyed with the idea before, and it was too cumbersome to implement, but now with wondrous advances in technology and patience it almost becomes doable, so I’m thinking of giving it a shot. I’ve seen, and follow, several vlogs on YouTube, and one thing does strike me off the bat: length of posts. Although most of these videos are a good 3-4 minutes long, I still end up watching them, but I feel it’s too long. With all the cuts to remove pauses and such, it becomes possible to reduce down size considerably, and this might be a winner to keep things short, moderately interesting, and maybe even regular.

One of my frustrations with the videos I create has often been the production time. I like putting effort into my videos, I end up rather happy with the result, but I can’t seem to get the engagement that effort takes, which only then reduces my willingness to invest even more time in the next video, and slowly but surely I end up not posting any. Thus, my YouTube channel becomes relatively inactive.

And it only becomes more disheartening on seeing some of the things that people post that make it either on to Featured Videos, or have around 40,000 views within a few hours, and clearly have the entertainment or production value of burnt Walkers’ crisp.

So is this the way forward? Short videos, compressed content of some mild interest (or at least vaguely standing a chance of sparking empathy), fast-fired, regularly episodic, and little time invested in production. Might be worth a shot, merely to try another medium in lieu of inspiration to write out a piece and not criticise it overly within itself.

Good point(s) Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 13/04/2010 – 10:50.

Well done in achieving want I struggle do full stop. You havn’t rambled crap but instead shared a bit of a mental dilemma that am sure others possibly have. I personly have mind blanks when it comes to this kind of ability to write down my thoughts and ‘ramblings’ in any form of black and white. So yes I see the ‘problem’ of you wanting to make it readable by whoever stumbles upon it but at the same time it actually what you were thinking in the first place, difficult one indeed.

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