Video blogging is a new thing for me but it’s been a lot time coming. We’ve talked forever at work about showing our clients how to create and curate content online and develop a sustainable content marketing plan, but knowing that its kind of a “but what have you done?” kind of situation, its been a slow crawl to actually beginning it. After a few recent equipment purchases I’ve finally decided it’s time to make a go of it and try to wrap my head around the vastness that is YouTube. I confess I’ve begun watching a few star youtubers who will remain nameless although you know exactly who they are and if you don’t, you should really spend a weekend binging on youtube (hint: binge). For the record, Yes I have been watching Miranda Sings and yes, part of my soul died the moment I saw her but I’m convinced I won’t miss it. Anyway all this to say that I have officially started working on some videos of my own. I managed to pop out two today actually which will certainly not be a regular happening.
The first video is a screencast about my recent (but deeply serious) relationship with a WordPress plugin called Beaver Builder (go get yourself a copy). While the video turned out to be way too long and I swear I’ll never publish a screencast that long again, I feel like it was a good primer on what they layout tool is capable of. The second video was really an exercise in curation. Mark had sent me a Lifehack article a few weeks ago called 20 Things Only Highly Creative People Would Understand and it really was very good and also a little jarring. I took a few of the points out of it and made a talking head video discussing the points that hit me most.
All in all, not a bad Saturday’s work and I feel like this could be the start of something, assuming I’m able to keep coming up with video topics. I’ve still got so much to learn but I am getting more comfortable simply being in front of the camera without completely loathing myself. It’s also inspired me to start what I’m calling “The Youtube Diet” which is really just paleo with the added incentive of having to see yourself on camera every day (shame works!). Anyway, I hope this is the beginning of something great. Check out my YouTube channel and if you’re feeling generous, Like a video or perhaps even become my first subscriber! My self-esteem will be infinitely grateful. If you have any ideas for videos you’d like to see me create whether they be about creative tools and how to use them, or just life in general, feel free to comment below or tweet at me! Enjoy.