Vlogs – whats the deal?

I’ve been blogging I guess for a couple of years now and I’ve seen vlogs. To me they are a bit too upfront / real… Blogging, and reading blogs has for me become an excellent morning newspaper type of experience.

ie, you get your coffee, get some breakfast on the table for your kid(s) and sit down for 5 minutes and check the news. The thing about blogs (as opposed to vlogs) is that you can load up the page and read it at your leisure. No speed reading needed, or dedicated attention, if said ‘kid’ goes crazy, you can rescue them mid sentence, and come back to the blog and keep going.  A vlog on the other hand requires dedicated attention, watching AND listening and is something you have to commit to. Sure, you can pause it,.. but it becomes tedious to pause it every few seconds for something, then you forget what was said and there is no transcript for them.

Video blogging, sometimes shortened to vlogging[1] (pronounced ‘vlogging’, as opposed to ‘v-logging’[2]) or vidding[3][4][5] or vidblogging[6] is a form of blogging for which the medium is video,[7] and is a form of Web television. Entries often combine embedded video or a video link with supporting text, images, and other metadata. Entries can be recorded in one take or cut into multiple parts. It is also a very popular category on YouTube.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_blogging

So all that said, for me its almost like it takes too much effort, plus not many people do it and I’m not about to start either 😛 It requires a lot more energy to string a lot of coherent words together all at once in a video then it does to write stuff in a blog draft and be able to edit it, erase, or otherwise process thoughts before hitting ‘Publish’.

Technologically wise, I think for most us, its a more complicated venture to do vlogs. Just like the consumption of vlogs, creating a vlog takes dedicated time. With blogs, you create a draft or two, WordPress auto saves if you leave your laptop for more then a few seconds (ie allowing you to fill up your coffee again, to catch that child running rampant, or to ruminate a little.). Vlogs, well you need to get ready for them, hit record, talk for an uninterrupted x number of minutes, hopefully without mistake (otherwise you might risk sounding silly, incoherent or at worst, intoxicated…)

Vlogs on the other hand can be more efficient, cleaner, quicker, especially if you have a quiet room within which to create them,  that is, if you’re concerned about saving a few minutes.

Nope, overall, just like Twitter, they do add some colour and variety to the %logging world, but I just don’t see the practical use of them to make me want to get involved more then the occasional view, post or tweet.

Maybe my opinion would change if a had a friend or two vlogging daily. Maybe when it comes right down to it, words written somewhere, on paper or digitally, are more relaxing, less threatening and potentially more thoroughly ruminated on

Anyone else like vlogs?

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