I posted my first vlog (video blog) yesterday. When I made it, I wasn’t sure anyone but me would ever see it; I was just curious to see whether I liked vlogging and how the final product might come out. I ended up being quite happy, and so my first vlog was released upon the world.
I’ve been thinking a lot about vlogging recently, both as a blogger and a blog reader. As the latter, I definitely enjoy watching other people’s vlogs. I love seeing the person behind the blog; it adds a whole other dimension to the blog when I’m reading it. Sure, most people have an “About Me” picture, but seeing someone on video is completely different. I love having that extra piece of the blogger puzzle.
As a blogger, though, I’m still a little on the fence about vlogging. I like giving interested readers that same glimpse of the person behind the blog that I so enjoy–even if the person in the vlog is a slightly more nervous, less eloquent version of me! It’s kind of fun to just talk about your books, saying whatever comes to mind, without being able to edit and refine and rewrite until you’re perfectly satisfied. That being said, I also hate not being able to edit and refine and rewrite until I’m perfectly satisfied! I tend to tweak my posts a fair amount before I publish them, so it was frustrating not to be able to do the same kind of editing with the vlog.
I’m a little stuck about what, besides recent acquisitions, I would like to vlog about. I don’t think I could do a whole book review on video. There’s not a ton of how-to associated with books. I thought about reading favorite passages, but I don’t really like the way I read aloud. I plan to keep pondering other ways to utilize vlogging, because–much to my surprise, and despite the no editing thing–I think it’s kind of fun!
I’m curious to hear about your experiences with vlogging. If you’ve tried vlogging, did you enjoy it? What did you vlog about? If you’ve watched other people’s vlogs, do you like the video format, or do you prefer posts that are all text? Are there things you’d like to see book bloggers tackle in a vlog? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter!
(And is the word “vlog” looking weird to anyone else right about now, after having read it so many times in quick succession?)