When people ask me what the future holds for blogging, I tend to avoid making “on the record” predictions just because, well, I tend to be wildly off target! But I keep coming back to the idea that video will play a huge part …
With that in mind I have been doing a lot of experimentation with video. I did a video post on my blog (“The Art of Getting Things Wrong“, which is highly relevant to this discussion, heh), a video interview and signed up to Seesmic (I recommend it, very cool service).
My biggest realization?
It’s not the technology that is hard, it is the actual act of being on camera.
This is been a real struggle for me. People I talk to seem to share the same discomfort.
I thought it would be the software, gadgets, cinematography that would be the learning curve but it seems with the modern tools that is all largely taken care of or easy to fix (not that I am there yet). But alas as soon as I saw myself grinning out from my monitor I knew what the big speed bump was going to be. Me.
Some people seem naturals on camera, Gary Vaynerchuck is famously and contagiously passionate and it really works. Loren Feldman has his own style which, love it or hate it, really works for him. Michael Martine does some great work with just a simple Flip cam.
All I can think is it just takes a lot of practice. So I am going to aim to throw up some video using Seesmic and other platforms as and when I can and just get over it through sheer stubbornness :) You can join me and share the misery if you like?
Are you moving to video? Please share your experiences in the comments …
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