I've been chatting to people about the video blog challenge and the #1 fear seems to be not knowing what to talk about. With that in mind I've included some conversation prompts below.
Because this exercise is the video version of Morning Pages (see Julia Cameron's fabulous book The Artists Way) the BEST way to approach your camera time is to just be present, say whatever you're thinking. You're not going to be sharing this with the public, that's the point, so literally just say what's on your mind. Even if it's your shopping list or a grumble.
I know starting out can be tricky, so use these topics as a jumping off point. Do your best to stay unselfconscious and just prattle on, pretend you're talking to a best friend or to a pet or, ideally, your diary or journal.
How was your day? Do you often get to download about the mundane stresses and excitements of your day?
What has pissed you off recently? Can you describe the situation and why? Let yourself ramble.
Recall a favourite memory: a holiday, date, party, achievement, or just a beautiful day.
What are your plans / aspirations / dreams for the new year?
What do you secretly wish you could afford to do? Or not so secretly.
What's going on in your best friend's life right now? What are YOUR opinions? (remember, we don't share this)
Do you have a perfect day fantasy? Why not create one? What would your perfect day look like from start to finish?
How are you feeling about work?
What's your favourite TV show / movie / musician? What do you like about it? Explain. Ramble.
What book are you reading right now? What is it making you think about?
Do you have a crush on anyone at the moment? Daily life or celebrity. Confess. (remember, we don't share this)
What makes you really embarrassed? What is eating away at you?
Describe your favourite meal. Like, absolutely perfect, if you could do whatever you wanted.
You get the idea. The most important thing is NOT to plan what you're going to say. Just let yourself go.
I always recommend filming for 10 minutes straight because it gives you time to get over thinking about what to say (my first 3 minutes are almost always me talking about having nothing to say) as well as hum and ha, be silent, sing to yourself, whatever you need to do.
Remember, this video journal challenge is no about content, it's about learning to relax, to open up.