After actively avoiding creating a video blog for more than a year now, I had to admit to myself that I was terrified of this new medium and that I really know nothing about it. I’m good with video in general, I’m happy-ish with the training videos I’ve created (I can always do better, but they’re not awful), but video blogging is a whole other animal. And to be honest, I suck.
When I finally worked up the nerve to record my first video and looked at the footage afterwards I nearly gave up. I nearly deleted everything and pretended I never wanted to video blog in the first place! But I do want to. And I want to get better.
So I swallowed my pride and published what I had. I didn’t bother my videographer and ask her to edit it, I didn’t see the point.
Sharing that gave me an idea. Because I do know what needs to be done, I know HOW I need to improve. I just haven’t done the work yet. I have a boatload of advice and best practices from the Vibrant Videos course I co-facilitate. Why not use it? Publicly. So that’s what I’m going to do. I'm calling the series "A Behind the Scene Guide to Getting Comfortable on Camera" and for the next few months on alternating Fridays you’ll get to watch me flail about and experiment and rehearse until I finally figure out what I’m doing.
My hope is that by having an intentional point of improvement and through my publicly evaluating each video, you’ll be able to follow along. And those of you who are also struggling with the balance of technical knowhow and feeling authentic on camera can adopt the process yourselves. And we can all learn and improve together.
My second video was even worse than the first. Shot in my living room, insufficiently prepared, with inadequate lighting and a mic set too low it won’t be hard to analyze this sucker and from there improve by leaps and bounds.
Full analysis of both videos will come in the next blog post so stay tuned. I hope this painful experience of mine will be of value to you. I know It’s something I need to do for myself. As humbling as it may be.
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