I have been toying with the idea of starting a weekly video blog – a vlog – for some time now. I made a number of YouTube videos back in the day – and have been reviewing them as I slowly upgrade this website. Some of them aren’t bad – especially considering the equipment and software I had to work with to make them. I remember how much I enjoyed putting them together.
I gave up working with them partly because they took so much time and effort, partly because I was more interested in writing and photography. And it didn’t seem to me that either writing or photography called to be shared in videos.
Recently – these last couple of years in Brussels – I’ve been out exploring the world of video clips on-line. And I find a good many people who ably demonstrate that both writing and photography can marry successfully with video. (And, it must be said, not a few who demonstrate the opposite.)
This year, with my revamping of thesupercargo.com and my long projected book of poetry – 50/50-ish – I seem to have found projects that might benefit from video treatment. That’s my excuse, anyway. So here it is – the first very experimental episode of my new vlog. Tell me what you think.
I’d actually forgotten just how much time it takes to put together a video. In particular, all the ums and ers and false starts that have to be edited out. I’ve really got lazy. Or perhaps I always spoke so hesitantly? So slowly? Perhaps I always lost my train of thought in the middle of my sentences? If so, how any of my students learned anything from my teaching is a complete mystery.
I hope a second vlog will follow next week. Just as experimental, though perhaps not on Wednesday.
There’s no really striking image in the video to use to illustrate this blog entry – something to think about for next time. In lieu of that, here’s a bit of photoshoppery on a photo of the view over our back garden that I took in January 2015. (You’ll see this motif is relevant when you view the video.)
I wrote this entry for the #Blogg52 challenge.