I’ve long been a proponent of text heavy, lengthy blog posts. There’s something important to me about the ability to be able to tell a story through words. It’s not just a capability to write — almost anyone can write a blog post — it’s the capability to create a scene and an experience that transports the reader to somewhere else. That somewhere else could be a literal somewhere else as is the case with true story telling. However, that somewhere else could also be a different frame of mind, a different person’s life, or a different life experience.
I’ve participated in some blog projects before. I did NaNoWriMo in both 2011 and 2015, I completed Post A Day in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and I’ve written a handful of guest posts for people over the years. One thing I’ve always made an effort to do in my posts is to limit the amount of additional media in my posts. Whether it was pictures, audio, or video, my goal was to let my words do the talking. My identity both as a write and a blogger was, to a pretty significant extent, defined by my ability to enthrall my reader with nothing more than text on a page. I would have (and still do) argue that I have some skill as a writer. If I couldn’t keep the interest of my readers without needing to resort to gimmicks like audio/visual materials, I was failing as a blogger.
Some famous person was likely once misattributed as saying ‘adapt or die’. While such a sentiment most commonly deals with scientific ideas like evolution, it’s true of the blogging world too. If you can’t find a way to catch the interest of an ever-changing, ever-evolving audience, your content is going to become obsolete. While I will, on occasion, write a post that does well without text or video, the majority of what I write goes unnoticed.
As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been doing a lot of watching videos by Hank and John Green. Most of what I’ve been viewing has been part of their Crash Course series, though I’ve occasionally moved over to watching their VlogBrothers channel. It’s worth remembering that what is now this.
Started out as this.
In watching one of the many videos I’ve watched recently, it dawned on me that video might well be the way to get out of my blogging rut. I’ve written a total of 3 non-NaNoWriMo posts since late September. Not only is this a depressing fact, it makes me feel lazy. What I’d like to do is a series of short, conversational-like videos, a la VlogBrothers, if only because I think the format is sustainable from a staying motivated to do them standpoint. That said, I know full well that if I try the project by myself, it likely won’t last.
As a result, I’m reaching out to you, people who read this blog. Would anyone be interested in doing such a project with me? We can communicate to work out the details, but the basics of what I’m thinking are as follows.
- Each person does one video a week
- Said videos must be less than 4 minutes long — unless their education
- No set topics per say, though we could certainly use each other’s videos to spur ideas/have some commentary
- If you also blog, we can share said videos on both this blog and yours. If not, I’ll share my videos here and we can put yours here if you want.
That’s really about all I can think of now. If anyone is interested, please let me know.