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Vlog Foray – Lessons Learned

For Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop, this week’s writing prompts included a: Bonus Vlog Option! 6.) Tell us the story behind the title of your blog. What is it? What inspired it? What other options did you consider? Are you happy with it?

I have never done a Vlog and now I know why. It is freaking difficult! I admire all of you that do it on a regular basis.

I wasn’t as uncomfortable in front of the camera as I thought I’d be but I had lighting issues, sound issues. And then there were the Me issues that included speaking too fast, too slow, too soft, losing my train of thought (this happens to me more often than I’d like), calling my kids by their names instead of nicknames, not looking directly into the camera, and not knowing what to do with my hands. I also got interrupted by my son, who came in to show me his Power Ranger Ninja moves and wanted to know who I was talking to and why I was talking to a camera. And my attempt at being funny by filming in front of my never-ending pile of laundry which is the bane of my existence just comes across as me being messy. So now you know.

But the best part about my foray into the Vlog experience is that I cannot share the video! My video is 2.23 minutes long and too big to post! I didn’t even think of that. I used my Olympus camera to create the video and I do not have any video editing software. The free software I found adds a watermark to the output and the sound is off so it looks like I am dubbing in a voice-over!

I own a Flip video camera and I’m kicking myself for not using that. I think I’ll stick to being a wallflower and stay behind the camera instead of in front of it from now on, but thank you Mama Kat, for the prompt. It gave me the opportunity to try something I never thought I’d do. And I’m not ruling out never creating another Vlog, but I will be much more prepared before my next attempt.

Lessons learned.

I bet you really want to see the video now too, right? Well, I’m working on it!

But until then, you can read more of the story of my blog/title on my About Me page.

Revised: April 29 (Arbor Day)

Ah-ha! I did it!!