I am taking a liking to vlogging but let’s just say that it’s dangerous.
Blogging and vlogging require different thought processes.
While one is quite reflective, mulling over what I’m going to write and how to express my thoughts into coherent sentences to make sense of the thing that I’m grappling with, vlogging is an entirely different beast. Here, I’m not only thinking and reflecting openly and verbally – but I’m considering the angle of the shot, where the light is coming from and considering a shot list.
And let’s just say when you’re in the car with a camera, it can get dangerous.
Sigh. Writing is so much easier but vlogging forces me to consider different viewer perspectives. However, I feel my message is lost because I don’t adequately express it as best as I do when I write.
Here is my Work Out Loud Day Number 3: (making these are quite addictive)…
Of course, the next thing to try is audio podcasting. The pragmatist in me considers audio podcasting a far superior medium because people can download the podcast, listen and review the material when needed without having the need to have their attention on the screen. However, as I have neighbours who like to mow their lawns at all hours of the day, I don’t think I’ll be audio podcasting any time soon.
So if you’re thinking of trying to “work out loud” and don’t feel blogging is your “thing”, try another medium. Try video! Try audio! Try sketch noting! Try something! Anything! Just do it and share it so that we can learn from each other. Besides I’m always energised by people who DO things – just give things a go and share your learning.
(Read two brilliant posts by Sahana Chattopadhyay called Working Out Loud 101 & 7 Strategies To Facilitate Working Out Loud on how to make this happen. Sahana is a prolific blogger and I’m in awe of how she curates different articles to write insightful and educational blog posts that inspire action).
By the way, I’m no film maker. I’m not an expert in any software programs nor have I had any formal qualifications in anything to do with photography, videography or film. I take the footage on a small Canon iXUS portable camera and then edit directly into Windows Movie Maker and use free music sourced from a great site called Jewel Beat. I then upload it into YouTube (and sometimes do additional editing in there in the Video Manager). That’s it! If you can see an application of vlogging for your employees or organisation to ‘work out loud’, then consider allowing your employees to vlog their own perspectives and reflections to share them with others.
By the way, all my old computer equipment will be replaced in the next few weeks with state of the art iMac and other funky Apple products. My foray into vlogging has now increased my desire to start the move to the Apple ecosphere…
Starting in June, I will be launching an ‘Activate My Learning’ campaign. On the first of every month, 4 tips, tools and ideas for learning will be emailed to you. Feel free to join the list! #activatemylearning