Recently I changed my approach to doing my videos really in an effort to reduce my use of multiple social media.
Truth be told I wanted to get off Instagram which to be fair, I don’t like as a platform other to have it serve me up some French infographics of vocabulary and nothing much else. Instead, I did what I was always thinking of doing and going back to ‘long form’ video, in landscape and uploading onto YouTube. I wrote how I did it in this blog post here on Going Old School with Video.
I am not creating these videos for an audience – okay maybe people are interested in my book reviews but it’s a bit hodge podge if you care to have a look on my channel.
Any visitor wouldn’t know what I was sharing, who my audience is or what I’m really about. It explains a lot really because I’ve never approached using the social technologies for any of the following:
- Teaching people stuff
- Building a community
- Building a business
For the ultimate purpose of doing all the above for ——-> selling services.
No, my entire use of social media platforms was to be used as a body of my work and learning – a canvas and a portfolio. It was to be my BODY OF WORK. My documented existence on this planet.
If people get value from the stuff I’m sharing because I’m capturing how I learn, what I learn, the good and the bad and the frustration then all power to them!
For me, it was never about using these tools to influence, persuade or sway others about how or what to do. If anything it was more about INSPIRING.
I wanted my ramblings, posts, videos, articles, blog posts, pictures, rants to be things that inspired others with the idea, “that looks interesting, I’d like to give that a go for myself!”
I’ve lost count on the times people have told me and sent me messages to say that they value the stuff I share and how much they have learned from me. It is humbling to have this feedback come back to you because what you do naturally – without thought – without fear of public perception and ridicule – it just shows that on the whole, people DO value it.
If anything, it shows to us that we are human and we have every right to feel like a fool when we get out of our comfort zone and have a laugh about it.
People should do a lot more of this. Life is too short to worry about what others may think of us.
I’m sitting here on a Saturday on a cold, wet Melbourne day which feels like it’s gone back to winter. I took a photo of myself using the PhotoBooth app on the iMac and it really personifies my mood for the day. Bit grey, bit sad, bit bored.
It’s Grand Final Day in Melbourne – it is and it isn’t.
For the first time ever our beloved football game will be played in Queensland. My husband laments that he should have been at the MCG by now and get ready to enjoy the spectacle of this HUGE event but unfortunately covid has denied us this too.
This year I have been far more open and vulnerable in public than I have in the past. I think I needed to express something in some way. It’s like grief in some way – or possibly, sorrow. An ever present feeling of sorrow and loss about something.