Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Imminent Take-off of Video Blogging



Video blogging is going to be big. Soon. It won't just be bloggers posting videos of themselves on TV like I've just done above. It won't even be films made by bloggers wearing their pajamas in their bedrooms. At least I hope it won't be. It'll be videos that sometimes make or break the news. With the advent of things like Blip and Mogulus, video blogging is about to take off. One of the big decisions I have to make is how to utilise this new facility on my blog. Ideas anyone?

22 comments:

dan said...

hire a hot actress to read out your blog on video. boingboing.net do that. totally works.

A pedant said...

Shouldn't that read 'posting videos of themselves on TV as I've just done'?

canvas said...

a multi-media platform would be great... maybe a viewer rating system would be a good idea - and tags help.

Newmania said...

I fear change

Tim Hedges said...

Don't. You're not good looking enough

Jeanette Eccles NW London said...

Morning Iain
Never publish these new ideas so early,you know Gordon "from the manse" will be out plundering and by light of dawn this idea shall be part of the Labour Manifesto.
Cameron came good yesterday on Immigration, my gripe is no one but no one knows exactly the amount of Immigrants we have..try the NHS ? I wager they all have an NHS number and as most make no attempt to learn English then there is a huge demand for interpreters'so the demand on the NHS budget is even further stretched
Good on you David Cameron at last someone is on the right track.We have been too soft for too long

Lucy said...

Its not I disagree but video blogging isn't what I would like.

Over the last 6 months I have come to like blogs as I can check several sites and get a good insight on todays news in just a couple of minutes... I skim read a lot of it and the thought of having to watch websites/blogs instead doesn't appeal.

Anonymous said...

Hyperbole alert.

The medium IS NOT the message.

The message is the message.

And you won't be competing with the BBC just yet..

Anonymous said...

"hire a hot actress.."

"totally works.."

Oh, fcuk, we've got a Yank in the room. Oh dear oh dear oh dear...

tapestry said...

show sarkozy storming off from his CBS interview yesterday, calling his own press secretary 'imbecile'.

rerun the one of him pissed at the world summit.

and for good measure show cherie blair storming off from her tv interview.

these are all such good examples as to how the new europeans view democracy. not interested.

Thomas said...

Weekly roundup of the centre-right blogosphere.

Alex said...

Different concept altogeter. Video blogs are eye candy, and production values on that are higher on TV. Blogs are about concentrated communication of ideas. The written word continues to be the most compact tool for that purpose.

David Brain said...

Keep video posts short and sweet and give a good clear description of the content so I don't waste time waiting for the player to kick off and then discover I'm not interested in the subject. If people do that once or twice, chances are they won't bother again.

Nicholas Bennett said...

I tend to agree with Lucy. I don't mind spending 5-10 mins scaning the blogs but I haven't time to sit looking at videos.

For those who work in an office it could be a bit difficult if the boss hears a video blog!

Anonymous said...

'pyjamas', shurely?

Ethelred the Unhinged said...

Attempts to connect to Chicken Yoghurt right now produce the message "Bandwidth Limit Exceeded. Please try later."

Maybe he has a particularly good video there this morning.

Wrinkled Weasel said...

I go with Lucy and Nicholas Bennet, and probably others.

I find videos tedious. I can get through vast amounts of text and usually can digest a lot of it too. Not so with videos, where you get the coughs, the splutters, the diversions, the dead ends, the bickering, etc and outrageous ties.

A good writer will set out their stall early on so that you can make sense and put it in context. This tends not to happen with video - it's a very non-linear message trapped in an ultra-linear medium.

No. Forget it.

The Hitch said...

I have already purchased a posing pouch in anticipation

Roger Thornhill said...

Careful, you might eat 18DS's lunch, or at least the pickle.

Words are often not enough. Emotion can be conveyed via video, as can animation of graphics+text+voice at the same time. Images are often the best way to convey ideas.

Mike Rouse said...

My suggestion would be to actually put the effort into making reports of about 3-5 minutes a piece that expose something, highlight something. Think Michael Crick of the blogosphere rather than Max Headroom, which would not suit your blog's editorial focus. You'd be quite good at putting together a report every now and again, like the report you did about the Sith Institute for 18 Doughty Street. Think more like that, but not worry about putting one out every week - just whenever the issue feels right. You'd also have to think about editing time, which can be greatly reduced if you have a hard-drive camera and shoot-to-edit. The effort put into a report like this will pay off and you're one of few people that can actually make it work. The key is not to saturate the audience with loads of crap quality reports, just really good ones every now and again, which would give it more likelihood of actually being picked up by the mainstream media.

Mike Rouse said...

PS: If you got a Mac then editing would become a breeze and I am sure that somebody would be willing to give you a tutorial.

Rainer said...

Hi
We at Mogulus would be more than happy to help you start your video blogging. Just let me know.