For anyone who doesn’t know – vlogging is blogging but in video form instead of written form!
I have a love-hate relationship with vlogging. On the one hand it’s such a great way to get a message across but on the other hand, if you don’t really like seeing yourself on video, then recording one can be an epic exercise! And I think you’ve either got it or you haven’t – you either come across well or you just look phenomenally uncomfortable! Personally I’ve always felt that I fall into the latter category. I have a lot of nervous energy, have a tendency to look away from the camera, and say “umm” a phenomenal amount, regardless of whether or not I know what I’m trying to say!
Anyway, Bill Boorman has been running the 2010 video edition of #HRCarnival with really quite a phenomenal number of entries! HR professionals and recruiters from all over the world (me included!) have sent in their messages and predictions for the new year and it’s been totally inspiring; both to see people in the flesh and to hear people’s thoughts for the year.
But I’m still not convinced that vlogging is for me. The funny thing is, it’s one of those things that’s just so easy to do! At work we sometimes talk about making videos and it always gets voted down because the consensus is that, if we make one, we should only do it professionally. But I don’t really agree with that any more. Anyone can make a half decent video with a webcam or video camera and a plain background. No it won’t be totally professional and perfectly lit, but it does make it a lot cheaper and more accessible! And with the likes of YouTube and Vimeo it’s not difficult to get them out there in the public space either these days!
So maybe I’ll try some more vlogs and maybe I won’t. But I’ve great respect for those who do it well and I believe it’s something that everyone should try – even if it’s just a couple of times!