Been a bit distracted over the last month uploading a video every day in April (VEDA) to YouTube.
This VEDA thing is not as easy as it sounds and many an experienced vlogger has tried but failed to achieve it.
It can start off easily enough. Everybody has those few things they like to talk about, however once you’ve got them sorted plus a few other things you want to have a good rant over, then finding something to say *every day* (remembering you have to record, edit and then upload) for the rest of the month can be really demanding. No break, no taking a day off, every day a new video has to be processed.
This is definitely something where that phrase ‘proper planning prevents piss poor performance’ (or whatever your own variation of it happens to be) really comes into its own. In a way it should not be that difficult.
The first day an introductory video, the last one wrapping things up. That leaves 28 days, or 4 weeks to be covered. Four weeks, then how about 4 stories, each story told in 7 instalments and each instalment being about a minute long. (Can’t be that difficult can it?)
Or rather than 4 stories, give each day a theme. Mondays cover your favourite foods, Tuesdays about music, Wednesdays about work (school / college), Thursday films… You get the idea, give yourself some proper structure to work around.
Just noticing that it’s about to start and saying to yourself ‘sod this I’ll give it a go and see what happens’ is not really the best way to go about things. However I did manage to do an upload every day (split across two different channels) so in that respect VEDA was achieved, but a little bit of thought and pre-planning would have made things so much easier, more enjoyable, and produced far better quality output.
First few 1 minute videos up. So far so good. It does, however, take me hours rather than minutes to get each one done. What has been interesting is looking around one or two other experienced, regular YouTube / BlogTV uploaders who are doing the VEDA thing, and seeing that this putting something up every day has been giving them problems. Even for experienced vloggers it’s not been as easy as it looks; a bit reassuring for us mere mortals. I’ll just stick with my attempts of twice during the week and once on the week-end.
Doing it just for 1 minute dose add an extra level of complexity to it though. No, ‘oh I’ve finish early so stop now’. No being able to take time to talk about something. Just 60 seconds to work with. Though I will admit my 60 seconds is plus or minus 5 seconds or so. I’ve mentioned in other places, peesemould, who managed to do a YouTube minute a day video for a year!
Easter long week-end over. Managed to get out on my bike (Honda 500) for the first time in ages. Went down to a local seaside town of Largs. Headed down mid morning time (holiday Monday) and the traffic was not too heavy. Left to returned to Glasgow (earlier than anticipated in order to meet a friend) about 2 p.m. and on my way out passed around 4 miles of stationary traffic all trying to get into the town! Then I found myself in a bit of a queue of slow moving vehicles, however being on a bike enabled me get passed everything fairly easily. What was causing the blockage – one of those ‘old grannies’, I’ll guess around 70 or 75, could hardly see over the steering wheel, travelling at a speed that was causing huge problems to other road users. I do appreciate that, especially in more rural areas with limited public transport, the car is important to enable people to travel and get around. However a style of driving that may have been acceptable 40 years ago when there was far less traffic on the roads (and the whole of life went at a slower pace) is now a style that is not suitable in today’s conditions.
It’s a two week Easter break for the students, but most are in busy building projects. It’s really showing now with deadlines approaching; those who have made the effort and those who have not!
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Very happy with my new camera. Now I just need to make it earn its keep and get using it! I have a Vimeo account which I have never really used, so perhaps I’ll kick that into life for non-YouTube type videos.
VEDA, video each day in April. I’m not particularly good performing in front of a camera. I need that reaction or response that you get from people in a 1 to 1 (or 1 to many) situation. This talking to a camera with no direct feedback is not something I’m happy with. However I’ve been meaning for ages to do more vlog-type videos, and this VEDA may just be that bit of motivation to get me to do it. There is no point in trying to do one *every* day, that just would not work. So target for three times a week, and target each as a 1 minute video. Long enough to be able to say something, but not long enough to become like a load of waffle. See how it goes, no idea how long I’ll keep it going for, that will depend on how I feel about it. Though it will be good experience, and I hope a bit of fun.
They’ll go up on my StressedTechy YouTube channel rather than my main StressedTechnician one, so if it does not go well it won’t interfere with my main channel.
It’s the Easter holiday week-end, so naturally it’s raining! That reminds me, next week there is a YouTube Gathering here in Glasgow which I plan to attend. I hope the weather’s going to be O.K. for it.