July 4 2005 – The Pressure of a Vlog – #Vlomo10 Day 8

This is from July 4 2005. I’d been videoblogging for just a few months. I was *loving* making little videos about the world around me. I just couldn’t bear to turn the camera round and point it at myself.

I’m re-posting it because it was on the now-deleted first version of FatGirlFromOhio.org and so isn’t in my archives, and as an answer to Krystian, who asked this on the videoblogging list today:

Ok, so here’s a little curiosity I have and was wondering If you wouldn’t mind sharing your experiences on the thought.

The majority of video-bloggers, and alot of my favourites feature themselves in their videos, talking to the audience directly about their day, about their thoughts or whatever. Do you think this is a personality trait, in the sense that you are just born comfortable to be in front of the camera, that you guys (or girls) have never had issues with it?

This is something that’s been plaguing me for a little while. The people that know me here, know that I love video, watching and making and if you’ve ever been to one of my site’s you’ve probably noticed that you’ve never actually seen me and I’m always behind the camera (or computer).

I ask because it’s something I’d like to get comfortable with. I’d like to have the ability to create a ‘talking head’ video series for my new site. A few of my reservations are: I have a slight accent (Welsh) which I myself often have trouble listening to others on the news 😉 and just generally not coming across like I am uncomfortable doing it.

Has anyone gone through this? Did you start out like this and got better? Do you have any advice?

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10 thoughts on “July 4 2005 – The Pressure of a Vlog – #Vlomo10 Day 8

  1. Ah! The younger, somewhat less shaggy but none the less enthusiastic, Rupert.

    This is one of the many reasons why videoblogging is great. Being able to refer back to when you felt like this is a FANTASTIC way to smash the assumptions of glossy media and natural ability.

  2. Brilliant, I hadn’t done any talking to camera until seesmic came around and that was replies mostly, so didn’t really get into the swing of it until quite a few days into vlomo last year, and still it was a gradual increase and I felt very aware of it until something finally went click in my brain and I could no longer go back and sit with the normals.

  3. Great! I still remember seeing this specific video.
    One of the things i like more is the concurrent thing of you talking and the hot water readiness… ahhhh! amazing! 🙂

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