I haven’t been blogging a huge amount recently. Well, it feels to me like I haven’t blogged so often. I’m not entirely sure whether that’s true, or whether it’s just an illusion, but hey. I feel like I haven’t blogged, so I’m going to go ahead and write this post regardless.
Those of you that hang around here will know that I occasionally have to shamelessly self-promote my stuff. Why? Because otherwise no one would know about it, duh. (And I am totally pretending I didn’t just write “no one would no about it”, because that kills my status as a writer.)
So, today I’m going to shamelessly self-promote. Sorry. Feel free to go away. On the other hand, if you’ve just wandered over here, then please stick around. You’re probably cool.
Right. I haven’t been blogging. Why? Because … I’ve been vlogging. That’s right, guys, it’s those videos again. I’m managing to get at least one up every week so far, which is exciting. I’m also borrowing a video camera (for the whole of next week!) which is going to make it so much easier … I’m currently using an ancient webcam.
Vlogging is fun. You know what I look like, you know what I sound like, you can multi-task and check your emails while listening to me, and it’s generally an excuse to play the random mini accordion in my cupboard. Necessary? No, but amazing anyway.
But blogging’s got its advantages too. Let’s have a look at the whole picture…
ADVANTAGES OF VLOGGING
- The audience can understand me better because they know what I look like and what I sound like.
- The audience can multi-task; the process takes less of their own time.
- I can use various props including musical instruments and proof copies of terrible books.
- I have to keep my room tidy, in order to have a good background, so it encourages better habits.
- I’m getting better at not stumbling when I read aloud.
- The audience knows what I look and sound like. This means actually having decent hair. For once.
- The audience can multi-task, so might get distracted.
- I use musical instruments. This can cause death.
- I have to keep my room tidy, which requires more physical effort.
- My webcam is so terrible that my lips are always out of sync – and my computer crashes every time.
- I can take as long as I want writing a post, updating it later if it turns out wrong.
- I can develop my skill as a writer, with communication and typing and punctuation etc.
- I don’t have to show myself on camera, and there’s very little technology to break.
- I might spend forever on a post, updating it constantly, and never publishing it.
- I spend so much time writing my blog that my real writing gets abandoned.
- WordPress can crash and lose my posts, as happened last time…