Christmas 92-98

Christmas 92-98
One of the things that I love about videoblogging is that you can make a video for a very small group of people. In this case it’s just a handfull. I made this video in 1999 and it’s sat on a tape in a box in my closet for most of the last 6 years. So now I’m posting it here for my family where they see it as often as they want. I love you guys.

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McChristmas

McChristmas
This isn’t a new video, I posted it last December. Of course there was only about 10 people watching then so chances are you haven’t seen it yet. If you’d like to leave a comment, please do it on last year’s post. Even if you don’t leave a comment, check that out. There are comments by Jay, Ryanne and others from before I knew them. Anyway, the reason I’ve haven’t posted a video in almost a month and all I’ve got now is a rerun is because I’ve been super busy again. If you haven’t already heard, Ryanne and I are writing a videoblogging book for Peachpit Press and we’re about half way done. It’s an amazing amount work. Between that, NODE101, FreeVlog (now in 6 languages!), and freakin’ Christmas… I haven’t been completely silent for the last month though. I have posted a few things on what I think is the most exciting vlog project around – evilvlog. If you haven’t been there, go now but be warned – it may melt your mind.
You know, I’m kind of liking the idea of reruns. Maybe I’ll take out the box of old videos and see what’s in there. Hmmm.

Public Access Channels in Texas Could Disappear

I just posted this on the San Antonio NODE101 site. My big question is what is the State doing with the money that used to go to the city? I called my state senator and representative. Someone from the senator’s office called me back to clarify some stuff and said they’ll try to find out the senator’s reason for voting for the bill that created this situation.

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Welcome NY Times Readers

Thanks for checking out my videoblog. Feel free to look around and watch some videos. I’ve been videoblogging for just over a year now and I’ve been kind of evaluating what I’ve done so far. So here are some of my favorites – funny ones, serious ones, even a naked one.

Vlog Anarchy
The Youngest Videoblogger In The World
Untitled
My Legs Are Too Short

If you’re new to videoblogging, check out my “vlogroll” on the side there. Those are some of the videoblogs that I subscribe to. I think they’re definitly worth a look. And speaking of subscribing, you can do that for free by pasting this link into FireAnt (free for Mac and PC) or go over to Mefeedia, set yourself up an account, and look me up in the directory.

If you think you might want to give this videoblogging stuff a try, check out FreeVlog.org. My friend Ryanne Hodson and I put together this step-by-step tutorial that will get you up and running using free software and services. You can also learn about videoblogging in person at NODE101. These are community media centers that we’re setting up all over the place to give people access to the tools and training to create and publish their own media. A super cool company called Outhink helped us get them started. They make SpinXpress which is great for people collaborating across long distances. Ryanne and I used it with a team of volunteers to translate FreeVlog into Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and German!

Alright, that’s enough links don’t you think?

Oh, by the way, if you did just read that article, (or this one) I think they kind of miss the point about videoblogging. In the article they say that most videoblogs aren’t “consistently entertaining” or that they are “boring.” This mentality is a holdover from commercial TV or film where everyone’s goal is to be entertaining to as many people as possible so that they can sell advertising or movie tickets to recoup the enormous costs of production and distribution. This isn’t relevant to the vast majority of videoblogs. It’s personal media. For the most part videoblogs are narrowly targeted to a small audience who I’m sure finds them consistently worthwhile. They are not necessarily meant to be or try to be entertaining to a general audience (you can also read that as “lowest common denominator”).

I’m not saying that I personally think that every videoblog out there is fantastic (my tastes aren’t THAT eclectic). It just doesn’t matter what I think of them at all. What matters is that they can videoblog for what ever reason they choose to – to keep in touch with friends, document their lives, whatever. That in and of itself is a powerful thing. They don’t have to be everything to everyone. The beauty is they can just be what they are and you can freely pick and choose the ones that seem to be made just for you. There are already enough people doing it that I have about 80 videoblogs that I personally subscribe to that create more commercial free content than I have time to watch and that I find more entertaining, informative and challenging than most TV or movies.

I believe that when people learn that an alternative exists where they can create and share their own media, tell their own stories, and write the history of their own communities, the face of media will change forever. I think that blogging, podcasting and videoblogging could make that a reality in 2006. That’s why I personally think, like the article says at the end, “the revolution may just be vloggerized.”