Over the last month I’ve participated in VEDA. For those who do not know what the acronym stands for, it’s Vlog Every Day in August (or April, depending on the season) and it has been an amazing experience, far better than I anticipated. It’s exhausting to make a video each day for an entire month while trying to keep up with the videos of your fellow VEDAians, being unemployed and not having lots to do certainly helped. Would I do it again? – In a heartbeat, yes!
In the beginning, I was quite overwhelmed by all the new people I was subscribing to on YouTube and Twitter. I noticed some of them were already friends, happily chatting away while I felt like being in high school all over, desperately wanting to fit in and be one of the crowd. It looked like an impossible task to know the people behind the names I had subscribed to but by day 2, maybe day 3 the least, I knew who was who which felt amazing.
Over the course of August you could see friendships being made while everyone tried as best to talk about the topic of the day. A lot of them required you to actually think about stuff, like what are your hopes and dreams and many more feels-y topics. As such, it was sometimes a very intimate experience making yourself be vulnerable for almost strangers to see or watching someone else express their insecurities for the world to see. It’s breathtaking and beautiful to watch.
On the last day it was a little bit like saying goodbye to all your camp buddies right before going home. While part of me is happy I don’t have to create a video each day anymore I’m also sad that I don’t have to do so. I’m even sadder that I won’t get to see all these people I met over the last month every day. However I forgot one thing, we are all people of the internet and it’s not like we will be losing touch completely.
What makes VEDA such a fantastic experience aside from meeting lots of cool people is that you are forced to be creative, to think about things you normally wouldn’t think let alone talk about. I’ve now got a months worth of vlogs on my Youtube Channel and a list of new friends. I also noticed that my editing skills (while still being rather rudimentary) have improved. I also don’t feel as awkward talking to myself on a camera anymore.
To conclude this post, here are some more things I learned about myself and the medium on a whole over the month of August:
- I am a video snob. If your video’s quality is really crappy I’m more likely to lose interest in what you have to say. I realise that not everyone can afford fancy cameras and such but when your voice and movements absolutely do not match at all or I can barely understand you, I will probably stop watching your videos.
- My patience is not very good. Part of VEDA is to watch and comment on as many videos of your fellow VEDAers as possible. If you’re a rambler and/or you are really boring to watch, I will stop watching your videos because ain’t nobody got time for that! Seriously though! Unless your as adorable as Sweeney, I will most likely lose interest after a while. I want to be entertained, damn it! Make an effort to not turn your videos into a snooze-fest.
- Youtube is a little bitch. I’m sorry but when you’re commenting on 60+ videos each day and have to enter barely readable captchas every few comments, it gets annoying real fast. I get that Youtube does not solely exist for VEDA and there are lots of weird people on that site but there has to be a better way. At least make the captchas easier to read. I’m not too shabby at them usually but I sometimes need 3 attempts to get one right and that’s too many!
- Way to kill the flow, Youtube! I don’t understand why it is not possible to align all the comments on a video, why only display the last or top rated comments with the replies and the rest are dumped below a cut in no usable order. It makes it really difficult to follow a conversation there.
- Don’t make underlying music louder than your speech. I’m in general not big on music that runs through the entire vlog, intros and credits or so are fine but the whole thing? It can be quite distracting.
Yes, I realise I am a first time vlogger and some of these points might sound pretentious coming from me but I can’t help it. This month required me to be quite opinionated and that’s somthing you cannot just switch off. I like to think of my vlogs as half decent considering it’s the first time I tried my hand at such an endeavour. Feel free to make up your own mind, here’s the entire playlist with all videos.