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VEDA Takeaway

2 Sep

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.

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I fell into a rabbit hole…

22 Aug

I fell into a rabbit hole and it is called Youtube. The side effect of VEDA and spending most of your free time on Youtube watching videos of fellow VEDAers means that your also stumble upon other videos. If not for VEDA I would not have known about Grace Helbig and her Daily Grace show. While I learned about the Vlogbroters on Tumblr I have only now gotten really into their videos. And Youtube, kind soul that it is, keeps recommending video after video once you clicked on any of those and there are many.

To be honest, I didn’t even realise there were famous Youtubers out there. For me, the site was always just music videos and snippets of TV shows, interviews and fan videos on a multitude of subjects. Now it’s like wearing new glasses for the first time, everything is so clear and new, it’s amazing.

Unknowingly, had someone told me about famous Youtubers before, I would have thought they were like Reality Stars on TV, unreal and trashy and not my thing at all but that’s not the case. I am actually amazed by these people. Obviously Hank and John Green are no idiots. Between them, they have various degrees and a Printz Award. Their videos are entertaining, informative and also very silly on occasion. They’re not too full of themselves to put a Happy Meal into the mixer and eat it in front of the camera.

And then there are also people like Grace Helbig, Hannah and Mamrie Hart and many many others. They’re far from dumb. Their comedy may not be everyone’s thing but it’s not dumb despite its oftentimes silliness they manage to convey messages to their followers. You can tell that there’s actual work going into creating the content I get to enjoy which is what amazes me. No trashy Reality TV that makes me want to pull my hair out but clever comedy and an understanding about the business that is still so new nobody seems to know entirely what to make of it.

I read somewhere on Tumblr that if Tina Fey were about the age she was when she wasfirst trying to break through in the comedy business that she would be on Youtube, doing her own thing, being her own boss instead of trying to work her way up as a writer for SNL and I have to agree with this. Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and others would do the exact same thing that Grace Helbig, Hannah and Mamrie Hart are doing if they were about 20 years younger.

Youtube is an amazing platform that I am still exploring. It is so much more than shitty videos of live band performances recorded with the poor cell phone camera you were holding up. There are educational videos solely created to be on Youtube, like CrashCourse or SciShow. There are comedy shows like Your Drunk Kitchen and You Deserve a Drink or amazing things like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and so many more.

I never expected vlogging to be so interesting but it’s similar to blogging and grasping that concept took a while for me as well. Part of me wishes she could do a similar think like Brotherhood 2.0 with someone on the other side of the globe or so; mainly communicating through vlogs. Sure it would be lots of work but it’s also kind of amazing. On the other hand it’s not really a new idea and thus not cool. I guess I’ll just sit here, continue with the rest of VEDA and be amazed by what Youtube has to offer.

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