Posted by: David Spinks - 27 November 2009 / 8:08
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Photo cred: Scott Kinmartin
When it came to reading, as a kid, I always looked for the easy way out. Every time we had assigned reading – the first thing to do was to go check the local video store in hopes that someone else hadn’t already rented the movie. I must have watched the 1998 adaptation of Great Expectations starring Ethan Hawke & Gwyneth Paltrow (which in hindsight had very few similarities to the Dickens classic) at least 10 times throughout high school.
Call me lazy – because that’s exactly what I was.
Blogging has allowed those kids who were always looking for the easy way out when it came to reading the ability to digest information in small bites. We no longer have to read an 800 page Dickens novel at a time, with our lovely Google Reader, we can read about 50 completely different topics with the click of a mouse – then comment, discuss, and interact with other like-minded readers.
But here comes video – doing what it can to bring us back to those lazy childhood days; although this time, it might not be such a bad thing.
Video blogging is on the rise. From the top down, video is being used as THE new way to share thoughts and ideas. If you take a look through the Archives of Life Without Pants, you’ll see I’ve done a lot with video over the past several months. The question is, does video ENHANCE traditional
blogging, or will it be responsible for its slow and painful demise?
I asked that question to some folks in my Twitter community, and got some interesting responses. The general consensus? Video lowers barriers, allows for the targeting of wider audiences, easy sharing, and can act to thoroughly enhance a blogging experience. But video blogging is not without its obstacles.
So I turn the question to you. What obstacles and challenges do you see with “vlogging”? How do you use video on your own blog or website? Do you think video will be responsible for the death of traditional blogging?