There comes a point where technology dives forward beyond where we are – please note I say this as a person who has been part of the technology age my entire life and yet still carries a fountain pen and leather bound notebook for inspiration – but once the technology surpasses us we have to decide, keep up or fall behind? This week I’d like to take a look at the world of vlogging – video blogging – and how that not only ties into my world of reading and writing, but actually manages to continue to inspire the creativity of the written word.
In researching vlogging I discovered the site Vimeo which is essentially YouTube but for the creative market. I am oversimplifying – to be more precise, Vimeo is like YouTube in the sense that it uses similar technology to host video sharing and Vimeo even has the capability of sharing videos to the better known video sharing giant. A primary difference between the two is that Vimeo has different user account tiers ranging from free basic accounts to premier accounts that have monthly fees required. The elevated accounts have additional capabilities that enable the best features – special social media sharing and storage capabilities – but the basic account works very similar to some of YouTube’s more basic features as well.
I discovered a vlogger in Vimeo’s search log that I felt resonated with me – a lot of her videos that are currently posted are for an event called Universe in Verse. Since I find myself drawn to the written word this has a special pull for me. The poster – Maria Popova – is also the editor of the page Brainpickings.org and her joy of poetry and authors comes through in her videos where she focuses on these areas and has the added assistance of some well known media personalities help her promote books and poetry. The first video I came across was Brandon Stanton (the guy who is responsible for the amazingly inspiring Humans of New York photos) reading a poem from John Updike. These inspiring and uplifting words are being read by people who also inspire and uplift and Maria is showcasing this on her channel.
Another video – really the video that led me to Maria – “7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living” comes from an essay that Maria wrote that talks about the importance of seven things and while this was not specifically in reference to writing, it is in line with my own desire to focus on things that are more important than money and approval of others, and I am glad that this video led me to find an incredibly inspiring person. I look forward to seeing what else she puts out there as well as what I can learn from her.
I have been hesitant about blogging but wanting to dive in for some time now and while there are some sites out there that I have found inspiration helping to move me forward, my class was the final shove to push me out of my comfort zone, a shove to try something new. The result from that shove is this blog. When I consider what it is about the blogs I follow I realize that I admire their personal resolve, their desire to build something from their blog either to help others or their intensity that comes through in their posts.
Susan Hyatt https://shyatt.com/blog/
I discovered Susan through another blog I have been following for a few years, and her posts always leave me looking for ways I can do more with my own goals. Her primary focus on her blogs are ways to see things in a new light, whether it is business tips, marketing plans, or just ways to take on a new attitude. As a certified life coach, she has the credentials to know what she is talking about, but her words make me feel less like she is telling her readers what we are doing wrong and more like she is saying “yep, been there, done that”. You just feel comfortable reading her words and trusting them.
Paul Jarvis https://pjrvs.com/about/
Paul is a writer, blogger, podcaster – he gets computers, and building web pages. This is someone I follow who I happened on accidentally, not really looking for someone who gets computers – but instead I found someone who talks about life, business, perspective and makes me look forward to his posts each week that he calls the Sunday Dispatch. His newsletter shows up as both a weekly podcast and later as an article on his web page, the words in this newsletter talk about how to build a better business, and sometimes there is very little about business in his weekly share – but I always gain a better perspective, and this makes following his posts well worthwhile.
Alexandra Franzen http://www.alexandrafranzen.com/about/
I have been following Alex the longest, and I look forward to her posts with an eagerness I didn’t realize was possible for a weekly email. When I read her posts, I gain an optimism I didn’t realize I was avoiding. She shares an enthusiasm for life and positivity that never feels forced and always helps me gain a perspective that I can do anything if I work at it hard enough. Her posts are focused on helping writers, or anyone really, that maybe needs to gain a new perspective. As a writer, and a writing coach, her words help people to understand that sometimes starting small is a big step, and that’s ok.
Sarah is both witty and reliably realistic – she does website reviews for ways to help you make a better page and talks about getting better with money and breaking bad habits. While this all sounds like an odd combination she does it pretty well and doesn’t beat around the bush about any topic she chooses to broach with her readers. Sarah offers e-courses in some of the more consistent topics – most often money and happiness – and although I have not (at least not yet) signed up for any of her courses, I appreciate what she has to say in her regular posts and look forward to the insight she provides that helps me look at the idea that maybe I don’t need to be a millionaire to realize success, I just have to take the steps on my own path.
I have also found a few Peer Blogs that have helped inspire me recently, seeing how we are all reacting to the same assignments and our different approaches to it.
Balance, Darling https://balancedarling.wordpress.com/ Kim lets us know how it is still important to understand that we all need balance, and she speaks to this in such a conversational tone that makes it comforting to read and understand that we all need to make it make sense.
Babbling Brooke https://babblingbrook808122773.wordpress.com/ Brooke’s posts help to remind me that we’re all busy, and sometimes we struggle, but we’re also learning and figuring things out and it’s exciting to see where we all will go.
Blogging Beginner https://myjessica33.wordpress.com/ Jessica is up front about her journey and helps to outline the steps that we all need to go on and reading her posts helps to show we are all finding the same struggles.
The different pages here help me to realize that I personally appreciate an honest, up front approach to life, and the many different things we are all faced with as we struggle to figure it all out. Sometimes we get it, and sometimes we need a gentle reminder that we aren’t going it alone – I like to know that while their words can help me, maybe my words can help too.
It has been a hectic couple of weeks already on this whirlwind ride of understanding what my goals are, and what I am looking for from my blog. Let’s just say you can’t expect to put pen to paper, er… hands to keyboard, and run with it. I’ve considered myself a writer for going on two decades, and I have to say this is the first time the written word has stumped me – some would say the spoken word as well, but luckily that doesn’t apply here.
I am slowly understanding what I am looking for moving forward and what I am hoping to share with all of you. As I think about this it is currently snowing outside, and the first thing that comes to mind is curling up in bed with a good book. Since it is Sunday night and already getting late I will not give in because I know I will tell myself “just one more chapter” until I finish the book and Monday mornings not only arrive faster than any other morning, they are also the busiest. I think instead I will promise myself cracking the spine on the next chapter tomorrow if I can wrap everything up early enough and plan for next week to have an overview pulled together of the book both from my perspective as a reader and a writer.
Feel free to mention a book in the comments you’d like an overview of – I’m always looking for new things to read, and I’d love to start a discussion with you all.
Thanks for joining me! This blog is starting out as a journey to help me understand blogging, branding, and what these things can do for me – and you! I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us, but I want to try to remember that it’s not the destination that is important – it’s the journey.
Traveling tends to magnify all human emotions. — Peter Hoeg