Saturday, September 26, 2009

my first vlogpost: how blogging has shaped my reading and writing practices

You guys, I think this is my very first vlogpost.

According to Wikipedia, video-blogging, or vlogging, is

a form of blogging for which the medium is video.Entries are made regularly and often combine embedded video or a video link with supporting text, images, and other metadata. Entries can be recorded in one take or cut into multiple parts.

The open content site at public radio station WGBH clumps vlogs with blogs and offers one definition for both; presumably, this means that both offer the same kind of content, using different media delivery formats.

In that case, here you go: my very first vlogpost, a video project (filmed and edited by me!) explaining how I read and write through my primary identity as a blogger.


Kylie Peppler said...

So I'm wondering how does vlogging differ from your blogging experience? It feels a lot more personal as a viewer of your blog, especially given the topic and with Max in the corner :). I also wondered if vlogging has some potential downsides for the traditional blog reader -- such as the time needed to view a vlog as well as not being able to search and find info in the vlog (e.g., through a typical Google search that might lead me to your blog normally but wouldn't be searchable embedded in your vlog). I'm wondering if vlogs have some potential affordances as well?

I was also wondering how blogging practices differ from other academic forms of writing practices? You mention it but I would really love to hear more about your insider perspective on this...

Jenna McWilliams said...

Yeah, I don't particularly enjoy vlogging. For one thing, I feel that my face is far less convincing than my words are. For another, I do feel that my written blogposts are actually more personal than my vlogpost is. It's possible that my personality would come across through an accumulation of blogposts, but there are also the other issues you point to: The amount of time required to watch the whole thing, the chunkedness of a vlog, the time required to search for, appropriate and replicate the content of a vlog. This is, after all, what the blogging community is built on.


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