Monday, June 17, 2013

Video Killed the Blogathon Star (Blogathon Video Day)

In the 2013 WordCount Blogathon, we have several theme days. 

I read "Theme Day #2 is Monday, June 17, the day everyone in the event is challenged to create a video post."  My first impulse was:  Run! This, of course, meant that I needed to at least try.  Fortunately, at age 60, I am mostly past embarrassment.

We don't have to participate in any theme day but this is something that intrigued me.  I am not a video maker, except, accidentally when I accidentally turn iPhone photos into videos because the two controls are so close to each other.

But many of my fellow bloggers do video posts.  And, Blogger does make it easy if you have videos up on YouTube.


So here is my video debut, as I show off some of my front yard.   You'll hear my thick Bronx accent for the first time.

I finally got this up on YouTube after about 5 takes (two in light rain) and a long struggle. Let's put it this way: even Steven Spielberg had a first time.  (My deep gratitude to my spouse, who put up with me running in and out the front door.)

As they say "It was a learning experience".  Later this week, I'll tell you what I learned in the experience.


Have you done video work? What was your "first time" like?

15 comments:

  1. Best blog subject line ever!

    As of now, I'm too much of a coward to attempt this one. Maybe later. Nice job.

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    1. Thank you for the praise. I was going to put a pun in at the end about killing a video (in the slang modern sense of "killing" as "doing something just right" but I thought it would be....overkill.

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  2. Oh, you did so well! Loved it - and yay for you!

    It makes it so personal!
    j

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    1. That video was dripping with sweat and tears! Thank you.

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  3. Great idea- and kudos for your courage to try something new...
    And, was that the wind or were you scaring your plants?

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    1. It was the wind. But it could be that I was scaring my flowers. My take before the one I used was unusable because the wind drowned me out. Lesson #8 about taking videos-don't narrate something in the wind.

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  4. Nice job! Video can be frustrating (and take more time than you'd ever imagine) but the results are so fun. Can't wait to watch your next video. :-)

    Deborah

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  5. Looks fab & seems like you did really well! :)

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  6. The video didn't play for me. OOps. Here it comes about thirty seconds later. I'm amazed at your voice. Of course, I know you're American but now it's confirmed. I didn't take my own video. I used one of a song I wrote. Well done for attempting this challenge.

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  7. What fun, Alana! You did great and it was sweet to hear your voice. I was hoping for a shot of your face, though (maybe next time, eh?).

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  8. Good job. Personally I need to be pushed to try new technical things. Glad you accepted the challenge!

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  9. Nice video! I've never seen variegated basil but I love pineapple mint!

    -- Lois, a fellow Blogathoner

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