A few days ago, I had a great day. It was a day dedicated to Microsoft, blogging, and crab cakes with ginger beer.
Back in the midst of June (when summer wasn’t basically over and life wasn’t so depressing), Microsoft was gracious enough to invite me to a lunch at the Dahlia’s Lounge restaurant/lounge in downtown Seattle.
The event allowed me to engage in a once in a lifetime opportunity; I was encouraged to converse with not only the advisor of the Windows Champions program, Meredith Hickman, but four other extremely talented, professional bloggers as well (much older, wiser and established than me).
It was interesting to see and hear about the different areas of focus that the other bloggers centered their writing and websites around — i.e. the different “themes” or topics that initially caused them to begin writing as simply passionate individuals, well.. passionate and smart since they each write tremendously well content.
But, my point being, the varying topics of focus for each individual at the table — whether it began as a travel log, a mom’s advice column, or a cloud-like storage place for bookmarking links — these were just the jump start to a much greater outcome.
In other words, the initiative and fuel that assembled enough momentum for each site’s first framework as a categorizable, subject-specific starting point eventually, after hundreds (maybe thousands) of posts and years of unaltered dedication and commitment, transformed what once began as a personal project into something entirely different; a career.
I was sitting among four adults who started out just like me, writing without any initiative other than the passion to learn, interpret and share the handfuls of knowledge our minds derive from the infinite information our curiosity leads us to unveil and see what many others simply ignore. From this knowledge, perspective and thought come into creation and are immediately molded into varying renditions of feelings and opinions processed in a unique perspective to ultimately illustrate the complexity and perplexing state of the unfathomable, for example, into something relatable; something understandable. Something people, readers from all around the world, can suddenly digest. Like a translator, the incomprehensible to one can be reiterated by another producing an outcome that can be universally understood. How? Through the modesty of words, and the ability of a dedicated, well-informed writer.
Whew, that was some deep talk right there. Time to get on with my article and to stop wasting your time already. So, vlogging.. what is it? Video + blogging = drumroll please… a video blog. Real talk. Apparently, using video as a medium of expression for bloggers is much more effective. I am assuming this is because people are generally more willing to sit and listen rather than to read since that requires more focus and a higher level of concentration. However, that is just an assumption. I might be completely wrong, and making the decision to vlog may just end my career (since I tend to express myself much better in words, and feel really awkward when I see myself on camera). WHATEVER. What is done, is done. I made my first video, it’s 10 minutes long and I have a long way to go before I become an effective “vlogger” but I am doing it I decided and just throwing myself out. Haters gonna hate, and trolls will be trolls. I think I can handle the pressure of being judged more critically by a wider range of potential audiences.
Anyway, if you are interested in watching me try to be a hip, well-informed vlogger and are willing to embrace my lack of experience in this new realm of expression.. then click here.
And good luck to you, haha.
The video is titled: “TotallyAgreeWithMe [VLOG 1] : Influential Blogging Tips, PART I”.
I hope, actually pray, that anyone that click that hyperlink has the ability to be patient. I have a tendency to get excited and lose focus, as you will see.