I was a little surprised by the response to my last post in which I solicited reader questions using a video blog (vlog). The comments drifted away from reader questions into opinions about vlogs and why people do or don’t like them.
Here I thought that vlogging was just another tool in the social media arsenal, only to discover that there’s anti-vloggers.
It reminded me of when I used to rail against Twitter.
One commenter summed up the anti-vlog sentiment by simply saying, “I don’t do vlogs.” I had to check to make sure I wasn’t talking about smoking chronic, watching internet porn, or human trafficking. I “don’t do” those things either. But vlogs? Eh.
Anyway, it was a minor revelation. I used to think the dislike of vlogs was mainly on the blogger’s end, not the reader’s (or viewer’s). I mean, making a vlog requires certain technical skills, equipment, and software. It also involves time. Between scripting (if one does script), filming, uploading, editing, and embedding a finished product on a website, vlogging can be tedious and time-consuming. All that to say, I can understand why some bloggers would be reluctant to vlog.
What I don’t understand is why readers would be reluctant to view video blogs. Unless there is some kind of telepathic message being secretly transmitted through your computer screen, what’s the issue?
- It’s a video.
- It’s a video of someone talking.
- It’s a video of someone you probably read, talking.
- It’s a video of someone you probably read talking about something you might be interested in.
Sure. It might be a vlog from someone you don’t read, whom you’ve never heard of, talking about something you don’t give a rip about (or doing something exotic like seeing how many pool balls they can insert in their mouth). But last I checked, you’re free to watch as long or as little as you like.
Either way, it’s not the medium that’s the issue.
I’m assuming that readers — as in “those who prefer written stuff” — still watch TV, movies, or an occasional video podcast. So unless one is a Luddite, what good reason is there to dislike vlogs?
Like a lot of things that come through the interweb, it can turn faddish and be used poorly. I mean, just because you have a webcam and a guitar is not a good reason to vlog. And just because other people are vlogging is not a good reason to do it either.
But simply “being a reader” is not a good reason to not “do vlogs.”