My moment of glory has finally arrived! Time to dust off the fake moustache, crank up the fireplace, and start posting cranky comments as a reluctant (but always performative) vlogger on Mike’s blog.
(What the hell are you talking about, MK?)
OK OK, a little backgrounder. I was being my usual cranky self, commenting on Mike’s blog about the lameness of vlogging(vlogging = video blogging, for you kids not down with the excuse for English that passes on the WWW), which eventually got me going on the lameness of everything, and I compared myself to the cranky muppet in the balcony (you know, those two old dudes?) Anyways, Mike cheekily suggested I could have a regular vlog spot in the comments of his blog, basically ridiculing whatever I felt like, since I tend to take on this kind of devil’s advocate pose in my numerous argu-ahem discussions with him (which are all very rewarding and our contrary, flip, and inflammatory ways of expressing ourselves (or maybe it’s just me being contrary, flip, and inflammatory) seems to be our personal way of coming to conclusions and forcing each other to make more detailed analyses of our positions).
And then it occurred to me – well, now there’s something I haven’t seen yet. Where are the innovations in the comments of blogs? Comments are nice, but could use some spice. Where normal vlogging just makes me wanna yawn most of the time, vlog commenting is actually interesting, since it brings together the idea of multiple voices in a richer way. And one voice droning over and over, one point of view, one singular “vision” that I have to sit through for however many minutes the video lasts (ah, the oppressiveness of time-based media) is so dramatically unappealing, whereas vlog-commenters can bring in some quick hits of desperately needed variety. Not to mention, sometimes it’s nice to get a better sense of the person behind the comments, or reconnect with that person. It could be likened to a video voice mail (hey – I am still waiting for my video phone, by the way!) Mike noted after my first cranky outburst that he missed me, and wouldn’t he just have been much more fulfilled by my MK-ness if he could have seen a peek of my flat in Edinburgh and heard the comment in whatever silly fake accent I chose?
This goal of mixing it up is part of what makes Ravi Jain’s Drivetime interesting. He vlogs on his commute to work. It would have been cute the first time, and maybe a bit dull the rest of the time, but clearly this is a dude with his head screwed on right. He’s got special guests, he interviews people in his car, he has viewer mail (!!), Ravi is totally organized and cleverly modeled his vlog on a cute concept (commuter vlog with special camera rigs) and a tried and true format (talk show).
Ravi Jain’s Drivetime guests are sort of how I envision the vlog commenting could be. Adding new voices. Spicing it up. Making/reinforcing connections. Letting people see a bit more of your world. A lil’ bit of Blogsterpiece Theatre, if you so choose. (thanks Mir, for that clever turn of phrase.)
HEY! – somebody at Six Apart – steal this idea.