I learnt (more accurately, re-learnt) a lot from day 1 of Bonnie Gean’s Video Challenge. The horrific quality video is something I *should* have known better.
After much thrashing, rummaging and downloading software I couldn’t find, I now have a Logitech C920 HD Webcam installed. So today’s video blogging challenge video is a better quality – although I do need to remember the light and the Muppet in the background next time!
Video Blogging… Feel The Fear!
I started to record the video almost 7 hours ago, and have dithered most of the day again. I found all sorts to do rather than hit the record button and then afterwards anything but upload it.
The Video Blogging Challenge is really pushing me outside my comfort zone. That can only be a good thing!
On a lighter note, uploading the video to Youtube had my daughter and I in stitches laughing.
The thumbnails Youtube chose are less than flattering. She says I look like I am going through a wind tunnel or on one of those simulator rides!
Thankfully there’s the custom video thumbnail option. Surely in this day and age, Youtube can detect that these images are not the best?
The video blog for day 2 is below with a transcript for those who prefer to read.
Tomorrow I am cheating a bit and using a screencast video tutorial. Since this is my business blog, I think it’s important I still have some useful stuff up here too! The video challenge is really useful for me to connect with my readers and help me overcome my fears, but I will not forget that this blog isn’t about me – but how I can help you.
Video Blogging Challenge Day 2
Good morning! It’s Jan Kearney at My Local Business Online. We’re on day 2 of Bonnie Gean’s Video Blogging Challenge and after yesterday’s disaster of day 1 I am hoping today goes a little bit better!
I recorded yesterday’s video on my laptop webcam which was horrific. I knew it would be horrific. I’ve done it before and it is really low quality. I thought by recording it nice and small, and it looked fine on my hard drive that it would be OK. But no, it was fine on my hard drive and didn’t upload well at all what-so-ever. I thought we had a webcam. I distinctly remember we had a blue and cream round thing that swivelled and did all sorts of wonderful things. And this isn’t the one. This is a Logitech video camera that shoots in high definition, which means you get to see every hair out of place and every bag under my eyes too – aren’t you lucky!
So day 2. Bonnie suggested that we introduce ourselves and say what we do for day 1. I jumped the gun, recorded my video to get it out of the way and didn’t do any of that at all. So I am going to introduce myself now.
Hi my name is Jan Kearney. My business is My Local Business Online and I am on a mission. A mission no less! To help small business owners get to grips with the web and start using it to their advantage. I specialise in Local – Google Places, Google +Local and also local business blogging. I offer done for you services and also coaching, training and mentoring for anything social and local online.
I’ve been doing this now for 2 and a half years, it will be 3 years in June when I went self employed. Sometimes I am quite surprised that I am still here! It’s always interesting being self-employed isn’t it? But yes, I’m still here.
Video is something I mainly use within my business for tutorials and screen-cast videos. I don’t tend to get in front of the screen. You’re lucky! I’m now sitting in front of the screen, putting my face out there a little bit more. Which has gone down surprisingly well. People do want to see who is behind the screen. It’s something I preach a lot and tend not to do.
So get out there, show your face a little more. Let people know who you are behind your business. Because at the end of the day this is the social web. People do business with people. They want to know who you are, what you look like, whether they are like you or whether they like you at all and share any interests and experiences with you. People do business with other people that they know, like, trust and are like them as well.
That’s me done for this morning! Day 2 complete! I can tell you it is the most frightening thing I have ever done, very, very nervous. But I am sure with practice things will get better. I’m off now to edit this video a little bit, put my little beginning intro on and I will speak to you soon.
Find out more about Bonnie Gean’s Video Blogging Challenge
Over to you…
When was the last time you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone?Video Blogging Challenge Day 2 by Jan Kearney