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Why I Am Vlogging

Two weeks ago I began vlogging. What is a vlog? They are video blogs: short video updates on a topic, just as you would expect from a text blog.

I have considered doing this for a long time, and have been obsessed with YouTube for awhile now. I spend my days talking to writers and publishers, and I found that there were lots of little insights being shared in these conversations – nuggets that kept rattling around in my brain. Sure, maybe some of them will eventually come out in a blog post, but too many of them are lost as I move on to the next thing in my day. So I figured that quick vlogs would be a great way to capture and share these insights.

What held me back? It wasn’t technology, the tech is easy. It was the human stuff, things I had to “get over,” including:

  • Background: my home office is rather small, and it contains my LEGO collection. What? That’s right, I have always had an affinity for LEGO. You can imagine that when I first met my wife and found out that she graduated college with a degree in toy design, it was a match made in heaven.

    But still, I was concerned that having toys in the background would seem unprofessional, or would be “off brand,” for what I was creating with We Grow Media.

  • What I am wearing: I do not wake up everyday and iron my shirts. Maybe this is because I work from home. When I speak at events or meet with publishers, I wear a suit jacket and nice collared shirt. So there was concern that rumpled plaid shirts would make me seem unprofessional.
  • Hair and beard: Some days are just bad hair days. Some days I should trim up the stubble, but opt for other things. Do you know people who HATE having their photos taken? I am not one of those people, but like anyone, I can be self-critical about what is a good hair day, and what is a bad hair day. Truth be told, at 39, I am just thankful to have hair! 🙂

In the end, I just went for it, putting aside all of these little qualms that seemed important to no one but me. The reaction so far has been positive. The very things I was worried about are exactly the things people seem to appreciate – the unfiltered down to earth conversation that a vlog is meant to embody.

I will be sharing vlog updates nearly every day, sometimes twice a day. Please subscribe to me on YouTube if you have an account there. I will be cross posting many of the vlog updates here on this blog as well.

Here are some recent vlog updates to give you a sense of them:

When Everyone Has A Platform, Your Job Is To Create Meaning

With Greater Choice, You Have To Focus On High Quality

Why I Share My Cell Phone Number On My Website

Thanks!
-Dan

  • Cynthia Dunlevy

    Great post, Dan and kudos to you taking this step!

  • Dan- I’m really glad you decided to go for it. I’m enjoying your video’s and learning so much.

  • Dan, this post is so timely! 
    This is something I started doing recently, and will be putting on my blog in the next few weeks. Like you I had all of the concerns noted above (tbh, mostly bad-hair day related. They seem to come more often than I like!) but you know what? It’s the content that’s important. I have always enjoyed your video interviews, and I look forward to seeing more of your video work. It’s such a more personal way of interacting with an audience than blogging in this day of information overload.

    • Laura,
      Thanks for the feedback! Interesting to consider how video can indeed be more personal. Have a great evening.
      -Dan