On the Upcoming Onslaught of Vlogging Disasters

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As has been mentioned a few times already, I am going to be participating in VEDA: Vlog Every Day in August. This means that my YouTube channel will actually serve a purpose other than being a virtual shelf for those three videos of me sliding around on bean bags with Jenna. [Moment of silence in honor of that blessed faceplant.] This means that I will be even more self-absorbed than usual. This means that you will see a lot of my face and hear a lot of my voice and see a lot of my bedroom wall.

But more importantly, this means that we have a new way to interact with one another. Three of the four people still reading this on a regular basis know me in real life, so that isn't super exciting for them. For @ctmagnus, though, this is his best chance to see me eat a Milano cookie. Yeah!

However, I am still a wee bit terrified of vlogging. Something about talking aimlessly in front of a camera makes me nervous, so I'd like y'all to help me out. Step one: keep reading.

The scheduled topics for the first week (as decided on by the powers that be) are as follows:

Step two: having read that list, can you think of any related questions you'd like me to answer or things you'd like me to ramble about or hair tutorials you'd like me to just kidding. But really, this will be way more fun for all of us if I have some questions to answer or plates to spin on my nose. Holler at me (pfft) in the comments, via email, on Twitter, or with your own YouTube video in response to any of my upcoming "episodes."

Step three: subscribe and promise to leave nice comments with mostly accurate English sentences! One of the scariest parts of this endeavor for me is that it takes place on YouTube, not Vimeo. We've all read YouTube comments at least once. They are illiterate clumps of vindictive keystrokes all tied up with string, and I would imagine they are exactly what drove that guy to insist that the rapture was imminent. Nobody wants to stick around on this planet after reading a YouTube comment.

Step four: nope. I don't have any more steps. Although, if you're very nice to me during this vlogging experiment, I might reward you with some sweet giveaways. (Autographed 8"x10" glossy of Juan Pedro, anyone? The Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu-ray? An empty Freeze Pop wrapper?)

Step five: buckle up, kids. This ride is about to get hella bumpy.

gRegor

gRegor

You could read a short story or poem that you like. Or that you wrote.

I'm sure I will come up with other suggestions along the way. I look forward to watching you and Erica and commenting and bears, oh my! I may get gutsy and do a response video. I did just get a new camera that shoots HD video. No promises.

All those rewards sound awesome. I do need to expand my empty freeze pop wrapper collection (of 1).

Your rapture comment cracked me up.

Long comment is long,
gRegor

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

I hope you didn't actually keep that Freeze Pop wrapper.

gRegor

gRegor

No, totally didn't. *whistles*

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Step six: count how many times I say "vlog" and/or "YouTube" in the next month. Then shoot me with that many Nerf darts.

Heather

Heather

VEDA is scary at first but it is so worth it. It is so much fun. I look forward to watching your videos and commenting :) Return the favor ;) You are going to do great.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Thanks for the encouragement! I'll definitely return the favor. If there's any one thing I'm legitimately excited about with regard to VEDA, it's the fact that I get to jump into a community that seems very encouraging and supportive and engaged.

Jon

Jon

I think I saw that faceplant on failblog. That's a part of VEDA isn't it?

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Faceplanting? Or failing? Failvlog!

Matt

Matt

08.06: Get dressed up and vlog. Vlog before you go out on the town (or stay in and talk to people on the internet).

Yeah, those of us with twin toddlers don't get to go out. So I'll be dressing up for the sole purpose of vlogging.

Yes. There will be a tuxedo.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Those of us without twin toddlers are hermits and don't go out anyway. Tadaaaa. But if it makes you and your rad tux feel better, I can pretend that I'm going somewhere after I get all dolled up, and you can live vicariously through my lying teeth. :)

Matt

Matt

Huzzah! We'll both get dressed up all fancy for Dailybooth. How's that?

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

All I can say is that I hope the internet is planning to pay us for being so nice to them.

Jon

Jon

The sun burns us.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

I hope you intended that to be read in Gollum's voice.

Jon

Jon

Gollum who?

Jon

Jon

<- Also an instigator

Jwewmiah

Jwewmiah

This will be the best vlog series ever.

I expect to see one vlog totally dedicated to Elijah Wood.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

I'm thinking that B-HAG one is my perfect opportunity to tell the world that my goal in life is to marry Elijah Wood. Because that won't scare away any viewers on the second day.

Jwewmiah

Jwewmiah

Excellent.

phampants

phampants

Ready? And go!

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

AHH! No, I am NOT ready! I STILL HAVE TWO MINUTES 'TIL AUGUST.

Gilligan

Gilligan

Ahaha! Welcome to August!

Happy to be one of the three, looking forward to the vlogs, and I hope to have some suggestions when it's not so late/as the week goes on. (Eyes the LOTR BDs...)

In particular, day five looks to be quite promising, almost as much as that B-HAG post... Hm.

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

First thought this morning: "Dang it. I actually have to shower. Maybe."

Team Christmas

Team Christmas

So, in your relationship with technology, are you gonna mention your LoTR DVDs?
That is totally a relationship and it does involve technology :)

Rachelskirts

Rachelskirts

Bahaha! I should. I've been thinking of ways to incorporate Lord of the Rings into every episode, so that is a perfect suggestion.