Wednesday, September 4, 2013

VEDA hangover

So as you may know, I spent last month participating in Vlog Every Day in August, hence the almost complete lack of content around these parts. Yes, I spent August making and editing and uploading a video every single day, as well as watching what felt like millions of videos from my fellow VEDA-ians (VEDA-ites??) and commenting and participating in ridiculous conversations on Twitter, and basically? It was exhausting but completely and utterly awesome.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat, and there's actually a group of us on Twitter discussing the possibility of vlogging on a weekly basis. I'll definitely join in on that one provided someone who's not me comes up with topics for us to discuss, because no topics = Kirsti rambling uselessly for a millionty years, and no one wants to watch that!

ANYWAY.

I hereby present to you a list of things I learnt during VEDA:

  1. Youtube is an evil bitch. A two minute video will suddenly decide it's going to take three hours to upload. It will randomly decide that you don't need to see all your subscriptions in your subscription feed, meaning that you have to go to each individual channel to check if someone's made a new video. It will one day decide that no, you don't need to watch this particular video and refuse to load it for three hours straight. And it will give you 31 days of consecutive unflattering thumbnail options.
  2. Youtube's captchas are the most illegible things on the face of the earth.
  3. Some topics will take you five minutes to film. Others will take an hour, and most of your footage will be of you trailing off mid-sentence and then staring out the window for five minutes trying to work out how to get your point across. And sometimes, you'll do the perfect take only to realise that you didn't actually hit record. Sigh.
  4. Never underestimate the importance of editing. 
  5. If you make a video about the importance of thinking before you vote, don't let your mother see it, because she'll cackle hysterically because she thinks you sound like a newsreader... (HI MUM)
  6. VEDA brings all the feels. You will cry at least a dozen times.
  7. Blooper Day will take you approximately a hundred years to pull together. Start early.
  8. Everyone loves Harry Potter. EVERYONE.
  9. The quality of your gear does not dictate the quality of your videos. 
  10. This community is made of solid gold awesome.
If you missed out on seeing my videos this month and happen to have a spare hour and a half, the full playlist is here. You're welcome. 

K xx

13 comments:

  1. Damn, I forgot to mention how Youtube sometimes just doesn't load videos for no apparent reason. It drove me nuts!

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    1. I actually had it decide a couple of times that a three minute video actually only lasted one second. It was bizarre. The video wouldn't play for longer than a second no matter what I did. Stupid Youtube...

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  2. I agree with ALL of these! I miss VEDA so much, in spite of YouTube being my mortal enemy for 1/2 of the month.

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    1. I feel like we deserve some kind of "I fought Youtube every day for a month and won" badge now.

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  3. I was mostly blown away by the community. Fast-friends and supportive, and just all-around generally, as you said, solid gold.

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    1. Pretty much exactly. It's kind of amazing that by, like, DAY THREE we had in-jokes going around.

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  4. The only way to stop a hangover is to never stop. Though a weekly thing might work too :P

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    1. I'm not sure my brain could cope with making a video every single day. It would invariably lead to a nervous breakdown or a computer explosion or some other disaster...

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  5. I really enjoyed doing VEDA... Mind you, I did most of my videos in one sitting and didn't actually finish because vlogging everyday ended up not fitting into an August that ended up involving two out of town trips and a breakup.... but hey, I made it into the 20s and I say, "Hey! I'll take it!"

    The downside to the fact that I was so busy in August and didn't do VEDA properly is I felt like I met no one during the process. I ended up watching mostly the people I already knew, I was bad about commenting, and since I was always two or three or fifteen steps behind, my videos didn't get a lot of traffic either. Hopefully when I do it next year, things won't be so insane in my life.

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    1. DUDE. With that much other stuff going on, I doubt I'd have made nearly as many videos as that! I'm insanely impressed.

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  6. i wish I was braver on the vlogging front - particularly the editing. I just don't have the skills to pull off what I want.

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    1. You know what they say - practice makes perfect! And at least you have a Mac, so you wouldn't have to edit using super shitty Windows Live Movie Maker like I do!! ;)

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  7. Ah, YouTube. I love the way it likes to screw up your subscription list. It's a bit like the way google decides it knows better than you do what you're searching for; YouTube knows what you want to watch. Except not.

    I hear you on the forgetting to record think, too. Back when I was using a webcam, I somehow managed to get into a sequence where I was turning recording OFF when I started doing my piece and then turning it ON when I'd finished. It took me about half a dozen segments before I realised what was going on. ARGH.

    Congratulations on doing it for a month! It must have driven you utterly crazy to do daily videos; I only ever did them daily and that was more than enough for me.

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