One of the things that came into question was my vlogging. I tried to do it more consistently at the start of the year, however, by summer’s end it was dead.
First, I had to ask myself if that was a “sign.” And truthfully, the answer was yes.
My vlogging died off, because I didn’t have a purpose to it. I was just fitting it in and scrambling for ideas. And I was trying my darn-tooting-ness to make sure it was as quality as it could be, since it took so long to do (between writing dialogue points, filming, and editing). I could knock out four blog posts to every vlog.
The first vlog I ever did.
However, I have to totally admit, I have fun doing it. It is a different form of creativity. And… Isn’t it being fun enough of a reason to keep it around?
So, what does that mean? Do I keep being random and fitting it in? Do I stop, because if I can’t commit to it, I shouldn’t do it? Or do I go with option C?
C) Find where vlogging can fit into my writing career with more purpose.
While I said last week that my biggest regret this past year is my lack of anything getting published, I do have other regrets. Somewhere in my top 5 is the summer blogging I did. Thank you for suffering through it and sticking with me! I really don’t know what I was thinking.
And as I pondered my summer blogging (as I was evaluating my blogging during this process) and I thought about my vlogging… It clicked. That’s where my vlogging belongs. Summer! And not, “Hi there, writer peoples” vlogging, but something useful, like a writer aid. Something not time sensitive I can work on January through May.
I have an idea in mind, too. I’m not sure it will be enough to last through all of summer, but that’s okay. I have 6 months to come up with essentially 12 videos. If that means I cover two topics over summer, that works too.
There is also somewhere else I can include vlogging. I can also tie it to my ROW80 activities. No, not every check-in, but the big ones: start of round goals and end of round wrap up. I did the latter one once. However, unlike with the summer series, I’m unsure. It is under consideration (and I have until January to decide).
What are your thoughts on vlogs and writers?
Should I do the ROW80 and vlog mix?
Is there something you’d like a writer to vlog on?