Oi, I have been through a lot of these phases already. One moment I
hate my vlog, putting my ugly face on public display like that, and I
promise myself: "Ok, only vlog Other things now, Raymond. Flowers?
Birds?" the next one, I work on promoting the technology at
conferences (some people dislike me or others doing that, I still do
not get Why).
My Lifecycle as a Vlogger
#1. Start watching vlogs.
I started watching vlogs on about the 22nd of December 2004, or was it
23rd? The first post was Dylan Verdi's debut, the second one was one
by Jay Dedman, cannot remember which one. My third one was, I think,
Ryanne's "Super 8 Opera", which still affects me. It was the first one
that made me realize just how revolutionary this can be. The second
one gave me context. The third one showed me how vlogging can be used
as an art form.
#2. You start a vlog.
I started my vlog (http://dltq.blogs.com/vlog) on December 24th, after
first having posted video entries on my then textual blog
(http://dltq.blogs.com/blog). Now the text blog is mostly dead, and I
have morphed the vlog into being multi-media, i.e. I also have some
text-only entries there. My textual needs I take out through my
Norwegian-languaged blog (http://raymond.blogg.no)
I did put up not only my full name, but I filmed myself and my
surroundings, as well as family members. I have since filmed all kinds
of things, including stupid things as me taking a shower.
#3. You become a stats whore.
Not really. At some points I have had some sort of counter on the
page, but I always tired of them after a few days and took them down
again. I still keep half an eye on my feedburner circulation, though,
which is at a stable 60ish now (creepy).
#4. You become really personal on your site as the online and
real-life worlds start confusing you.
I was quite personal from early on, but I had still kept a filter.
However, vlogging has become a part of my real-life. Within a month
after watching my first vlog entry I had flown to New York already to
#5. You faux "retire" from blogging.
I have several times wanted this, but never really gone to it - yet.
#6. You cave back into blogging in less than 72 hours.
#7. You decide to "get serious" about blogging.
I haven't really come to this stage yet, at the same time as I have in
some aspects. My vlog-site has very little time put into presentation.
I don't have a lot of links to VlogDir, ANT and other services I like.
I don't faithfully update my vlogroll at all. I wonder if there is an
A-list of vloggers yet. I connect more with friends rather than
whether they are famous or not. As it happens, some of my best
vlog-friends are also considered the most "A-list", so I don't know
where that makes me go. On the other hand, I am working with
incorporating vlogging within my political party, for use in our
election campaign this july-september.
#8. You have a pseudo flirty im/blogging/flickr flirting relationship
with another blogger whom you have never met.
This will likely end badly. Very badly.
Back in 1998 I made friends with a girl from Hong Kong through
chatting, and we dated for five years from '99, and we are still great
friends. I haven't gone real flirty with people I met through
blogging/vlogging yet, though. I hate the notion that "they all end
#9. You decide that you must meet other bloggers.
This was one of my first impulses. Seeing someone's lives makes you
feel you know them much better than reading something they write on a
blog. Seeing people at Vloggercon was in a way like meeting long-time
friends. Oh, the power of moving images.
#10. You take a step back and metablog about blogging and what
blogging has done about your blogging.
I have almost always been metavlogging, discussing how vlogging
affects me, how I could affect vlogging, the future of this new medium
and so on.
#11. See step 5. Shampoo, rinse, repeat.
Nope, not yet, but #5 might come really soon. I am at a point where I
need to focus on other things.
#12. You decide that as a result of step 10 and having repeated step 5
more than 3 times in the course of your lifecycle as a blogger, that
you need to sanitize or reinvent your blog. You purge or hide archive
entries and take more note to remove full names of your
friends/crushes/accidentaldrunkenfondels from your site and links
list. Your blog goes back to cheese sandwhiches. But this time your
Aside from some dead links, I still have my archives. I have thought
about deleting my vlog so many times it becomes scary.
#13. You either lose your job because of blogging, are afraid of
losing your job for blogging, or join a company that builds blogging
tools. Either way, your blog either dies a horrible painful death, or
becomes significantly less personal to the degree of trite and
uninteresting compartmentalization or subject matter discretion.
Back in the beginning of March I did the latter, join a company. I
have since struggled with how to blog/vlog, but found that as long as
I dont give away corporate secrets and stay somewhat sound, I will be
#14. You decide to start an anonymous livejournal blog. Here is where
you still talk about your crushes, the he said/she said crap, and that
you really really really really really really really like Maroon 5.
And it's on your wishlist.
I considered back at the end of january to start an anonymous /
pseudonym vlog. I considered using blogspot and ourmedia/Internet
Archive as my tools. I wanted to vlog all those Little things, make 15
second movies of a certain mood. So far I haven't done it, mostly due
to lack of time.