5 Things About Vlogging

In a blog long ago (2008) in a server far, far away (blogspot) Mondays were for lists. Monday Lists were the thing to do, and every Monday I linked up with the host blogger. My most popular list was about my grandma. People still find it through search engines and click through to it. I love going back myself to read my list. It brings back good memories of my grandma. However, my lists never:

1. were intellectually sarcastic enough;
2. casually threw in a witty reference to a French philosopher; or
3. included the word m*$%#*f^@#$*# just for the h-e-double-hockey-sticks of it.

So I stopped writing Monday Lists. Those lists, however, got me out into the blogging world and connecting with other bloggers. As I was working on this post yesterday, I realized…I’m writing a list for Monday again! This list is about improving my vlogs, and it’s funny…I actually do not embed any of my vlogs into my post (I’m feeling lazy today). Just click on the links to see them!

1. My husband is right.

Ed is always saying “What?” and tells me that I mumble when I’m trying to tell him something. I always thought he was turning into his father, who can’t hear a word we say. But when I start asking myself on the screen “What?” maybe Ed has a point. And what’s with the way I say “pants”? Is it a Midwest accent? A Chicago accent? I’m not sure, but I’m thinking I need some elocution classes.

2. Glasses or no glasses?

My new glasses sort of hide my eyes. I want to hide my dark circles but show off my blue eyes. I’ll have to experiment with this one.

3. Making a short vlog is hard to do.

When I visit other blogs with videos, I always look at the total playing time and if it’s over 2 minutes, I usually don’t watch it. I try to keep my own vlogs under two minutes, but I tend to babble on and on. My last vlog was over four minutes long, but it was already my 5th try so I just uploaded it anyway.

4. I really do look like my mother.

There’s nothing like watching yourself on video to realize that as much as you deny it, you look like your mother.

5. Kids always make the vlog better.

I recorded my latest vlog when the girls were at school, and it’s just missing something. Their little voices in Impulse Buying really added just what my vlog needed. And when they were little, they were just too cute! Check out Emmy helping me with my first vlog in Treasure Bath. She makes the whole video worth watching!

Have you tried making a vlog? If you have, share the link in your comments! I’d love to see it.


Finding Time to Blog

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden to-do list grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells, and pretty maids all in a row.

Is your to-do list like mine? It just seems to get longer and longer, and at the end of the day I can only cross off one or two things. And I’m not even writing down the things I need to do every day, like filling and emptying the dishwasher, making dinner and doing laundry!

My never-ending to-do list

Every once in a while, when a friend learns that I write a blog, they ask, “Where do you find the time?”

I really don’t have an answer to that question. I wish I had a set writing time; a time when I sit down and just write. I write when I have a few minutes here and there. If the kids are watching T.V., I try to write. Or when they are at school, I try to sneak some writing into my day. I publish my posts at odd times and on different days. I’m never consistent. I’m always “working” on a new post. That doesn’t mean I’m sitting at the computer all day, typing away furiously. If only I had the time! No, I just walk around in the grocery store, thoughts about my next post swirling around my brain, taking up the space that’s meant to remember to buy MILK. Usually, those posts sound much better in my head than they look written down.

The reason I make time for my blog is because it has become one of my passions. And so I was delighted to get together for a cup of coffee with one of my friends last night to talk about my passion: blogging. She is an author and a middle school teacher; please go check her out! Her new blog is here: AJ Cattapan, and you can also find her on Twitter: @AJCattapan. AJ and I are both avid fans of Anne of Green Gables; so I was quite jealous when I discovered that AJ’s header was a photo she had taken on Prince Edward Island!

The laundry is still not folded, but now…I can cross off “Blog Post” on my to-do list. What’s on your list? (Please add “Go follow AJ!” 😉 )