The more I think about it, the more I believe the whole video blogging movement is a step back and to the nerdy.
You can’t easily pause in the middle of video blog posts, move along and return later to finish reading them. You can’t search for content within them. They don’t archive well.
You have to watch a ton of boring stuff you don’t care about just to find the part that interests you. It’s like searching through reams of microfilm to find that one relevant newspaper article you think you remember reading years ago.
There is a low barrier for entry, so you get a whole lot of chaff with the wheat. Many video blog posts are like home movies eagerly sprung on unsuspecting visitors- they bring geometrically more joy to the people in them than to the people watching them.
They take more time when the idea should be to convey information in less time. It’s not just that people can read faster than other people can talk, though that’s part of it. It’s the fact that there are a lot of other sources for interesting and efficient multimedia content. And thanks to PVRs, most TV shows come with a fast forward button.
They dilute the momentum of the blogging movement, which is already waning thanks to conscription by profiteers and social networks.
And they make bloggers appear even more nerdy to the rest of the world. That’s a tall order, but there you go.
Would I wipe all homemade video content from blogs? Absolutely not. Videos as a primary medium have their place, and that place is YouTube. Where they can then be served up as accretive blog content.
Even the occasional video post used to spice up a traditional blog can provide value and entertainment. Several of my pals do that.
Occasional video content is one thing. Home movies as a substitute for journalism is something else altogether.
My hunch is that video blogging will experience the same life cycle as many prior hype du jours. Few to many to few. Novelty to hype to irrelevance.
I hope so.