Monday, November 17, 2008


After a boring weekend filled with more school work than I usually care to do, its time for a blog. I took a trip last week with Nate to Staples to buy a webcam. The reason? One of my best friends is teaching in Spain this year and he bugged me into getting one so we could Skype. I'm a bit late on the Skype-wagon but I already love it. Having only had a webcam for a few days I've already conversed across the globe with my friend in Spain, across the country with my sister in Boulder, and across the Peninsula with Nate.

Talking with someone through a computer screen is weird. Ah the technology! I soon began to think about other uses of webcams and how a lot of people use them to vlog. After hopping on the blog bandwagon I've decided to start a vlog. Just kidding. But I would like to digress on the subject.

There's something about experiencing a real person that's gives a sense of who that person is. And experiencing a video of a person is the next best thing to seeing him or her in the flesh. When a person vlogs as opposed to blogs, what they're essentially doing is recording a message to the world. Its a peculiar phenomenon.

With this in mind, I've picked up a few subscriptions to vlogs over my time as a Youtube member. I think the most interesting vlogs are the ones of real people. The vlogs that don't have any production value or edits are my favorites. These blogs are just normal people throwing part of themselves out to the world... in the form of a video on Youtube.

I did a search tonight for "First Vlog" on Youtube and pulled up about 10 videos. These three are the most intersting:

Vlog #1
A 16 year old kid with braces talks briefly about his small town life. He apparently has an "online reputation" as a blogger. Interesting...

Vlog #2
A 12 year old girl from what sounds like Britain talks about giving too much information out on the internet... and her love of eating. Weird as hell.

Vlog #3
An American college student vlogs while studying abroad in Holland. She mostly gives out tips to people who want to study abroad but I'll go ahead and assume the vlog's partly giving her friends and family a way to keep up with her.

I could surf Youtube all day looking at these first vlogs, and I might even keep tabs on a few. But here are two vlogs I've seen before. I subcribe to both of these guys but I rarely check their vlogs out:

Vlog #4
This is one of the saddest videos I've seen. The guy's name is Alonzo and he's a graphic artist/designer. His blogs are mostly uplifting, he's religious, and a bit nerdy. His youtube name is AVTpro, and this vlog was made the day after his mom died.

Its kind of shocking to see someone talk so openly and publicly about something so personal. I almost felt uncomfortable watching it. But its definitely a way to deal with problems. From surveying his vlogs, Alonzo comes off as a really nice guy and its horrible to see something bad happen to him.

Vlog #5
To end on an uplifting note, the last vlog of note in this blog will be one by Benny Coma. According to his blog, Benny "is available, for a nominal fee, to legally perform weddings, funerals, and non-denominational bar mitvahs". He mostly does sketches but this video is a bit different. I don't know if it actually counts as a vlog because its actually just a guy singing a song to a webcam, but I'll count it anyway. The song is called Olive and he wrote it for his daughter. Someday she'll be happy he did this.

I've joked before about making a documentary about vlogs. The weirdest thing to me is that young kids are really into this stuff. To think your entire life could be chronicled on the internet... this notion will undoubtedly be a reality for some. The internet blows my mind.

Though its not likely that I'll ever start a vlog of my own, I do appreciate them. Anyway, a blog's good enough for me.


The Old Moses said...

Dude, those videos are fucking creepy. Each and every one. Creepy as old great uncle henry's laugh when the cat starts choking on hairballs.

justin said...

whatup, nephew?

killer blog.
keep it up.