[Note: This is a script for this video]
I can’t believe I’m doing this.
Yeah, that’s right, I make vlogs now. I have officially become an egocentric hack just like the rest of youtube.
Anyway, vlogging is something I have wanted to do for quite some time now. But various reasons have stopped me from turning on the camera to make a fool of myself online. And here are most of those reasons:
Reason number 1: I might become famous.
In my mind, it is a great thing to just be another nameless guy in the crowd. Because then random people will not come up to you in the street and demand human interaction from you. Well, actually, I do think non-famous people have to deal with that too, but not that often or extreme.
However, I think it requires an ungodly amount of subscribers before one gets recognized on the street and talked to. And, thankfully, I think I will never be worthy of an ungodly amount of subscribers.
Reason number 2: There’s a change that I might be publicly shamed.
Without showing my face, comes the privilege of being freer with what I can say online. If I say something controversial, it’s improbable that it will ruin my life. Showing my face, however, makes that possibility a bit larger.
For example: let’s say that I don’t like raisins, and I make a video explaining my reasons. And then someone from the We Love Raisins foundation sees it; hating every word my ignorant mouth spews out. Well, now, I’m not as anonymous on the internet as I was before I started makings vlogs. So it’s much more likely that the members of We love Raisins can do stuff that will hurt me in real life. For instance: get me fired.
Reason number 3: People I know might see me.
I am not a fan of the notion that people I know offline can see what I do online.
To demonstrate – with an extream example – why I do not like this, let’s use the fictional organization from before: We Love Raisins. In this scenario, I’m really unlucky, and one of my old classmates is serving on the board of directors to We Love Raisins. Now suddenly they know my real name. And it’s much more likely that they are going to show up at my door and kick my ass for my raisins hating ways.
Reason number 4: Vlogs isn’t really the best form of content I could make.
To many, especially naturally gifted speakers, vlogs might seem like a low-effort way of making videos. And relatively speaking they are right. I know I could spend my time dedicated to making better videos then vlogs.
Instead of making 200 vlogs that nobody will care about, I could spend the next five years making a kickass, hand-drawn, 10 minutes long animation that everybody will love – most likely. Granted, I would probably go half-insane on the journey to make that animation, but I would have made a cool thing that very few people are going to make during their lifetime.
So, knowing the alternative ways I could spend my time, I was reluctant to start making vlogs. However, I ended up producing almost nothing during my first two years on this platform, and if I make vlogs, at least I’m making something. And also, I can use vlogs as practice.
I mean, someday I want to make more advanced videos with live-action bits in them. And since I’m a firm believer in the saying, “practice makes perfect”, I think that making vlogs on a regular basis can be beneficial to me. For instance, I think it will make me a better writer since I have to write every script. And also, I hope it will make me good at performing those scripts without relying on jump cuts after each sentence or so.