Videoblogging (Vlog) – The Next Internet Craze
Ok, so by now we all know what a blog is and many of us run and operate a blog of our very own. But have you heard of a vlog? If not, no worries, it’s something that has been around for less than one year. A vlog, or video blog, is a weblog which uses video as its primary presentation format. It is primarily a medium for distributing video content. Vlog posts are usually accompanied by text, images, and additional meta data to provide a context or overview for the video. Vlogs or videoblogs are created by vloggers or videobloggers, while the act itself is referred to as vlogging or videoblogging.
So as you can see, it’s a branch off of a blog but instead of writing content like I’m doing now, users present their information through some type of video format. This new version of blogging is intriguing to many because users find it more interesting than reading through pages of content. They would rather spend 10 minutes watching a video of someone rather than read an article. I myself like both blogs and vlogs. To me it depends on the topic that is being depicted. If the topic is how to bake chocolate chip cookies (mmmm), then I’d rather watch a vblog of someone actually making the cookies and talking me through it. However, if it’s a topic on how Google just launched their new news archive search, then I would rather read a blog then have to watch and listen to someone talk about it for 10 minutes.
If you are interested in making your own vlog, then Freevlog.org explains how to videoblog for free and Feevlog.org explains how to videoblog for a fee. Also, Typepad.com and Blip.tv are simple turnkey solutions to consider. If you’re interested in watching and commenting on other people’s vlog works, then you can subscribe to FireAnt.com or Mefeedia.com.
I’m very interested to see where vlogging takes us. I’m quite sure in the next year or two we will see a few vlogs become famous because of their content. We’ve seen it happen with blogging. Many sites such as Fark, TechCrunch, BoingBoing, Gizmodo, and PopSugar are already or on track to make millions of dollars through their blogs. It’s a new advertising medium for companies and vlogging now adds a whole new sphere (vlogosphere) to this element.