Comments: Welcome to The Vlogosphere

Blogging quickly became a read/write medium. This was in contrast to most web sites and the legacy media. Comments were the gateway drug until you started your own blog.

I wonder if audio comments will be the gateway drug for vlogging...

The alternative is a thoroughly passive medium. Better than TV in that I'll have 8 million vlog posts to watch on demand, but it's still just another "the channel you created to watch" and not a conversation.

I'm less likely to watch vlogs if it's a one-way medium.

There's another barrier to vlog watching.

Unlike text, which is easily skimmed and navigated, video is linear and sucks up my time 1:1. Clarifying, it may have taken you 30 minutes to write/edit a blog post I can read in 1 minute. But I have to watch/listen to all 30 minutes of a vlog/podcast. There's no dramatic compression of information or time. The offset? Sensory involvement; visual context; mapping of ideas to visuals of places and faces and body language; the small cues that help us decide if we like or trust someone; sound and ambience.

I'm curious to see if vloggers conjure the equivalent of a blog post, a chunk about one topic with a permalink. Making it easier to surf from idea to idea, to skip to the next chunk, to hyperlink related vlunks. It's a different authoring approach than letting the camera roll. Maybe we can do this in post production? (pardon the pun)

All the best.

Posted by Phil Wolff at June 28, 2005 06:20 AM

Nice post, Mary. I'd like to suggest that you may find the answers to many of your questions (and, pardon me, your misconceptions too) in the Yahoo Videoblogging Group.

For example, you will find that it IS possible to link from within some videos. Also, there are a lot more than 200 vlogs (here are over 900 members in the YVBG alone and we are growing at a rate of over 2 new members every day).

Raymond at is carrying our some experiments using video, text, images and podcasting that you may find interesting.

There are already pleanty of folks comparing vidoblogs to TV and wondering what the definition of a "vlog" is. Micheal Verdi posted some interesting comments on this yesterday:

To me, comparing video to audio or text is like comparing different color paints on a palette. I choose the ones that best suit my needs at that moment.

Please do come on by and check out our group; you may find it a little unusual (I like to think special). Find out about videoblogging week 2005, twice-weekly video conferences, the San Francisco vlogger meetup on June 30th, our upcoming Vloggercue events on July 9th, the after BlogHer vlogger meetup on July 30th and, of course, vloggercon2006.

Come join in our celebration of the Summer of Vlog.

Take the plunge! There is something special waiting for you when you do.

P.S. I'll invite a bunch over to say hello.

Posted by Markus Sandy at June 28, 2005 10:12 PM

I guess you just forgot...

Posted by paul at June 29, 2005 04:26 AM

since you came to vloggercon....come to the first Vloggercue.
(its the "summer of vlog")
all are invited...just sign up.

great post Mary. very well said.
I think the good videos will be short and to the point. We will use an aggregators ( to download and make videos skippable.

Tags will be important.
Certain people will tag the good videos.
They will be filters.
We will then subscribe to these tags.
ill just have to watch 30 minutes of the best video.

Posted by jay dedman at June 30, 2005 02:51 PM

I see Jay and Markus have beat me to the punch in welcoming you to the vlogosphere. I have the advantage though in having been able to enjoy all the media you've been posting first. It's great to see someone really reaching out to and creating media of both the audio and video variety on some of the more acedmenic issues with some of the leading lights in the blogosphere.

Welcome, and I look forward to hearing much more from you and hopefully corresponding with you in the future.

BTW, if i can be of any technical assistance at all let me know. It looks like you could use an RSS 2.0 feed that supports enclosures. May I recommend

BTW, I love the "human detector" on posts it's brilliant.


-Mike of

Posted by Michael Meiser at July 22, 2005 03:35 PM