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Posted By Darren Rowse 28th of April 2006 ProBlogger Site News 63

After my previous post on video on blogs I thought I should put my money where my mouth is and do one myself.

It should be noted that what follows was a spur of the moment recording and that technically it will leave a lot to be desired. Content wise I talked about my move to publish full feeds and add feedburner ads to them (a double up I know for my email newsletter list).

Also – I’m aware that the video and audio become out of sync more and more as it goes along. I’m unsure why this is as when I uploaded the video it wasn’t like this. I’m pretty sure most of you will be pretty frustrated with it by the end – sorry but something happened at the YouTube end I suspect. This was my second attempt to upload it, the first one was still ‘processing’ my upload 5 hours after it completed uploading and kept telling me it would only take a few minutes longer. Oh well – it’s a start.

I’d be interested in feedback – more on the medium than the message.

Update: The irony is that in the video I talk about my lower traffic to this blog after moving to full feeds but that producing a vidcast that can’t be viewed from within the feed has actually caused a surge in traffic an comments on the blog. Using media like video could well be a strategy for getting actual eyeballs on your blog if you’re publishing full feeds.

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Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  1. […] If vidcasting has been around for awhile, why is it just now that it makes sense. It started the other day when I realized that my friend Sean had started vidcasting boxing predictions. I pointed it out internally at b5 and it got picked up by Darren who did his own vidcast on RSS feeds and noted later how videocasting actually boosted his pageviews because most people couldn’t watch the videos in their RSS reader and were forced to come to his site. […]

  2. […] Darren over at Problogger does his first vidcast, and what can I say other than cool bananas! I so want to give this a shot soon as well. But if you sit through it he reveals a couple of interesting points. […]

  3. Great job on the vidpost. I was really engaged to it. I think that has to do with the feeling of more personal interaction – or at least something new, and similar to a video conference (I pay a lot of attention to vid-conferences when I chat with friends). I think you have something good here.

  4. jon mills says: 04/30/2006 at 5:55 pm

    Darren, Try Vlogit from Serious Magic.. I bought it and its very good you can use with playstream or you can save as flash, quicktime ,windows etc.. and up to another place.. its only $49

  5. Darren,
    I enjoyed the vidcast. It was an interesting addition to the blog. I think a weekly vidcast would be a very effective medium to use. As many said, it was nice to be able to finally put a voice with your content.

  6. That’s more jumpy than a Shane Warne delivery!

    But nevertheless one for the future.

    Makeup artists for bloggers anyone?

  7. Hi Darren

    I just watched the video in full and I would love to see this become a regular feature although perhaps a weekly one where you talk briefly about highlights of the week and one or two ideas that didn’t quite make it to a full post.

    I suggested a podcast earlier in this comment feed and I really think that might be a way to do it, either in the form of an audio or video podcast (or both). Otherwise I didn’t have a terrible experience with YouTube so that is an option as well.

  8. It’s nice to see that you’re real!! Keep doing this man, with blogging tips and stuff and I bet this place will get a stampede of traffic.

  9. […] Last week’s experiment with Vidcasting brought a lot of positive feedback so I’ve decided to make it a regular thing. This week I’m testing (still in beta) to host my video. Let me know what you think in comments. […]

  10. nice video cast. thanks Darren.

  11. I like it… perhaps you could give us a tour of “the house that Google bought” for inspiration and motivation? I’d love to see one of your check stubs, but i’m sure that’s against the terms of service. :)

  12. Hey there…

    I hope this isn’t taken as spam – (I read your comments policy) – but we’ve been putting together a video sharing site…( and we’re hoping to partner with bloggers who want to use the video medium in their blogs. (As an Australian site, we particularly want to focus on Australian content – and make that our point of differentiation)

    We don’t actually have an embeddable player yet – although we’ll have it up and running soon. But we’d love to hear you write (speak) about what features you’d like to see in a video hosting service i.e. what features do you think would help your blog? We’re a brand new site and so we’re hoping to find out from users what they want most in a site so that we can design the site around that sort of feedback.

    Anyway – perhaps you’ve already made these observations somewhere on this blog.. so I’ll have a bit more of a look around.

  13. bloddy you tube.stops working when i need it.

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