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Announcement: Making The Leap To Video Blogs Only In 2008 – No More Text

I’ve been blogging on this domain since 2001. I’ve written thousands and thousands of blog posts in text form, and while I enjoyed doing it all those years, it’s, well, boring now. This will be the last text blog entry I will post here at JimKukral.com in 2008. Instead, I’m committing to only creating video or audio content. and I’m not looking back. Who will join me?

There are several reasons why I’m doing this…

Reason #1: Stop Being Lazy
Steve Rubel’s post about “the lazysphere” really hit home with me, then kicked me in the arse and left a mark. He’s right. I’ve become too lazy in my blogging efforts as of late (well, for years actually), and moving to video will force me to break that mold.

I’m taking your challenge Steve. By committing to video and audio posts ONLY, there’s no possible way for me to be lazy. It’s just too darn hard to create high-quality video content, so I either will be forced to make good content, or I won’t have content all.

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Reason #2: Video Rules For Marketing
Hey, I’m an online marketer. It’s only natural for me to use a marketing method such as online video to improve my game for myself and my clients. If you’ve been following my blog at all for the past year or more, you’ll know that I’m neck-deep into the world of online video, especially for marketing purposes.

From producing, to directing, to acting, etc… I’m doing it all. Why? Because video is VERY effective from a marketing standpoint. I’ve used videos to close 80% of my consulting gigs in the last year, and at the moment, 90% of all my income comes directly from work in online video.

Reason #3: Online Video Is About To Rock The World
According to Pew online video traffic doubled in 2007 (more at Techmeme). Let’s face it, the eyeballs are starting to move to the web, and writer’s strike or not, it’s going to continue.

On top of that, when Google finally releases universal search, the flood gates are going to open and everyone and their mother will be scrambling to produce videos. Internet video marketing through the search engines is going to rock the seo world soon enough. My plan is to be right there, in the forefront, with as many videos as possible to take advantage of it.

Reason #4: I’m Bored With Text
I’ve been blogging on this domain since 2001. I’ve written thousands and thousands of blog posts in text form, and while I enjoyed doing it all those years, it’s, well, boring now. Producing online videos is hard darn work, yet, for me I’m finding that the work is very, very satisfying and entertaining, and fun.

Reason #5: Video Is A Challenge
There is no challenge left for me in writing text blogs anymore. Been there, done that for years. I could either keep doing it forever, or, challenge myself to take it to the next level, which is video/audio. Look, everyone should challenge themselves from time-to-time. That’s what I’m going to do.

Reason #6: I Like To Entertain
One of the things I’ve learned about myself over the past year of playing around in video is that I like entertaining. I like being in front of the camera. I like producing “live” content. It’s a lot of fun for me. I do not get the same satisfaction from writing text, not even close.

I’ve found that once I got over the “I look silly on camera” or “My voice sounds weird” fears, I began to have a lot of fun. And frankly, if it ain’t fun, why do it?

Reason #7: Nobody Else Is Doing It
Ok, some are leading the way, but if you look at the grand scheme of things, nobody, and I mean nobody, is out there producing videos like I want to make. Sure, there are millions of kids falling of their skateboards and YouTube stuff like that, but if you look around, video content, good video content in the form of professional “shows”, is hard to find.

Summary
This is it. Finito! This is the last few paragraphs of text you’ll read in blog form on this blog in 2008. Thank you for the years of readership, and hopefully I can count on your future viewer ship. :)

Please take a moment to subscribe to my rss feed to be updated on new video shows. There will be a podcast feed available soon as well.

The next post you see from will be in video form, coming next week. It will be the first of my new Daily Flip shows which I hope you will enjoy as much as I am enjoying creating them.

Lights, camera… Action!

fin.

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20 Awesome Comments So Far

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  1. Stormy
    January 10, 2008 at 3:22 pm #

    Right On, Jim! You’re inspiring me as I make the slow crawl to moving my sites new content to video. Looking forward to seeing where you go. I’d say You Go Girl, but, well the girl part doesn’t apply so You Go!

  2. Rex Dixon
    January 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    Right on! If I had time to produce, I’d be right there along with you. I tried the podcast thing late last year, and just producing those were really time consuming. Video is even more. I hope you have a fast fast computer with lots of memory and a huge HD before you undertake such a venture — and oh — LOT’s of time. :)

    Good luck, and I look forward to seeing what you do.

    Rex

  3. Marketing Blog
    January 10, 2008 at 6:19 pm #

    Great post you just convinced me that my next blog is going to be a vidoe blog. Been thinking about this for weeks now and i think your article just help me decide.

  4. Lincoln
    January 10, 2008 at 10:57 pm #

    I trust you will be providing closed captioning or subtitles so as not to alienate your hearing impaired readers (including me), right? :-)

  5. Jim Kukral
    January 10, 2008 at 11:32 pm #

    @Stormy, Can’t wait to show you what I’ve come up with!

    @Rex, Yes, it will be time consuming, but satisfying. I’m not doing HD, that’s for sure. Adds too much time to editing. Using my flip cam :) http://www.buytheflip.com

    @Marketing Blog, Glad to help you do it!

    @Lincoln, well, I’m going to have to figure how to do that. For now I’ll post the scripts for each show below the videos.

  6. Steve
    January 11, 2008 at 12:36 am #

    Video only? Time for me to unsubscribe…

  7. Mike Huang
    January 11, 2008 at 1:59 am #

    Interesting post, I’ll keep this in mind.

    -Mike

  8. Jonathan (Trust)
    January 11, 2008 at 2:48 am #

    I give it about a month :)

  9. Samantha
    January 11, 2008 at 6:23 am #

    Awesome post!!!

    Thanks :-)

    You are right Online Video Is About To Rock The World

  10. 45n5
    January 11, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    Don’t forget, you can’t “print out” video, lol. I’ve heard that one a couple times.

    As for the the impaired, you’ve been alienating the visually impaired since 2001 by not providing an audio version of this blog! Good video summaries win both worlds.

    have fun jim, ignore the haters.

  11. Lincoln
    January 11, 2008 at 9:56 am #

    Jim, only teasing, sort of. ;-) Project ReadOn attempts to caption many Internet videos so it might be something to look into if you want to make your videos as accessible as possible.

    http://www.projectreadon.com/index.php?pg=media

  12. Karen Swim
    January 11, 2008 at 2:36 pm #

    Thanks Jim for leading the way! I’ll be watching and learning from you. :-) I too have become convinced that video is a smart marketing move. I look forward to your videos and learning from the master.

    Karen

  13. Little Guy Network
    January 15, 2008 at 4:02 am #

    it can be a problem in beginning when starting making own videos, you look now in your videos like a professionalist, congrats!

  14. Karen
    January 27, 2008 at 3:48 pm #

    Personally, I do not like to watch videos. I prefer to read. Good luck though.

  15. A Circle of Jerks
    March 5, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    I have been doing an HD Video blog and the biggest problem I’m running into is time. Capture, edit, compression and uploading take so long. I’ve got a flow down now but it still is a time sucker. Here’s an example of my show: http://acircleofjerks.com/a-circle-of-jerks-no-more-jack-talk/

  16. Jim Kukral
    March 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm #

    A circle of jerks, you have a great show there. I like it a lot! But you know, editing in HD is a lot tougher. I don’t do HD.

  17. Techachino
    January 1, 2009 at 12:45 am #

    Where is the fast-foward button? :)

  18. TaceCealf
    June 4, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    Sweet blog. I never know what I am going to come across next. I think you should do more posting as you have some pretty intelligent stuff to say.

    I’ll be watching you . :)

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