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Posted by MP / February 8, 2006

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What is it with us blogging folk and all our writing, anyway? Word is, our days are numbered. At least, so say say the “vloggers” of the world. Given the celebrated brilliance of MP readers [note the exclusion of contributors], I’m pretty sure you’ve figured out that a vlog is kind of the same thing as a blog…but with video. Now, I like reading as much as the next plateau hipster, but dang if watchin’ video just ain’t a whole heck of a lot easier. For instance, last night I was virtually crippled by the following choice: read James Joyce’s Ulysses, or watch Passenger 57? What’s that, Wesley Snipes? Always bet on black? Indeed.

In fact, there’s no need to forge false animosity between the blogging and vlogging worlds. I believe that we can co-exist…nay, even live together in harmony. Let us acknowledge that certain messages are best communicated through blogs and others through vlogs. And when neither will do…it’s probably time to call the parrot-battling karate experts. Now those dudes know how to communicate.

The way I see it, vlogging is just as cool as blogging...and also pretty damn easy to do. There are a bunch of Montrealers already doing it, and they’ve started a group called Montreal Video Bloggers. They meet up once a month at a local “trou d'arrosage” (until legally barred from doing so, I'll continue to make spectacularly poor translations of english terms into french), show some of the stuff they’ve been vlogging, shepherd newbies into the cult, etc. Two of the better vlogs coming out of Montreal right now include Kitkast, featuring “sex news and sexy interviews” and Etherworks, which is more of a personal video diary.

Like blogs, one of the coolest things about vlogging is the insanely broad range of things people vlog about. The most popular video blog on the Internet, without question, is a 3-minute daily newscast (of sorts) out of New York called Rocketboom. It draws over 1 million views per week. For a completely different angle on vlogging, check out Lives In Focus. Personally, here are three of my favourite vlog entries that I’ve come across thusfar: Hover from Bottom Union, Home from Taxiplasm and Looking At Things from Moment Showing (the vlog of Jay Dedman, considered one of the original vlogfathers).

If you’re eager to get vlogging right away, I suggest you visit freevlog.org. It’s a preposterously useful online resource developed by two superstars of the vlogging world, Michael Verdi and Ryanne Hodson. It not only gives you step-by-step video tutorials on how to vlog, but also tells you how to do it all for free. If you’re more voyeur than vlogger and just want to watch the stuff, you’d do best to download a program like FireAnt, which allows you to subscribe to various vlogs and download their newest entries automatically.

So? Get crackin’, brethren and sestren. Vlog me Amadeus.

Or rather, vlog me Wesley Snipes.

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4 Comments

J Mac / February 9, 2006 at 07:53 pm
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You're the smartest guy in the world! And hot.
Brett / February 11, 2006 at 10:48 am
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Come to the next MOVL meeting and talk all you want! Tuesday February 28 at 7:00 at Laika. Thanks for the hook ups!
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