I’ve made my comments about it on Twitter, but I think I should further elaborate it here:
I HATE VIDEO BLOGS.
Hate them. Despise them. Wish they were never made. Sadly, it looks like these video posts are going to be the future of blogging itself. There’s plenty of reasons, however, to stick with text blogging for the long future.
Lack of Accessibility - There’s still plenty of people that still connect to the Internet using dial-up modems. Ever try to download a 45-minute long video on a 56K connection? I have. It’s not fun. Especially when you see the massive telephone bill, or when your moron friend decides he ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NEEDS to order a pizza.
Even further down this road is accessibility to those who are disabled. There’s obvious cases such as blindness and deafness, but what about people with ADHD? They’re not going to stick around and listen to your video, ESPECIALLY if they only need one part of it.
Lag and Buffering - As previously mentioned, it’s REALLY BAD on dial-up, but even on broadband, people STILL find themselves seeing that unhappy little circle going round and round more times than they’d like. Honestly, who needs to see your How-To in HD? The content is the same no matter if the screen is crystal-clear, right?
Reference Points - It’s really hard to remember the exact moment you want to find in a video where someone said something you want to point out. Harder still to find it in an extremely lengthy and long video. Don’t believe me? Then I have a little challenge for you….
The above video is from the Live Blogchat done at the 2011 BlogWorldExpo in Los Angeles. It’s just under an hour in length. Your task is to find the point where Mark Horvath starts discussing the use of video. Here’s a hint: His Twitter Handle is HardlyNormal. Good Luck!
…For the rest of you who have immediately realized either they have no time to find that point or that trying to find that point is futile, I believe I have made MY point.
Physical Appearance - This is another big one. I am REALLY self-conscious about my appearance on video or on tape. There’s plenty of other people that are the same way. I’ve been asked on so many calls and Google Hangouts to reveal myself, and I just can’t. Not just because of my appearance, but because of a few other things I don’t wish to discuss publicly.
Nevertheless, Video does seem to be the trend toward blogging, and I won’t say that I’ll never create a video post featuring myself (Screencasting with my voice is a definite option,) but rest assured that there will be enough content for people to follow along with text as well.
Oh, and in case anyone’s actually wondering, Mark starts talking at the 32 minute mark.