With this one, I felt like I made some progress toward a tighter presentation. I still have my “um’s” and some spots where I have a thinking pause, but I’ve started a couple mitigating techniques. I’ve started using an outline for each video. I’ve progressed beyond the “can I do this regularly” stage, and now I’m at the point of coming up with a plan that still maintains a degree of “I’m making this up as I go along.”
For me, it’s important that I keep an off-the-cuff, stream-of-consciousness aspect to what I produce. So much of the media that we consume is so produced that it doesn’t come off as authentic, it has this “approved by executives in suits” stink to it. I think that’s part of what’s so screwed up in the U.S., so many people are alienated & stigmatized as a result of how ideas are presented in the mainstream media. That’s why I’m grateful that YouTube exists, it allows for this nuanced & authentic expression and is closer to a meritocracy.
I definitely started this vlog series with a live-to-tape philosophy, which has worked well for the podcast, but this is a different medium. So I’m working on finding a balance between scripted content & off-the-cuff, because there’s definitely merit to both.