I spent some time today going through a random selection of the videos of presentations, tweets and blog commentary about the Personal Democracy Forum conference held last week in New York City. Sort of goes from the insightful to the inane to the downright snarky. Kind of expected. But then I happen upon a little nugget, something different.
Here’s Natali, a conference attendee (and senior editor at CNET.com), who after the first day, and before dinner I presume, wants to provide a little of her own commentary on the conference. What’s unusual is that she admits to forgoing a blog post, saying that it’ll take too much time, and she won’t need to “obsess about content, wit, structure, grammar and all that stuff.” (Emphasis added.) And instead she does a video post “to throw it all out there.”
It’s engaging. Natali’s camera-friendly and thoughtful. The video post is part commentary, part confessional. Natali does another video post about the second day. In it, she admits to playing hookey, attending only the first half of the day, and going for an afternoon jog in Central Park. (BTW, it rained cats and dogs later in the afternoon.)
Is this the beginning of a new trend? Speaking is obviously easier than writing, especially after attending an event, when you just want to do a “brain dump” with friends. And with making a video post on YouTube so easy now, I’m wondering if we’re going to see more of this.