As this iteration of the 500 word challenge nears its end, it’s time for me to think about what I’ll be doing going forward. For the record, I’ve been writing elsewhere the past few days. It started to feel a bit ridiculous to post saying that I wasn’t going to post.
I think it’s safe to say I probably won’t be posting here as often once the challenge ends. It’s been lots of fun, but I don’t feel like I’ve found a direction for this site, and I feel like I need to do that if I’m going to be writing publicly. As you might have guessed when I added that qualifier, I still plan to keep writing, but I’m going to take more time to polish things before making them public. But don’t worry, I’ll post at least one more unhinged ramble before I’m done. Probably tomorrow or Monday.
I expect I’ll be writing more on Coffee Notepad come February. There seems to be more interest in what I have to say in that area, and I feel like I have a clearer strategy for doing something there.
Another direction I’m looking at exploring is creating video, but again, that’s more likely to be for Coffee Notepad than here. But since I’m here, I’d like to talk a bit about what piqued my interest in video.
I was bitten by the photography bug a little less than 3 years ago when I first started giving this blogging thing a go. I gobbled up tutorial after tutorial on YouTube and would occasionally watch tutorials on shooting video, too.
Fast-forward another year. I attended a product development workshop and to my surprise, came up with an idea for a product I thought could potentially work. Originally my idea was to create an ebook, but as I talked to people, it sounded like there was more interest in video content. In fact, when I asked them where they went to learn more about the area in question, the most common answer I got was YouTube. People showed much more enthusiasm when I framed the concept as an online video course than an ebook.
Not long after that, I got the chance to shoot some video for my day job. My bosses knew of my interest in photography, and they asked if I wanted to help them create a promotional video for a new app. Why not, I said.
It turns out when other people and real requirements are involved (the video needed to include app demo clips), the complexity of a project increases exponentially. But I still had fun putting everything together. I’d like to get more practice shooting and learn more about post-production techniques.
By the way, if you want to see the finished video, you can find it at Emma Step. I shot and edited the video you see at the top of the page, and I added a few things to emphasize screen interactions on the other app demo videos (highlighting screen taps, gestures, etc.).
Obviously I won’t win any cinematography awards anytime soon, but everybody has to start somewhere. If video is where people are and I have some interest in developing skills in that area, I’d be silly not to try, right?
Have you ever unexpectedly backed into an activity that you realized you enjoyed? Share your experiences in the comments!