I often get asked why I blog, and you’ve seen enough of my answers before. And it’s strange, how someone’s eyes glaze over when I come to the bit where I say “and I learn from my blog, from the comments people leave”. It’s the sort of look reserved for people who say “I read Playboy for its literary content”….
I guess it’s hard to explain to people who don’t blog, how one can learn from blogging. It’s not just about shaping and refining ideas, you also learn to find things, to see things you wouldn’t have seen otherwise, even to do things. Here’s an offbeat example. David Butler, who shares my passion for cricket, commented recently on a cricket-related post of mine. Later on, Dominic Sayers, another cricket-mad friend, left a comment that included a video clip of a Tendulkar catch. And David, while thanking Dom for pointing him towards the Tendulkar clip, made reference to a Johnny Dyson catch. He had no idea when, where and against whom the catch was, or for that matter who the batsman was.
Now I wanted to do something else. I wanted to find a way of sharing videos via my blog, quickly, easily, and without caring about whether it was on YouTube or Google Video or anywhere else. I wanted a level of independence from the “content carrier”. And I wanted it in a way that it didn’t dominate the blog post, a sidebar route.
Which got me looking around for something, and I found VodPod. Seemed to fill the bill, so I went and signed up and found out how to put it on my blog and so on.
A few days ago, I had dinner with Sean, another close friend and blogger. For some reason or the other I made reference to that video, and he hadn’t seen it. I remember thinking to myself, why can’t I have a LibraryThing or last.fm for video clips? VodPod goes some of the way, but I’me sure it can improve. Anyway, it gives me the chance to point towards the Web 2.0 video again, for Sean. Which I will do, shortly.
David, it looks like the batsman was Sylvester Clarke. Can’t remember another Clarke from the West Indies around Dyson’s time, but I could be wrong.