Each day for 15 days, Holly Sugrue asks a question - like give a book recommendation, or tell us about yourself. The only rule is to keep it under 3 minutes. Then you post your video in a closed group on facebook, where you can look and respond to other videos. That was it. Halfway through, I thought why am I doing this? Is it worth it?
Before giving up, I looked at my videos and thought - OK, did I learn anything? To my surprise I did. Funny enough, the following day's challenge was a check in challenge. Although most participants were happy that they were feeling confident in front of the camera, my response was more technical. The clothes I wore, the make up, the lighting, the setting, and the different equipment. I did feel more confident but I knew I could gain that with practice.
The second half, I learned about Animoto and how it can be useful with my blog (click here to see blog posting). I used my old lightweight camera and found that it took decent video, that I could take it on my backpacking trips. I was learning.
You may think you can do the challenge on your own and you can, however taking it with a group and seeing what others are doing with their videos improves your learning. You see your "classmates" transform and realize you are in a different place as well. Plus, Holly gave a few tips and tricks along the way (the make up video was interesting). Plus there is accountability that is difficult to replicate when you are trying to learn something on your own.
The last video was a dance video - which I gotta say I feel I had a final exam. My sister was happy to share the video with the rest of the world.
In the end, those simple daily challenges each week, gave me a new perspective for my youtube channel. I'm hoping to add more to it. I would recommend it.
To see my entire video challenges, click here.