In My Opinion

In My Opinion – Video Meme Introduction

So, I came up with a cute graphic to put on your blog, if you so wish:

I’m totally using this graphic the next time I redesign my blog – I just LOVE this image!!

And speaking of this graphic, if you will copy and paste this code into your blog:

<a href="http://writefromkaren.com"><img
src="http://take2max.com/images/IMO.jpg&quot; title="In My Opinion at http://writefromkaren.com&quot; alt="In My Opinion at http://writefromkaren.com&quot; /></a>

The date on your graphic will automatically change each week. I’m hosting this graphic through my personal server so when I upload a new graphic, the graphic on your blog will automatically update, too. I can only do this to a point – if I start having too many people using the above code and I use up too much bandwidth, then I’ll have to pull the graphic, but for now let’s give this a try. If the code doesn’t work for you, then please feel free to right-click and copy the image to your own photo web host.

Anyway, video meme. I’ve decided to call it “In My Opinion”, or IMO for short, because that’s what it is – your opinion about issues.

Here’s how it works:

1. I will post three two questions every Wednesday.
2. You have one week to video tape your answers to these questions (feel free to answer one, or both of them).
3. Post your video on your blog on Wednesday, come back here and leave a direct link to your entry in the Mr. Linky script.
4. New questions will be posted at the end of the IMO post for the next week.

ADDED: I just video taped my answers and I think trying to answer three questions in five minutes might be a bit too much. So in the future, I’m just going to ask two questions – that might be a bit more manageable.
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FAQ’s:

Q: Do I have to video tape myself in order to play?

A: No. But it sure would be more fun to actually SEE you answering the questions. It’s a unique opportunity to make your blog, and you, more personable and approachable to your readers. However, I realize that not everyone is comfortable filming themselves, so if you want to use a picture, then by all means, feel free to do so. And if you don’t want to use a picture OR video tape yourself, then that’s fine, too. But then it just becomes another plain jane meme. *yawn 😀

Q: Where is a good place to host my videos?

A: Personally, I prefer Vimeo.com or Viddler.com. Vimeo’s quality is outstanding, but they only give you 500 mb of free space each week (anything over that and you have to pay). So, that works out to be about one ten-minute video per week. Viddler.com is a bit wonky, and the maximum you can upload at one time is 500 mb, and they’re a bit slow, BUT, they are still better than YouTube, in my opinion. I don’t care for YouTube because it’s just so public! But that’s just me. It’s ultimately up to you where you feel comfortable housing your videos.

Q: What if I don’t feel comfortable answering the questions?

A: Then just skip that question, or questions for that week. The questions will be a bit more challenging than simply, “What is your favorite color” kind of questions. The purpose behind these questions is to share your opinions with not only your readers, but with your future generations, too.

Q: Can I ask my own questions?

A: That’s a VERY good question! In fact, at some point down the road, I think we should do that very thing! I’ll open the floor up to players and they can send me their questions and we’ll work them into the meme.

Q: Can I just record myself and post the audio file?

A: Absolutely!!

Q: Can you recommend a nice, quick method to videotape myself?

A: Actually, yes. I personally use the video function on my Canon Powershot A590 IS camera to video myself. It’s incredibly fast and easy and when I’m done, I simply insert the memory card into my computer, sign onto my Vimeo.com account, browse to the file on my memory card, and then upload. There is no converting, there is no complicated process – it really is that easy. If you can swing purchasing a digital camera with a video function, I highly recommend it!

If you have any more questions, please contact me.

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I plan on using a variety of different sources for the questions, but the majority of the questions will come from the Table Topics cubes. These questions come in a glass cube and hold 135 question cards. They are geared to promote conversation so are perfect to use around the dinner table or at family gatherings. I will be giving one cube of Table Topics away at 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog party beginning March 20th in case you’re interested in winning your very own.

In fact, when I received the “Teen” version of Table Topics, I videotaped the first question we asked the kids at the dinner table, you can watch the video below and see how it turned out.

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Suffice it to say, we have really had a blast with these questions.

Okay, let’s get this party started. Here are this week’s questions:

1. How would a woman president be different from a man?

2. If you only had one more year to live, what would you change about your life?

3. How do you think you’ll be different when you attend your 20-year high school reunion? OR, if you’re past that point, like me, compare who you are now to the person you were back in high school. How have you changed?

I’ll post my video answers next week, March 4th. Have fun!

10 thoughts on “In My Opinion – Video Meme Introduction”

  1. This sounds like so much fun! I just did a test run and need to work with lighting, but it was a lot of fun to record. I don’t look nearly as goofy as I thought I would.

  2. Ha! You know you want to 😉 It’d be hard to offend me though. I’ve often been mistakenly called a girl for long hair. Guess you get to see my lucious locks next Wednesday.

  3. Benjamin – yes on the email. I’ll get back to you, promise. But in the meantime, YES! We’d love for you to guest post.

    Also, Benjamin, if you want to use a more, uh, manly graphic for this meme, please feel free to do so. 🙂

  4. It’s up to you, Benjamin. I know there are some people who are uncomfortable with video – and I’m not exactly crazy about it myself, BUT, I’m finding the more I do it the more I’m GETTING comfortable. 🙂 I’m mainly doing this to leave a little of me behind for my children. I just think they would get a kick out of watching mom make a fool of herself. lol

    mommasreview, thanks! I just recorded my answers and trying to answer all three questions in five-ish minutes was a bit too much. I think I’m just going to ask two questions in the future. I must have recorded it like six times, and I still look like a dork, but I sure had fun doing it!

    Looking forward to “seeing” you guys!!!

  5. I so want to try this out, but kind of nervous at the same time, which is odd for me. Perhaps it’s the fact that my blog posts get fed into Facebook as notes so lots of friends and family read my stuff.

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