Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Delving into YouTube VLogging

So, I finally did it. I want to delve into the VLOG world of YouTube....a lot of my friends are doing it, so I want to, as well. To hell with stuttering. As you'll see by the link, the video is not a trainwreck...but you'll also notice I pulled EVERY SINGLE trick I have out of my arsenal to *hide* my stutter. I think that stutterers will be able to tell...even if you didn't read this, if you stutter and you saw the video, you might suspect that I was stuttering, rather than hesitating as people sometimes ordinarily do. Also, I edited out blocks that I couldn't avoid. The version you will see is actually a lot better than the first attempt. The first attempt was horrible...I was so nervous. This one is much better. I used "word exchanging" so often that sometimes I think my sentences sound a bit awkward...or maybe I'm just be overly sensitive about it.

I think that some stutterers or therapists would tell me that this type of "masking" my stutter is not good for me...that I would do better to simply stutter. I disagree, however. If I was going to do that...I wouldn't even make any videos...and I can't imagine that's better for my self-esteem or social endeavors.

Any thoughts?

Video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=7vsQEP8UxQk

4 comments:

Jerome said...

Great video.

Where was the stuttering?? ;)

Ok, there were a few little hickups but a lot of 'normal-speaking' people talk less eloquently than you do and with a lot more 'ahs' and 'ehms'.

I was impressed. I could do such a video too but apparently I would sound a lot more monotone ... Have to work on that I guess.

Law Student said...

Thanks. I used a lot of word exchanging...I've really gotten it down to an art form. Most people can't tell I stutter. There is a lot of deleted footage where I couldn't even start a sentence at first. Once I get going, it goes better. I got the last sentence out by surprise. I was pleased that I was able to say, "I wouldn't have met otherwise." Surprised myself. :)

MommaWriter said...

Hey,
I guess I first ought to apologize for lurking on your blog. I found it a little while ago when I was looking for stuttering resources. I have a 5-year-old son with a severe stutter...it's particularly bad right now. I've gotten past the idea that it's going to go away, so I'm working on how best to make sure he keeps his self-esteem and doesn't get too frustrated. If you have any recommendations, I'd be happy to hear them...as if parenting wasn't confusing enough territory as it is, right?

I loved the video. It was enlightening too. I think you're absolutely right that no one who isn't familiar with stuttering would have a clue. I'm not even sure I'd know. I did notice that you speak quickly...which reminds me a lot of my son. Just the pacing of the speech is a little different. Gosh, if my son can speak as fluently as that when he's a little older, I'll be absolutely thrilled...cut scenes and all!

Stacey

scareykatt said...

Sign543,


All this time I thought you "talk fast."


I need to "talk SLOW" for the people to understand me.


you are very good at editing.


your videos are very FAST PACED.


it NEVER EVER cross my mind about you.




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