less opinion, more info, first vlog

Maybe it’s my age, getting older, mixed with travels during the past 8 days to 3 localities, and how that’s triggered more self-consciousness, the debilitating kind. Hard for me to interpret feelings when I’m tired, and the things that have energized me in the past by being around great people, didn’t seem to get me buzzed this time around. I’ve been around great people this week, and I’m very grateful for them and the experiences of the past week. But something just doesn’t feel right.

One thought that dawned on me is that I’m good for short-term power lunch kind of conversations, but after half an hour or so, I sorta run out of things to drive a conversation. I have a lot of trivial information at my fingertips, but not many opinions to spout and pontificate. I felt insecure about that this week, several times. It’s not a bad thing, per se, but I was more aware of it. I don’t like that feeling. And here on my blog, because of the profile of my professional positions, I’ve hesitated in being more raw with my feelings and thoughts. Then during the videoblogging seminar on Saturday, I saw how much more vulnerable and intimate one could be vlogging than words alone via blogging, and that vlogging was way easier than podcasting. So I was very inspired to start vlogging, occasionally anyways. Thanks Aaron (thevoiz) Flores!

I found a few moments to put this vlog together, after many technical difficulties trying to get onto a skype interview to record a forthcoming podcast over at conversatio; my DSL was on the blinks, Jen suggested I go over to Starbucks, but there was too much ambiant noise there; I tried sitting in my car parked right next to the store window, but the Hotspot wifi signal was very low; I drove back home, and DSL finally came back, and we had fun doing the interview. Will let you know soon as it’s posted.

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  1. scott hodge says:

    dj – that was cool. did you use a webcam to record that?

  2. aaron says:

    DJ ~ Honestly, that has to be one of the best vlog intros I’ve ever seen man. So honest and vulnerable already. Can’t wait to see what else you are going to share in video and at your blog.


  3. djchuang says:

    Yes, that was done using a webcam (Logitech QuickCam Web, to be exact,) which has a built-in microphone. I’m thinking about also getting a small handheld digital camera, many of which have video functionality now.

    Aaron, appreciate your words! Thanks for inspiring us with sharing your life (and a lil’ video technique)!

  4. lisa says:

    Beautiful, DJ.

  5. I liked it too. Nice to give your readers a more in-depth perspective on who you are. I wonder what kind of response you’ll get. Print really is pretty easy to project upon -meaning that it is easier to imagine who you are (from our own expeiriences), whereas your vlog really shows who you are.