In my effort to be more visible, to show up more fully, and put my whole self in, I’ve decided to make a series of videos called A Penny for Your Thoughts.
Each week I will explore a topic and invite you to join me in this grand adventure. You are welcome to send in topics as well as your own videos.
If you are under 30, I’m guessing you’re totally up to the challenge and wondering why it took me so long to ask.
I can say with some amount of certainty that if you’re over 40, the mere thought of making a video is enough to cause a panic attack.
I know this because making videos is terrifying for me. It absolutely unnerves me. Possibly because the Invisibility Cloak I got for my 40th birthday has become a bit of a security blanket for me by now. And most likely because when a writer becomes visible, it’s a total game-changer.
No one notices my crooked teeth, thinning hair, thickening waste, or messy kitchen when I’m writing. Everyone notices when I show up on their computer screen.
Videos = Visibility = Vulnerability
You know those dreams – nightmares, really – when you show up to a big event but somehow have forgotten your shirt or pants or find yourself completely naked? That’s what it feels like to make a video.
But it’s also the best way I know to let you see my passion, my quirkiness, my commitment to my craft, to lifelong learning, and to you, my faithful reader.
I’ve been blogging for 6 years now. I thought we might be ready to take this relationship to the next level. What do you say?
Okay then. Strap in. Adjust your helmets. It’s going to get interesting. And hopefully, even fun.
I know it’s a little hard to hear the audio part with the music. I’m using Adobe Spark and tried to turn the music down as much as I could but I couldn’t figure out how to delete it during the video segments when I was talking. Clearly, I needed to use a microphone.
I promise the videos will get better as I learn! 🙂 I am also open to any of you video wizards giving me tips and suggestions. You know who you are! I’d love to hear from you. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.