Keeping up with a blog is tough business. In fact, sitting down to write on a computer triggers my gag reflex. I think it all began while I was completing my Master’s degree, more specifically my Thesis. In addition to my normal 12-hour work day, I spent an additional 4 hours per day on my laptop researching, writing and editing myself ad nauseum. Three years later I still cannot bring myself to read my Thesis. So what does this have to do with SuperBlog and the wonderful Links we all share? Well, I am always looking for ways to communicate as efficiently as possible, re-purpose or at least multi-purpose all of my writing (blog = newsletter = Links Report = Staff briefings…).
Now let’s go back in time to December 31, 2015. With midnight fast approaching, I made a New Year’s resolution to repay the generosity of friends and acquaintances with anything their little hearts desired. With my skill set, you can imagine all of the wishes revolved around landscaping and irrigation. Over the last seven months I have built two putting greens, installed two irrigation systems and landscaped four yards. While completing the projects, I thought it might be interesting to video-log (vlog) the work in Periscope then stitch it together in a short video montage for the homeowner. This was so popular; I thought why couldn’t we use this type of communication for the SuperBlog.
So what is Periscope? Their website offers insight into the uniqueness of this media platform:
“[June 2015] Just over a year ago, we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes. What if you could see through the eyes of a protester in Ukraine? Or watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon in Cappadocia? It may sound crazy, but we wanted to build the closest thing to teleportation. While there are many ways to discover events and places, we realized there is no better way to experience a place right now than through live video. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around”.
So here is the proposition:
#1 – I will write as much as I can, when I can; approximately one blog per month.
#2 – I will make short videos on Periscope covering current issues on our Links. You can subscribe to Periscope (@Vgclinks) and you will receive a notice every time I am live. Alternatively, you can follow me on Twitter (@Vgclinks) where the videos are posted automatically.
#3 – I will stitch these videos together and post them on my YouTube channel.
So, you will have several ways to keep up with the Links department and art of killing grass at a professional level.