Video blogging has been around for a while but it seems to be getting more prominence now. Steve Garfield has been doing it for some time in Boston. Here is a brief post on some of his earlier efforts, Video Blogs – Steve Garfield from the DNC, that I found useful. Now someone has some up with the killer app for video blogging, true confessions. PostSecret, which facilitates people publishing their secrets anonymously online, is starting to do video blogs according to a New York Times article, Thousands of Words and Now Pictures, Too, which appeared yesterday.
It said that, “in December, Regan Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, published "PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives," a compilation whose release coincided with a Washington exhibit of the anonymous postcards received by the blog. The book was ranked No. 41 in sales on Amazon.com at midday yesterday.”
It is not surprising that someone would come up with online reality TV and that there is a big audience for it. Some blogs have served this function with words. The sponsors also plan to move the concept into actual television. What’s more, they plan to start a TV sitcom based on the blog of Stephanie Klein. I took a look and I see why the New York Times did not provide a link to it when they linked to everything else, but I do. Now there is a business model, blog your personal secrets and get published and serialized on TV. I wonder if the photos are actually Spephanie. She certainly has the Sara Jessica Parker look which I am sure is not accidental.
In a more modest effort, Gawker.com, recently announced plans to develop and publish original video content to support its blog on New York media. I am waiting to be discovered.