17 comments on “Why I hate video.

  1. This. Times 5782943123485610216545465465.8.

    If I am actively seeking out video tutorials, for example, that’s one thing. But to force your crap to make noise on my computer…

    Ugh.

  2. I feel exactly the same way about videos. I hate watching them on the computer. My job entails staring at the computer screen all day long while I work, so videos just don’t entertain or inform me and really just irritate me in the end. I too prefer reading something at my leisure via blog or website. Good post!

  3. Exactly. Normally I just won’t click it. Though, it’s the latest thing nowadays to create a video blog… Yawn. I want to read, that’s why I’m a smarty… 🙂

  4. You assume all are readers. Some of us do not enjoy reading! I’d make an argument that anything longer than 200-300 words is a total waste because I won’t read it. The use of very short, concise videos can be very powerful and is able to convey much more personality and depth than any words or photos. I’ve had far more people comment and talk to me about the power of video on my blog than any words or photos I’ve shared (and I put photos in every single post).

    I do agree that far too many videos are horribly shot and composed. They ramble with no purpose and are often too long. KISS always works best. 🙂

    • Conversely, this post was 506 words long. Not hard to read, not difficult to follow, and got a few comments. I call that a win.

      • At best I typically skim your posts. Once in a while you grab my attention enough to read (most) of the words. I would much rather you share these via video. This one caught my attention because I’m in the process of shooting a 10 session video tutorial on how to properly shoot video. How timely…

      • Which is a good thing that I’m not trying to sell anything but myself and my observations. But then again, that’s all we’re doing when we read anyways, skim. However, with video, you’re forcing me to “read/observe” at your pace. I don’t have that kind of time. 🙂

      • I must be unusual because I can skim peoples videos just as easily as I skim their written posts. Either medium without something I care about gets nothing but little to no attention.

  5. I do videos and then often have summaries or an secondary explanation of the point. It’s like a twitter vs facebook argument, it’s not one or the other, in the end be where people are. Some hate video, some love it, do both. On that note I am behind on both. 😦

  6. I don’t know that I’d go so far as to say that “I hate video,” but I’m one of the people who rarely clicks on video links. I’d much rather read a short well-written blog post any day of the week.

    But, like Dale said, everyone’s different.

    • Video makes me uncomfortable. I hate feeling uncomfortable, so I went that far. I surely could have used different words than hate, but I needed a catchy title. 🙂

  7. I hate doing video – I think they have a purpose – and I think you can hit the best of both worlds. An autoplay video should be outlawed for all the reasons you mention and more – many times when bored with the conversation on the phone I am looking at other things…. and when a video or music starts I am busted….

    I like to give the reader both options read or watch – like my mortgage expert section of my blog – every post has a video – the content is a recap of the video – I do not do the video – because I am not as cute as Dale either 🙂

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