30 Videos in 30 Days – Conclusion

Published December 29, 2009 in video - 0 Comments

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A few days ago my 30 Videos in 30 Days challenge came to an end. This post is about two things: first, I have to deliver proof that I actually made 30 videos in the past 30 days. And second, I want to tell you a few things that I learned during this challenge. Let me say straight away that I’m very happy I started this challenge, because I had what was probably the best learning experience I’ve ever gotten out of one of these challenges.

Read on to get the details.

Proof

First things first: below you can find links to all of the videos I posted in the time-period between November 25 and December 25. Since I don’t want to post a list of links, I simply provide links to all of the YouTube channels where my videos were published.

Here is my Explorative Approach YouTube channel.
This is the channel where I post all of my Explorative Approach related videos (big surprise there). If you go and have a look, you’ll see that a total of eight videos were posted during my 30 day challenge.

Here you can find my geeky tech related channel.
This is a channel that I’ve been publishing to for more than a year. It already has a few hundred subscribers and, not surprisingly, the six videos I posted on this channel between November 25 of December 25 got the most views of all my challenge-videos.

Here you can find my Internet marketing channel.
This is the channel for my online marketing blog (RichQuickReview) and you’ll see that I posted a total of 40 videos to that channel during the challenge.

I also posted one video to a private membership site that I can’t link to from here. As you can tell, however, even if we disregard that one video, the challenge was clearly a success. My goal was to complete at least one video per day for a total of 30 videos by the end of the challenge and I ended up actually making a total of 55 videos.

I’m quite surprised how easy it became for me to crank out these videos consistently

What I Learned

Well, I learned a lot. If I wanted to write about everything I learned and experienced here, this would end up one hell of a long post.

Instead of doing that, let me condense everything down to the essentials.

  • Flow of Ideas
    One of my goals was to make my videos shorter. Before starting the challenge, I had a tendency to overdo almost everything in my videos; too much detail, too many explanations, too many different “chunks” of information in one video, too much editing etc. For the challenge, I decided to break everything down and make a separate video for each element of information. So, if I had two ideas I would rather make two separate videos that try to cram both ideas into one (even if the ideas were closely related).

    This really worked for me. In fact, it almost worked too well. What ended up happening was that every time I broke the information down, new ideas spawned from these smaller chunks of information. It seems very fractal in that no matter how much I want to get down to the very basics, there are always new directions to branch out into a new sub-ideas for each idea.
    This is the main reason why I ended up making 55 videos even though I planned on making “only” 30. Almost every video I made inspired me with new ideas for new videos to make (or new articles to write).
  • Daily Practice
    One simple principle I experienced during this challenge more than anytime before:
    It’s easier to do something every day that it is to do something every other day or once a week.

    Before the challenge, I used to make 2 to 3 videos per month. Sometimes more, sometimes less. But every time I set out to make a new video, I experienced something of an initial resistance or inertia. It was often difficult for me to just get started, because setting everything up, getting everything ready and getting in front of the camera to start shooting can require quite a bit of effort. However, after just a few days of doing a video daily, it became almost automatic. As with the flow of ideas, I just got into a flow of making videos every day and it seems almost effortless now.
  • Lack of Confidence
    As you can tell from the links above, I made the majority of videos for projects other than Explorative Approach. There are several reasons for this, but the main one is probably that I lack confidence in some areas concerning this blog.

    The videos I made for Explorative Approach mostly have one-digit view-counts and the blog posts to go with them are easily the least popular ones I ever published. I’m not entirely sure why this is, but it’s clear that what ever people are looking for when they come here, they aren’t finding it in the videos.

    Now, I never made a video just for the sake of making a video and while they might not all be great, I try to deliver value to the viewer in each and every one of them. While I want to figure out how to deliver more interesting stuff on video, I can’t deny that the lack of resonance I got for the first few videos shook my confidence a little.

    I’m not writing this to complain, by the way. It is interesting for me to see that there are areas where I lack confidence and didn’t realize it before. It gives me something to work on.

I wanted to include that last, slightly negative experience here as well, because I believe that this is a part of a complete learning experience.

The whole point of a challenge like this is to push yourself beyond your (perceived) limits in some area of your life. When you push like this, not everything you see is pleasant, but it’s all useful.

To wrap this up, I can say that I’m very happy I took on this challenge and I’m still happily producing videos at a much higher rate than ever before the challenge.