Although I had a You Tube account as early as February of 2006, I didn’t start making video blogs until “Komikero Video Blog #1“, several months later in July.
By “video blogging” I mean sitting in front of the camera and talking, offering views, opinions, stories etc., very much like the standard blogs many people have on Blogspot, Livejournal, or WordPress, but only this time, people can see you talk, instead of them just reading what you say.
Although I resist certain technologies (I own no, and have no plans of owning iPods or cellphones), I have taken to the Internet rather completely. I have had my own personal website with a diary/journal since 1997, and I’m quite open to try a lot of new things including twittering, networking, chatting, and a lot of other things.
When I began video blogging in July 2006, it was me trying out something that was for me, brand new. I had assumed that a lot of people have already tried it, specially fellow Filipinos, many of whom have embraced the Internet as completely as I have, and even more so.
But reflecting upon it a year later, I found myself wondering why Filipinos haven’t embraced video blogging as much as they have text blogging. The fact that “Video Blogging” didn’t have a separate category in the recent Philippine Blog Awards, or a significant topic in the recent iBlog3 Philippine Blogging summit, seem to indicate a lack of interest in the video blogging, or perhaps it’s something that Filipinos might be too self conscious to do?
I have no problem in that regard because really, I have no shame. To wit:
AM I SHY OF MY SIZE?
Refusing to believe that there are few Filipinos interested in “Vlogging”, I started looking around You Tube and Live Video just to see how many Filipinos I can find. And I was amazed. It seems vlogging has caught on much more with the Filipinos than I had previously believed. Here are just a few of those I found:
Morning Meest by HappySlip
HappySlip is undeniably the most famous Filipina vlogger. So popular are her videos that You Tube has chosen her, and a few other You Tube-ers to be the first ever to upgraded to partners, earning cold hard cash from their videos.
COFFEE by EasyRaoul
EasyRaoul is a vlogger I discovered only recently. He’s a Filipino living in Australia who makes really funny videos. He’s a bit older than me, I believe. But that didn’t stop him from doing all these really cool stuff in his videos.
Nyek! Video Blog #27 – Watercolouring Again by nyekvideos
nyekvideos is also Edgar Tadeo, a fellow comic book professional and a friend of mine. He’s been vlogging for almost as long as I have, and he definitely creates more videos that demonstrate the art of drawing than me.
Az gag video blog – grad pic in a making by popazrael
video blog by toyo925
toyo925 is also Rey from Bulacan. He doesn’t have too many videos up, but I’m including him here because he’s one of the earliest vloggers I’ve found on You Tube. This video was uploaded on January 19, 2006.
I think of you by taijunlego
taijunlego is also Jay Jimenez, a good friend of mine who is a musician, and member of the band J Brothers. Along with his brother and band member Jim, they are two friends who remain friends in spite of the distance and lack of communication.
CokskiBlue’s Baguio Summer Chill by CokskiBlue
CokskiBlue is also Coy of Cavite, a relatively new vlogger, who does most of his vlogging through clever editing of still photos, music and voice over.
Allright, that’s it for the first part of my Filipino Video Bloggers post. Stay tuned sometime next week for the second part where I list even MORE Filipinos and Filipinas from all over the world actively vlogging on You Tube and Live Video.