Just who are Vloggers, anyway? Yes, the obvious answer is that they're "video bloggers," but that's too simple an answer, I think. They're not filmmakers, as we've come to understand the craft (and anyway, that's a dated term). YouTubers are often called "content creators," but that's a term that seems awfully bland for what the site has come to represent.
Peter Ilagan, of the YouTube channel, Journeysoflifevlogs, has found expression for himself as an artist in a several different forms - as a sketch artist, as a painter - and as a writer. In fact, he began his YouTube experience after publishing his book of short stories, Journeys of Life. He saw social media at first as a way to promote his book, but rapidly discovered that he liked creating videos and posting them online.
"I've come to realize that I like the aspect of making videos for YouTube social media because it gives me a chance to be more creative, obviously, and just express my thoughts in a way I never could have imagined. I mean, I'm a little more funny in the videos that I expected to be I guess, and I just like the fact that I can put it together in like a two or three minute video and just put it out there for people to see and just really enjoy and hopefully entertain them."
Some might call that a thirst for immediate gratification, but if you're an artist - you know that there's huge satisfaction in knowing that you're actually reaching and touching your audience. I asked Peter if he's a writer who vlogs, or a vlogger who writes. His answer, I think, sums up the multi-dimesional canvas that, thanks to technology, is at our fingertips - and makes defining social media-centered artists so hard to define.
"I don't look at myself as a writer who vlogs, or a vlogger who writes. I look at myself more as a vlogger who creates, using whatever means I feel is the best way to express my creativity."
Take a look at Peter's interview here or on my YouTube channel, and then check out Peter's main channel.
And if you really want the full "Journeys of Life" experience, here's a secret: make sure you follow him on Twitter - he's got a wickedly dry sense of humor. And I don't use the word "wickedly" too often...