Back in 2008, I developed an interest in publishing videos. I quickly realized that because the tax laws change every year, the videos would have a shelf-life of 12 months or less. The thought of having a massive library of outdated material after a few years was frightening. In addition to the likely short lifespan issue, delivery method choices became really involved and time consuming.
As time went by, I lost interest. Well, it's 2021 and videos are as popular as ever. It's apparent that some people prefer that method of acquiring information over reading or just listening to a podcast. A lot has changed since that time 13 years ago and I am revisiting the decision to utilize video or not.
Those seem to be the three choices I've narrowed delivery method down to. I am currently testing a mix in order to determine the pros and cons of each. Compare and contrast the speed and presentation of this Youtube video with this Vimeo video. The obvious difference is the fact that my paid Vimeo account does not have ads and I can turn off the different videos that might be displayed at the end.
After recently sharing a Vimeo video on my home page, I noticed that the load time of my page suffered. After turning my attention to creating a super fast page to embed the video on, I realized that streaming video, whether it's hosted on one of my servers or another platform, is easier today than 13 years ago.
So, in the coming days you may see new content published to the multimedia section of the website. One production aspect I'm looking at is the possibility of generating the podcast audio and video seamlessly and without duplicate effort.
The last thing I want to do, is reinvent the wheel. My goal is simple; get my message to my audience in the format they want and will use.
Embedding the media here on my website rather than sending visitors to a video host's website is really important. And in the process of designing a very fast loading webpage for the video embed, I gained some valuable knowledge that can be applied to the rest of my website. as time permits.