Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Tale of a Halloween Prank

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This is my first Writer's Workshop where I haven't actually written anything.  I have however been party to a little tarantula Halloween prank.  There's some screaming involved.  Just so you are prepared.



My daily question is: "How long do you think a vlog should be?"


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80 comments:

Beth said...

Well, my heck, I've never seen a vlog--my connection is just too slow--so I'm not much help here. I'd guess that five minutes or so would be about enough.

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Erin said...

Tough questions, I've never vlogged, I'm shy that way! =)

I like short and to the point, how's that?

And I couldn't even watch all of yours I HATE SPIDERS!!!

Frau said...

Man she has good lungs!! I think under a minute is good length of time for a Vlog.

spielbee said...

I think if a vlog is interesting people will watch up to 2 minutes. A boring vlog is too long no matter how long it is. 30 sec to a minute is probably best. I'm really glad to have found your blog. You and Better in Bulk and Mama's Losin It and Mayhem are my heroes. Looking at all you do on your blogs makes my poor little head spin!

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

I think between a minute and 2 minutes is perfect If its really good I will watch up to 3 minutes... :)

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

So funny!

Justine said...

Hmmm... me thinks that was total acting! Still damn funny though!

How long should I vlog last? I think no more than 2 minutes unless it's really really good stuff.

Justine :o )

parentingBYdummies said...

Girls are cute...they scream!

A vlog should be short. And, if you're me they should not take up any of your time b/c I have kind of an annoying sounding voice. I hate hearing it (like when the phone echoes I make myself gag) so I figure other people probably do to!

Deb said...

"let's go take naps"... she may want to try a different approach next time. hahaha. they are so cute.

3 minutes MAX.

Susie said...

I love little kid screams--don't ask me why--maybe it's because you can't really get away with a good scream once you are an adult?

How long? As long as it takes for satisfaction. The only question left is whose satisfaction is the vlogger going for?

Katie said...

I'm most likely to watch a vlog that is 30-90 seconds long.

Chrissy MacCEO said...

I prefer vlogs that are less than 2 minutes. The kids always need something as soon as they hear the volume go up!!!

Jen said...

that was awesome!!!!


And I think that vlog post should not be any longer than 3 or 4 minutes.

My 5 Monkeys(Julie) said...

that was cool

maybe 3-4 mins at max.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I would have been screaming my lungs off too!!!! Evil!!!

Vlog- average 1 1/2?

Shell said...

LOL That was cute.

I think no more than 2 minutes. That's about how long I can keep my kids down to a low roar so I can hear it anyway.

Peterson Family said...

If it's over 2 minutes someone will interrupt me. The kids, the phone, work...someone will do it.

Patois said...

That was funny. I can't see a vlog being more than two minutes. You know, I'm an American. I've got a short attention span.

Rachel said...

I've only watched a couple vlogs, but with my son and everything going on around me, I normally get bored after 2-3 minutes.

S Club Mama said...

I think no more than 3 minutes but I like shorter ones like 30 seconds to a minute. :)

And you are so cute!

Mary said...

That was the perfect length! No need to drag it out, get right to the point huh? I would sit through longer if the subject was interesting.

Annette D said...

Probably not over about 1 1/2 minutes, because I think that most people's attention span is about that long!
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Amy said...

Answer to your question:

I have never done a vlog. I have seen some and if they are short and to the point I like them. If they are long I may pass it by...

jen@odbt said...

Too funny. I think between 30-60 seconds is a good length for a vlog.

Lolli said...

There's a difference, I think, between a vlog and a video. I typically like to have my videos be around a minute, give or take a little. However, when I was doing my vlog (where I actually sat in front of the camera and talked about something) I felt like I needed more than a minute. How much can you actually SAY in a minute? I haven't quite figured out the balance yet. It has been interesting to see how many people HAVE made it to the end of my video....I left a special bonus entry at the end of my vlog to see. :)

It does make me wonder how many people actually READ blog entries now...because doesn't reading take more energy than watching a video? And don't most posts take longer to read than a minute or so? Interesting questions....

Amber, That's Me! said...

I think around 3-5 minutes. Sometimes I am really laughing at what the Vlogger ;) is doing and enjoying it but sometimes the closer to 5 minutes gets to feeling a bit long.

I have yet to have the nerve to vlog! I have wanted to several times on a few challenges... if I win- I am going to make myself VLOG!

kaye said...

yours was perfect, about 30 seconds.

Emmy said...

Cute vidoe! If I ever see a Vlog over 3 minutes I am not very likely to watch unless I know it is going to be something good or something I am really interested in.
Probably anywhere from 1 to 2 1/2 mins is best

Lin said...

Yours was the perfect amount of time. I think anything over 1.5 minutes is way too long (unless your saying something cool).

Honey Mommy said...

I think that a vlog should be a couple of minutes. If I see one that is over 2 minutes I rarely watch it!

natalie said...

Hahaha! I would flip!

I think a vlog should be somewhere around a minute or so. Anything too long and the viewer loses interest.

Jessica Jones, ATL Mom of 3 said...

I think around 2 minutes is good! mainly because my comp is sssllloooowwww

Via said...

A vlog should probably stay under 3 minutes. At least for me, I get bored after that.

BeLoVed AiMeE said...

Definitely under 3 minutes but at least 1 minute. ;)

panamamama said...

Cute! I agree with under 3.

Susie said...

Too funny!!

Vlog should be around a minute. Anything longer and it's just too much:-)

Mama Kat said...

I love their little skit! And oh my gosh Angie, I know you know this, but I just have to say it...your kids are SO pretty!!

And I love the question you posed...very interesting answers...it's hard to get a video under a minute, but I agree short and sweet is best!

Jennifer said...

I think two minutes or less is best, but three minutes at the most.

Jess said...

Well not that I am an expert or anything... but I think a good vlog could be anywhere from 2=5 minutes or more if you have really good content.... lol.... If its someone with something good to say... I will watch for a few minutes... if its boring then I only last a minute or so before closing it early.... lol.... I think any of my vlogs.. will be about 1-2 minutes... unless I have something really good going on... which is rare.. lol...

Stu Pidasso said...

too much screaming for me, but such is life with kids......and a vlog should be as long as it takes to get 'r done!!

Sue said...

Hmmm, probably a vlog should be less than 3 minutes unless there was more than one person involved.

Nicole said...

I think the length of Vlog is really determined on the subject matter. Some things only need a quick message while others could use longer. I will say that anything longer than 3-5 minutes, you'll probably lose the attention of most Mommies, our kids won't allow that long of a distraction! :0)

Swirl Girl said...

When I make my vlog with my new FLIP video camera, it will be under a minute...unless it's something really juicy!

Michelle said...

Such silly willy's!

I'm not entering the contest (I never win), but I will say that short vblogs are better than long ones. A minute or two is usually perfect.

Beth said...

No more than 5 min is what I think. Yours was extremely short but I got the point :P Cute kids!

Sevibabyyy said...

I absolutely hate spiders! HATE HATE HATE them!

A vlog should be no more than 3 to 5 minutes, in my opinion. After 5 minutes you just lose your appeal...unless you are riding through Target in a grocery cart with you friends...

Jeanette said...

Looks like something my kids would do with the same reaction.
I think a vlog should be no more than two minutes though I've watched longer ones because I'm crazy like that.

Lourie said...

People's attention spans are so short. which is why most networks do not have commercial breaks between shows. So VLOG should be 2-3 minutes. IMHO. :)

scrappysue said...

oh they are just gorgeous and too cute! your younger daughter looks like the twins, no>

my first vlog was over 6 mins but no-one complained! still, i think it was too long.

probably like a song - 3 1/2 mins is probably the sweet spot!

Becca - Our Crazy Boys said...

So cute! I love Halloween pranks! Especially when they result in screeching, laughing, little kids!

Ashley said...

I think a vblog should be no longer then 5 min...I would watch it up to 5min. if it was interesting !

Missy Litzinger said...

short - less than 5 mins. it's an attention span thing.

jengd said...

I'd say long enough to get the message across and short enough not to bore the bejeezus out of the watcher. Probably no more than a minute or two. I've seen some videos of people opening boxes of products they ordered and doing demonstrations and they drag on and on. There has to be a happy medium.

Mom of Three said...

So cute! Lol.

Tara said...

only a few minutes. any longer is a bit too much.
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Grand Pooba said...

No longer than 2 minutes! And I am guilty at not obeying this rule. I just can't shut myself up!

Night Owl Mama said...

I think that it all depends on what your talking about. It can be as short as 30 sec or as long as 2 min. I know that if anything is longer than 2 min I tend to get board unless its a really interesting subject.

Janis said...

Probably 3 minutes max, but I have watched on that was 7 minutes...but it was FUNNY as heck!!!

Michelle said...

Yep, definitely some screaming involved. Love it :)

A vlog shouldn't be any longer than two minutes. The shorter to get the whole point across the better.

Jonathan and Gina said...

90 seconds. And if you have to say "wait for minute 4 - it's the funny part" you need to do some editing!

Lauren said...

Um dude, I was going say like 5 to 10 minutes. But that's *clearly* just me. I like watching folks. I actually think 2 minutes is way too short. Whatever. I'll watch any amount of video. :)

Anne said...

I think a vlog should be between 1 and 3 minutes because any longer and it takes too long to load, plus you want the viewer to stay interested and not leave halfway through because the dog is barking or the phone is ringing or what have you.

Mindy said...

I think 3 minutes or less is a great vlog time... enough time to get your point across but also not too much so the viewers don't get bored with it. Although I have seen some really good vlogs that last 5 minutes or so and kept my attention the whole time. So I guess my answer is actually: It depends on what you are vlogging about. ;)

thymeofmylife said...

I just got into vlogging and was told no longer than 4 minutes. However reading the comments I'm inclined to go with a max of 3 minutes with interesting content and with a good voice. My vlogs will be short from here on out because my voice is not so pretty to listen to either.

Katie said...

No seconds, I really hate vlogs - in general. From time to time there are nice ones and people really do a good job. But I read blogs to READ if I wanted to watch something there is plenty of television I can see.

greedygrace said...

a minute is appropriate. Anything longer bores your readers!

Za said...

Between 1.5 to 2 min. 3 min max. I think that's plenty of time to say plenty.

marfmom said...

I've never done a vlog before, so I'd say between 1-2 minutes because unless it's really interesting, I get bored past that point.

Crystal said...

I'm agreeing with the consensus of most of the commenters...2 minutes is a good length for a vlog. :)

Adrian's Crazy Life said...

I'm thinking 1 to 3 minutes. I tend to mentally check out when videos go much longer than that.

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

Hey, that is a GREAT question. I think that 2 minutes is the limit. If you're watching something boring, even 30 seconds is too long. But somewhere around 1 minute is tolerable, even if you're just watching paint dry. 2 minutes, and I'm getting ready to click on...

Lori said...

I think vlogs should be about 1-2 minutes. I like short and sweet!

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

I think a minute or two is plenty long enough. I don't think a vlog should be any longer than it takes to read an average post.

Rebecca1217 said...

Under 4 min.

Michelle said...

30 seconds to a minute seems perfect. I guess I have a short attention span.

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A Fancher said...

I wouldn't go over a minute. I think you'd lose people's attention

Jinxy and Me said...

I think 2 minutes TOPS, but one minute is the best.

healingtouch said...

How long do you think a vlog should be?"

Hmmm as long as it takes to get the point across? 2-3 minutes tops

Tracy P. said...

1-2 minutes is time for some good fun. Less than that is even more appealing. More than two--I just don't have time. 3/4 of the time I skip them because of the sound thing.

Laura said...

I don't like long clips at all. So 1-2 min is plenty. Any longer I tend to want to speed it up.