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The Essential Guide to Video Blogging by Katherine Araniello

Still of Katherine Araniello taken from her Vlog

I am currently working on a series of video blogs that will run indefinitely. The attraction of these DIY blogs is that they are simple.

Technophobe
There are lots of tips and tricks that could make your life more fulfilled and one of mine is I film using my mobile phone which is portable/compact/anorexic and easy to handle. Turn on the video stabilisation and it couldn’t be easier. Another useful tip is always remember to not cover up the camera lens whilst shooting as it will be very devastating if you have just spent 10 minutes chitchatting about your latest escapades. When working in torrential downpours, it’s a good idea to remember to carry a handy little parapluie as this will prevent you and mobile getting wrecked.  I personally choose FHD 1920 x 1080 because this allows clarity and gives a sense of purpose. 

Always film holding the mobile device bent on its side because your objective is to have a wise angle effect, as you don’t want your footage half empty.  An excellent example is my blogs and you will see the point I’m making, i.e. there are no black columns either side.

Once you have figured out the settings, how to export, import etc. it really is a simple process that any baby will find easy to master in a matter of seconds.

Psychology
Video blogging is a means of communication and an online diary of your activities to be able to reflect on in many years to come. It is the legacy that you dream about and must do otherwise by the time you are a corpse no one will have ever heard of you.

Vlogging is a source of inspiration that can be shared globally; it is a breath of fresh air that will bring delight to your loved ones, friends, family, strangers and haters. People will admire your wonderful talents and be moved by your blogs. It is a one-sided form of communication in which your followers/trolls can relax, respect, drool and watch over you, the epitome of elegance and taste.

Intimacy
My video blogs will fill the empty hole in your life, where that gaping gap needs something to stuff it with. See them as the friends you don’t have, therapy you so desperately need, use them for relaxation and be prepared to drift into a catatonic daze. Intimacy and loneliness are emotionally draining and whether you are single, in a failed relationship or the happiest person in the universe my video blogs are here to serve as a tonic, a barbiturate, an insight and a purpose.

Goal
Spread the word, spread the mundane, and spread the joy. It is with eager trepidation that I know my blogs will inspire, encourage, and change people’s lives for the better.

Posted by Katherine Araniello, 30 July 2015

Last modified by Colin Hambrook, 31 July 2015

An Honest Review of Liberty 2015 by SickBitchCrips

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We, SickBitchCrips, thoroughly enjoyed Liberty 2015. In fact, we can honestly say it was the best 50 minutes of our lives. On arrival, we bumped into larger than life Mik Scarlet and his wonderful wife Diane. They couldn’t have spoken more positively about Liberty and we were itching to make our grand entrance to see what all the fuss was about.

There were so many impressive moments we simply don’t know where to start. For example, the sculptural art that was the raised platform situated in front of the main stage was so precious and beautiful that nobody dared to mount it. The genius part was the water gushing around on top and the isolation and alienation it made us think about and relate to.

The alcoholic tent was empty and they didn’t serve champagne, which was a disgrace, so red wine had to do, at an extortionately crippling price.

Bradley Hemmings, a sweet, happy guy, bent over and sympathetically explained the financial restraints Liberty has been subjected to. So in conclusion, The Olympic Park is cheaper and the Mayor wants to reserve Trafalgar Square for international and cultural festivals and therefore Liberty has had its funding slashed by Boris. We totally understood and were delighted that at least we have somewhere to skip and dance and play with our balls.

Apparently, there are days of the year when Trafalgar Square is taken over by such events like a huge pillow fight and everyone dressing up as Santa Claus. We don’t really know how to match that, these are such ambitious and thought-provoking ideas.

The tiny erect tents sheltered the organisations, keeping them nice and dry, while we remained wet and excited by their leaflets.

The fluorescent zone managers/security/do-gooders were in abundance and it was a comfort to see that they were geared up for the drippiest of all days. Who needed heat when the rays from their jackets was enough to feel like we were in Benidorm.

The highlight of the day had to be when one of our delicate and fragile Chihuahuas did a shit in the name of live art.

Posted by Katherine Araniello, 28 July 2015

Last modified by Katherine Araniello, 29 July 2015