Crashing my drone and recognising the story opportunity

I wrote a few short weeks ago about buying a drone. I then published a video on my YouTube channel covering the same topic. But no sooner had I hit the publish button when I crashed and lost the drone in the River Boyne. I wrote about this yesterday on this blog. I was tremendously… Continue reading Crashing my drone and recognising the story opportunity

Vlogging and storytelling

I’m fascinated with this idea of making better vlogs using storytelling. Finding a story that is interesting or entertaining or which will hook and retain a viewer in one’s ordinary, everyday life. There must be a story, no matter how trivial or apparently inconsequential. And I want it to have 3 acts, as in the… Continue reading Vlogging and storytelling

Learning a new skill: video editing to tell better stories

I watched a few videos on YouTube at the weekend about editing videos. Basic stuff but important, too. How to set up the task of editing when you are trying to bring together a large number of clips from a particular activity or day. What is the starting point, the first step? How to tell… Continue reading Learning a new skill: video editing to tell better stories

A valuable reminder at Berlin airport about effective communication

At Berlin airport this week, whilst waiting around for our plane back to Dublin from Germany, I was reminded of the value of clear communication. There was a ground support worker-he may have had some type of supervisory role-who I watched in action for some time. He had a tremendous range of hand signals with… Continue reading A valuable reminder at Berlin airport about effective communication

Sing All Our Cares Away-Damien Dempsey’s song of genius

I did not know much about Damien Dempsey when I first heard his song, “Sing All Our Cares Away”. And I still don’t know much about him, to be honest. But I genuinely believe that this song, “Sing All Our Cares Away”, is one of the finest songs written by an Irish person. Of all… Continue reading Sing All Our Cares Away-Damien Dempsey’s song of genius

Making a short movie/VLOG and the bittersweet attempt to capture memories

I’m making a short movie or vlog about our day trip to Kinsale and the Old Head of Kinsale on 19th March 2022. I have quite a good deal of camera footage and the temptation is to just dump it on a timeline and add some music with a few captions thrown in. And if… Continue reading Making a short movie/VLOG and the bittersweet attempt to capture memories