Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Um" IS A Word...

...that's my story and I'm stickin' to it! Seriously, not sure I could have used this word more if I tried. I'm thinking we should just make it an official word. Would that be so bad? We'd all be happier with the idea of public speaking if we could just use that dern word. Amen?

SO. I have decided to participate in...


This is a blog carnival at 2nd Cup of Coffee where all sorts of bloggers are doing a video recording of themselves for all of blog world to see. I told Linda I would think seriously about doing this. And I did. And then I thought VERY seriously about NOT doing this, especially after I made several feeble attempts at recording a video. Ultimately, I decided to just go ahead and show you the video I made (warts and all). Aside from the "um"s, I'm also completely inaudible at times...so much so that I considered offering a transcript so you could actually know what I'm saying. Feel free to ask if there are any parts you just can't figure out. I could probably add in several more disclaimers, but this is turning into a long post and I haven't even gotten to the video part yet. So without further ado...

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43 comments:

Shelley said...

And again I say...You're SO cool!

I wouldn't even know where to start to post a video blog. Seriously.

GREAT JOB!!!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

SO glad you did this! I was going to email you and tell you that if I did it then anyone can. You did awesome, so fun to hear your voice, and I was totally cracking up at the inaudible parts and the fact that you were going to offer a transcript...LOL! Also I did not notice too many Ummmms. Really.

Oh...and you're just gorgeous. :)

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Oh, how fun is this?! I loved hearing your voice and seeing your big brown eyes. And the fact that you were looking in the sidebar area for me completely cracked me up! This was a stretch for everyone, but seriously, you did great, and I'm so glad you did this even at the end of the day. Be blessed! Linda

Celeste said...

You look amazing! Are you doing something different with your makeup? Maybe it's because your hair is longer... who knows, but you are looking good!

Leah in Iowa said...

Way to go, Alana! You're always at least 36 steps ahead of me! Maybe some day.....

Mrs. N. said...

You are too adorable. And can I just say that you look younger in "person" than you do on your profile picture? Not that you look old on that pic, it's a lovely shot.

I had fun watching your video and if you'd like, I'll start a facebook petition to make um a word, K? (umm, not really)

I'm Tara. said...

How fun -- it was so great to SEE you! :) And hear you. And I am not surprised at all that you look great. Dang. Now I want to just meet up with you at Starbucks!

Jamie said...

Alana,
I loved this. I was practicing my lip reading on the parts I couldn't hear. I miss seeing you in person and that was fun to see. You are a brave blog lady. I can also tell that you have lost weight (no kidding!!) Love ya.

Janelle said...

Um. You're cute. Um, and nice. And, um, my friend.

(Do you see how good you look? Seriously, just skinny!!!)

Cindy Swanson said...

You're SO pretty, Alana! You photograph great, and it was wonderful to meet you. I noticed several things after taping my own segment, including "ums" and "uhs."
I think this was good for all of us, though!

Beverly Lewis said...

Thank you for joining the fun. It's nice to see you! This was harder than I thought too. Talking to a camera with no one around... and having to hold your head in the right place. LOL. I think blogging is so much fun.

His Girl said...

Oh, dear Alana... you are everything I hoped you'd be :D how fun to see you and somehow love you just that much more.

SOooooooooo glad you posted!

life with the wisners said...

so yeah. that started my day off on the BEST FOOT. love you so much! you are so stinking cute.

fun alana.

fun that i have already seen you talk and say um before. yay for friendship!

Growin' with it! said...

alright...so those friends who teased you in their comments...did THEY do a video post? i think you did a great job and what i love the most besides hearing your voice? your LAUGH! very cute and it makes me wanna hang out with you even more.

good job girl!

Greg C said...

I did um the same um thing on um my video. I never knew I said that so much but maybe it was because I was trying so hard.

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

So great Alana! I loved it - loved the realness and the cuteness. You are so way cute by the way. :)
My video post was seriously packed with 'Ummm's, 'ANYWAY's, and 'Like's. It's how we are in real life though! Nothin better than the truth! :)

Sara @ Butterville said...

Yea!!!! I'm clapping right now! So nice to see you. You are such a ummm, doll! :)
I'm really glad you decided to post, thanks for stopping by to see me too.
Blessings to you!

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

You are too cute - seriously! It is so fun to see you "live" and hear your sweet voice. I would love to do this, myself!

Amy B said...

Oh girl you are awesome! I'm so glad that you participated. I love "seeing" what everyone is saying. It is whole new perspective for sure!

Teresa said...

Alana,

I miss you so much and having that video was like having you right here with me!! :) You look FABULOUS on that thing girl, but I always think you're the cutest thing ever!! :) love you so stinkin' much!

Denise said...

you are so cute!

Julie said...

It was so fun to hear you speak!! I love the video blog!! I'm not sure what I would say either and I think I probably say Um a lot!!!!

Patrice said...

You uh, are um really funny...um and I really um enjoyed your um video um post....um!!

I am totally having a great time at your expense....please, um, forgive me!! There I go again, I am um sorry! Ughh, I can't um, stop myself! There I go again, um sorry, um!! LOL!

Your great!

Laney-Lou said...

You are just SO cute!!

And, nice to meet you too... ;-)

Darlene R. said...

I am so glad to HEAR your voice! I was supposed to do this too and I failed...:(

I just plain ran out of time and didn't make it a priority right now. I am planning on doing a video blog soon though because I do think it would be fun!

mark&beth said...

great job, alana!

Angie said...

LOVE IT! So glad to "see" you again! But it makes me miss you! I may try this next week...or 100 pounds from now!
I have nominated you for a blog award! A smile award! THanks for keeping me smiling! See my blog for the details!

skoots1mom said...

you did great...nice meeting you
come visit me any time!

BethAnne said...

YOu are just too cute!!! I love getting to hear your audible voice! I think I will do a video of myself =-- soon as I figure out how...;-)

Kim said...

So glad you joined the party! You were probably being so quiet because everyone was gone, the house was so peaceful and you didn't want to disturb the unusual state of quiet :-)

Roxy said...

Nice to meet you too! Great Vlogging! Hmmm I'll have to do that someday. ;)

Tiffani said...

Oh My, Alana..I LOVE IT!! You are so beautiful and have the sweetest voice...I think ALL bloggers should do this so we can hear and see each other and not just "hear" and "see" each other!! I'm totally with you on the looking in the right place...when we've tried to video before we spend the first half cracking up at ourselves NOT looking at the camera!!! Maybe I'll do one too...I'll let you know! What a great share!

michelle said...

Alana you are beautiful inside and out! Thanks for the video post! You Rock!

Lynn said...

Yea!!! What a fun post! How fun to hear your voice and see your expressions and OOOoooohhhh...I love it! What a great idea. I agree with the masses...you're adorable!

willblogforshoes said...

This is so fun! It's really great to really "see" everybody!! Especially since I always see your comments on Janelle's & Shelley's blogs!!

Enjoyed your video immensely!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

This is probably the best idea anyone has had for getting to know fellow bloggers! I'm so glad you participated, and I'm going to attempt to do the same. I laughed at your explaination of why you kept looking down then up. I do the same thing when I video conferencing with Trevor when he travels. It's SO distracting to see yourself in the screen below, and I guess I'm just vain enough to keep staring at the image instead of the camera!! LOL!

This was great...I'm so glad you participated.

Xandra

Fran said...

I so chickened out on this one!!!
I was trying to leave town and felt very very rushed and very very stupid. But, I did one anyway and when I viewed it...my mouth and my words weren't matching up. Yep. Whats up with that??!!

So...delete and move on. :)
I love ya and all your "ums!"

Hugs,
Fran

Mary@notbefore7 said...

LOVED it. Um...so glad you posted it. LOL! Wish I had known about it. I don't get around as much anymore.

Lisanne said...

OK ~ since I haven't talked with you since, oh, was it elementary school ~ it's SO wonderful to see a video of you and hear your voice! Hmm, maybe I'll do the same thing one of these days.

Kristen said...

You are so cute! I loved getting to SEE you in real life. How fun! It is hard to video yourself and then watch it.. know your bloggy fans loved it!

MoziEsmé said...

Thanks for adding "um" to the dictionary - I feel so much more literate now!

dgardenhour said...

Look how beautiful you are!!! You look fabulous, so young & skinny. I loved your video. You did a great job. Made me miss you even more!

Gray Matters said...

How cool - what a great idea and a brave thing to do. You did a great job!