ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Getting My Video Feet Wet ~

Updated on October 5, 2012

I present this, my first video hub, with an apology . . . no one I reference in this video sent me any notes, all of them are as unaware of my work in this hub as any of you viewing it, it was all a minor bit of frivolity - my only interest was to experiment with publishing a video hub, I just had to keep myself entertained going about the chore of putting it all together. I hope all, especially those I included in my silliness here, recognize that I'm only kidding and goofing off a bit.

Now, in an effort to make brutally blunt the designed relevance and usefulness of this seemingly too personal and unacceptable hub, please bare with me as I elaborate. There are all manner of writing styles, or voices, just as there all all manner of speaking styles or voices. Writing has the advantage of carefully deliberated over and meticulously chosen words to express an idea but lacks gesture, tone, mannerism, etc, to carry useful information - while spontaneous speaking lacks an opportunity for well deliberated over and too meticulously chosen words but benefits from gesture, tone, mannerism, etc, to carry useful information . . . you can use written sentences to establish and describe tone and attitude for your audience, or they can simply hear and observe tone and attitude.

My plan, in this video, was that it would become clear that as I moved back and forth between serious answers and lighthearted annoyance and jibs at a pretended infatuation with me, that my manner and tone would convey that my annoyance and jibs were indeed as pretended as the infatuation. Dry humor can be tricky to pull-off without offense when writing, and I've had to come clean and explain myself more than a few times - but this experiment was to discover how much less a percentage of folks might assume the worst and how much larger a percentage of folks were 'get' the designed intention, having both the words and the tone as well as their received information.

Of course, laying that all out kind of invalidates the experiment. But, having the hub unpublished by HubPages due to too personal and not sufficient original material kind of dismantles the experiment before it starts. So, if you're reading this, the hub is now not counted as 'too personal' and does have 'sufficient original material' . . . and hopefully, it offers some 'useful' points to consider regarding the distinction of providing tone and attitude between the spoken and the written word. Plus, if you're speaking, you don't have to worry about spelllinj.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hi Mickey! I'm about to give you a compliment. Ready? As an acting coach, I look for 3 primary elements in a good speaker.

      1. Clear diction

      2. Confidence in physical appearance and speech.

      3. Good chest resonance for rich projection.

      You, my friend, have nailed all three and I suspect these talents are natural.

      Congratulations on your first video. Looking forward to more. ~

    • bravewarrior profile image

      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Great job, Mickey! You have an excellent on-camera presence. You had me giggling through much of the video. Oh - and thanx for answering my question! Tee hee.

      It was great to hear your voice; it brings me closer to the man with whom I've gained a friendship and have had many laughs.

      Your closing sentence is priceless! My vote is for you to do more videos, Mickey. With or without your harmonica! Love it!!

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Sunnie Day ~ what a treat for me to see you visit and leave a comment, thank you - and, I am planning to do some more video hubs . . . I'm thinking along the line of some video companion hubs to my 'Regular, Normal Christianity' series, like, leave the more theological treatment of doctrine to the written hubs and in the video hubs give attention to some of the popular, common questions that arise from these Christian doctrines (Doesn't the Bible contradict itself? Why does Christianity have to be the only way? Has the Bible been altered again and again over the centuries? Why do bad things happen to innocent or good people?, etc, etc).

    • mckbirdbks profile image


      6 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Just a quick critique of your first video hub. Not having a video production background, just going from a gut instinct I would say DO NOT wear a black shirt, and sit in front of a dark desk while you are recording. It took a moment or two to realize you were not a floating head. Just a hint there, a matter of style really. Once you gravitate to video, you have left writing. The traffic lights running across the bookcase as the evening traffic went by was entertaining; a nice touch really for the floating head.

      Many very talented writers took time to send you questions. That in itself puts you in very good company. There is only one way to find yourself in the company of good writers and that is to be a good writer yourself.

      For a fifteen minute presentation you did remarkably well.

    • marcoujor profile image

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      My pleasure, you silly boob!

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      marcoujor ~ I cannot understand why you are always so mean to me when I know you adore me so terribly much . . . thanks for the votes.

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      MartieCoetser ~ "I tend to be too friendly, too kind, too polite, too charming"

      I suffer from the very same curse - I usually hear 'sweet' and 'demure' and 'desirable hunk', a lot. Actually, people come up to me and ask me if I'm ok, I have such a serious or troubled look about all the time - I'm the happiest person I've ever come across, but apparently I look like I'm a miserable soul . . . so people's perception, their immediate impression, just of my physical features has frequently provided an obstacle before we even get to disposition or temperament. (this worked out well when I was a bouncer in my younger days - 'intimidating' was the word that came-up a lot).

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      Funom Makama 3 ~ thanks for the vote, always.

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      billybuc ~ I will happily take "success" for a review, thanks very much for giving me a bit of time.

    • sen.sush23 profile image


      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Micky, I left off with that music and a smile, from reading your video hub interview of yourself. Interesting format, and yes, though it will only be people who are genuinely interested in you and your writing listen in, it was interesting and enjoyable for me. Punctuated with Patty and the others, you made me a bit jealous, that I did not send any note vouching my partiality towards you, though I have always felt pretty inclined to do so. :)

      ...Voted up etc. etc.

    • profile image

      Sunnie Day 

      6 years ago

      Hi Mickey I really enjoyed this hub so much and the video is so inspiring, making it so much more personal as one can really get to know who you are on a different level. Sometimes it is so hard to get a really good idea about a person until you watch their facial impressions and their tone. Thank you for sharing this idea. I hope you will do many more videos for us.

      God bless,


    • marcoujor profile image

      Maria Jordan 

      6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Well, duh, Bill...your name is not Patty or marcoujor...Maria...

      OMG, Mickey, I am gonna find you sounded exactly as dull, dry and full of yourself as you come across in writing. I need to know exactly where you are so I can get far away...

      Love me some Kimberly, got your back too...

      This wasn't half bad...Voted UP and all that jazz...If you don't who this is, you better check again!

    • MartieCoetser profile image

      Martie Coetser 

      6 years ago from South Africa

      Whether one communicates verbally or in writing, there is always a tone /nuance to be sensed by the communicators and their audience. Interpretation depends on the perception and perceptive of the sensor . The person speaking or writing cannot control this, so the best is to be only one True Self whether speaking or writing.

      This is a thought-provoking video and hub about the personal issues of many. "People are pretty much alike. It's only that our differences are more susceptible to definition than our similarities." ~Linda Ellerbee

      PS: I tend to be too friendly, too kind, too polite, too charming, and not only as a writer but also as a person in real life. People can only sense in this whatever their perception allow them.

    • Funom Makama 3 profile image

      Funom Theophilus Makama 

      6 years ago from Europe

      THanks for the insightful share... Voted up.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      An enjoyable chance to get to know you a little bit. For a first video, I would call this a success. I happen to love dry humor....heck, I'm pretty fond of sarcasm, so I found nothing in this hub or video to turn me off.

      Good job my friend!

    • MickeySr profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

      I was really unsure how this would be received - I will happily take "wonderful" . . . thank you so much.

    • ithabise profile image

      Michael S. 

      6 years ago from Winston-Salem, NC

      Mickey! This was wonderful! Great getting to know you. (Didn't know you had all those women knocking down your door!) Love your thoughts on God, and I wish I could go through those books! Mine look like that, too. Thanks for posting - cheers!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)