I have my morning routine which usually starts with an eyedrop and then a beeline to the living room where I sit on one end and my wife on the other with our devices in our laps. My first go-to is the Beyond The Weekend devotion from our church, Ada Bible Church and from there I read a couple of emails and then go to some news.
But sandwiched in there is a visit to Casey Neistat's YouTube channel. Who is he? Casey is a 30-something YouTube filmmaker who is reinventing how to tell a story with video.
He does a daily vlog where he chronicles his everyday life in New York City. In addition to being a filmmaker, he's has a web app company where he and his cohorts have developed one called Beme. It's for taking raw unedited video with either an iPhone or Android and then sharing it with the world.
I have faithfully watched his vlog everyday for the past year. He shoots it himself and includes everybody around him. He moves through New York City on a motorized skateboard made by Boosted and he tells the daily story of his wife, his toddler daughter and his son along with his business. All this is punctuated with lots of travel which he records.
Why am I fascinated? Just think of the possibilities. What if politicians and pastors could become more real by using such a technique. That means they would have to be transparent. Casey establishes a template for doing it. Above you will see the vlog episode uploaded today.