Friday, February 1, 2013

Dear People Who Post Instructional Videos to YouTube

Dear People Who Post Instructional Videos to YouTube,

First of all, thank you for taking the time to try to share your knowledge. That's totally awesome. Now, on to the gripe.

Some of us have, like, no attention spans to listen to people talk, so if you could follow the journalistic creed of not burying your lead, or better yet, making condensed versions that just show us the meat, we'd be grateful. (If I want to learn a fairly straightforward, simple knitting stitch or method and the youtube video loads and says it's 5+ minutes long, I decide to find a written description instead, because that means someone is probably going to be fidgeting with their yarn while making some long-winded introduction for the first 3 minutes or so, and my mind will have totally wandered by the time they actually show the thing I want to learn, and I'll miss it, and I'll just have to go look it up anyway. By reading an explanation, even if there's a long-winded introduction, I can skim it, which is, yes, superior to trying to fast-forward a video, because my brain doesn't need a clumsy slider bar! (Ask me how well I managed the inscrutable expense reporting system at my last job, which was not only completely non-intuitive, but had no written manual, and used instructional videos for everything. A 7-minute video to tell me how to re-route a report that had been sent back to me? Seriously?))


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