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I love videos. And I love reading. So much that I regularly upload some to YouTube and Vimeo. Videos: the needle in a haystack

I love videos. And I love reading. So much that I regularly upload some to YouTube and Vimeo. And the reading I do inspired me to write a book of my own. Go have a look and let me know what you prefer – moving images, still images or text.

To me, they all serve a different purpose. The information I share in my book would probably not work well in a video. If I ever sell the movie rights we’d have to adjust the content for the new format. Then again, short videos are great to share some highlights from the book – and we did that. Still images can be used to make things pretty – like book covers or your walls. I’ve done that, too.

When I was looking for a piece of information the other day I was forced to watch a 15 minute video. It contained a lot of fluff, and all I needed was the golden nugget of information that was buried somewhere in the haystack. My speed reading skills don’t seem to apply to watching videos, and I was forced to waste 14 minutes of my life that I’ll never get back.

They all serve a purpose, and they have to know their place. For me, videos and images need to supplement, or illustrate. If have to rely solely on a video to get a small piece information I think I’d rather apply my rule of selective ignorance and pass on the “opportunity”.

Wilko van de Kamp Author

WILKO VAN DE KAMP is the author of #1 international best seller The Freedom Project and several other books and e-books. He's also an award-winning photographic artist, and professional world traveler. His inspiration comes from traveling all over the world. He calls the Canadian Rocky Mountains his home, and the rest of the world his office. He has been capturing our wonderful planet, and it's beautiful inhabitants, for more than half his life. Wilko has spent his life traveling the world to capture awe-inspiring images for those who wouldn't see them otherwise, and to inspire others to embark on their journey of a lifetime. Through his art, writing and appearances as a keynote speaker he enjoys sharing his colorful experiences with the world. Visit him online at www.wilko.ca