Post Vloggercon Funk

Someone asked me the other day how I was. I said, “Good. Frustrated but good.” It means that I’m figuring things out – behind the scenes.

31 thoughts on “Post Vloggercon Funk

  1. sounds like you’re experiencing what it’s like to be an introvert. i experience the same thing after every day i spend socializing :-)

  2. Exactly. I felt much the same way after getting home from Vloggercon. Maybe we can name it the “post-vloggercon blues”? It’s like the weekend zapped all my social energy. That’s what happens to introverts. They need to re-charge after intense amounts of socializing. Thanks for sharing, and it was awesome to meet you! You were so welcoming to my husband and I.

  3. I felt the same way when SXSW ended. I felt so alone and isolated in SLC leaving all the interesting people behind.

    I feel much better after leaving Vloggercon because I know I can still see these people on their vlogs. Vloggercon actually inspired me to work harder and try new things.

    I’m sending good karma your way. I’ve got enough to share. Take some.

  4. Two thoughts – not sure if they are related.

    1. I’ve never thought of myself as an extrovert but when I took the Myers-Briggs test I rated as an ENTJ – E for extrovert. The profile really fits me so I feels accurate.

    2. Though I sometimes feel this way after lots of socializing it’s not always connected with that. For me it’s a symptom of my consciousness working stuff out, artistically, in the background.

  5. I felt like I was in a whirling daze the whole time.
    So much was going on, so many people, it was amazing but I couldn’t comprehend it. I came back not really sure what I got out of it, but then I found myself talking more about vlogs then I ever have before, and realized how (subliminally?) energized I was. Maybe after letting it soak in. Yeah, that subconscious thing.

  6. Yup, I fully expected to get that same funk after the event (because I always do after these sorts of things)–but it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. I went on our big annual camping trip we do every year with all of our college friends right after I got back. So I went from one great event to another. After two of those in a row I just was so exhasted to even know if it was all real. I just wanted to sleep. I am slowly but surely getting my energy back. But I feel good that I made some new connections and am inspired to do more things–thanks to everyone who put in all the hard work to make Vloggercon happen.

  7. I’m so glad you made this video. Definately my favorite “talking head” so far.
    I don’t think it matters whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert in this situation. If you’re in a group of people who are excited about the “same” thing and are talking about it and building connections with the other people and you’re feeling a bit “high” from it – there’s gonna be a downspiral.
    For the entire week after Vloggercon I was still on that high and just now I’m coming down. It doesn’t make it any easier but it’s nice to know I’m not the only one in a funk.

  8. I hear ya, michael.
    i go through the ‘figuring shit out’ mode constantly… And i am an introvert ;)

    a man with too many ideas can lose his mind. drill down, dont worry, be happy.
    or something like that.

    “stay tuned, always!”

  9. I feel your pain… the day Rudy and I got home we wished that we didn’t live so far away from such a wonderful community of like-minded people. We can truly say that we love you and miss you, Michael Verdi!

  10. Michael…Come up to Philly and visit Jen Simmons and I’ll take you both sailing. We can kick back a couple cold ones and bust on Bush! Yall Texans don’t get sea sick?

  11. I think those periods of down time are an important part of the creative process. I like to call those periods the ebb time…. waiting patiently to flow again with some kind of inspiration. We made a vlog called Ebb during videoblogging week. Thanks for sharing, your thoughts. I like the way you edited the wordless moments. It really captured that kind of mood.

    I took the Myers Briggs too, and found out I am INFJ. I always feel kind of overwhelmed and quiet in crowds, even when I like what is going on. Vloggercon was intense but it was great to meet so many creative people.

  12. vloggers are in a constant battle over how much to commit to this thing. when you enter a room with a couple of hundred people all asking the same question there is no escaping the pull. you go home with renewed comittment. maybe %100 this time. and then there is your life again. and that is what vlogging is about. so, great post verdi!

  13. My video response
    Hey Michael. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings about this all. I watched and grabbed my camera and shot this response. Raw and unedited. It probably won’t even fast start. Oh well it’s late and I just wanted to respond. Thanks again.

  14. crap I really want to watch this. No Quicktime… but Flash works. A bit slow from Serbia, but it will work… except this HP Vectra doesn’t seem to have sound. Didn’t you have to buy sound cards separately on PCs – like sound is an “extra” feature. Duh! Dumb PCs. I’ve got a 5 1/4 inch floppy drive, though. That could be handy :-0

  15. Great video Anthony. I hear you about just as you get over the “Wow! I finally met him/her!”, you leave. I remember feeling like that after the first Vloggercon. So much so that I worked out a way to spend a month in New York sleeping on people’s couches. Over the last year and a half I’ve spent enough time with Jay and Ryanne that our friendship feels more like a “regular” friendship. So anyway, that Vlog Camp idea is sounding really good to me for August or September…

    Jen – all of those videos you guys made during videoblogging week are fantastic. The feel very true and intimate. And, yeah, the “rut” thing that you talk about in the Ebb video is definitely part of what I’m feeling. I also think that a rut can be something that your doing that works (or worked) but is just old. Like sometimes I get the urge to rearrage the furniture. Not because there is anything wrong with where it’s at but just because it’s been sitting there for a long time. So it feels like time to do a little redecorating.

  16. Vlog camp sounds great. You know it is really nice up here in the Adirondacks of New York. Tons of great camps. There are even some nice conference center/camps up here.
    Vlog Camp. I can see it now…. making smores and chillin with all my vlogger buddies. Ahhhh.

  17. I know this feeling all to well, everytime I travel…on returning home, it is like this feeling has waiting at my house soaking up the blues only to splat on me the minute I open the front door…
    hope to make it to vloggercon next year or a related event in the near future…

  18. Processing…data…filing…output arrives later. Would someone please explain what I need and how to in order to get a clean video with poetry reading up…please.

  19. I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE FEELING. I had the same thing when I came back from Europe after being away from America for a month. Felt it again when I came back to SA after living in NYC. It’s like INTELLECTUAL LONLINESS. You’ve just been introduced to new thoughts and ideas and your mind is totally confused on how to apply them in what once seemed to be a life that didn’t need fixing. But once you film it, you feel a little bit better.

    -taxiplasm

  20. i am just seeing this video.
    that face at the end “and i felt like recording it and i’m gonna put it on the internet!” exactly.

    those days, those freak out what the fuck am i doing days. yep
    been having those a lot lately.

    they come and go though. so that’s something, yeah?

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