A while ago I bought a flip camcorder (thanks to the power of social networking!). They are brilliant, you press a button it records, the same one stops, you plug in to a usb and hey-presto you’re done.
Elizabeth loves it, thinks it’s brill in the way that all toddlers play up to cameras. When I bought it, Elizabeth had started to finish of sentences of books she loves. She does it all the time and it was the perfect thing to record and to show to friends and family living in far flung places. The first one we did was Tabby McTat, then hastily through a host of Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler titles. It was all going really well and I was getting loads of people saying how wonderful they were and then I had a comment which took the wind out of my sails.
Now I am not averse to gentle criticism, but this one was cutting! I won’t repeat it all here, but the first line started “What a brilliant video of how to hold back your child’s reading progress.” and ended with “What a pompous stupid man why doesn’t he have a proper conversation with his child and then introduce her gradually to a few letters and their sounds”.
That was at the beginning of November, and it has taken until now to do another one. Not because I think the comment was wrong (I have no idea who the person who commented was, and she was wrong on absolutely every point), but because it made me think about what I was doing so much that the camera stayed in my bag.
A couple of days ago, I sat with Elizabeth while she was playing with Jet’s iPhone, and she was brilliant. She knew exactly what to do, and when. She was receiving praise and reacting to it in wonderful ways and not getting put off when she got it wrong – perfect for a new vid.
I came to the conclusion that I should follow in blogging what I do in everything else – be myself. So what if some people don’t like it, that will happen, I am going to keep going!
I am so glad I did, I have posted a couple of video’s since writing this, and have had some amazing comments. People at work, children’s authors/publishers, twitterers, family and last night a lovely comment on YouTube as a result of Elizabeth saying Happy Christmas. Thank you all for your support – I will keep going!
…come on, help us over the next milestone!