Benefits of Video Diaries

-Eddie Yu of
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The benefits of keeping a diary has been widely researched, written and blogged about, and we all know that it’s a good thing to do. It’s a way to record your own personal history and heal yourself at the same time because as we all know, self healing in its highest form is being reflective and self aware of what’s going on inside our own heads.

Since we already know all the benefits of writing, what’s the difference between that and recording it on video?

Well, there are plenty of apps and websites where you can go to create a written diary, but as yet there are only a few which use video as the main format of recording.

Firstly there is a difference between ‘vlogging’ and creating a video diary, in the same way that blogging is different from writing a diary. The difference is that vlogging and blogging are predominantly public activities with the purpose of sharing, whereas diary and video diaries are private for personal storage and use.

It’s important to make that distinction since if you were looking to make a video diary for public sharing, for whatever reasons, then platforms like YouTube and Vimeo are perfect for the job, after all that’s their purpose!

One of the newer platforms for private video diary recording is Mindlogr, but first let’s discuss what makes video different, perhaps even better than writing.

It’s more fun

On the whole, once you get over the fact that you are recording a video (some people get video nervous) it’s generally a more fun experience. Not only are you talking to yourself, or your future self or someone you think might watch your video diary entries in the future, it’s like having a conversation with a good friend that won’t judge and won’t criticize!

It’s easier

We all know how long diary entries can sometimes take to write. On a good day I can write a diary entry in perhaps 10-15 minutes, but on some other days I might sit there writing a sentence at a time and really taking a long time maybe even up to 30-40 minutes. As time goes by, I found myself writing less and less because it took so long! Recording a video diary is much easier. In fact I found that in 5 minutes I can more or less say everything I would write in 20 minutes.

It’s more reflective

Strangely a side benefit, and a big side benefit, of recording a video instead of writing is that the process is much more reflective and healing. When you are writing, you are keeping all your thoughts in your own head and from a neuroscience perspective, that’s a very AD activity. AD stands for Auditory Digital- it means that you are processing your thoughts into language and words, in a somewhat detached modality, there is obviously a sensory experience underneath what your write about, but they are not re-experiencing it.

When you record a video, other modes of sensory experience are activated that makes the whole reflective process so much more powerful. For a start you are vocally expressing yourself which activates the audio part of your brain, and often recalling what you did will also activate the visual side of your brain as well. Whilst doing all this, you are emotionally feeling the recalled memory and since you are not translating it all to AD words, you feel the experience again and re-live it in way.

Let’s have a look at Mindlogr

Mindlogr is a new cloud platform which has been created as a video diary platform for diary users. There are all the typical features you might expect:

  • viewing and editing past video diary entries
  • easy search using tagging
  • managing your diary entries

But there are also some genuinely interesting and useful features which enhance your diary experience such as:

  • ability to categorize and create multiple diary books within one account
  • progress awards to show you how well you are diarising
  • changing skin design for each different diary book
  • mood charting
  • even appointing a custodian to your diary, someone who would get access if you were to pass away.

Clearly there’s been a lot of thought into the system and there are also plans to add even more interesting contextual data to supplement past diary entries that almost help to act as a second memory, and all these features are FREE.

Supplement data might be information like your weight, weather that day, where you went, even your tweets and Facebook updates. All using permission based access to other platforms already collecting this data like Fitbit, Withings, etc.

Imagine being able to look back at your life and having all that additional info about your day that suddenly brings it all back into vivid memory. How powerful is that!