Fiddle With Yarn Thoughts
A great question came in informally to wondering the following:
Why do tutorial hosts fiddle so much with they yarn when a video is started? Seems to be a common thing… there must be a reason.
Filming an instructional video is a tough process. With millions of people who access the videos, everyone has a different learning speed and preference to the way they learn. As a tutorial host, there’s not a clear answer to hosting a tutorial video other than to find your own video style and determine what works for the people who follow you.
In the beginning, I was too yappy. Too much conversation or fiddling as the crocheter is saying. Some hosts like to talk and sometimes go off topic and sideline with stories that are not really part of the education. Trust me, it’s easy to do. I have personal queues that I have come to identify when I am off topic or even obsessively rambling. For me, I cut the losses on the segment, stop and restart again. All videos I do have outtakes.
You see, some hosts are chatty others are right to the point. You have to find hosts that match your style and, of course, you can always fast forward ahead if you feel you know what you are doing and just want to get to the motion of the hook too.
I have come to learn that as I have grown, so does the majority of the crocheters who follow along on a regular basis. So the beginnings, I don’t need to slow down to show the basics. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work in my favour if a crocheter is new and is using the video as their beginning videos. Sometimes, new crocheters just jump to the next level without really being the next level.
One of the best hosts of YouTube is Teresa Richardson. She will always be the godmother of crochet tutorials on YouTube. Teresa and I have two very different approaches. Teresa’s videos are right to the point and ready to crochet as soon as you press play. For me, if I am about to learn something, I need a quick explanation to share the direction of the tutorial so I can determine whether 2 – 3 minutes down the video that I won’t be led astray. So we had two different approaches which appeals to different people.
I learned after a while, not to treat each video as if someone was brand new to crochet. So I had to change a bit… and after I had met Daniel, he gave me constructive advice on restructuring the videos.
At one point, I decided to cut out the introduction about the instructions and just started to crochet right away… and that didn’t go over so well. People want to know more about the pattern. You see, just talking for a minute or 2 about the pattern instructions, people pick up the act of reading the patterns. In many ways, the video isn’t just tell you the instructions to do but showing you how the instructions are matching the patterns.
So I think sometimes there’s a madness to the method of why tutorials don’t start immediately for the action of the hook. Each tutorial host has their own flavour in the way they teach. What works for some people, doesn’t work for another. So if a crocheter sends me a note that I am not a great teacher… I’m okay with that because there are choices and people teach differently.
The other day, I apologized for a long winded explanation for a wave afghan. I couldn’t do it without going into such long detail. I felt I was breaking my own rhythm and style but believed it was an exception to my personal rule.
Reminds me a bit the first few days of school when you switch teachers at the beginning of a school year. You have to get into the swing in the way they teach. Their jokes, timing, attitude and much more. So it’s an adjustment. Trust me though, I have had some teachers that made the year a living nightmare. Unfortunately, as kid, you don’t really have the choice to switch teachers if you are not connecting but as a YouTube Host, you can always flip to another channel to find a host that you gel with the most. That’s the great thing about YouTube, there are many different personalities and educators willing to teach for free.