I can't even begin to wrap my head around the year 2005. It's been phenomenal, for me personally and for videoblogging. Yes, I quite obviously did the right thing quitting my job a year ago. Now I've got a sweet new job, and this amazing exploding project known as Minnesota Stories.

Let's look at numbers!


To put it another way, you people watched about 80,000 Flash videos and nearly 40,000 Quicktime videos.


That's just crazy. Actually it's not the least bit crazy - it shows you how much people are thirsting for short, quirky, local, independent content. It also shows a growing number of people are willing to make that content, and share it in places like MN Stories and their own videoblogs. It shows this vlog revolution is just getting started.

Throw out your TV's? No, not anytime soon. But shut the dang thing off. There's too much good stuff out there. And we're making it. (Click those links people -- I SAID CLICK THOSE LINKS!)

New Years Resolution: Instead of watching a Family Guy rerun after dinner, watch a handful of vlogs on the laptop. Don't look back.

December 30, 2005 at 04:40 AM in Minnesota Stories | Permalink


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PS -- Hey local businesses, look at these numbers. Shouldn't you be advertising on Minnesota Stories? Call now, operators are standing by.

Posted by: chuck o. at Dec 30, 2005 4:54:18 AM

Congrats Chuck! I'm very impressed with the year vlogs have had, and I don't see it slowing down!

My news years resolution. Watch vlogs after work rather than Seinfeld reruns!

Posted by: Moe at Dec 30, 2005 9:40:29 AM

Video iPod or New Suit? Come on Chuck! Help me out.

Posted by: Paul at Dec 30, 2005 2:28:39 PM

Congrats on the great year. 2006 should be even better as more people understand and produce content for the format.

Posted by: Ed Kohler at Dec 30, 2005 2:38:49 PM

It's sites like this that might make me shell out for that video iPod. Cheers.

Posted by: Aaron Landry at Dec 30, 2005 3:17:06 PM

Sheeot. I gotta get off my ass and submit more content! Congrats and thanks for letting me take part in the experiment.

Posted by: starfire at Dec 30, 2005 4:37:21 PM

hmm, suits are nice, but you can't watch cool crap on them.
video ipods, for everybody!

where you been starfire? hows your xmas?
yes, mn stories needs you.
it might especially need you to babysit when i'm on vacation in a week, pretty please?

Posted by: chuck at Dec 30, 2005 5:12:05 PM

I almost spit out my sugarfreevanillahalfcaf upon seeing a huge Chuck in the paper today.
So cool!
Amy Irene just said she is passing the Media Whore crown to you for 2006. Polish it often.
Hope you and your lovely lady are stellar. Happy New Year!

Posted by: millertwin at Jan 1, 2006 2:52:26 PM


My sincere apologies for posting this as it is more off-topic than ever.
I don't know if you remember me, but my name is Ashley Rawlins. I'm the
little girl who was "friends" with Crystal aka Space Waitress. We have
not spoken in a couple years, as we decided it probably wasn't right for
us to, but I wanted to know if she's still friends with you. Is she okay?

You don't have to answer me, but I suppose it's just the New Year and I
was concerned about how an old friend was doing, that's all. You know,
just seeing how she was doing.

Hope to hear from you soon.


Posted by: Ashley at Jan 1, 2006 5:30:57 PM

How about some kind of guided tour or gentle introduction to MN stories?


Posted by: Dan at Jan 1, 2006 6:56:12 PM

the reason i love minnesota stories is because i've never seen anything quite like it. currently i live in boston and people here don't have the time (or desire) to smile and say "hello", let alone take the time to do something as creative as you have. that's why i'm so excited to be moving to minneapolis in three weeks! i know it's crazy to move to the midwest in the dead of winter, but we're the adventurous type. plus, we can't wait to live in a city where people know what it's like to have fun. bostonians wouldn't know fun if it slapped them in the face.

keep it up. i love it!

ps) ever think of starting a minneapolist/twincitiesist? do you think there's a need? (use www.bostonist.com for reference). just curious.

Posted by: honey bunny at Jan 1, 2006 10:22:10 PM