I have done close to 40 videos on YouTube and I have heard on several occasions that I should put a video of myself down in the lower right corner of my demonstrations. I have mixed feelings about this. One, I think having my face in the video and seeing me speak may be good to ‘connect’ with my viewers but I can’t get passed the space it takes on the screen. The real-estate is hard to deal with already and I kind of feel having me on the screen would just be a kind of narcissism. I have watched many videos and the kinds of videos I create don’t normally have a live feed of the presenter; however, there are some exceptions. I have somewhat modeled my videos after Khan Academy, although I am nowhere near as good as him, he saves the real-estate for the content. So I think content is key with this kind of video. There is also the presentation of myself. I would have to actually “look good”, maybe record in a different room (one without a ceiling fan). Possibly get an actual camera versus the laptop camera. etc, etc.
What do you think? Would this be a good thing or a wasted effort?