December 28, 2011 By Kristy Fifelski
I launched GovGirl.com on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2011. I had already been blogging for a year on online government, but I wanted to try using video to connect with a larger audience. The results were not what I expected. From the outset, I envisioned GovGirl as a place for other women in digital government to share their own videos and converse on this platform. What I didn’t realize, being the ham that I am, is that getting techies to feel comfortable using video as a medium is HARD. Alas, I am now "the GovGirl" and my mug will probably reign on the site until I can find equally hammy sisters to share the space with me. Here we are at the end of 2011 and over 10,000 video views later. Videos are now shot in HD and I have an external mic that gives me great audio. Some of the earlier videos were a little rough around the edges! We’ve explored the digital divide, hosting civic hackathons, open source in government, the art of sock puppetry and much more. Thank you to everyone over the last year who has re-tweeted, shared, laughed at, and encouraged more GovGirl videos. =) Looking forward to 2012. The countdown, by most views:
I truly cannot even watch this one anymore. It was the inaugural episode, and it was the cheesiest thing to ever come out of my kitchen (my ‘studio’ was my spare bedroom, actually). Anyway, watch for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.
This video should be number one! It is my all-time favorite GovGirl video, and I shot all the scenes in one day. It’s got Chuck Norris, sock puppets, my famous Michael Jackson moves…and my ferret does a cameo at the end. Make me smile every time (I’m probably 700 of the views).
I think I got the advance viewing of the new website at like 10:30p.m. the night before, so I had to record (and edit) this video in time to release it at 8 a.m. in the morning. Very tired the next day, but it was worth it to give my review of their uniquely designed portal.
Still getting my feet wet in the fourth GovGirl episode, I received a great response with this lighthearted video. It’s okay for governments to have fun with residents and have a sense of humor on social media. Plus, I got to throw in a sock puppet and had my first ‘guest stars’.
This video surpassed number 2 above in video views just yesterday! I can only imagine that people are doing some product shopping because of the holidays. In this video, I reviewed my new HP Pavilion dm1 laptop as a great one to bring along to government conferences. After going heavy on the editing in previous videos, I was proud to do this video all in one take.
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Kristy is known as "GovGirl" in the government technology industry. She is a former city government web manager who has a passion for social media, technology and the lighter side of government life.
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