It’s been a couple years now, since the CSS Reboot that lead to the internets knowing who the heck “Matt Brett” is. I’ve done a lot in that time. Produced dozens of ramblings about video games, and life in general. Made a name for myself as a decent designer. Launched a couple of projects that made a pretty big splash. And kept everyone up-to-date on my personal life via Twitter and Flickr. Along the way, I’ve crossed paths with people from all over the world via all of the aforementioned platforms and then some. But I’ve never met a single one face-to-face. Can you believe that? I’ve never been to one of those big, expensive conferences – which is the best place to meet people in the industry. And there’s only a handful of people that I frequently mingle with online that live remotely close. It’s kind of sad, now that I’ve put this all together. But I’m trying to reach out a bit here.

With the baby coming in just a few short weeks (due January 28), we got ourselves a video camera. Deanna‘s parents live on the other side of the country and my Mom’s about 5 hours away, so we don’t see each other as often as we’d like. Obviously, they’re going to miss out on a lot of the great baby moments that are yet to come, and we thought we could fill the void a bit by filming lots and getting the videos online so everyone’s in the leap, one way or another.

I thought this would be a great opportunity to get myself out there a bit more, and start publishing some videos of my own. I know it’s not face-to-face, but it’s one step closer and a hell of a lot more personal than reading a pile of text on screen. I joined Viddler and have posted a couple videos so far. I actually did a MeToday and rambled on a bit, about nothing in particular.

Clearly, I’m a bit rusty – I used to co-host a weekly show on MuchMusic (Canadian music television channel) a few years back. But I’ll get better, and my videos more interesting with time.

If you’re on Viddler, toss me a friend request. Online video is the next best thing to actually meeting in person, and I love learning more about the people I connect with so often but have never actually met.

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I don’t think I’d have the confidence to film myself as I’d be pretty boring, not to mention people may have a hard time understanding my accent :p You’re right though – it’s way more personal and makes things a lot more interesting.

Keep on filming. You didn’t seem to ramble, in fact you seemed really relaxed. Ooh, maybe in the next one we can meet the cats? I like animals 🙂

Watched the vid earlier yesterday morning after seeing your twitter post, it was good. Couldn’t stop laughing about the "baby poop and stuff…".

I’ve thought about doing a vid for months and months but go with what rockers said there wouldn’t be a cat in hells chance that any one over the water would understand a bit of what I am saying. They’d just switch off.

p.s. Holy crap Gaius is a big cat!

That’s totally sweet… and I agree with everyone above that is definitely more personal. I have been following your blog for a while now b/c you seem like a rad guy… the video just confirms it more 🙂

congratulations on the baby. Viddler looks cool I think i might sign up and use it for my site as well. =D

looking forward to the new website design.

I had always imagined you with a different voice. Awesome to actually see you in person; I’ve started off on Viddler and will send you a request shortly.

Definitely looking forward to the post that’ll feature the new baby pics (assuming you’ll post some up.) It’s still hard to believe that it’s already that time for her to be born.

It feels like yesterday that you blogged about your wife being pregnant. :o)

Oh and, I see Hannah is still doing pretty well on Halo 3! I love it.

Nice to hear so many of you are liking seeing me "in person". 🙂

@Andy Croll: You can read about the demise of Dashboard Themes here.

@Rockers Delight: Aw, the ones with the accents are the most fun! But then again, I probably talk funny to you, and not at all what you were expecting.

Oh, and I posted a video of Gaius just yesterday.

@Gavin: Gaius is our little cat. Wait until you see Shiznit!

@Kiley: I didn’t see that, actually. Thanks for the link. 🙂

@Vidar: Yeah, I co-hosted a weekly show called Go with the Flow from 2000-2002.

@roraz: I’ve been using the new Sony camcorder we got recently. Pretty happy with it. Beats using my iMac’s iSight.

I haven’t seen many, if not, then none at all, web designers who publish video of themself… it’s nice to put personality to designer, and see what the day in the life of really is 😀

Random, but now I know why you look familiar. I used to watch MuchMusic all the time before it changed and became less cool. That’s really sweet. The video-blog is definitely cool, keep it up.

Very cool! I hear ya, networking is wonderful via: IM, internet, blogs, etc. I don’t get to go to a lot of big conferences either. But it is nice to see/meet people in person or video. You get a better feel for some-ones personality!

Nice work and congrats on the baby on the way! I look forward to seeing more.

Very cool way to branch out. Interesting to learn that you have not met a single online friend in person.

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