Taking it back to the old school…

As my “One year in Chicago” anniversary approaches, I am reminded of some of the first video I created.  I really like this one.  It was created at SOBcon08 for a videoblog contest that was sponsored by Utterz.  The challenge was to promote your blog (not the content of the blog) in under a minute. I didn’t know anything about editing at that time, so I knew I had to shoot it one cut. i didn’t even have the JenChicago idea fleshed out yet, so there is a different web address at the end. Which is also why this is it’s first appearance on this site. Ironic, since this blog is the “blah, blah, blah…” I speak of in the video.

It makes me smile to see this.  It reminds me how free and energetic I felt to be embarking on a whole new way of life!  I was going for my dream and had, seemingly, never felt so certain about anything.  I didn’t have any idea how I would do it, I just knew I had to… That’s a good feeling.

And I am TOTALLY my mom in this video!  I see her in me and I love it.  I love that she read to me.  I love that she fluctuated her voice to differentiate the characters and add excitement.  Once, she thought I could read before I really could. But I had just memorized her reading “The Monster At The End Of The Book” to me.  (Hmm… maybe that’s part of my love of movie quotes.)

PS: How funny that I didn’t even have much of a blog going at the time either. Hey… sometimes you gotta fake it til you make it.


Jen Knoedl is Executive Producer of JenChicago Productions, as well as its enthusiastic video host. Click here to find out about sponsorship and partnering opportunities regarding travel, Chicago and entrepreneurship. Tweet Jen at @JenTravelsLife


  1. Marcie Ramirez says:

    I TOTALLY remember watching this video way back when! :)

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