For a number of years, I’ve been doing screencasts that help to teach others how to use WordPress – the majority of my work has been done for Envato, but I’ve also done some one-on-one screencasting as well as some screencasting for smaller teams.
Personally, I think it’s a really invaluable way to show people how to get started with using a given project without having to have them trudge through the documentation that often ships with software or with the manual that walks users through how to do a certain task.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m all for documentation, but I also know that when you’re sitting in your chair amidst all of this frustration and you have no idea where to turn, flipping through pages and pages of content hoping to find a solution isn’t always the best feeling in the world.
Anyway, the neat thing about screencasting is that aside from being able to show people how to use a project, it can always be a means by which we use to teach other people how to learn a new skill.
To me, that’s a really cool thing.
But up until this year – in fact, up until my latest round of screencasting – I always worked hard to make sure each video was as pristine as possible.
I don’t know if that’s always such a good idea, though.