My internship this summer at Glow has made me realize how much I love recording screenshots.
They have a habit of attaching a short screen recording to batches of code that they want reviewed by other engineers, where they show what they’ve changed and walk through the code a bit.
I hadn’t seen that done before, and I’ve discovered that I really enjoy recording them.
Perhaps it’s because I enjoy talking! I like explaining my work to people, because usually I’m excited about it — especially in the moment, when the solutions I came up with are fresh in my mind.
It also gives me an opportunity to explain things that were previously just in my head. Somehow a video lets me bring people into my headspace and to show them how I was thinking.
I’ve started sometimes sending short screencasts back to people when they ask me questions over email. It’s faster than typing a lot, and I feel like you gain a new dimension of abilities to explain things.
But again, most of all, I think I just enjoy talking.