New Media Interchange

New Media/Social Media Jobs Available – Search by Location and Keyword

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Join the Dog Days of Podcasting – 30 Day Podcasting Challenge – Starts July 30th, 2013

Fellow Friends in Tech member, Kreg Steppe started the first Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge in 2012, as a way to kickstart his own podcasting efforts. I missed that announcement, but I am jumping on board for this years challenge and you should too! What a great way to try out new styles, new shows, new ideas and generally get your podcasting feet moving!

Join the Dog Days of Podcasting Challenge!

From the Dog Days of Podcasting web site…

What is the Dog Days of Podcasting?

Essentially, it is a challenge to do a podcast for 30 days in a row.

In 2012 Kreg Steppe was looking to give himself a little push in regards to recording his own personal podcast since he wasn’t recording it very often. That turned into a challenge for himself to record a show everyday for 30 days believing that after 30 days it would turn into a habit. Once it was mentioned to Chuck Tomasi he took the challenge too and they decided it would be a great idea to record starting 30 days before Dragon*Con, culminating with the last episode where they would record it together when they saw each other there.

Turns out there were some of our friends that also wanted to get in on the action and took the challenge too. So it grew into a challenge 7 of us took.

This year we are inviting more podcasters to get in on the action. Keep in mind, it’s a fun challenge, and you will not be shamed (too much) if you don’t record every 30 day. It is kind of like the way Drew Carey describes “Whose line is it anyway?”. A fun game were we earn points, but the points don’t matter.

What matters is that we all have fun recording and listening to each other.

Start Date: July 30th, 2013 End Date: August 30th, 2013 Rules: Podcast Once a day for 30 days. Show length is up to you. Most vary from 3 – 5 Min.I’ll be posting my daily shows here during the challenge, but I will also be including my usual podcast selection as part of the 30 days, so you should see podcasts on careers, new media, gardening, technology and more!

Filed under: Audio, Blogging, Elsewhere, Events, New Media, New Media Challenge, News, podcast, podcasting, Show

New Media/Social Media Jobs Available – Search by Location and Keyword

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Subscribed 38: EthosLab – Minecraft Done Technical

Subscribed 38: EthosLab – Minecraft Done Technical

Today’s edition of Subscribed is another member of the Mindcrack Server, like BDoubleO, VintageBeef and others. Etho is one of the foremost members of the group and has (as of this writing) 860K+ subscribers to his YouTube Channel. Etho takes on the more technical side of Minecraft, developing amazing machines and processes within the vanilla version of Minecraft — something that, in some cases, isn’t easy to do. 

Ethos also has a wry sense of humor that comes out during his individual videos and also in his co-op play with other members of the Mindcrack server. While the more technical videos are a bit beyond my Minecraft skills at the moment, I usually watch just to see what amazing stuff can be done within the Minecraft environment and hear Etho’s unique take.

Recent Prank Video from the Mindcrack Server

Watch some of Ethos recent videos in this playlist

What are some of your favorite Subscriptions? Share them here in the comments!

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Subscribed is a Careers in New Media series  highlighting the Podcasts, YouTube Channels and Blogs that I follow on a daily basis. Check out this entry, and past entries, for some great New Media Content — Douglas


Filed under: Elsewhere, New Media, Subscribed, Video, YouTube

New Media Gear 20: Headphone Recommendations

New Media Gear 20: Headphone Recommendations

My old — and rather inexpensive — set of headphones are on their last legs, and since I am moving into more on-location video production I decided I needed at least one new pair. I put out the call for headphone recommendations on both the Podcast Community Group on Facebook and the Podcasters list on Yahoo. As usual, I received a host of great recommendations.

For the time begin, I picked up a rather inexpensive pair of headphones at the local Radio Shack store as I had a discount coupon available and they are nearby. These will get me by for a while and I will continue checking out all the further recommendations for a more expensive set for the future.

Radio Shack: AUVIO® Foldable Headphones

Auvio headphones

Read the main conversation on the Facebook Podcast Community in this thread.

Headphone recommendations:

From this list, I am leaning towards the Sony headphones.  I have used them professional environment before and liked both their sounds and their fit. It was great to be reminded of them as a possibility.

Previously on New Media Gear:

 

Filed under: Hardware, New Media, New Media Gear, Technology

Subscribed 37: Podcast Community on Facebook

Subscribed 037: Podcast Community on Facebook

This week’s Subscribed entry is a bit of a departure as it isn’t a podcast, YouTube Channel or blog, but rather a Facebook community dedicate to Podcasting. The Podcast Community has nearly 800 members and a depth of new media information not found in many other places.

The Podcast Community is a place for questions and discussions, not just announcements of upcoming shows and guests. If you have a new media question, this is one of the best places to get it answered. You’ll find a wide variety of advice, guidance and support in this community.

Podcast community

What are some of your favorite Subscriptions? Share them here in the comments!

Previously highlighted on Subscribed:

Subscribed is a Careers in New Media series  highlighting the Podcasts, YouTube Channels and Blogs that I follow on a daily basis. Check out this entry, and past entries, for some great New Media Content — Douglas


Filed under: Blogging, New Media, Subscribed

New Media/Social Media Jobs Available – Search by Location and Keyword

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Subscribed 36: The Rusted Vegetable Garden with Gary Pilarchik

Subscribed 36: The Rusted Vegetable Garden with Gary Pilarchik

Both a blog and YouTube Channel, Gary provides a wealth of gardening information. I subscribe to both the blog and the YouTube Channel, although I discovered him through his channel first. I find myself making lots of notes when I watch his videos. I am trying to grow more vegetables her in my garden and I find that my 40 year old knowledge of vegetable gardening can be quite lacking sometimes. It is great to have a straightforward demos and advice to turn to when I need a refresher.

Subscribe to Gary’s YouTube Channel

What are some of your favorite Subscriptions? Share them here in the comments!

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Subscribed is a Careers in New Media series  highlighting the Podcasts, YouTube Channels and Blogs that I follow on a daily basis. Check out this entry, and past entries, for some great New Media Content — Douglas

Filed under: Blogging, New Media, Subscribed, YouTube

Video: New Media Tip – Scheduling Blog Posts with WordPress and Blogger

Sometimes it can be useful to schedule blog posts to go out on a specific date and time. For example, you might be on vacation or away from your office, but still want that content to go out. Both WordPress and Blogger provide support for scheduled posts and this video shows how to use it.

 CINM thumb scheduling

 Can’t see the video above? Watch “New Media Tip – Scheduling Blog Posts with WordPress and Blogger” on my YouTube Channel.

Watch more New Media videos in this New Media Playlist

Recent New Media Tips…

Filed under: Blogging, New Media, podcast, podcasting, Show, Software, Technology, Video, YouTube

My Favorite New Media Things for April 2013 – Douglas E. Welch

My Favorite Things

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

Links to all of these items, and more, are on my Pinterest Feed.

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Filed under: Blogging, Hardware, My Favorite Things, New Media, podcasting, Software, Technology

Subscribed 35: Houzz.com

Subscribed 35: Houzz.com

Houzz screen

Houzz.com is one of my main sources for new thoughts on home and garden these days. I originally thought of it only as a way of finding home furnishing and design ideas, but I quickly discovered it also contains a huge amount of gardening and landscaping content, too. If you follow my social media accounts, you will find I am often sharing articles from Houzz.com. Sometimes these articles are about the design of a garden — both landscape and hardscape. At other times, there are great review articles of a particular type of plant or plants for specific uses and locations. This is one of the few sites where I subscribe to both the RSS feed and the Houzz.com Email Newsletter so I am sure to never miss a great article.

Houzz.com also has companion iPhone/iPad and Android apps for your mobile devices.

What are some of your favorite Subscriptions? Share them here in the comments!

Previously highlighted on Subscribed:

Subscribed is a Careers in New Media series  highlighting the Podcasts, YouTube Channels and Blogs that I follow on a daily basis. Check out this entry, and past entries, for some great New Media Content — Douglas

Filed under: New Media, Subscribed, Technology

New Media Prescription: Your blog’s editorial calendar starts with your personal calendar

In my New Media Consulting business, I am often asked, “How do I get started? What should I blog about? When should I do it?” With most clients, the first place to start in developing some sort of editorial calendar for a blog begins with their very own personal calendar. The milestones in your calendar — those important events — are the beginning of any great blog.

While most people see their calendar as a reminder of upcoming events, each item on your calendar can and should drive various new media activities, as well. There are blog posts to be written and published weeks or even months ahead of the event itself. With such a ready supply of “content” for your blog, why not start here?

Both readers and search engines love a regular flow of content from blogs, podcasts and YouTube Channels. It will make them return again and again. It will lead them to subscribe to your mailing lists, RSS Feeds and Channels. When they do this, they are giving you permission to enter into their lives whenever you have something interesting to say. Do not abuse this permission, but also do not ignore their desire for new information, new content, new videos, etc.

Calendar

The Calendar Blog Process

If you want to get started with your blog — or add more content to an existing blog — here is a process I use. It all begins with my calendar.

Find the next immediate event on your calendar that you want to share with others. For this event, and subsequent events, do most or all of these steps.

  • Look back 1 month, 1 week and 1 day before the event and place calendar reminders to post event information to your blog on these days.
  • Create blog posts noting these events. Included further information as it becomes available closer to the event
    • If possible, pre-write your blog posts and schedule them to automatically post on the appropriate day.
    • If the event is a ticketed/RSVP event, note when ticket sales and registration begin
      • It is as important to post this information, at this time, as the information/date of the actual event, as people may need to purchase tickets/RSVP quickly.
      • Create a blog post describing the event and linking to the Ticket/RSVP page
      • Post (or schedule the post) to appear on your blog 1 day before tickets go on sale or the RSVP list opens. (Watch this blog for an upcoming video on how to schedule posts for WordPress and Blogger blogs)
    • If your event is not ticketed, publish your first post about the event at least 1 month ahead or sooner if possible.
      • Typically this post is in the form of a “Save the Date” post with as many details as you can provide ahead of time.
  • Share photos, video and links from previous similar events, if you attended in the past
    • Remember to collect as much content as possible during each event, so that you have plenty of content to include for subsequent occurrences
  • Repeat this for every event in your calendar, creating a constant schedule of calendar items to drive regular posts on your blog and promote your activities.
    • Make a point of including these blog posting dates (1 month, 1 week, 1 day before) for each event as you add it to your calendar.
    • “Working in Reverse” will insure that you do not “forget” to promote your events in the future.
  • Schedule Followup Posts
    • Add an event to your calendar NO MORE THAN 1 WEEK, after. Post photos, videos and a recap of the event for those that could not attend.
      • General Rule: The longer photos and video stay in your camera, the LESS LIKELY you will be to post them
      • Followup recaps are, in some ways, even more important than the pre-event announcements, as they contain information and content for those who could not attend the actual event, as well as reminders of the information for those that did.
      • Recaps allow attendees to easily share your content with their audience. This allows you to effect an even wider audience.

Further Notes:

  • A badly promoted event is a waste of time for you and everyone involved
    • This is especially true if you are not being paid for the event. In these cases, promotion of yourself and your work may be the only payment you receive. Don’t squander this opportunity by failing to promote well.
    • Sometimes you may need to do the majority of the promotion if the event organizers do not promote it fully. It is in your own best interest to do so, even though it is extra work. Don’t rely on organizers.
  • Promote your events and activities — even if the public cannot attend — so that your blog readers can at least see and hear about your work
    • Post photos, video and notes about these events/share as much as you can
    • Give your readers a look “behind the scenes” whenever you can. This is very popular content for most readers.
  • Promote your colleagues and friends events using these methods and ask them to do the same with yours
    • When someone shares your content, they are willingly providing you access to their entire network. This often includes people who are unfamiliar with your work.
    • Everyone involved with an event should make a point to promote everyone else involved in that event. It greatly expands the audience exposed to your promotion.
    • Create pre-written blog posts, social media messages that people can cut and paste, ReTweet or Share. Reducing the work/friction involved in sharing makes it more likely that people will share your message.

It should be obvious that events are time sensitive. Do not miss the opportunity to fully promote your events. Put your promotion milestones in your calendar with as much importance as the event itself. Otherwise you may find yourself putting out great effort for very little reward.

Use this link for more posts in the New Media Prescription series


Filed under: Blogging, New Media, New Media Prescription, Social

Video Camera Recommendations Wanted – What do you like?

Updated: April 11, 2013, 1024pm PDT

I posted this to Facebook and Twitter earlier, but wanted to include it here on the blog, too.

Camera Rec: Looking for HD cam with external mic input that records to SD Card. High consumer to low prosumer. Any thoughts?

I have some upcoming projects that call for an upgrade in my video camera equipment (and lights and microphones, etc), so I wanted to reach out to all of you to see what recommendations you might have. One of my main needs is some sort of external audio input for lavaliere and shotgun mics.

So far, I have received one recommendation over on Faceboook. I will add others as they come in. Be sure to chime in on the other recommendations if you have some further information or comments.

Many thanks for any help you can offer!

Recommendations so far:

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Subscribed 32: Joy the Baker

Subscribed 32: Joy the Baker

Another great source of recipes for my never-ending desire for great cookie recipes — along with other recipes I can put to use in my own life. Joy the Baker always turns of a regular supply. I recently shared this Joy the Baker recipe for Honey Chamomile Soda that I came across a week or so ago. I am planning on trying to make a sparkling version of it when I have a few moments.

Joy the baker

Here’s how Joy describes herself…

“I’m Joy. I’m a baker. Had you guessed as much?

I’m currently hurtling into my thirties, trying to show the world, and my kitchen, what’s what.

I’m a self taught/ family taught/ taste buds taught baker.

I grew up in the kitchen in between my father, who makes a mean Sweet Potato Pie, and my mother, who makes a really weird purple hot dog casserole… don’t ask. Between my kitchen loving parents, the clinking cake pans, and the flying flour, it became clear that baking is in my blood.

I live in Los Angeles, by the beach. That’s where I do a majority of my living, working, eating, cocktailing and related horsing around.”

Check out Joy the Baker. Add it to your favorite feed reader. I think you will find some very interesting stuff there.

What are some of your favorite Subscriptions? Share them here in the comments!

Previously highlighted on Subscribed:

Subscribed is a Careers in New Media series  highlighting the Podcasts, YouTube Channels and Blogs that I follow on a daily basis. Check out this entry, and past entries, for some great New Media Content — Douglas

Filed under: Blogging, New Media, Subscribed

My Favorite New Media Things for March 2013

My Favorite Things

As always, let me know what types of interesting items you would like to see and I will keep an eye out for them especially. — Douglas

Links to all of these items, and more, are on my Pinterest Feed.

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Filed under: Elsewhere, New Media, Tips

Subscribed 31: FRANKIEonPCin1080p – Game reviews, critique and playthroughs

FRANKIEonPCin1080p – Game reviews, critique and playthroughs

I am not a big player of first person shooter (FPS) games, but many games these days have excellent story lines and watching an excellent player work their way through the game can take on some aspects of watching a television or movie drama. Frankie takes this to a new level with both a critical eye towards the games themselves and excellent commentary that actually adds something to the game itself. His video quality is also top notch and looks great on our new HD LCD tv.

Frankie

One of Frankie’s latest play through is the new game BioShock: Infinite. This game looks absolutely gorgeous in its art design and the game play, while a bit gory, is excellent too. It is a pleasure to watch Frankie’s play though of this and absorb the story through his actions.

Frankie also does a lot of videos of DayZ, a zombie scenario FPS based mod for the ARMA II engine. In these playthroughs he engages in a bit of role play and storyline which adds a lot to the videos.

If you are wondering what the state of the art is in gaming today, Frankie’s videos are a great place to start.

What are some of your favorite Subscriptions? Share them here in the comments!

Previously highlighted on Subscribed:

Subscribed is a Careers in New Media series  highlighting the Podcasts, YouTube Channels and Blogs that I follow on a daily basis. Check out this entry, and past entries, for some great New Media Content — Douglas

Filed under: New Media, Subscribed, Video, YouTube

New Media Vocabulary: Widget/Web Widget

New media vocab logo

New Media Vocabulary: Widget

“In computing, a web widget is a software widget for the web. It’s a small application with limited functionality that can be installed and executed within a web page by an end user. A widget has the role of a transient or auxiliary application, meaning that it just occupies a portion of a webpage and does something useful with information fetched from other websites and displayed in place. Other terms used to describe web widgets include:[citation needed] portlet, web part, gadget, badge, module, webjit, capsule, snippet, mini and flake. Widgets are typically created in DHTML, JavaScript, or Adobe Flash.

Widgets often take the form of on-screen device (clocks, event countdowns, auction-tickers, stock market tickers, flight arrival information, daily weather etc.).” — Wikipedia.org

Widgets are an important part of any web site these days. Myself alone I use widgets of some sort on nearly any page of my blogs or web site. I use them to link to Amazon books, cookbooks from Cookbook Cafe, show off my Twitter follower, Facebook or Google+ follower numbers and much more. Widgets allow anyone, regardless of their prowess with HTML, include high-end (and very useful features) on their web sites without having to write their own programs.

YouTube videos which are embedded in blogs and web sites are another great use for a “widget.” Bloggers need only copy the provided code from YouTube and then paste that code into their pages or blog post.  These “embeds” allow the easy spreading of content while still rewarding the original content creator.

For more information on Widget/Web Widget:

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New Media/Social Media Jobs Available – Search by Location and Keyword

Check out our list of New Media jobs (and others) available via SimplyHired.com.

Enter your location for jobs close to you. You can also search on other keywords.

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New Media Tip: Linking and Embedding specific sections of a YouTube video

When sharing YouTube videos, we often just link to the entire video and let people decide what they want to watch. While this is fine for short videos, sometimes we would rather refer people to just a specific portion of a much longer video. Perhaps we are highlighting a quote, tip or idea.

YouTube provides some basic tools for specifying a start time when linking or embedding a video, but with the addition of a few parameters to the video URL, you can direct viewers to a very specific segment.

For example, if you are linking or embedding a video, you will see these options on the YouTube page:

Youtube link 1

If you check the checkbox, you can either enter in a time, or the time will be taken from the point where you are currently viewing in the video.

This results in a URL in the form of: http://youtu.be/E-GekEZOwLQ?t=11m54s . The video will start playing at this point and continue unit the end.

If you want want to specify both a start and end time, then you will need to add a few different parameters to the YouTube URL.

http://www.youtube.com/v/%5Bvideo_id%5D&start=%5Bstart_at_second%5D&end=%5Bend_at_second%5D&version=3)

In this example, you would need to replace the bracketed sections above with the appropriate settings.

http://www.youtube.com/v/E-GekEZOwLQ&start=714&end=760&version=3

This could link people to the appropriate video, launch it full screen and start playing at the appropriate spot when they click Play.

To embed a video in your blog or web page which does the same thing, you can include the start and end parameters in the standard YouTube iframe embed code.

First, copy the standard embed code from the YouTube video page:

Youtube embed 1

Then add the start and end parameters, so that the code looks like this:

..and here is the resulting YouTube video…

While making these embeds of specific video section does require adding a little information to the standard embed, it should be straightforward enough for anyone to accomplish.

Do you have further questions about YouTube linking and embedding? Add your questions and comments below and I will add additional information.

Filed under: Blogging, New Media, New Media Tips, Software, Technology, Tips, Video, YouTube

New Media Gear 016: Peter Lythgoe of Zzipp and Co. Podcast from Weymouth, UK (Part 3 of 3)

New Media Gear 016: Peter Lythgoe of Zzipp and Co. Podcast from Weymouth, UK (Part 3 of 3)

Peter is the producer and host of the Zzipp and Co. Podcast and uses a variety of equipment in producing his shows. He was kind enough to break out his equipment in 3 parts, including hist audio studio equipment, his video interview equipment and the equipment for the video studio he is currently building. Since her has so much equipment to share, I will present his New Media Gear in 3 parts, too. This posts details Peter’s studio equipment.

New Media Equipment:

If you have any questions about Peter’s podcasting equipment, please drop them in the comments or in the Facebook Podcasting Community.

Previously on New Media Gear:

 

Filed under: Equipment/Gear, Hardware, New Media, New Media Gear, podcasting, Technology

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