There will be 17 more videos from various chapter authors released over the next several weeks.
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
- Technology / How to Format an eBook for Kindle
- Technology / Techmeme: Hackers to Be Kept From U.S. in House Cybersecurity Bill (Chris Strohm/Bloomberg)
- New Media / The Krotocam is a DIY Steadicam You Can Build On the Cheap
- Technology / Twitter Opens Up Its Analytics Platform To The Public
- New Media / Zoom’s New H6 Audio Recorder Will Make Any DSLR Filmmaker Salivate
- New Media / Test-driving the Blue Microphone Spark Digital | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog
- New Media / Out-Of-The-Box Backdrops
- New Media / Jamie and Adam’s Comic-Con 2013 Panel
- Technology / Shuttr Remotely Triggers Smartphone Group Shots and Selfies
- New Media / Flipboard Magazines Can Now Be Enjoyed on the Web
- New Media / YouTube Subscribe Button – YouTube — Google Developers
- Technology / Google Unveils the Chromecast, an HDMI Stick for Streaming Video
- New Media / 14 Best Free Audio Editors
- New Media / 6 Lessons the Square Format Can Teach You About Composition
- New Media / Take a Spooky Drone Tour of a Decaying California Ghost Town
Links to all of these items, and more, are on my Pinterest Feed.
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!
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!
I recently produced a series of video testimonials for a client and they are now available online. We shot 3 videos over the course of the day, dodging the jet noise coming out of Burbank airpot and the home improvement projects of the next door neighbors. Video production “out in the wild” is always a bit of an adventure, but I think these video turned out quite well. I am working with the client to get some bette thumbnails chosen for the video — always a bit of a pain with YouTube videos. We will need to create custom thumbnails for each video to make it look its best.
As part of my new work focus, I started a new New Media project last week with a trip to the Palm Springs area to record author introductions for the Authors Marketing Agency. These 3 videos are the first results of that project.
I think that authors (and anyone who seeks to build their business or sell their products) needs to be producing videos of all sorts in order to fulfill my mantra of “Showing people what you do and how well you do it.” In today’s world, this is the best way of attracting opportunity TO you instead of constantly having to seek them out.
Videos — and blogs and podcasts and newsletters and more — work for you 24/7, even when you are sleeping. They are your surrogates in the online world — explaining your concepts, detailing your products, sharing your knowledge — even when you can’t be there in person.
Whether you create your online content yourself, or hire someone to help you with it, it is so important that you create and share it. If you would like assistance in marketing your books, please contact the Authors Marketing Agency for assistance.
Working with my WordPress-based blogs today, I see a notice that WordPress 3.5.1 has been released. In this world of online attacks, spam and malware, it is important to keep your Worpdress software up to date.
You can install this WordPress Update directly from your blog dashboard.
Here are the top blog posts of 2012 by number of views for Careers in New Media…
- New Media / 10 Tips for better Skype Audio and Video Calls
- New Media / What do you need to live video stream your event?
- New Media / Feedburner Email Subscriptions
- New Media / Apple podcasting changes cause problems with GoDaddy-hosted podcasts
- New Media / Audio: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol read by the Podcast Community on Facebook
- New Media / Tread carefully when editing WordPress themes (and how to recover when things go awry)
- New Media / Real World Example: Moving to a new podcasting web host and why
- New Media / New “Interactive Transcript” button appears on YouTube videos
- New Media / New YouTube Dashboard rolling out
- New Media / Video: Using Chirp to Enhance Your Podcasts
- New Media / Video: Interview with Peter Lythgoe from the Zzip & Co Podcast Show, Weymouth, UK
I have a lot of interests, as most of you already know. Therefore, I have a lot of different blogs, events, and groups in my portfolio of online engagements. I also try to make myself available wherever people want to converse. This means that each of my interests usually has multiple presences on the Internet.
Here is a list of almost all of the ways you can talk with me and learn about what is happening in my life and work. You don’t need to, nor should you, try to subscribe to all of them. That would only lead to you seeing multiple copies of the same information. Rather, pick and choose whatever ways you would like to consume my “content.” If you are a heavy Facbeook user, you might want to join my pages there. Is Google+ catching your fancy? I have a home over there, too. Maybe email is your thing? No problem, almost all of my content can be emailed directly to your Inbox.
My goal is to make my content available in whatever way makes the most sense to you. It also means you can contact me and converse with me on your favorite online services. This list is also broken down by interest. If you want to see everything I post and share, the first section is where you can find it. This will contain information from all my areas of interest including events, careers, gardening, technology and my organizations.
Maybe, though, you are only interested in my gardening information. You can narrow your reading to my gardening blog or Facebook page. The same applies for careers, technology and my organizations. Select whatever is most interesting, and valuable, to you.
Thank you for supporting me, my blogs and podcasts and my organization over the years! I look forward to talking with you — and sharing more with you — in 2013.
- All my interests and personal information as well as my Food-related blogging
- My Kindle eBooks
- Free samples available and no Kindle required
- From A Gardener’s Notebook: A Collection of Essays
- Career Compass: Finding Your Career North
- Cultivating Your Career Reputations
- The High-Tech Career Handbook
- Social Media Self Preservation
- My YouTube Channel – Videos from all my blogs and podcasts
- New Media
- CareerCamp International
- New Media Interchange
Podcasting/New Media Advocacy Group – A Public-Facing Group Designed to Promote Podcasting and New Media Content to the Public
One of the things I have always found lacking in the Podcasting Community is a public advocacy group dedicated to promoting podcasting (and other forms of New Media such as YouTube Channels) to the general public.
While this group, and others, do a good job of podcasters supporting each other, we all seem to be left on our own wen it comes to introducing our shows to the public, as well as the concept of New Media in general.
With advances like the AppleTV, Roku, Boxee and smart TV’s, it should be easier than ever for podcasters to get their shows before the non-technical public who are just interested in good content. I have often said that one item required for podcasting to grow into a more powerful medium is to “get on the TV!” By this I don’t mean get purchased by a television network, etc, but rather “get on the box” that is in nearly everyone’s home already.
In that regard, I am proposing the creation of a New Media Advocacy group specifically to promote podcasting and New Media to the general public. If there are other interested people, we can set up some online structures to start this journey and begin got move forward as 2013 begins.
I can offer some more thoughts on this topic if people are interested. It is something that has been on my mind since 2004.
Interested? Let’s start a conversation!
2012 Gift Guide Complete!
As the shipping window begins to close on this holiday season, and after 115 different items, our 2012 Gift Guide comes to an end. I hope you have found my suggestions useful, practical and enjoyable and hope you have found gifts for your friends, family and yourself. Some of these items might be available locally or can be downloaded, so you still have some gifting time left.
You can find a complete list of all the gift guide items at the end of this message.
Books by Douglas E. Welch
My ebooks, can be “gifted” directly from Amazon.com and/or immediately downloaded to a eReader you might also be giving. I hope you’ll consider these book as a gift to your garden/careerbuilder/social media friends and family.
All the recipes for my Annual Christmas Cookie Party are now available in these FREE cookbooks — available on your iPad or computer!
Video from Douglas
My video work has been growing over the last year and you can find all of my videos on my blogs and YouTube Channel. Subscribe to that channel, or the podcasts, to see each new video automatically.
New to DouglasEWelch.com
My gift to all of you this season is a collection of new blog and video series to feed your garden/career/new media needs. Some of these series have started already and you will see them in the appropriate blogs These include In the garden…, New Media Gear, Garden Vocabulary, Subscribed, New Food, Recipes in Rotation and more. You can also catch me each week as co-host of #KitchenParty, a live interview show where we get to talk to all our foodie friends. You can see past episodes on the Bakespace.com YouTube Channel.
I am transitioning away from my computer consulting work and focusing more the blogs and podcasts, so you should be seeing more great content, on a more regular schedule, than ever before. I hope you will join me in the coming year. I would love to hear what you think about anything you see here.
Wishing you all the best in 2013!
2012 Gift Guide
More 2012 Gift Guide Items:
- Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
- Bulb Planting Tools
- Blue Snowball Microphone
- Seagate Backup Plus 500 GB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive
- Logitech C920 HD Web Cam
- We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
- Sunset Western Garden Book – New Edition for 2012
- The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
- Garden Mysteries by Anthony Eglin
- The Creative Habit/The Collaborative Habit by Twyla Tharp
- Moleskeine Journals
- Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening (3rd Edition): Month by Month
- Podcasting for Dummies/Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies
- Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet
- Radical Careering by Sally Hogshead
- The $64 Tomato
- Blue Yeti Microphone
- BioLite CampStove/HomeStove
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- The Curious Gardener
- Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
- GoPro HD HERO 3
- Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart
- The Starfish and the Spider by Orj Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom
- Microphone Boom Arms
- The Information by James Gleick
- Handy Farm Devices And How To Make Them (1909)
- Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness: The Science, Design, and Engineering of Contagious Ideas
- Apple iPhone 5
- Ignore Everybody and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod
- Killer Ratings by Lisa Seidman
- Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon
- Zoom Portable Recorders (H1, H2, H2n, H4n)
- Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds
- My Teenager’s Favorite Games
- The Compassionate Instinct: The Science of Human Goodness
- In a Mexican Garden: courtyards, pools and open-air living rooms
- Fields of Plenty: A farmer’s journey in search of real food and the people who grow it
- Apple iPad/iPad Mini
- The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam
- Cucina Rustica
- The Great Potato Book
- Rode Podcaster Microphone
- High-Tech Fitness Monitors
- Books by Douglas E. Welch
- Tribes by Seth Godin
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
- The Italian Slow Cooker cookbook
- The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need
- Classes from The Institute of Domestic Technology
- Olympus PEN E-P1 12 MP Micro Four Thirds Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
- Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Susan Warren
- Cocoon GRID-IT Organizer Packs
- Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
- Podcast Solutions by Dan Klass and Michael Geoghegan
- The Craft and Business of Songwriting by John Braheny
- Dexim Visible Green Smart Charge & Sync Cable
- Wells Lamont Wet and Muddy Latex Coated Gardening Glove
- Rosanne’s Top 5 Books for Film Buffs
- Bon-Aire HN-10C Original Ultimate Hose Nozzle
- Microphones from Giant Squid Audio Labs
- Re-Imagine by Tom Peters
- Razer Gaming Mice
- Garden Hod harvest carrier
- Nest Learning Thermostat
- Aha! 10 Ways to Free Your Creative Spirit and Find Your Great Ideas
- Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too: The Modern Step-By-Step Guide to Preserving Food
- A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative
- Fiskars 7936 PowerGear Pruner
- Chi-qoo Solar Power Pack Kit from Bootstrap Solar
- Read This Before Our Next Meeting by Al Pittampalli
- Sterling Audio ST51 Large Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone
- DollarSeed.com – One Stop Seed Shop
- 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive
- Desktop Microphone Stands
- Logitech Harmony 650 Remote Control
- Maple Sugaring Startup Kit from Tap My Trees
- Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones
- Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace
- Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bags
- The SeedKeeper Company
- Jump Start Your Brain by Doug Hall and David Wecker
- Joby GP1-A1EN GorillaPod Flexible Tripod
- Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirkey
- How Carrots Won the Trojan War: Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables by Rebecca Rupp
- Fifty Plants that Changed the Course of History
- Behringer XENYX X1622USB Premium 16-Input 2/2-Bus Mixer
- Starter Kit for Newsite Arduino Uno R3
- RAM Vehicle Mounts for iPhone (and nearly any other device)
- The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart
- Crossing the Unknown Sea: Work as a Pilgrimage of Identity by David Whyte
- Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees
- Don’t Send a Resume: And Other Contrarian Rules to Help Land a Great Job
- Olloclip 3-in-1 Lens for iPhone
- Rules of Thumb by Alan M. Webber
- Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Microphone
- Asus Google Nexus 7
- A Country Year by Sue Hubbell
- The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander and Rosamund Stone Zander
- A Book of Bees : And How to Keep Them by Sue Hubbell
- Blue Microphones Icicle XLR to USB Mic Converter/Mic Preamp
- Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work by John C. Maxwell
- Fiskars 9625 18-Inch PowerGear Bypass Lopper
- The Pursuit of Wow! by Tom Peters
- Urban Sanctuaries
- Twine – Your first step into The Internet of Things
- Behringer 302USB Premium 5-Input Mixer
- The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
- Garden House: Bringing the Outdoors In
- Mophie Powerstation 4000mAh 2.1A External Battery Charger
- Arriba Cases Gear Transport Bags
- Microwave-heated Plant Press
- Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age by Clay Shirkey
- Handmade Garden Projects: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creative Garden Features, Containers, Lighting & More
Most podcasters have a reason to move their gear around on occasion and you want to make sure it is protected while in-transit. Arriba Cases has a wide selection of padded gear bags available for almost any purpose. These bags were originally designed for musicians and their amplifiers, but they would also come in handy for any podcaster moving mixer, microphones, cables and stands from one location to another.
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This is another piece of podcasting and audio recording gear that was mentioned during the PodcastU episode I was part of last Thursday. The Blue Icicle allows you to convert any standard XLR connected microphone into a USB microphone that can be plugged directly into your computer. This a great way of providing some flexibility in where and how you use your microphones. It also allows you to start off with the more standard XLR mics so that you don’t have to upgrade from a USB only mic as your podcasting work grows.
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I was part of a PodcastU Roundtable last night and the audio techies in the group sang the praises of this microphone for beginning podcasters. The ATR2100USB is an interesting hybrid of new and old. Beginning podcasters can use it as a USB mic, connecting it directly to their computer for recording, but the mic also functions as a traditional XLR mic for connecting to a mixing board. The other members of the Roundtable complimented it audio quality while also praising its ability to switch between standards.
The ATR2100 is a dynamic microphone, so if you are struggling with an environment with a bit of background noise, this might serve you better than a larger condenser mic like the Blue Snowball and Yeti I featured earlier in the gift guide.
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If you use you iPhone for your New Media and Podcasting project, the Olloclip can give you more flexibility in the type of photos and video you shoot. This snap-on lens includes a Fish Eye, Wide Angle and Macro lens in one package. Simply clip it onto your iPhone and start shooting.
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