Blogging 101: The beginning — from Careers in New Media

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Blogging 101: The beginning

This series has been a long time coming. It has taken me years of blogging and podcasting to develop my own ideas, methods and theories about how to develop useful, valuable content to my readers, listeners and viewers.

Blogging 101 will be an on-going series and use many different media. There will be text blog posts like this one, audio podcasting, video interviews and screencasts and any other methods that make sense and provide value.

If you have questions about the how, what, when and why of blogging, send them along. Your questions are always the best source of new material for my writing and I will gladly answer your questions or find someone who can.

Why blogging?

I get asked this question quite often and my answer is nearly always the same. Blogging is one method — a very productive method — of showing people “what you do and how well you do it!” I consider this to the main goal of anyone who is seeking a better life and/or career. When you share your knowledge and experience with others through blogging (and other methods), you directly demonstrate your expertise and value to others. Even more, when you capture this expertise and value in a blog, it is then available around the world, 24/7. It works for your regardless of what you are doing — sleeping, working, spending time with family.

When we work face-to-face, we can help and educate 1,10, 100 people at a time. When we share our expertise online we can, potentially reach thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people. Capturing our knowledge makes it available to anyone who might be seeking it out through online reading, social media or search engines.

If you are not blogging yet, I hope you will start. If you are already blogging, I hope you will find ways to share more of your knowledge more frequently. This series will seek to help you on your way, support your efforts and give you ideas on how to expand your reach and influence. I’ll write about blogging philosophy, technology, tools, and ideas on what you have to share and how you can best share it.

Thanks for joining me on this journey. I look forward to hearing your questions, comments and seeing your blogs and how they grow. Be sure to send all of these along via comments here, email to douglas@welchwrite.com or via the various social media sites..

Upcoming Blogging 101 Topics:

  • Any connection to your readers is worthwhile
  • What do I have to share?
  • What is an expert?
  • Technology to tie your blog to social media sites — DLVR.it, IFTTT.com, Buffer and more!
  • Cooperating with other bloggers and sites
  • ..and much, much more!

Video: WordPress Wednesday 7: Embedding YouTube Videos

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

How to embed YouTube videos (and more) in your WordPress blog posts.

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See previous episodes of WordPress Wednesday in this playlist

 

Music: “Go Kart” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License.

Subscribed 46: Gigaom – Emerging technologies and the disruption of media

Subscribed 46: Gigaom

I find myself reading a lot of material from Gigaom in my daily travels through my RSS feeds. Like many other group blogs/sites they produce a lot of content, much of which is right on target for my technology news needs. I especially like their stories can and does change society, culture, productivity and business.

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Recent stores include:

  • CES robots take on cleaning, fun and personal assistance
  • At CES, sub-$1,000 3D printer options grow
  • Supreme Court to hear Aereo case, which could define future of internet TV

From the Gigaom web site…

“Gigaom began as a blog by one writer in 2006, Om Malik, and has grown into one of the most credible and insightful voices at the intersection of business and technology. Gigaom is a new type of media company with a business model that leverages technology, transparency, and access to information. The company’s growth has been propelled by great writers, journalistic integrity, industry depth and audience engagement.

Since 2006, Gigaom has grown into the leading independent voice on emerging technologies and the disruption of media. The Gigaom news network’s online audience of 5.5 million monthly unique readers relies on its definitive coverage of cloud, mobile, cleantech, consumer web and media. Gigaom Events bring together the people innovating, shaping and defining the ongoing evolution of the technology industry. Gigaom Research offers the highest quality research and analysis of emerging technology markets and the companies making a difference in those sectors.” 

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

Video: WordPress Wednesday 6: Using Images in your blog posts

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

How to add images to your WordPress blog posts

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See previous episodes of WordPress Wednesday in this playlist

 

Music: “Go Kart” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License.

Subscribed 46: Scott Berkun – author and speaker on creativity, leadership, philosophy

Subscribed 46: Scott Berkun

If fine myself reading and sharing a lot of content from Scott Berkun, so it only makes sense to highlight him here are part the Subscribed series. Scott’s recent article, How to overcome cynicism, was a great example. It can be easy to fall victim to to cynicism in life and business and I salute him for taking on such a chronic issue.

How do you overcome cynicism in an environment determined to maintain it?

You overcome a toxic environment by walking out the door. Unless you happen to be a powerful person in the organization, it is not your fault that the environment is cynical, broken, dysfunctional, toxic, demented, twisted or incompetent. Managers and executives are paid a great deal more than the average employee and the main thing that comes with that pay grade is accountability. If the place depresses you, look upwards: the people in power make it this way. It’s uncommon for people in power to be motivated to make big changes since they like being in power.

Read the entire article

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From Scott Berkun’s web site…

I’m an author and speaker. My work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post and other media. I taught at the University of Washington, blog for Harvard Business and BusinessWeek, and have appeared as an expert on various subjects on CNN, CNBC and MSNBC.

My latest book, The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & The Future of Work released in Sept 2013 and was named an Amazon.com best book of the year.

Read Scott’s entire biography

 Get The Year Without Pants from Amazon.com

Other books by Scott Berkun

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

25 of My Favorite New Media Things for December 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

Get new shared links as I find them via my social media feeds:

Twitter Google plus Pinterest Facebook Linkedin

  1. New Media / 6 Reasons You Must Shoot Video Every Day
  2. Technology / Screen to Gif – record any part of you screen and save it to an animated GIF file [Freeware]
  3. Technology / Chromecast update brings more minimalism to your TV screen
  4. New Media / Insert Coin: capture 360-degree video with DLSRs and GoPros, viewable on an Oculus Rift
  5. New Media / Keep a Light Studio in Your Pocket with Kick [Deals Hub]
  6. New Media / MediaCrush – superb free open sourced hosting for video, images and audio
  7. New Media / Google Chromecast adds ten new apps to its streaming arsenal
  8. New Media / Book Review: The Book of Audacity
  9. New Media / The Best Headphones You Can Buy Under $20
  10. New Media The Ox | Documentary
  11. New Media / Autographer – makes photography spontaneous and hands-free
  12. Technology / Mirror app for Android can record your screen or stream it to Apple TV (video)
  13. New Media / YouTube expands live streaming to all channels, adds option to directly launch a Google+ Hangout On Air (Emil Protalinski/The Next Web)
  14. New Media / Chromecast in 2014: an open SDK, big international plans and maybe even new devices
  15. Technology / As Google slowly preps the Chromecast ecosystem, waves of new apps are on the way
  16. Technology / Awesome Stuff: Lenses For Your Phone
  17. New Media / Digital Bolex D16: fantastic indie-friendly digital film camera
  18. New Media / Where there’s a Spark Digital (Microphone) , there’s Lightning
  19. New Media / Ten tips to get the most out of your new Chromecast
  20. New Media / The 8 Best Video Game Scripts of All Time
  21. New Media / Samson’s Go Mic: A capable and compact microphone for podcasting
  22. New Media / YouTube Announces Live Streaming Video for All Users
  23. Technology / Seven Clever Ways to Use Your Phone’s Camera for More Than Just Photos
  24. New Media / Social media is not a zero-sum game and Facebook isn’t going anywhere so get used to it (Leo Mirani/Quartz)
  25. New Media / The 3Pod P5CRH Tripod – A Review

Top 20 Blog Posts for 2013 from Careers in New Media

 

Looking back over my stats, like a lot of folks today, I see that these were the Top 20 blog posts on Careers in New Media for 2013

  1. What do you need to live video stream your event?
  2. 10 Tips for better Skype Audio and Video Calls
  3. Tread carefully when editing WordPress themes (and how to recover when things go awry)
  4. New Media Gear 015: Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
  5. Real World Example: Moving to a new podcasting web host and why
  6. Apple podcasting changes cause problems with GoDaddy-hosted podcasts
  7. Subscribed 015: Vintage Beef – Gaming Let’s Play and More!
  8. Feedburner Email Subscriptions
  9. New “Interactive Transcript” button appears on YouTube videos
  10. New Media Gear 010: Brian Herbert of the Indy Autographs Podcast and Hoosier State Sports Show
  11. New Media Gear 018: Canon VIXIA HF R400 HD 53x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom Camcorder and 3.0 Touch LCD
  12. Subscribed 38: EthosLab – Minecraft Done Technical
  13. Subscribed 023: Cooking Stoned with James Stone
  14. Subscribed 019: Building with BDoubleO
  15. Subscribed 021: Make Magazine, Make Blog, YouTube, Podcasts
  16. New Media Gear 21: Fancierstudio 3000 Watt Digital Video Continuous Softbox Lighting Kit
  17. Audio: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol read by the Podcast Community on Facebook
  18. News: Update Powerpress WordPress/Podcasting Plugin ASAP
  19. New Media Vocabulary: Pageview(s)
  20. New Media Vocabulary: WordPress

Douglas’ Top YouTube Videos for 2013

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Repairing a damaged soaker hose – A Gardener’s Notebook
2,875 Views
5,836 Estimated Minute Watched

Converting audio files with iTunes
2,821 Views
4,780 Estimated Minute Watched

How-to: Wine bottle edging for your garden beds project
2,415 Views
7,296 Estimated Minute Watched

Forwarding GoDaddy Domain to WordPress.com blog
2,319 Views
7,116 Estimated Minute Watched

TechnologyIQ – Bluestacks Android Emulator for Mac and Windows
1,315 Views
1,581 Estimated Minute Watched

Garden Tip – Wine Bottle Container Waterer
1,221 Views
949 Estimated Minute Watched

Install Firefox for Mac
1,084 Views
1,840 Estimated Minute Watched

Bill Farmer, The Voice of Disney’s Goofy, Talks about “A Career in Voiceover”
1,055 Views
6,252 Estimated Minute Watched

A Gardener’s Notebook:Repairing a damaged drip irrigation line
1,014 Views
3,140 Estimated Minute Watched

KitchAid Mixer Unboxing
877 Views
2,565 Estimated Minute Watched

 

Video: WordPress Wednesday 5: Learning about WordPress using WordPress.com

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

A quick introduction to setting up an account/blog on WordPress.com and posting your first blog post.

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See previous episodes of WordPress Wednesday in this playlist

Music: “Go Kart” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License.

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Video Rewind: December 2013: A monthly review of my recent videos

Here is a playlist of all the videos I produced in December 2013.

You can find all my past videos on my YouTube Channel. If you enjoy a video, please click the Like button or Subscribe to the YouTube Channel. Doing that directly effects how many other people see my videos. 

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Click the playlist menu Youtube playlist icon to see a list of all the individuals videos in the playlist. 
 

Subscribed 45: iPhone Hacks

Subscribed 45: iPhone Hacks

iPhone Hacks is one of my go-to sites for all things iPhone and iOS. It covers both the “legitimate”, Apple-approved, iPhone world and the jailbreak community intent on doing exactly what they want with their iPhones. It also covers business news regarding iPhone usage, software and more. If you use iOS devices, either as an individual or as part of your business, iPhone Hacks should be in your subscription list, too.

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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

Video: WordPress Wednesday 4: Removing unused plugins

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

Removing unused and unwanted WordPress plugins to prevent malicious exploits and just keep your WordPress installs neat and tidy

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See previous episodes of WordPress Wednesday in this playlist

 

Music: “Go Kart” by Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com) under Creative Commons License.

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Elsewhere: Google Chromecast Now Streams Pandora to Your TV

As New Media has developed over the last several years, it has always been one of my biggest concerns that this media be easily available on as many platforms and through as many sources as possible, but especially through the television that sits in nearly everyone’ s home. The burgeoning availability if devices like the ChromecastRoku, AppleTV and more are very important in this regard. They make new media available to more and more people in easier and easier ways. Seeing services like Pandora and others easily available using your smartphone or tablet is an important step in giving New Media a parity to other media types and make it just as easily accessible.

I can say I have been very happy with my Chromecast and it has become the go-to device for streaming YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and Songza to my big screen LCD television. As a long time podcaster, I look forward to a method of streaming podcasts directly to it in the future.

Google Chromecast Now Streams Pandora to Your TV

Music-streaming service Pandora is finally offering support for Google’s Chromecast device, which plugs into any HDTV to stream online videos and music, controlled from your tablet or smartphone.

Chromecast users can access Pandora starting now via the free Android and iOS mobile app update. The $35 HDMI dongle, which debuted this summer, already supports Vimeo, Redbox Instant, Netflix, YouTube and Hulu Plus. Compatibility with HBO is also reportedly in the works.

Read the entire article on Mashable!

Google Chromecast Now Streams Pandora to Your TV

Buy Google Chromecast from Amazon.com

New Media Gear 22: Blue Microphones Spark Digital Studio-Grade Condenser Microphone for Apple iPad and USB 2.0

New Media Gear 22: Blue Microphones Spark Digital Studio-Grade Condenser Microphone for Apple iPad and USB 2.0

I don’t often currently have the need to record high-quality audio to my iPad or iPhone, but I know a lot of podcasters who record to their mobile devices as a matter of course. The Spark would certainly add a level of quality to mobile recording while removing the need for mixing boards, phantom power and other encumbrances that make location recording difficult. The Spark plugs directly into the data connection of both older iPads using the 30-pin connector and also newer units with Apple’s Lightning Connector.

I have always liked Blue’s products, including a Blue Snowball that I currently own, and the Spark looks like it could be another great product. 

Listen to audio samples from Blue Microphones web site

From Amazon.com…

  • Features Blue’s legendary studio condenser capsule and electronic components
  • iOS compatible with iPod touch (4th Gen), iPhone 4/4S, iPad/iPad2/iPad (3rd Gen)
  • Use the Apple Lightning Adapter (sold separately) for compatibility with iPhone 5, iPad (4th Gen), and iPad Mini
  • Work with Garage Band and other recording applications
  • Focus Control switch offers two sonic signatures in one mic, plus onboard control for volume, gain and instant mute
  • Headphone jack for zero-latency real-time monitoring

Click for more information and reviews on this product.

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News: iTunes Podcast Show Submissions on Vacation from December 21-December 27, 2013

Just got this email from the iTunes Store crew. Please note that this only effects the submission of new entries to the Podcast Directory, not submissions of episodes on existing shows.

iTunes Podcasts

Dear podcast provider,

Submit a Podcast will be temporarily unavailable from Saturday, December 21, to Friday, December 27, 2013.

During that time, Submit a Podcast will not be accessible and you will not be able to submit new podcasts. Processing of metadata changes to existing podcasts will be delayed.

If you have any additional questions, contact us.

Sincerely,

The iTunes Podcast team

Video: WordPress Wednesday 3: Backing up with WordPress Database Backup Plugin

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

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I show how to install and use WordPress Database Backup plugin to protect your WordPress. You can back up manually or set it up to automatically backup your data via email.

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See previous episodes of WordPress Wednesday in this playlist

 

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Video: WordPress Wednesday 2: Update to WordPress 3.8 this week

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Short WordPress tips to ease your way, especially if you are just getting started with WordPress.

WordPress 3.8 has just been released. Here is a quick demo of installing the new update. it is so easy that everyone should do it and anyone can.

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Video: The Ox: A documentary on Eric Hollenbeck is a master woodworker who owns and operates the Blue Ox Millworks in Eureka, CA.

Excellent short documentary by Ben Proudfoot about Eric Hollenbeck is a master woodworker who owns and operates the Blue Ox Millworks in Eureka, CA. Eric talks about work, life and finding a place to fit in when it seems you don’t fit anywhere.

The Ox  DEC 11 2013

Discovered via Kottke.org

Gift Guide 2013: Moleskeine Journals

Moleskeine Journals of all sorts

No matter how much technology i have at hand, I always find myself falling back on my paper journal as a data gathering, thought-provoking and capturing, friend. Yes, I carry and iPhone, but there is something about writing things out longhand in a paper journal that makes you think more deeply and locks in the information more completely. Moleskeine journals are the sine quo non of paper journals. Their quality is high and they have been carried by artists and business people for generations. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, lines and more, including day-to-day calendars, travel journals and city guide. 

My favorite is this large, lined journal. Right now I have a Lego Moleskeine waiting to be put into service as soon as I fill my current journals. I can’t wait!

 


More 2013 Gift Guide Items: