November 4th, 2008 was probably the first time I tried out any type of “live” coverage. I used ScribbleLive to cover Election Day for MiddBlog. We had a bunch of contributors all pile in their comments into a running “live blog” of the day’s events. Today, a lot of sites (including NPR) use CoverItLive for running text coverage.
During my summer at NPR, we did a live chat with the musician Moby. It took a producer, a host, and two interns to run it. My fellow intern Camden was running the chat, moderating comments as listeners tuned in to hear Moby take questions. I was running the Twitter questions, monitoring the hashtag and submitting questions to the larger chat. Producer Rob Hilton would feed questions to host Bob Boilen who would then ask Moby.
Last Thursday, I tried streaming my acappella group‘s concert with live video on ustream.com. And I was surprised that it worked pretty well to reach an audience of around 40-50 people (mostly parents and friends) with less than 24 hours notice. I just used the built-in camera on my computer to broadcast and had some sound issues when the audience hooped and hollered (blasting the eardrums of the internet viewers). Either way, it was a worthwhile experiment especially for the most dedicated fans that can tune in from far away. The fan appreciation for being able to connect with a live event is pretty amazing.
This is what happens when I have a new camera and a half hour to mess around. Looking forward to more video projects, short and long, this summer.
Sometimes I just need to hang out with people who understand my complete and utter geek-itude when it comes to blogging. And Wordcamp SF 2010 gave me a great opportunity to immerse myself in blogging bliss. Wordcamp is the conference for users and creators of the WordPress platform that makes this very blog possible.
Yea, I sometimes catch some flak for being the “blog guy,” but that just makes me feel at home at Wordcamp. To be honest, I was lost somewhere between the complete newbie and the hard-core coder. When Scott Rosenberg (a journalist) spoke, I felt ahead of the curve. But I was way behind the curve when folks like Niall Kennedy started reeling through specs for building plugins.
It was fun seeing the “State of the Word” address too. Great to hear about all the new features that are coming with WordPress 3.0. But I think what I got out of the day was inspiration to just go and try a bunch of new stuff with the platform. Trying out Google’s Living Stories plugin might be a start. I might also be looking at child themes, frameworks, e-commerce, and more.
As you might have noticed recently, this blog has had a whole series of posts that are links to articles around the web that I find interesting. After about two months of this, I have decided that I am going to stop with these posts. While I think some of my readers get a glimpse of what interests me, in addition to simply finding cool tidbits from around the web, the posts occured too frequently (daily) for me to really be making use of this blog properly. Furthermore, the links were not substantial enough to really connect meaningfully with readers. It’s been a great experiment, so thanks for hanging in there and continuing to read.
If you’re still interested in the links to what I’m reading, check this out: http://delicious.com/ryan.kellett or RSS here. I will continue posting links to Delicious but they won’t show up here.
In case you’re interested, the way these links appeared day after day was rather elaborate. I use Twitter as my main source of publishing links to the world. Packrati.us, a new and cool service, picked up my links from Twitter and posted them to Delicious. Delicious then served a daily set of links to this blog by logging in to my wordpress account and posting a summary.
While I continue employment/liberal art blogging over at liberalart.us (check it out), I hopefully will add some more substantial posts here over the coming months.
I was talking with some of my fellow MiddBlog editors last week, and an idea jumped to mind as we chatted about recruiting new bloggers on campus: most students start their first blog when they go abroad. The question is how to get them to keep blogging once they return home to the States and Middlebury.
Going abroad somehow is justification enough to start blogging. There’s something about the newness of the experiences combined with the necessity to communicate home to worried parents and friends that makes blogs perfect. Check out this blog from a friend in Chile — he used it to say he was safe after the earthquake.
But the question for our Middlebury community blog is this: is it better to bring on people who’ve blogged before or people who are well plugged-in to the community and its issues? I would say it’s rare to get someone who’s both engaged in community issues and an avid blogger.