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    ZimmNews – October 17, 2014

    2014 CTIC Conservation in Action Tour - CTIC Conservation in Action Tour of the Everglades Agricultural Area - October 14-15, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 10, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 10, 2014

    2014 AgCatalyst - The AgCatalyst event is sponsored by AdFarm with a theme of, “It’s all about the content.”

    ZimmNews – October 3, 2014

    ZimmNews – October 3, 2014

    2014 National Advanced Biofuels Conference & Expo - The NABCE is held in Minneapolis, MN. and Chuck was there to capture this year's event.

    ZimmNews – September 26, 2014

    ZimmNews – September 26, 2014

    2014 Canadian Farm Writers Federation Conference - The CFWF conference held October 2-5 at Prince Edward Island. Thank you Trudy Kelly Forsythe for covering the event ZimmComm.

    ZimmNews – September 19, 2014

    ZimmNews – September 19, 2014

    2014 World Dairy Expo - The New Holland Pavilions ribbon cutting took place on day one of the 2014 World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

Horse Show Photography

American Flag and National AnthemOne of the things I like best about doing event blogging is the photography. As a photographer wannabe for many years the web has allowed me to indulge a personal interest with work.

This week I’ve been blogging at the World Championship Appaloosa Show in Ft. Worth, TX. Pictures like this are to be found everywhere and I’ve got lots in the online photo album for the event.

I’ve never seen the American flag displayed in action on horseback while our National Anthem is being sung. It was very moving (no pun intended).

2007 World Championship Appaloosa Show Photo Album

iTouch the Computer

iTouch ThisAfter deciding that it’s not time for me to get an iPhone yet I did purchase an Touch. That’s one of the new Apple iPods. It’s got a big screen and connects to the internet via wi-fi. Like the iPhone this is really a revolutionary product.

Yes it let’s you listen to your music but it really makes video more enjoyable and with internet access you can watch YouTube videos and even download them to the unit. I think you have to look at it as more than an iPod. It’s a computer in a very small package. I can do email using my Gmail account and I’ve already posted onto my AgWired site with it.

I’m married to my Palm Treo for another year or so and I’d rather take pictures with one of my cameras so I don’t miss that on the iTouch.

We’ve come a long way with these devices in just a couple years. Think about all the people who are growing up with these and don’t remember when we didn’t have them!

Video Blogging or Podcasting with YouTube

I don’t know how many of you out there have considered video blogging or podcasting but YouTube is making it a lot easier to do. Anyone with a point and shoot that does video, including camera phones, can now quickly and easily create and upload a video clip. I’ve been doing it for over a year and have 92 videos uploaded to my account. They’ve been collectively viewed about 100,000 times now.

I now have a new iPod Touch and with it I can log on with a local wi-fi connection and view my videos directly from YouTube. Now that’s cool!

Here’s an example of one of the latest ones from the Country Living Olympics last weekend in Kansas City, MO. The Country Living Association hired me to come in and take pictures, conduct interviews, shoot some video clips and post onto our AgWired site. I took several hundred pictures, did 13 audio interviews and have uploaded 5 YouTube videos including this one:

So far I’ve done 18 posts onto AgWired and have about 8 more to go to get the content online. This doesn’t count the 155 photos in my online photo album from the event.

Blog Action Day Shows Blogger Reach

Blog Action Day GraphEarlier this week I participated in Blog Action Day through our AgWired site. Now that’s it’s past the organizers have a pretty comprehensive summary of what they accomplished. The theme was “environment.”

For example:

20,603 Blog Participated
23,327 Blog Posts (Google Blog Search)
14,631,038 RSS Readers

That RSS Readers number doesn’t count visitors to the respective websites which is a much bigger number generally speaking!

The graph below shows the frequency of terms appearing in the blogosphere courtesy of BlogTrends. Additionally “Blog Action Day” was the top Technorati search term AND tag for the day.

Pretty impressive showing for the blogging community if you ask me. That’s what I call a viral campaign.

New Digital Audio Recorder From Marantz

Marantz PMD620I’m not trying to be an equipment review site here but I get asked often enough about types of equipment to use for production, especially audio. Here’s one I’m looking forward to adding to our tool kit. It’s a Marantz PMD620. I got to demo this one at the Podcast & New Media Expo. It’s supposed to be coming out some time in November.

Here at ZimmComm New Media we’ve got a Marantz PMD 660 which is the best you can buy right now but it’s still a large form factor. So you’ve been seeing me with an Edirol R-09 and Cindy with a Zoom H-2. Of course we still have our trusty Sony MZ-B100 too. Pricing should be comparable to the Edirol from what I understand.

You can read more about the new unit on Podcasting News.

Interview With Tim Bourquin, Founder of the New Media Expo

Me interviewing Tim BourquinBefore the end of the Podcast and New Media Expo I got to interview the founder, Tim Bourquin. I was surprised to learn that Tim has a unique background that includes work as a police officer. He just saw a need for an expo of this kind when he got into podcasting and so he started one.

Next year Tim’s moving the conference to Las Vegas to as he puts it, “move it to the next level.” Over 2,000 people were registered here for this year’s conference and my guess is that there’s still a lot of growth potential. For example, I’ll bet some international expos would work well like in Europe or Asia.

Thanks to Gary Cooper, Southeast AgNet, for taking the picture while I interviewed Tim in front of the trade show entrance.

You can listen to my interview with Tim here:

Podcast and New Media Expo Photo Album

Selling Advertising and Sponsorships For Your Podcast

Selling Your PodcastI’m registering my vote to have Susan Bratton, Personal Life Media, back next year for a couple of sessions.

Susan (standing on the right) got interactive with her audience in her session on “Selling Advertising and Sponsorship for Your Audio or Video Content: What You Need To Know Now.”

In an hour I think she gave one of the best advertising sales how-to’s I’ve seen. She provided information on the language of the advertising agencies and then walked us through creating a media kit, proposal, contacting the buying rep, making the pitch, following up and servicing the order/client.

It validated for me how we do business and was a good reminder of some ideas we should be implementing in our own sales efforts.

Podcast and New Media Expo Photo Album

An Internet TV Network – Revision3

Keynote SessionThis morning’s keynote address was a conversation between Podcast and New Media Expo founder Tim Bourquin and Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3.

Revision3 is the internet television network that includes Diggnation vidcast and the GigaOM Show. “Revision3 is the first media company that gets it, born from the Internet, on-demand generation. Unlike aggregators, mash-ups, clients and web sites, Revision3 is an actual TV network for the web, creating its own original content.”

The topic was Jim’s move away from traditional media to the new media space. I think his reasons mirror many who are here who have their roots in traditional media like broadcast television and radio. The creative freedom the internet provides is allowing many people to create content which can be viewed or listened to on demand and that’s becoming increasingly easy to do.

Podcast and New Media Expo Photo Album

Podtrac Booth

Podtrac BoothI’ve gotten a lot out of the Podcast and New Media Expo already. The trade show has been helpful.

I already visited the Podtrac booth. I’ve been using Podtrac for the measurement of several of our podcasts since late last year.

Right now there are some meet ups going on and here at the Ontario Marriott, Podtrac is featuring the French Maids of French Maid TV at theirs.

Podcast and New Media Expo Photo Album

New Media Expo Trade Show Open

Trade Show EntranceRight now I’m in a session called “Distributing Video in Various Formats: How to Make the Right Choice.” We’re learning a lot about various formats and I hope what some of the best codecs and formatting and compression choices are for making videos.

Before we got into our first session the trade show opened. I did a walk around and will be heading back there later today to check out some services and equipment.

I think I’m going to drop off my computer and backpack at my hotel because I’m tired of carrying it around. This means I’ll be doing some posts later this afternoon.

Podcast and New Media Expo Photo Album