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Helping You Understand Blogs

The folks at Common Craft are wizards at simplifying things. ” We use a simple format and real-world stories to make sense of complex ideas. We’re interpreters. We present your products and services in plain English using short, unique and understandable videos in a format we call Paperworks.”

Take blogging for instance:

Via Podcasting News

Podcast Stations

Podcast HardwareThe long holiday weekend allowed me to get caught up on a few things here at ZimmComm World Headquarters. For example, our work stations have been upgraded to include Behringer mixers and JK Audio’s Podcast Host digital hybrids which allow us to record phone calls, something we do a lot of. There’s also some Sonex going up on the walls and all the usual software updating and hard drive backup-ing.

This just means that the audio we create from over the phone interviews will increase in quality. We’ve been delivering audio to broadcasters, websites and other content users for years. These new tools just help simplify the process while allowing us to produce an even better product.

Happy Thanksgiving

TurkeyHappy Thanksgiving from ZimmComm New Media.

We’re very thankful for all that the good Lord has blessed us with this year and that certainly includes the many people and companies we get to work with.

We wish a very safe and happy holiday.

Working on Some Video

Managerial Insights With Moe RussellWe do a lot of different kinds of projects here at ZimmComm New Media like this one with Moe Russell, Russell Consulting Group. I’ve helped produce and host a series of video presentations for Farm Industry News and sponsored by Asgrow. It’s called the Business Skills Series. Here we are in our last recording session.

In this monthly episode Moe talks about risk management. The production has been done locally here and I’ve also worked with Joel Jaeger, YourFarm/Commodity Update on the project. You can watch the latest episode here:

<a href="http://www.yourfarm.com/slideshow/r/?00213">Agriculture presentation provided by YourFarm.com</a>. You may need to install or update the <a href="http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer" target="_blank">Adobe Flash Player</a> plugin to view this content.

We’ll be taping two more episodes later this morning.

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