Video Blogging – 9 Ways To Stay Motivated

Once the initial wave of enthusiasm wears off, where do you find the motivation to give yourself a kick start? What do you do to make your next video or blog post? Here’s what I do to get myself working again.

Video Blogging – How To Stay Motivated & Find Your Mojo


Making videos is not hard. But, the editing, testing, fine-tuning and uploading takes time. And once it becomes a grind, we tend to lose interest. That’s not just you – that’s all of us.

  1. Be realistic — if you can’t make a video every day, try for every week.
  2. Baby Steps — Don’t defeat yourself. Start small, work up.
  3. Batch Shoot — Don’t do one. Stop. Start. Do another. Stop. Start. Work in batches.
  4. Be Consistent — Shoot five videos at the same time and then edit in one go.
  5. Batch Edit — Edit in batches. Once you get into a groove, it’s easier to run thru the videos.
  6. Storyboard — Bullet point or diagram what you’re going to shot. Don’t wing it. You’ll lose time.
  7. Shoot everywhere – Places you find boring, others will find fascinating. Instead of shooting in your office, go outside and shoot it on the street corner. These small details give your video (and you!) a more interesting edge.
  8. Get creative – Is there anything more boring that a guy talking into his laptop, sitting at home? You can do better – give it a shot.
  9. Rewards – once you’ve completed a nice piece of work, treat yourself to a book you wouldn’t usually buy, maybe too expensive, or some equipment that you’ve always wanted.

How about you?

How do you avoid defeating yourself? What do you do get back in the saddle when you’re going thru a down-phase?

Mistakes to Avoid When Making Your First YouTube Video

YouTube Video tutorialWhat’s the most common mistake people make when shooting their first video? Christopher Ming Ryan points out that most video-makers don’t get in close enough to the person talking. This lessens the impact of the message. Zoom in. Frame the face. Here’s some tips from Ivan.

#1 Mistake When Making Your First YouTube Video

I took this video in Beijing. Twice. In the second take, I’m closer to you and the impact is better. The first take was scrapped. Pointless.
But I still made mistakes:

  • The sun is in my eyes, which is why I’m squinting
  • The noise was louder that you’d think, making it harder to concentrate
  • The camera was not stabilized, i.e. free-hand. Try to use a tripod if possible.

How to Make a Near Perfect YouTube Video

Ok, it’s not on YT, but you get the point. Seth Godin is the guy talking.
Try and beat this!

‘curiosity’ from Nic Askew on Vimeo.

What Other Mistakes Did You See?

This video is far from perfect. I know that. What else did I do wrong?
Fire away below!

Instant Site Thumbnails for Your Blog with PageGlimpse

What’s the fastest way to take a screenshot of a website, turn it into a thumbnail, and get it on your blog? How about if you could automate this?
Most of us hit print screen, take it into Snagit or PhotoShop, play with the size until it’s right and then save. Well, here’s a faster way.
Andy Wibbels was looking for API-based services that create thumbnails. He found PageGlimpse. Continue reading “Instant Site Thumbnails for Your Blog with PageGlimpse”

How to Create Printer Friendly Pages

How to Create Printer Friendly Page | No Coding Skills Required

I’m thinking of updating the site and creating printer friendly pages. This seems like a good idea as we have lots of tutorials and such that people (like you!) might want to print out. So, how do you create printer friendly pages?
Providing separate stylesheets for printing a web page was good idea in theory, but in practice it all falls down.’
The idea here is to involve server-side script (PHP and ASP based systems) which will reload the target page and replace regular CSS file with stylesheet especially suitable for printing an article, entry, post or whatever.
To make stylesheet for printing, decide what parts of your layout are not likely to be printed (like various banners, navigation etc.). The simplest way to hide them is to define them as display: none;. If you are not familiar with stylesheets for print read more about it. Anyway, keep it simple—black text on the white background, with a font-size: 12pt; is a good start. When you’re done with it, continue reading.
Maratz.com seems to have the best solution. Here’s how it works:
Setting up the Query
Now that we have all client-side ingredients in place, we can put it all together. First, we have to add a link somewhere around the article, for example:
<h1>Title of the article</h1>
<p>Lorem ipsum…</p>
<a href=”?q=printme”>printer friendly version</a>
It literally means we are requesting this same page, but with a query q=printme. To make our page recognizes what we are asking it, we have to add somewhere in the <head> section some logic, something like:
“If i’m asked to ‘printme’—i’ll load my printing stylesheet, and if i’m not asked anything—i’ll load my default CSS file.”
Depending of your preferences there are two scripts—PHP and ASP. Backup your HTML file and replace the part where you called your CSS file with one of the following examples.
PHP print script
<?php if ($_GET[‘q’] == “printme”) { ?>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”print.css” />
<?php } else { ?>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”default.css” />
<?php } ?>
ASP print script
<% If Request.QueryString(“q”) = “printme” Then %>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”print.css” />
<% Else %>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”default.css” />
<% End if %>
 

Process Design Tutorial #5 | What do I need to capture in my business processes?

Process Design Tutorial #5 | What do I need to capture in my business processes?

In this week’s process modeling tutorial, I’m going to look at what do I need to capture in my business process. Some of you have written in asking for more background on what you need to capture in your process maps. Needless to say, it depends on the complexity of the project, but, at a minimum, you’re looking to capture the following. Continue reading “Process Design Tutorial #5 | What do I need to capture in my business processes?”

What's The Social Technographics Profile Of Your Customers?

Forrester’s Social Technographics classifies consumers into six overlapping levels of participation (see short presentation). Based on its survey data, they can see how participation varies among different groups of consumers, globally.

hat’s The Social Technographics Profile Of Your Customers? Forrester Research knows the answer
Charlene Li and her colleagues at Forrester Research report that companies often approach Social Computing as a list of technologies to be deployed as needed — ie a random assortment of blogs, communities etc— to achieve a marketing goal. Ms Li argues that “a more coherent approach is to start with your target audience and determine what kind of relationship you want to build with them, based on what they are ready for.”
You can use the tool on this page to get started.
Forrester’s Social Technographics classifies consumers into six overlapping levels of participation (see short presentation). Based on its survey data, they can see how participation varies among different groups of consumers, globally.
Some really terrific material over here including free case studies, PDF downloads and extracts from the book.
If you’ve read it, please let me know what you think.
Regards,
Ivan
and you can Twitter me @ivanwalsh

Charlene Li and her colleagues at Forrester Research report that companies often approach Social Computing as a list of technologies to be deployed as needed — ie a random assortment of blogs, communities etc— to achieve a marketing goal. Ms Li argues that “a more coherent approach is to start with your target audience and determine what kind of relationship you want to build with them, based on what they are ready for.”
forrester
Features of this profile:
• For an explanation of these groups (Creators, Critics, etc.), see a presentation (8 slides)
• Bars indicate the percentage of the selected demographic that are in each Social Technographics group.
• The white marks indicate the same percentages for the whole population of the country selected.
• The index indicates how the demographic compares to the population — a score of 100 means the demographic is the same as the population average.
• The message “No data available” appears when you request a profile for which our survey samples are not large enough to provide a reliable answer. This occurs for age groups in Japan, Metro China, and South Korea. To see profiles in these countries, set the Age to “Not specified”.

Forrester’s Social Technographics classifies consumers into six overlapping levels of participation (see short presentation). Based on its survey data, they can see how participation varies among different groups of consumers, globally.

Some really terrific material over here including free case studies, PDF downloads and extracts from the book.
If you’ve read it, please let me know what you think.
Regards,
Ivan
and you can Twitter me @ivanwalsh
Note: Any use of data and charts generated from this site must include the following citation: Data from Forrester Research Technographics® surveys, 2008. For further details on the Social Technographics profile, see groundswell.forrester.com.

How to Improve your Style Guide

How to Improve your Style Guide. PerfectIt does not require any kind of configuration. Once you install it, you can use it straight away to find mistakes in any MS Word document. This article is for users who want to get even more out of PerfectIt by fine-tuning it to search for particular errors or to enforce a style guide.

Alice in WorderlandWe reviewed PerfectIt last month and were impressed with its ability to edit and test our documents.
Daniel Heuman, the founder of Intelligent Editing Ltd has prepared this tutorial that goes into more detail and show some of the ways you can get more out of this editing product. Here’s Daniel.
Continue reading “How to Improve your Style Guide”

Process Design – How many swim lanes should I add to the flowchart diagrams?

How many swim lanes should I add to the process design diagrams?Another part of the process design package is the flowchart diagrams. One area where I’m getting a little stuck is deciding how many swim lanes to add to the Visio diagrams. To get things rolling I have created three Visio diagrams with 2, 3 and 4 swim lanes. Take a look here.The question is: which one will be business analysts use the most?Regards,IvanTwitter @ivanwalsh
Another part of the process design package is the flowchart diagrams. One area where I’m getting a little stuck is deciding how many swim lanes to add to the Visio diagrams. To get things rolling I have created three Visio diagrams with 2, 3 and 4 swim lanes. Take a look here.

How many swim lanes should I add to the process design diagrams?
Another part of the process design package is the flowchart diagrams. One area where I’m getting a little stuck is deciding how many swim lanes to add to the Visio diagrams. To get things rolling I have created three Visio diagrams with 2, 3 and 4 swim lanes.
The question is: which one will be business analysts use the most?
Another part of the process design package is the flowchart diagrams. One area where I’m getting a little stuck is deciding how many swim lanes to add to the Visio diagrams. To get things rolling I have created three Visio diagrams with 2, 3 and 4 swim lanes. Take a look here.
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How many swim lanes should I add to the process design diagrams?
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Why is NoFollow so important to Search Engines?

I’ve been working on SEO (search engine optimization) code this weekend, mostly for my Word Tips site and also with a client. I do some freelance Wordpress work here in China where corporate blogging is now taking off. During lunch we got talking about different SEO tricks, amongst which was the ‘no-follow’ attribute. This was new to my colleagues, so I gathered some material from Wikipedia and sent it to them.

maintenanceI’ve been working on SEO (search engine optimization) code this weekend, mostly for my Word Tips site and also with a client.
I do some freelance WordPress work here in China where corporate blogging is now taking off.
During lunch we got talking about different SEO tricks, amongst which was the ‘no-follow’ attribute.
This was new to my colleagues, so I gathered some material from Wikipedia and sent it to them. FWIW here’s how it works. Continue reading “Why is NoFollow so important to Search Engines?”

Follow Friday – News and Views June 3

Follow Friday – News and Views June 3rd 2009. Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s news. Next week, I’ll add more info on upcoming XML authoring software releases and the new Google Wave platform.

smileHere’s a roundup of some of this week’s news. Next week, I’ll add more info on upcoming XML authoring software releases and the new Google Wave platform. Continue reading “Follow Friday – News and Views June 3”