I had $15.00 to spend at Things From Another World in the form of coupon codes, and after spending a good twenty minutes being very indecisive, I chose to do something completely out of character—I ordered from the grab bag. There are a few different grab bags to choose from, and each comic ordered is fifty cents. Shoppers can order as many as they like. Since my coupon codes (one for $10, one for $5) couldn’t be combined, I placed two orders for combined total of 30 comics from the DC Comics grab bag (which also includes the Vertigo imprint, as you’ll see). I’m quite happy with the results! Continue reading for the full list and a picture or two. [click to continue…]
I use TweetDeck to organize the people that I follow on Twitter and Facebook, and I have the application divided up into many columns. Three of the columns are Do Not Miss, AM (for Affiliate Marketing) and Autos/Companies. I always pay close attention to the people that I’ve put into the Do Not Miss column. The AM column has the largest number of people in it, but I do my best to skim and pick up important tweets that I can interact with. The Autos/Companies column, unless I’m really bored, gets largely ignored.
Do Not Miss is full of people that tweet personally. They may promote their sites or products, but they always do it from a personal point of view. They never (or at least, very rarely) automatically pipe anything into Twitter (something that I am sometimes guilty of myself, I know). Many of them are also personal friends of mine, but not all. Being interesting and personable gets you on this list., and I keep it short.
AM is populated by anyone that’s part of the affiliate marketing industry. There are many people in it that I don’t know personally, but I’m interested in what they have to say. This is kind of an “everyone else” column. If you don’t fit into Do Not Miss, and you’re part of the industry, you’re probably in this column. Most of what shows up in this column is personally sent, not automated.
Autos/Companies is nothing more than people or companies that I don’t want to unfollow (because they occasionally post something noteworthy) but I don’t want to pay a lot of attention to. They automatically post nearly everything to the stream, there’s nothing personal about the tweets, and it’s often little more than a stream of links to offers or coupons. These are tweeters that use services like twitterfeed.com or RT everything under the sun without regard for the answer to the question: do my followers really care about this?
If I told you that I’m not the only person that uses a system like this, would it surprise you? If we told you that you were on the Autos/Companies (or whatever title other folks give it) list and that we rarely read your tweets, would you change your style?
Which list do you think you’re on?
I’ve been invited to present at February’s SynerQue meeting here in Albuquerque on the topic of podcasting. My first planned speaking gig – cool! Here are the details I wrote up, reprinted from the SynerQue announcement.
In the Dark Ages (what historians call “The 20th Century”), radio was a dominating force in mass media. Educated and specially-trained on-air talent used their voices to communicate with millions of listeners. Radio itself was dominated by a very small number of voices and it was difficult, though admittedly not impossible, for someone to break in and host their own show. The FCC has long been concerned about pirate radio (as seen in the Christian Slater documentary, Pump Up the Volume). Radio stations seemed intent on keeping the on-air talent limited to people that actually had talent. Thankfully, the Internet has changed all that. Enter: PODCASTING.
At this month’s SynerQue meeting, blogger and podcaster Daniel M. Clark will share his insight and experience in setting up and running a podcast. From equipment to software to marketing the show, he will give tips and advice, and actually record a show during the meeting. It’s far, far easier than you might think. Got $20 and a computer? You can be a podcaster!
Seriously, it’s been a fun intro, but if you’re interested in recording podcasts, this presentation will get you going in the right direction.
- Choosing a topic and planning a show
- The equipment you need, microphones, computers (Mac and Windows users welcome)
- The software you’ll use to record, edit and upload the audio
- The cost you should expect to pay (it really is about $20)
- How to get the podcast into the iTunes directory
- Ideas for promoting your show
- A few ways to monetize your podcast and make a few bucks
In addition, there are prizes! There are two prizes that will go to one winner (we’ll be doing a drawing, so bring a business card (or some other identifying card), and there’s something for everyone that shows up, too.
- One winner will receive a free headset/microphone combo (model to be determined, valued around $20) to get started. The winner will also be invited to be a guest on the Geek Dads Weekly podcast! Talk about yourself, your business, or maybe the new podcast that you’re sure to begin!
- Everyone at the presentation who drops a card and runs a website will get a link from both GeekDadsWeekly.com and DanielMClark.com when the show being recorded at the meeting gets posted. Don’t have a website? A link to a Twitter or Facebook account can be done instead.
Come on out, it’ll be fun – and you might discover that you’re a natural at podcasting!
Podcasting 101: Make Your Voice Heard
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