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8 Step Guide to Podcast Marketing Basics  CoverChris S. Penn has released The 8 Step Guide to Podcast Marketing Basics as both a PDF and MP3 audio book.

Don't let the "Marketing" in the title throw you off. The advice covers getting listeners. Period. For example, "Can you find your podcast easily". Seemingly obvious, but it's easily forgetten in the myriad of details. And for the people who seriously want to build audience or meet tangible goals, there's a couple of tips on how to start. It's a quick read, so also makes a decent checklist for those wanting to review their setup.

Tip of the hat to Podcast News.

Great Intro to Podcasting Production

Derek Miller at Inside Home Recording has a great video piece on how he produces his wife's podcast: IHR TV #3 - Podcast Audio Production. It's specific to the equipment he uses, not a general tutorial, but this provides a focus and conciseness I like. As long as you can extrapolate how to mix and match you'll be able to adapt the technique just fine.

Podcasting Intro: Podcasting for Social Change

Here's an event budding podcasters might be interested in:

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What: Net Tuesday4 - Podcasting for Social Change

When: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 5:30 PM!

Where: WorkSpace
400, 21 Water St.
Vancouver BC
V6B 1A1

More: Meetup, Facebook Event

Sponsors: Communicopia, Social Signal, and WorkSpace

Topic: Ways Non-profits/Social Change orgs can use podcasts to spread their message

Three ways:
1) publishing conferences and repurposing stuff you are already making
2) event and campaign crowd coverage (including micro podcasting i.e. utterz)
3) special reports interviews etc.

To make it easy, we’ll cover:
1) planning
2) producing tips (with toys to demo)
3) publishing/promoting

Panel:
dave olson - moderator/podcaster
john bollwitt - podcaster and audio engineer
rob cottingham - social change technologist
roland tanglao - mobile pundit and tech-evangelist

Cross-posted at Digital Doodles
iPod Graphic by ~deleket

Surrey Drupal Users Group

Greater Vancouver now boasts 2 Drupal groups!

Thanks to the efforts of Katy at SeascapeWebDesign.com there's a Surrey Drupal Users Group. Greater Vancouver encompasses 2900 square kilometers (1100 square miles) and more than 21 jurisdictions, with the namesake, City of Vancouver, being the largest and on the western edge. It's not only awesome seeing a second option for people who can't get to downtown Vancouver, but seeing interest in Drupal grow to supporting 2 groups.

I was at the inaugural meeting but forgot my camera. Fortunately Ryan Demsey Dempsey had his cell camera and our server obliged us with a group shot:

Surrey Drupal User Group 1st Meeting

Surrey Drupal User Group meetings are currently being posted on G.D.O. Vancouver, along with the Vancouver meetings. Next meeting is July 10, details here: http://groups.drupal.org/node/12795.

Drupal Camp Vancouver Wrap

DCV08 Logo on t-shirtDrupal Camp Vancouver 2008 (DCV08) was a month ago and I haven't posted a wrap up. It's almost moot at this point, but it seems weird to have blog posts saying DCV08 is coming and have no wrap up post. So instead of moot, let's say better late than never.

The stand out session for me was Greg Dunlap's deployment module session. He's making headway on a problem the community really needs to solve. Kat Bailey's jQuery session was also a winner.

Biggest WTF moment was one of our speakers flying in from Lethbridge, Alberta getting delayed by snow! It was May, damn it!

Though I've been involved in the organizing of many conferences this was the first I've held a primary role. The work isn't hard but the details sure eat up a LOT of time. When Dave, Ariane and I kicked this off with the blessing of the local community and a short organizing period I didn't realize how much responsibility would fall on our shoulders. There was simply no time to build out a committee and spread the responsibility (Thank goodness I didn't have an active contract at the onset). It was phenomenally gratifying when the call for volunteers, sponsors and speakers was answered so generously.

A very big personal thank you to everyone who had anything to do with making DCV08 happen.

Drupal Camp Vancouver Call for Speakers

Drupal Camp VancouverThe team has been working hard on Drupal Camp Vancouver:

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Registration has been open less than a week and we're already 33% booked!

Our next big goal is getting a great line-up of speakers. We're looking for presentations on anything Drupal from beginner to advanced. Please check out our Call for Speakers page and become a part of Vancouver's premier Drupal event!

Pachyderms, PHP and Podcasts

Open Web Vancouver StuffThe Open Web Vancouver Conference, sponsored by the Vancouver PHP User Association, has wrapped up. And we have it on tape! And hard drive. And SD Card. And burned to DVD.

A team of volunteers (volunteers and organizers were designated with happy faces on their badges ... We few, we happy few, we band of brothers) lead by yours truly recorded the conference and we now have around 32 hours of audio and video to process! Barring unforeseen circumstances they'll be coming to a podcast near you very soon.

The only downside to the conference was getting up so early in the morning to get there! I've never exactly been a morning person, and working from home has taken me out of the early morning habit. It's not that late and my brain is shutting down. I've been sitting here for the last thirty or minutes trying to put together some coherent thoughts about the conference and failing miserably. So I'm going to point you to the much superior live blogging of the keynotes from Vancouver's Miss 604, Rebecca Bolwitt, in her mild mannered work disguise:

Added conference bonus, I got to bring home a PHP elephant mascot. Not that I need another plush toy, but how could I resist?!

Custom Label Your Flashdrive

directory pictureHere's a cool idea from Life Hacker to custom label your flash drive with a custom label and graphic icon. I have flash drive for articles so I can move easily between my desktop and notebook. I choose a pencil cause, like, it contains my writing in progress.

Instructions at: Label a Flash Drive with Your Name and Number

Open Web Vancouver 2008

Open Web Vancouver BadgeWe've been mentioning the Open Web Vancouver 2008 conference at our Vancouver League of Drupallers meetings, but I realized I haven't blogged about it. If you're in Vancouver April 14/15 you'll want to take a look.

Zak Greant said it quite eloquently: For Geeks, by Geeks: The Open Web Conference.

For us Drupal types, there's one Drupal presentation by the Donat Group titled, A Social Intranet with Drupal: Case Study. The Donat folks do interesting and cool stuff, as they demonstrated at the August 2007 League of Drupallers meeting.

The First 14 Programs I Needed

A little while ago my Windows computer became unusable and it was time to reformat and reinstall. The sordid tale is even documented: Hi Ho, Oh No, Installing I Must Go.

Like most people, I'd collected a variety of programs that were used seldom or not at all. Starting over with a clean desktop, it was fascinating to watch which programs I installed because of immediate need. Here are the first fourteen.

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