Archive for September, 2006

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A little “Un” in the Air…

September 27, 2006

I’m going to LA tomorrow to attend the Podcast and Portable Media Expo. (portablemediaexpo.com). I just received an interesting email from Podango. Hmmm. Here’s part:

About the Podcasting Unconference 2006
The Exhibit Hall at this year’s Podcast and Portable Media Expo, promises to be a bit “Un-conventional and Un-usual” as Podango, in celebration of the launch of Podango.com, turns their 20×20 island booth into The Podcasting Unconference 2006. Podango has lined up top name podcasters and biz 2.0 thought leaders who will lead discussions on hot topics for podcasters.

Interesting, eh? Maybe they heard about our little ditty in Boston? Good luck with that, Podango. Sure, we didn’t INVENT unconferences here at PodCamp, but I think this is fun. : )

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Voting now

September 25, 2006

We have 63 essays to read about PodCamp Boston to vote on the video iPod giveaway. Here’s how it is working. I’ve stripped all identifying data from the entries and numbered them randomly, 1-63. Each of the other organizers excluding me will return their vote for the best essay (best == essay most helpful to us for improving the next PodCamp Boston) and a runner up. 2 points for their first choice. 1 point for their second choice. All entries will be ranked and scored, and the absolute point winner gets the iPod video. If there’s a tie, we flip a coin. Judges will have their results in Wednesday.

iPod nano will be drawn randomly.

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PodCamp Legal Stuff

September 24, 2006

Mark Blevis pointed out in the Podcasting User Magazine article that PodCamp does need to make explicit its legal status. It’s a very good and important point, so here’s the legal announcement.

Brand, Name, and Marks

The PodCamp name and all associated marks are protected by US and International Copyright under the Berne Convention. The PodCamp name and all associated marks are owned by Chris Brogan and Christopher S. Penn as founders of PodCamp.

Licensing and Liability

Individual PodCamps may license the PodCamp name free of charge under the following conditions:

  • PodCamps may not charge admission to individual attendees except to defer cost of venue rental.
  • PodCamps must disclose their ledgers and financial statements in full, with the exception of donors and sponsors who request anonymity.
  • PodCamps may not sublicense the brand for commercial purposes except with prior written permission.
  • PodCamps must release content generated at PodCamps under a Creative Commons license.
  • Even though an event may use the PodCamp name and brand, event organizers are liable for any legal repercussions of their events. By licensing the PodCamp name, event organizers indemnify and hold harmless the PodCamp copyright holders of all liability.

For all other uses of the PodCamp name and brand, the copyright holders grant usage rights under the Creative Commons By Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-Alike license.

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PodCamp
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The PodCamp name, brand, and all associated marks.
Christopher S. Penn
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Session: Podcasting 101 with Apple’s Garageband

September 22, 2006

Christopher Penn presents Garageband 3.0 for beginners.

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SponsorCast: Podcast.com

September 22, 2006

Justin from Podcast.com says hello!

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Lessons Learned from PodCamp

September 19, 2006

reprinted from the Grasshopper Factory

Christopher S. Penn, my coFounder of PodCamp did a great write-up of lessons learned for the event at the official PodCamp blog. I thought I’d take a moment to write down some thoughts on the event from my perspective. All of these lessons pertain to things beyond the scope of PodCamp.

Just Starting

When I read the emails and mailing list posts from this time, there were lots of people not really interested in what I was saying about PodCamp. Some of the local folks thought I was suggesting a meet-up, only larger. Others were saying that we had lots of great talent locally. And yet, Chris and I pushed forward to do it.

The lesson here: sometimes people can’t see what you’re saying, or can’t understand your vision. If you see it, press on. Just work harder at explaining the vision in different ways until it clicks.

Sponsors

Asking for money was tricky for me at first. I felt weird doing it. I felt like I knew the value of what I was asking people to support, but that I didn’t have a great way to communicate that value. Further, I didn’t understand early on that one of the core elements to this equation of “Will you give me money?” is “What’s in it for me?” I mean, this makes sense to YOU, but I wasn’t in the business of asking for money. We learned quickly how to appropriately explain the value proposition of the event itself, and the benefits we’d give back to those giving us money.

The lesson: Don’t be afraid to ask, but think through how you’ll explain it, and think through how you’ll show people what they get in return.

Working for Passion

Working on PodCamp was really a lot of hours. Chris and I were putting in something like 40 or 50 hours a week on this work, not counting our day jobs, and not counting our podcasts. (In my case, I produce the back end of three – until recently, as my team has stepped up very well!) It got pretty crazy near the end, working long into the night on sponsor letters, and on nailing down all the little details.

But it was worth it. Working for passion is always going to nail the hell out of working for “a job.” It was such a dream to get this thing from an idea to a fully executed plan. I fell in love with the concept, and it showed. I was well-rewarded for my passion, and I think the team in general worked really well on that level. Chris, Bryan, Steve, Adam, and Sooz all really worked from their hearts, it felt like to me. And I think we all got a little reward along the way for that.

Lesson: no matter what, passion rules, and even in the short term if it seems like it’s not paying off, keep at it. They’re not lying. Do what you love…

Promotion

We worked so hard on promoting this thing, and at the end of the day, I got about 100 emails after the fact saying, “I didn’t know this was going on.” I think some of those were well-wishers after the fact, but I think it’s also true that the splintered-attention nature of the web makes it downright horrible to try and promote something. We were fortunate to get up on RocketBoom a few days before the event (and then again after). We really did a great bit of work in reaching out through our social networks, but in the end, it took heralds.

Heralds are those types that have big hills and loud trumpets. C.C. Chapman is a herald. Rocketboom is a herald. We had lots of podcasters and bloggers giving us the love right before things happened.

Oh, and for every herald, you need courtiers. These are those types who do things behind the scenes and make magic happen. Steve Garfield and Bryan Person both have really deep ties in several courts, and without them, I doubt we’d have had half the attendance.

Lesson: promote all you want, but without heralds and courtiers, you’ve got nothing.

Participants

It was very important to me to call people participants instead of attendants. I stressed at every opportunity during the event that we wanted people to lean forward, to help out, to do the work. This event was by the people, for the people. Chris and the rest of us didn’t set this up to run the show. We just wanted to get the engine moving. It became a big part of the success.

I think it’s hard to tell people an event sucks if you’re given the responsibility of making it NOT suck. I had some great brief experiences with people in and around PodCamp. They all seemed to boil down to falling in love with the participants and what they were into. The more I could identify and love them, the more it felt like we had something successful going on. That mattered to me, and I think other people felt that same love.

Lesson: nothing gets done without people. Show them your love, and everything else will fall into place.

The Future

We’ve got lots of great PodCamp activity already happening. The beauty of it all? Chris and I are working to help each team, but also working to stress that they’re the superstars. They are the front line. We’ll be helpful and give all we can give. But this is an open-source event. It will be just as successful as Boston, based on the efforts of those who organize it. I’m thrilled to death to see such movement. I’m looking forward to helping out and at least participating in each of the PodCamps coming up. (I might have to raise money to attend them all, but whatever).

The future is in participation, no matter if it’s in media or in conferences. I see this the same way you see sunshine and breakfast.

Lesson: you know the lesson.

I look forward to being helpful. Let me know what else you need.

–Chris Brogan keeps a blog at [chrisbrogan.com]. He’s coFounder of PodCamp

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New Comm Road Episode 014: Five stories from PodCamp

September 18, 2006

In Episode 014 of New Comm Road, Bryan Person, a PodCamp organizer, recounts five stories from PodCamp Boston 2006 and shares five new-media lessons we can take from those stories.

You can also check out the show notes.