Category: Blogging

Blogging and Podcasting and how to do it

Blogging

Increase WordPress Website Speed for Free (using .htaccess and robots.txt)

I run this websites and a few others, including my more popular Amateur Traveler website on a bluehost.com account. I started to run into problems with performance as my site started to push past 2000 page views a day, especially when I would get bursts of traffic from sites like StumbleUpon. I started to get …

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Improve Your Writing – Tell A Story

I had a non-profit pitch a story for the Amateur Traveler recently and in the process of getting that story ready for publication I think there is a valuable lesson. What the author had missed was the chance to make the story personable and therefore more memorable. The first version of the story about volunteer …

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Anyone Can Make A Live Internet "TV" Call-in Show

Last month I had the opportunity to join airline pilot / podcaster Joe d’Eon on his new live video show on uStream.tv – Fly with Me Live. It used to be that production of a live broadcast video show would require at least a cable access studio with thousands of dollars of hardware. And even …

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Discovering My Tribe… and the Value of a Mailing List

When I read Seth Godin’s book Tribes about discovering the group of people who want/need you to lead them I understood it and appreciated it. But I think I didn’t get it in quite the same way as I did this week. the problem As many of you know my podcast the Amateur Traveler was …

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"What is this website about?"

I have changed the slogan for the Amateur Traveler to: “Amateur Traveler – The Amateur Traveler is a travel show that helps you find the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast and a twice monthly video podcast. It also includes travel news and resources.” This is an ongoing effort …

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Thoughts on the New Media Expo

Like so many others I have been meaning to write up my thoughts on last week’s New Media Expo. One thing that is interesting as i read about the conference on other people’s blogs is that there are three different conferences that are being described. The first conference that I have read about is the …

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Listeners Remember Podcasts

This is not exactly new news but I stumbled across this report today. Earlier this year eMarketer had some positive news for podcasters as well as some advice for people who are spending their marketing budget. Podcasting downloading is growing People who listen to podcasts remember them and are influenced by them People who hear …

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5 Blogging Tips For the Spelling/Typing Disabled (but Mac Enabled)

I love English. I know no language better than my native tongue. But as someone who thinks in a logical fashion I personally know of at least 4 languages where I can probably spell with better results (German, Turkish, Italian, Spanish) than in the eddies and riptides which comprise English spelling. Personally I blame the …

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Video – The Making of the Amateur Traveler Podcast

As I was recording and editing the Amateur Traveler podcast this week I took the opportunity to document the process using the new ScreenFlow application on the Mac. I skipped a bit as I spend 6-8 hours creating the show and the total video here is 15 minutes long but it should be long enough …

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Podcasting – It’s Not an Industry… Not Yet At Least

Michael Geoghegan (who hosts the Official Disney podcast among other things) is stirring up the podcasting community again (like the good friend who comes over to your house for an intervention) with an article titled “Podcasting – It’s a Community Not an Industry“. I agree that “this is the year that podcast advertising takes off” …