What is VEDA?

VEDA is Vlog Every Day in August (or April).  A chance to make a video every day, for a month.  It's a great opportunity to help you figure out your YouTube Channel, practice using your camera or simply making a connection with your audience.

What now?  
  • Sign-up, tell us about you and where we can see your videos.
  • Check-out or even subscribe to others on the list.  Follow them on twitter too.
  • Upload your video on the 1st! Then post everyday.
  • Talk about anything you want.  (need help see our list of ideas)
  • Use #VEDA on Twitter to meet other vloggers.
  • Follow, comment, engage.  The more you do, the more you get.
Things to keep in mind:
  • Think of what you're going to say before you start.
  • Keep your videos short and sweet (under 5 minutes)
  • Look into the camera, like you're talking to a friend.
  • Keep it simple, limit background and other distractions.
  • Feeling adventurous, try editing your vlogs.
  • Just be you!
If you've ever wanted to try your hand at YouTube this is a great way to start.  Don't think about, just do it.  If you're waiting for things to be perfect, they never will.   Just think of it, at the end of the month, you'll have 30 days of content out there.

If you’re participating in VEDA this month, leave a comment with your YouTube channel name, website, and Twitter handle, so we can all check out each other’s videos!
Go here to follow other VED-erites (that's what I like to call all the peeps participating)

How do you use Social Media at events?

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Sometimes I work as a production manager and I'm there at the start of the event and I can't help but share the BTS.  Here are some helpful hints to get your staff involved.

1. Video
Ask your employees to walk around the event and film with their smartphone.  Videos can be posted on YouTube or other free services.
Plan a Periscope or Meerkat event.

2. Slideshare
Use Slideshare for your Powerpoint presentations, Word, PDFs.  They can be shared.

3. Twitter
Create a hashtag and ask people to share their photos and comments from the event.

4. Blogs
Seek out bloggers in your niche and invite them to blog about the event. 

5. Facebook
Create a Facebook page or group for the event to share updates, which can include links, images and video. 
Create a Facebook event and invite people.  They can ask questions about the specific event and share with their friends.  This can then be shared on your FB page.

6. Website
Don't forget to include information about your event on your website. 
Include an email capturing system and encourage visitors to sign up for your newsletter so they don't miss the next event.

7. Pinterest
Create a board for the event and curate photos and links for future reference.

Happy Sharing!

Infused Vodka - Bacon Style

The smell of bacon in the house is like heaven, so the thought of adding this glorious piece of meat to vodka is a genius idea.   Not that I needed an excuse to cook bacon, but it helps.  After cooking up a pound of bacon, I sacrificed a few for the greater good of a weekend of bloody marys.  

What you'll need:
32 oz. mason jar
Half decent vodka
4 strips of bacon and some grease

Cook your bacon (I like mine crisp, so it has more of a smokey flavour) let it cool.
Reserve bacon grease.
Place the pieces in the mason jar with about a few scoops of bacon grease.
Fill the jar with vodka, put on the lid, shake it up and let it sit.
Place in the refrigerator for a week.
When you're ready, take it out and strain out the pieces of congealed fat with some cheesecloth and fine mesh strainer.
Discard the bacon.
Store in the refrigerator until you're ready to mix up your bloody mary.

Stay thirsty my friend.

Collection of thoughts from Fringe

Too much randomness and things to do during Fringe.  As much as I wanted to document everything, it's too painful and embarrassing to remember it, which I'd rather not.  So while cleaning up the blog for the new year, I'm just putting them in one post, so I can move on.

The pain of writing:
Less than 20 days until the Fringe and dread has set in. Not quite panic yet, but just dread. I should be up on my feet, running the show, learning my lines, but I am caught up in still editing my story. I'm told the story is never done, but I would truly like it to be.  Everytime I read it, I am filled with, well dread.

The day after.
I'd like to say I survived.  It was a grueling experience and yes, I survived!  After a major meltdown (if I were an iceberg, I think I could've rehydrated Califonia's drought) it is a new day.  
What is all this insanity?  Well, over the weekend, was a preview for my first Fringe show.  It's a soloshow, that I had been working on for quite some time and I bit the bullet and...

Getting ready...Well, it's happened.  I registered for Fringe.

Right now you're wondering, "fringe are the long dangling things that swirl in the wind on my shawl."  Yes, that's right, but Fringe is also theatre that is experimental in their style or subject matter.  Now, I am preparing 

How do you keep writing:
Everything has a goal.  It helps when you're writing, because when you reach it, you feel accomplished.  It also helps to keep you writing.  You want to reach the end at some point, a place that may not be the end you intended, because that's what happens when you write, but an end for now.