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New Media Expo 2008

Right now I’m sitting in the lobby of the Las Vegas Hilton organizing my thoughts after attending the New Media Expo, a convention for on-line media producers.  I have to say, I learned quite a bit while here.  I’ll take a lot back to Burbank with me to use in the development of my website, netcast and blog.  I have to say, I jumped in to this thing feet first.  I still have a lot to learn but I’m going to try my best to provide the best content I can.

I met some great folks, made some great contacts and attended some very informative workshops.  From WordPress to Garageband, Blogging to Podcasting…it was all here.

On Friday, August 15th, I had the honor of being interviewed by Leo Laporte of the TWiT (This Week in Tech) Network and such radio stations as KFI in Los Angeles and KFYI in Phoenix.  I’ve been following him for quite some time now and tend to spend way too much time in front of my computer on the weekends watching his live video streams.  Well, on Thursday and Friday of the expo, he invaded the Stickam booth, the company that hosts his video stream, with four cameras, lights and a live audience.  He streamed live both days recording such shows as Net @ Night and TWiM (This Week in Media).  Most of the usual suspects were in attendance including staffers Colleen, Dane and Tony.  I found them all to be great sports and good company.  Back to the interview – Leo interviewed me live on www.twitlive.tv. Yep.  It was a great opportunity to not only meet Leo, from whom I’ve learned plenty in recent months, but to tell the audience about my new podcast “Fireground Action Photography“.  Leo was a wonderful host and made it easy for me to get my message out.  Check out www.twitlive.tv or www.techguylabs.com for reruns of Leo’s programming from the expo which will likely start airing when all the equipment arrives back in Leo’s Petaluma studio (aka “TWiT Cottage”) tomorrow.

I will definitely attend future NME’s as there is much to be learned.  The networking, I must say, was perhaps the best part.  Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one in my world that even knows what podcasting and blogging are, much less has a desire to produce it.  This event proved me wrong…by a long-shot.  I thank everyone in attendance for reenforcing my drive and passion to get this thing going.  My goal is to create a media company to promote my passion for photography.  I think I’m well on my way and hope that you, my on-line colleagues and friends, will join me on that journey.

To quote a Twitter post by Leo last night: “I think we’ll just declare victory and withdraw.  Bye Bye Vegas!”

Leo Laporte interviewing me on Twitlive.  Screenshot courtesy of Stickam

Leo Laporte interviewing me on Twitlive. Screenshot courtesy of Stickam

Leo Laporte and I in the Stickam Booth at NME 2008

Leo Laporte and me in the Stickam booth at NME. Photo by Jake Gold, Stickam

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August 16, 2008 - Posted by | Photography, Podcasting, visual arts | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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