This past weekend I attended PodCamp Pittsburgh
, which I was surprised to find didn't require sleeping in a tent or making S'mores. God, what a terrible, terrible joke. Anyway, PodCamp was a gathering of people with an interest in, or an aptitude for, online media. Especially things like podcasts and vlogs and advanced stuff that I know absolutely nothing about. I don't usually enjoy having my blinkered ignorance exposed, but if it leads me to discover Ask A Ninja
then I'm all for it.
There are plans to host more PodCamps around the country (there's one in San Francisco this weekend, one in Philly in January) and if you're into this sorta thing it's worth going to. It's very informal, there are three or four different seminars running at the same time, you can float in and out as you please. Lots of smart, interesting people. And the coffee was really good.
You won't come out knowing all the answers, but at least you'll know what questions to ask and where you can do to get some answers. I don't think you'll see me hosting a podcast or posting lots of video, but you never know. It's good to know what's possible these days, even for someone as clueless as myself. I definitely see me dabbling in audio and video. I haven't done any dabbling in months. Been looking for something to dabble in, just because I like saying the word "dabble". And I'll do my best to find more interesting subjects than my cat.
I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in the people who attended PodCamp. Not one of them asked me to autograph their copy of Pittsburgh Magazine where my blog was featured. Star-struck, I guess.
Actually, this didn't hit me until a few days ago--they wrote this article about bloggers in Pittsburgh...and they didn't post the story online. They didn't post it online. I mean, come on. It's a story about blogs, about online media...and you don't post it online. No links to click. So much for increasing my traffic. Sigh.
There was an article
in the Post-Gazette about PodCamp, if you're a weirdo who prefers getting your information from an established media outlet.