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Video, Greenbelt, blogging and being yourself

September 2nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Video, Greenbelt, blogging and being yourself

OK, I promised a greenbelt round-up, and that’s still on the way, but first (this is backwards, I know) some thoughts on how video worked for us at Greenbelt. By ‘us’, I mean the social media monkeys that were trying to get Greenbelt’s web-presence away from just being a static website into something a little more granular, diffuse, community based and embeddable as conversation-starters…

Greenbelters have been using Flickr in a co-ordinated way for years – there are over 15,000 photos tagged at Greenbelt2006, Greenbelt2007 or Greenbelt2008! But the festival presence hadn’t really gone beyond that. So I, along with JennyBee, James Stewart, Lobelia and Mike Radcliffe set about building a video presence for the festival.

Jenny was already involved in a more structured, formal process of collecting video interviews and whatnot for promotional usage, but we were all looking for a much more guerilla feel to our social media footage: lots of chatting to camera, unedited interviews, fun stuff from around the site. And, crucially, we wanted a fair bit of it to be watchable live.

After about a month of trying, we finally found a contact at WomWorld – a Nokia promo blog, who would lend us the hardware we needed to do the project – namely, 4 Nokia N82s and one Nokia N95. Yay for Nokia and their lovely bloggers! It all happened so late in the day that the phones were sent direct to the festival site, and we had very little time to trail what we were doing, or to get conversant with everything that the phones could do. Still, we’ve managed, so far, to rack up well over 8000 views on the Greenbelt Group at Qik.com and Mike opted to record video at higher quality and post it to his YouTube Channel – he produced some great video.

Here’s my Qik Channel – the first 50 vids on here are from the festival:

So I did all the interviews you’ve seen embedded here over the last 10 days, and a whole load more footage, had some great feedback to it all, and it’s already cropped up being embedded and linked to on a range of sites, providing a talking point for those who were and those who weren’t at the festival.

It was a fantastic validation of two things – firstly, the importance of embeddable, linkable social media for starting conversations about any event. And secondly, the importance of video in getting the ‘feel‘ of any event across. blogging, texting, tweeting, even audio recordings go some way to creating a ‘buzz’, but nothing has the impact that video has… if Greenbelt are bright, they’ll get behind this nexy year, resource it, promote it, and they could have a virtual attendance bigger than that actual attendance…

I’ve just written a post about the honesty of video for Creative-Choices.co.uk, and started a discussion about it at Phreadz. Sadly you can’t embed video on the Creative Choices blog, but here’s the Phreadz conversation about it –

The question at the end of the Creative Choices blog is ‘how is video working for you?’ – feel free to drop by over there and answer it

Tags: Geek · Managing Information Streams · Random Catchup

Post-greenbelt. How Was It For You?

August 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on Post-greenbelt. How Was It For You?

We’re home from Greenbelt. Will do a proper blow by blow account soon, but for now, a few thoughts on a Qik video (I am as tired as I look in the vid :) )

Please post links to your own Greenbelt blogs, videos & photos in the comments below…

Tags: Geek · Musing on Music · Random Catchup

Interview with singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph…

August 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on Interview with singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph…

Another lil’ interview, that brings together so many of my interests :) Martyn’s an amazing singer/songwriter, and has been running his own label for over a decade. He’s recently been opening for Ani DiFranco in the States, and has been through so many different parts to his career, from churchy-singer-dude in the 80s, to Sony-signed almost-pop-star, to political, social poetic acoustic troubadour. Here’s a really lovely interview with Martyn about all of those things :)

Tags: Geek · New Music Strategies · tips for musicians

Interview with Frank Schaeffer of the Huffington Post…

August 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Interview with Frank Schaeffer of the Huffington Post…

Ok, this one’s GREAT – just had a lovely chat with Frank Schaeffer of the Huffington Post – a fascinating writer, thinker and speaker.

As Loudmouthman says in his comment to the post below, “Is Greenbelt becoming the UK SXSW?” – seriously cool stuff:

With speakers

Tags: Geek · journalism

Interview Pt 2 with Carl Morris from Sleeveface.com

August 24th, 2008 · Comments Off on Interview Pt 2 with Carl Morris from Sleeveface.com

And here’s the longer interview – should be more coming soon!

Tags: Uncategorized

Interview with Carl from Sleeveface

August 23rd, 2008 · Comments Off on Interview with Carl from Sleeveface

Did a little interview with Carl from Sleeveface.com today, in preparation for a bigger chat we’re going to have tomorrow, at 3pm, which will be streamed live at qik.com/solobasssteve

Here’s today’s chat –

There’s loads more video from today over at qik.com/solobasssteve, and we’ll be streaming tonight’s Lawson/Dodds/Wood gig live there at 11pm (that’s in about 20 mins as I write).

Tags: Geek · gig dates · Gig stuff

Two Spearhead interviews

August 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Two Spearhead interviews

Oh yes. Oh yes indeed – me interviewing first Carl Young and then Michael Franti from Spearhead. Such lovely blokes.

Tags: Geek · Musing on Music

Interview with Jon Birch of Asbojesus…

August 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on Interview with Jon Birch of Asbojesus…

Here’s a lil’ interview with the marvellous and lovely Jon Birch of Asbojesus.wordpress.com – he’s fab, his blog’s fab, and the interview’s pretty cool too…

Tags: Geek · Rant - Politics, Spirituality, etc.

What Is Greenbelt?

August 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on What Is Greenbelt?

Here’s my attempt to answer the question, ‘What Is Greenbelt?’, for those of you that have been wondering. :)

Tags: Geek · Random Catchup

A new blog post and another QIK vid…

August 22nd, 2008 · Comments Off on A new blog post and another QIK vid…

It’s only friday afternoon, the Greenbelt site isn’t even open yet, and I’m already working like crazy.

I’ve been posting loads of videos at www.qik.com/solobasssteve (damn, I’m going to HAVE to get myself a Nokia N95 after I give this trial one back. It’s WAY to useful!) and have just written another post for Creative Choices, entitled Creative Copying – have a read, and feel free to comment there.

If you follow my twitter feed, whenever a link appears that says I’m Qiking, you can log in and chat with me on the live stream… please drop in and say hi!

Here’s another qik post from this morning –

Tags: Geek · Random Catchup