As You Like It – a daily rehearsal and performance log on Tumblr

An image a day and a tweet or quote a day to sum up the passage of the next 10 weeks as I rehearse and perform in La Boite Theatre Company’s production of As You Like It by William Shakespeare. I get to play Duke Senior, father to Rosalind. This should be fun and a huge challenge – the best kind! Words probably won’t do it justice, so maybe an image or something brief and to the point that sums up the moment … Twitter is just fine for that. Continue reading “As You Like It – a daily rehearsal and performance log on Tumblr”

Deserting the ship

I’ve loved Tumblr for years. It’s been my online scrapbook for quotes and images. From today I’m tinkering in Posterous, especially since it’s design is now customisable. Oh yes, and this is a test post.

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Hello, my name is Dramagirl, and I’m a webaholic …

Several of my latest posts here have focused on the flood of social networking sites I’ve been attracted to during the past few months. In fact, an entire theme has developed with these often apologetic posts. I’ve been a bit whiny really, using the sad excuse that such play aka experimentation is all grist to the mill of future posts.  Well that’s not going to cut it for much longer I can tell, and besides I and the blogosphere have changed for good.

For a start, the applications and services just keep coming. Oh yes, I could duck for cover or simply ignore the chatter about this or that new service that floats by, but it’s proving extremely difficult. You see the playing has brought new friends whose own interests lie in the social networking sphere, and so the chatter tends to orbit around this activity, if not entirely exclusively. Yes, blogging is not the same … at least it’s diversified beyond what I’d imagined when I began blogging 3-4 years back, and it’s all because of the technology.

This time last year I was recovering after the August 31 Day Blog Challenge. It was brutal folks! Yes, I survived along with other hardy bloggers determined to ‘get it right.’ There the focus was all on good (traditional) blogging: thoughtfully crafted posts, collegial commenting, shared tips on time management and sound GTD principles. During the month anxieties emerged from time to time … how long should a good blog post be, apologies for poor spelling, syntax and so on.

I also took part in a Comment Challenge in April this year. As you can tell from the title, it was about learning more about the art and craft of blog commenting, and sharing the conversation around.  Such a challenge is now showing its conceptual age, at least in terms of how ‘big’ bloggers and micro bloggers are commenting on one another’s ideas. Now it’s about short and fast, but hopefully not superficial responses. Posts and comments from services like Twitter, Pownce, Facebook, Tumblr and Jaiku sent from desktop, laptop or mobile phones now appear on aggregated sites like the mighty FriendFeed, where I daresay they are far more visible and engaging of diverse opinion and comment than here on the humble but still unbowed traditional blog post. And of course you can link your blogs to FriendFeed as well;  a cross-link to this post will appear on my FriendFeed site as soon as I hit the publish button here on Word Press.

But when it comes to speed of uptake, indeed turnaround in attitude towards traditional blog writing, what about Seesmic eh?  As you might be aware if you’ve come here before, Seesmic is the video conversation tool which has really engaged me for the past 6 months or so. There appears now … out there … to be a complete turn around in attitude towards what’s called video blogging or vlogging …ugh!.

Now, when I installed Seesmic video commenting capability here back in April and encouraged visitors to leave a video comment, I was at first disappointed at the lack of uptake, especially during a Commenting Challenge.  I got the distinct impression that most bloggers were not keen to do ‘barefaced’ commenting … indeed many declared it wouldn’t last and for all sorts of reasons, none of which frankly convinced me much. It set me thinking and has provided food for much thought and conversation. Now what has happened to the hive attitude inside 6 months … well, try Googling ‘popularity of video blogging’ and see what you get! Not the put-downs and pooh-poohs of 6 months back, but what comes close to a ‘told you so’ attitude. Well, told you so! And then yesterday, a new video commenting app called 12 Seconds was released out of invitation-only into public testing. This is video blogging or commenting on speed. Yes, 12 seconds is all you get to make your video comment. It’s kin to Twitter and its 140 characters. This is opening up conversation and comment to experimentation. I for one, am delighted to puddle around and see where this leads us.

Friday Factoid

Science Daily tells us that researchers now have a new gene pool of subjects to gather data from and to experiment with …  internet junkies. Apparently that’s about 10% of us. Oh well.

‘Hello my name is Dramagirl, and I’m a webaholic.’

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The Blog that Writes Itself

Updated August 29 2008. About a week or so after my return from abroad, all traces of my summer vacation had disappeared from the embedded FriendFeed post which I had set up … the remains of which appear below. I removed the feed because it kept updating, keeping pace with the social networks and posts streaming in to it. If you want to use the FriendFeed embed code to track an event and then ‘freeze’ it in time, I’d recommend against using the otherwise admirable FriendFeed this way. Consider instead a separate blog for your travels, and embed FriendFeed there. Hey presto!

While I am adventuring around Europe this northern summer, I’m using Friend Feed, a useful aggregating service to suck in all of my shares on Flickr, Twitter, Seesmic, Tumblr, del.icio.us and elsewhere on my growing social network. And I wondered why I wasn’t getting so much (proper) blogging done lately!

I’ve been using Friend Feed for a week now and find it immensely useful to track my own friends’ postings from diverse services.  Once travel proper commences this weekend, posts via any of my services wll find their way here. Kind of cheating I know … but it’s the (so-far) easiest way I’ve found to keep faith with entries here whilst away.

My connectivity tools of choice this summer are the iPhone and my G4 Powerbook laptop.

Below is an embedded link to my Friend Feed where postings via aforesaid social networking sites will get posted. ‘Aloha’ or should that be ‘bonjour.’

PS I’m going to be out of the country when the new G3 iPhone launches here in Australia! Wonder will I be missing scenes similar to the ones we’ve been used to from the US in recent times.

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Day 26: Bring on the Media

Back to the daily Comment Challenge tasks and I’m hunting down some A-V apps to diversify commenting and make it more dynamic. I’ve had a few words to say over the past week or so on my commenting using Seesmic, so I won’t bang the drum again. If you haven’t read them, just type ‘Seesmic’ into the search pane and you’ll find them and samples of video comments and posts. Let me say up front that I have nothing against words; love ’em, but this is the 21st century, this is Web 2.0 people, so let’s get a little more adventurous. That’s my rallying cry as I feel the claws hanging on hard to the tried and true. I feel it every day as many, many of the much-touted web-savvy Gen-Y in my patch resist the new e-learning ways like crazy!

This morning I checked out and installed Snapvine. This is audio-blogging and commenting which can be done online or via your mobile. If you decide to give mobile blogging a go, you will need to choose your dial-in country from a drop-down list, and validate your phone number with a code. This makes blogging on the go quick and easy; for once, it’s going to be a faster experience than typing words into your keypad. Snapvine, like Seesmic logs all of the posts and comments at your own central Snapvine blog. This is a newcomer to my blog tools, and I’m trialling it for the rest of the month of this Challenge, so you might like to help me out and have a go; it’s over there in the left sidebar under ‘Sounding Stuff.’ And remember, with an audio comment no one can see your bad hair!

Facebook? Yes. It qualifies because it encourages comment through your Facebook social network.  I’ve installed the Wordbook plug-in on my other blog Groundling; this posts a notification with image into my Facebook pane so friends can drop by and comment. It’s my other blog because my Facebook network is overwhelmingly comprised of people in that niche area.

Flickr is perhaps the visual blog par excellence also with comment capability. What more can I say about this free (or pro for $) application that hasn’t already been said. I use it in various ways which boil down to storing and sorting my photos (and short videos … I have a pro account) so they are quickly accessible from anywhere on the web. This year I am taking part in the 366 Photos group (groan … why am I a sucker for these challenges?) A smallish group of us capture an image a day during this Leap Year of 366 days, and post to the group. It’s a sweet way to stay in touch with everyone, share our worlds, and to leave comments … which we do.

Time for a change

I’m following up on my last post. I’ve decided to tease out the themes of this blog and go into deconstruct mode. I’m keeping this blog (after a bit of a face wash) to focus on teaching and learning, adventures in digital learning and productivity. I’ve shucked off theatre, acting and performance to a new blog, hosted on Vox (sorry good ol’ Blogger!) Part of this blog’s focus is on researching what’s best out there for hosting blogs, so it’s a legitimate casting-off.If you are interested in things theatrical, go to the new blog Groundling.

Next? Well, for personal rambling, it could continue to be Tumblr for a quick fix, or another blog. Now the big question will be ‘Can I keep up three blogs?’ or is this insanity? Time, dear reader, will tell.

Update 1: Groundling is now hosted on WordPress. Vox did it for me for a while but as I got more confident with WordPress, I decided this was a more flexible and appropriate platform for the blog. It’s also self-hosted.

Update 2: Groundling has turned into Greenroom, and Spinning a Learning Web became Groundling.  That’s blogging for you!