Links

I am always impressed by the links on other people’s blogs. They have sought down the most interesting, pertienent and useful blogs and put helpful links to the sites so muppets like me can share the wisdom.
I’m feeling a little left behind on the old links issue, so I thought I’d take five minutes out of sorting our entries for the Regional Journalism Awards to grab a coffee and boost the rather paltry offering of links here.
So now, in addition to the Liverpool Daily Post link I now have a list of, well, friends who happen to have blogs. So most of them aren’t of any professional use necessarily (apart from Joanna Geary and Markmedia’s blogs) but they do cheer me up when the day is getting to be a bit of a slog.
Oh, and if you click here you’ll find Emma and Alpa, from the Style in the City teams, helping illustrate the stiltwalking feature of Emma’s new shoes.
I took it on my N95 and managed to post it to Flickr with Shozu, which means I have finally sorted the infuriating upload problem – although it mean removing Shozu from the phone, cancelling all accounts, downloading it again and opening a new account. Web 2.0 really shouldn’t have to be this complicated…

Exploring YouTube

I’ve never really bothered much with YouTube. Clips get sent to my Facebook superwall which I may or may not watch, and that’s about it. But the Liverpool Daily Post site is hugely popular, and I figured that I ought to at least try and understand how YouTube works – and why it works.
So I’m now a YouTuber – in fact, I’m here should anyone care – and I was surprised at how simple it was to set up. I started off by uploading a couple of videos of my cat Nyx (already a star of Qik, Flickr, this blog and Utterz) and then sent out a tentative request to friends to give me some feedback.
Then I linked to two friends already established on YouTube – Mark and Sion – and the LDP site, of course.
Then I uploaded some more videoes, and noticed that when my cat video was playing others of cats were being recommended alongside it. So I wandered off into YouTube and lost two hours of my life watching other people’s stories being played out on my laptop.
It was fascinating, although not as addictive as Qik which has the added unpredictability that comes with live streaming. I watched some Vespa-riding US eco-guy streaming in the wilderness yesterday just to see if a bear would come along and eat him. It didn’t.
But life is never simple is it? Now I want to embed Qik films I’ve taken on the N95 onto YouTube and I CANNOT work out how to do it. Honestly, social networking can be bloody hard work sometimes…
But, because you can never have too many clips of a cat playing with a tap, I’ve embedded Nyx here 😀

Death of newspapers?

I read a Steve Outing, post recently in which he wrote about finally cancelling his local newspaper. Steve writes for the Editor & Publisher Online and I’m a fairly new convert to his blog, which by the way is excellent.
Anyway, if a writer who specialises in the newspaper industry cancels his subscription you just have to take notice and ask why.
Steve says his reason is simple – he gets all the news he needs from either TV or radio, or the web, email, RSS and other sources. In his words: “Most of the information that comes in the daily print edition is not new to me.”
So where does that leave the newspaper industry? After all, it’s easy to knock papers at the moment but what we really need to do is find a way of making them work once again.
Steve’s idea would see newspapers being coming community resources with free newsletters. Personally, I wouldn’t like to see the business case for that one… but I do think newspapers have a future, just not as paid-for publications.
I also think they will move towards more analytical, thought and comment platforms. And I think we’ll all be reading them on some version of a Kindle anyway so no more ‘dead tree’ media.
Yes the newspaper industry has had a smack in the face from advertisers who no longer need to use our papers unless they choose.
But as journalists we’ve had a fairly smooth ride up til now; there’s nothing wrong with competition so long as you stay one step ahead of it.
The only way to do that is to open our eyes and accept we have to change; if we don’t then we may as well all pack up and head into the world of ennui that is PR right now.

living through my laptop

If I’m not on my work computer checking emails, gmails, internet updates and our Daily Post website stuff (or in meetings!) then I’m either surfing the web on my phone, twibbling or on the laptop at home.
Luckily, I also have a tendency to exercise and eat healthily so I’m not likely to morph into some kind of Gollum-esque geek yet, but I do spent a lot of time bathed in the glare from the screen.
Things attained critical mass with a visit to Bambuser tonight.
And then, oh God, it happened again; before I could stop myself I’d added another bunch of code down the side of this blog – which, let the record show – is starting to look like Greaty Market
Luckily, I will have a healthy day in the fresh air on Saturday when I get to spend the day at the Grand National with some lovely people from the Post Office. It should be a great day – we are right by the start post and a quick sprint and ninja-like handbag moves should ensure we have a good view of the finishing post. And I intend to live stream the event on Qik if I can, just for fun.
Well, I think it’s fun anyway