Another Week Gone, Soon It will be Done.

Actually, the process of blogging will never end, but the units to DS106 will eventually run out and then I will have left Daily Creates and random other things I can still make. Creating, setting up, filling in all the little bits to this site has been a wonderful learning experience. It’s everything I was hoping to accomplish and more to build upon Vogel Craft Co. and have ready to go content for viewers. I will admit, before doing my first post and page I was anxious “Who will see my work and will they even like it?”

Now I know to not worry about it, just be me, be imaginative and be real!

So going through Bootcamp has been my letting go experience, wonderful and exciting every day! I still have a ton to learn about making videos and GIFs, which was the latest assignment I completed. I was supposed to take a clip from a movie but I couldn’t find the quality picture to represent what I wanted so I made another GIF with a home video taken earlier in the day and completed another random assignment too.

The GIF I made was of my baby boy, he just learned how to roll over and it was pretty adorable what he did afterwards. It was a lot of fun to make.

Teddy Winks, Too Much Fun!

So the other assignment I created was a Stencil, this too was fun as it Mr. Vogel and our first born son. We were sitting in the car, in the rain, waiting for a break to run into the store. We were on a mission to buy a toy.


Even when all the units are done I’m glad to see a devotion to the Daily Creates, I’ve really enjoyed doing these. Especially with Valentine’s Day coming up.

To create something for the Daily Creates I read them first thing in the morning and by the end of the day I’ve usually got a pretty good idea what I want to make. I research a few things on the web, maybe implement my program and voila! I’ve got a quality post. They’re quick and easy and all available on my Twitter feed.

Part of this second unit was a video from @GardnerCampbell that spoke in detail about a Personal Cyber Infrastructure. After re-watching a few segments I got deep into this thought about my own site here. How each page is connected to another and each post its own end point for a viewer and a stepping stone for more information. A website has a Navigation Bar that is essential its own roadmap to the content held within. A cyber infrastructure is what you create for others to follow and its not just a blog or a website, but it can include social media, photos, links to other people and content on other sites and so much more.

As part of my own personal cyber infrastructure, building this blog at the beginning took me awhile. Deciding on a theme, the layout, what to name my pages and tags and other things seemed daunting at first. Now that its established and I’ve created more content, filled in the empty spaces it feels more like a second home for posts rather than a void to try and fill. I still haven’t figured out for this theme how to change the color of the font but it fits in pretty well otherwise. This whole site has become its reflection of me and my family and I hope to see this site become our business venture that we started it as. Vogel Craft Co. is our Social Media Management site, to detail custom content and inspire local business and individuals to take the digital leap and join the online global community.

I’m glad I get to add DS106 to our skill sets in our digital portfolio and I love seeing all the things we have created on this site to share, globally!

The Road Never Walked On, Just a Click Away.

In our digital age, there are now more “roads” that extend far beyond what you can measure on Earth. Businesses, in hopes of staying current, took the beaten path off the pavement and placed it on your screen. Your direct viewership gains their business the foot traffic it takes to keep alive digitally and physically. A Cyber Infrastructure. The business and personal use of these online technologies allows for everyone to be able to interact with everyone else that they share a common interest with. I use common interest because an individual will not typically visit a site or place that does not fit what they are looking for or interested in.

We are living in the middle of the largest increase in expressive capability in the history of the human race.

Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody

@GardnerCampbell states in this video from the University of British Colombia that we are not in the middle but at the beginning. We, now, are innovating how we interact with each other digitally and our level of openness with one another. Our interactions can lead us to be open to the world by sharing a blog or site on larger social platforms but we can also just be open to each other, both of these require us to have identity markers so we can still be individuals among the masses. The last thing is we also should be open to ourselves, self-aware of what we are doing and who we really are. Using Gardner’s words, we should “decorate our lockers”, create a self brand that we can share online and personally.

Going back to the business sides of things, businesses that have existed for some time are making the digital move to a cyber infrastructure beyond the pavement by their front doors. To do this they typically cannot keep doing what has worked well in the past because our digital age requires a digital thought of connectivity. It’s no longer about telling someone about some thing, we need to share it and involve them. This turns into “Likes”, “Shares”, “Re-tweets” and followership on social sites.

Although, thinking of the digital future, an age old saying I once heard from my Mothers when she owned her small town craft store comes to mind again and again with an online footprint. “A satisfied customer may tell one to two people of their good experience but an unsatisfied customer will share their terrible experience with everyone willing to listen.”

“Well, I have a bag of gold, would you like a bag of gold?”

Of course, I don’t share that information with the intent of dissuading anyone from being open to the world, but I hope that as a human being this information and age of digital sharing can inspire us all to be the good person and do the right thing. Be kind, rewind… and redo. All philosophical aspects aside, we all use these digital face lifts at some point in our online careers. To make improvements and staying relevant not just in content but in location is all apart of staying alive online, i.e. maintaining a followership.

As I go through the information from DS106, I find it more and more interesting how I can tie all these things into what I hope to accomplish with Vogel Craft Co. Each video, article and how-to is helping me to build my skills as a Social Media Consultant aiming to help businesses and other people build their social media infrastructure. By building bridges we can all make changes for a brighter digital future.

Nuggets of Wisdom: is it art?

Recently I enjoyed some good humor that included a great discussion on what makes art a real piece of artwork? Now I’ve lived my entire schooling career up through college with some focus on creating and contemplating art itself, and I found these different viewpoints absolutely endearing and humorous!

So I’m going to take this nugget and confound these experiences.

After quite a bit of thought I completely agreed with the viewpoint that “Art is distinctly human” from Leon’s video, that of all the sentient life on Earth, short of nature itself, Humans are the rarity that we go out of our way to create art for none other than the intent of its creation. For example, music as we know it, Rock, Country, Blues, etc., does not exist without human action to create it. That is the work of an artist, for no other reason than to be art. But, the subtly of art is that it is completely subjective, one person can label an item as art where as another could, to any degree, disagree with that notion. This too is distinctly human.

Is it really art? Or is it the human interaction that makes it being art subjective to the viewer alone?

As humans creating art, subjectively of course, we have to come up with ideas on what to create in the hopes that it is good. Here is where I thought things got really interesting.

For about four years total of my working career life now I have spent as a Barista working in a coffee shop. My direct memories from working at a little placed called Java River in my hometown hits this next nugget right square where it belongs. “Coffee shops are idea mingling spaces” where thoughts from all sorts of people can mingle and intertwine and become new, better ideas that maybe, just maybe, are the final rendition of that first inkling of an idea. Steven in his video “Where Good Ideas Come From” couldn’t have said it better I believe. “good ideas come from the collision of smaller hunches – someone who has half a hunch meeting with another person with half a hunch then morphs together into a complete full good idea.” I paraphrase but when you think about it, its true. What a wonderful hypothesis that I would love to test again and again. I have included his video as it is wonderful to watch also.

And before my eyes become to heavy to continue typing, I wanted to share one more nugget of wisdom I have taken in and digested this week. And what better nugget than that about Disruptive Wonders.

I want to start there, “Disruptive Wonders”. “Disruptive” is to bring chaos and change, sometimes violently into the scene and “Wonders” are awe inspiring moments or things that bring peace and serenity if but just for a moment. Kelli in her TED talk about Disruptive Wonders goes on to share that sometimes the most normal experience can be confounded and changed into something new and exciting, like a hidden talent undiscovered until the right moment or hunch came along. And these changes are not restricted by size or time or location. In Kelli’s video, the point that hit home the hardest was that “the more an experience repeats itself, the less it means”.

I work in a call center, I take dozens and dozens of phone calls every day. Many conversations are exactly the same but the other person on the line is different. (unless smart routing happens, lol) When I was taking in this information I was happily distracted by thinking, how can I take those same mundane calls that are always about the same thing and make them so that each one is rightly unique for that call? So I’m going to take this nugget and confound these experiences. I’m going to use it to make my job better, more enjoyable and create better “good” ideas everyday. Just like in this article you are reading.

Thank You! And, if you enjoyed reading this, check out the home page for other interests Vogel Craft Co. offers and our social media links. We got a lot of really cool stuff going on all the time!

Unit 1 Bootcamp for DS106 has been eye opening about how media, ideas and the relationships in between come together. Already I’ve seen myself improving in how I build content for not just the Facebook pages I manage with my husband but for this website I’m building piece by piece. I learned how to create a GIF! If there is any one accomplishment I love the most it is that! Thank you DS106, Here’s to Unit 2!

What are we going to do today Brain?

We’ve got Facebook that helps you connect personally and Twitter that connects concisely and other social sites that can connect in all other ways, but if I had created a whole community that connected everyone on a personal level, I would “rule” the world. Not literally, those are not my true intentions, nor do I have the public speaking ability for something of that magnitude.

But if I could ceate a social platform I would connect the masses in such a way that only positive intent would be fostered and humanity can come together to discuss ideas globally. A hierarchy of world issues could he tackled one at a time while building the foundation for ongoing support of other equally important issues. This social platform would be the global leader in news and action. A resolution we can stick to.

I will call it The Net. Not like The Net that starred Sandra Bullock all those years ago. That “lady from Birdbox” for those of you younger folks. No, The Net will take the best of existing social site and combine them into one super social site. Imagine a vote system from Reddit, a reaction system such as from Facebook and a share system such as Twitter’s “re-tweet”. And all of it reinforced by constructive criticism and tactical support. A haven of ideas and communication.

Now if only such a place could exist, imagine what we could accomplish even more.

Catch The Net and let it support you, a global community.

How it was done before…

Before our now digital world there was a time that my family owned a corded telephone. It was the “cool” clear plastic hanging wall phone that had the flashing LED diodes. I remember the extra long curly cord was purchased just so you had a longer reach, otherwise your conversations were contained solely to the kitchen table. And the biggest memory of that phone before our digital world, of you were not home, and you didn’t have an answer machine, you never knew if someone tried to call.