A Picture is not the whole Story, but a really good excerpt.

I took a little bit longer on this unit for Digital Storytelling than I have the others. I want to say it was that I was not entirely wanting to do all the extra assignments but in reality, I was neglecting my knitting projects and I had too much fun making an Illusion Deadpool Scarf to work on a blog post. Check it out here!

So I started this unit, back in the day, with a really engaging Photoblitz! Since it is too cold outside here in Minne”snow”ta I did this assignment inside my home. Its a glimpse of the whole story because it doesn’t portray all the pieces of our lives. That is probably the most interesting part of a photo, it is the perfect little side story of someone’s life. A moment in time depicting that little scene that can mean something to everyone or a whole world of memories to an individual.

Taking these photos, like I said earlier, was really engaging and a lot of fun, not just because I also included my baby boy. But I also learned new techniques to take a better photo. The depth of view and perception, background and foreground focus and lighting are the few that I focused on the most. Taking a photo that focuses on the background rather than the foreground like of my knitting and the lighting on my snake plant was interesting that it provided a new view on an object I see every day. I loved playing with the different angles and intensity of lighting on an object, whether I adjusted a curtain or moved the item itself to highlight key points or shadows was fun also. It shows that just because something exists that it doesn’t have just one look or one purpose. Overall, I love the new ways I can take a photo to make it extraordinary.

Check out too my other Daily Creations and artwork for this unit.

Not What is Typed is all the Hype

I’ve already said it before, that anxiety wall of recording my own voice was spectacular! I mean that once I finally did the radio bump, it was done and now its all gone. I definitely have a life motto that’s grown over the years: Just get it done with because all the fuss is for nothing, and “Awesome” but that’s a whole different story.

So I learned a lot about audio storytelling, how radio broadcasts work, I created a couple of short assignments for Unit 4 and I genuinely had fun! If it wasn’t for nerves, a lot more people should do this kind of stuff, it’s a great way to put yourself out there and really show off who you really are. I, however, did not join a radio broadcast group, I will be looking for “accomplices” for that here in the future to collaborate with and have more fun doing audio projects.

Speaking of which, just being honest as I am, I was not a true fan of Ira Glass’s audio clips. Just wasn’t what I could really engage in nor actually finish listening to. I got good lessons from them, such as really really proof your work, equalize and edit. It’s no fun to listen to two people talk that one is too loud and the other is too soft.

Moving on, This Unit had fun #DailyCreates that I really enjoyed. My Squeaky Pickles creation was my favorite, as are pickles. And being #prosaic was new, I liked this one for its subtly more than anything. I chose the photo of the Berlin wall that had a man standing atop of it with his arms up. In the plainest thing, I could think of, and I would likely do from a higher elevation myself, he was waving at his friends. A happy thought.

All in all, this was fun in a way I broke out of my shell fun. What was more fun was keeping my two-year-old away from the microphone… he enjoyed my radio bump too.

A lot of my ideas are more on the spot, it does take me some time to implement them and learn a couple of thing about the programs I am using to accomplish the assignments. I love using my imagination and hope that I can inspire others too.

I want to do more of this audio work, I will make sure of it.

Storytelling for Kudos

A Good Story Told is an Experience.

A story is an experience, something that draws you in and holds you close. the medium of the story can boost the effectiveness of that story such as Dog Walk video or the pictures that speak volumes.

Today was an Adventure in making memories.

These stories, blog posts, content moderation, are to demonstrate the imagination, creative digital references and skills and to convey a message. All of this applies to how Vogel Craft Co. is going to be a driving force in the advancement of others with online digital services for personal and professional uses. Social Media Marketing is all about telling a story, whether an AD, an update about something or someone, sharing a menu item or a special promotion. Being able to tell the story is what we are going to do best!

But telling a good story is only half of the whole, being able to interpret those stories that they are easily understood by others is equally important. Knowing the parts and pieces of the story as a whole, that it can be relatable and personable for the viewer and that it flows well is part of the story. My Favorite Stories Old and New has a small detail into those elements. I chose “The Painter’s Cat” for a printed story I fell in love with many years ago and the short animated video “Jinxy Jenkins & Lucky Lou” as something I fell in love with recently. Both tell a story of an unhappy situation, the characters go out into the world and find themselves to return home much happier and with good company.

Sharing the story with someone is wonderful but sometimes its nice to be the audience and enjoy the story too. I looked at several articles written by other fellow DS106’ers and commented on a couple. I forgot the # on one but the other I made sure to include the #talkingopen106 tag. The two that I did leave comments on were short in length, in fact one was just a tweet. But they said a whole lot in those few words. Showing appreciation for other’s contributions and making an introduction while having fun. I personally like some content even without all the bells and whistles for reading but these guys made good ideas stand out with their short stories.

Speaking of short stories, DS106 has this Daily Create challenge that has been a lot of fun, in fact today’s Daily Create was about bugs! (eww btw) and it just so happen that Mr. Vogel was rather proud of a photo he took of a Cicada Bug with his “fancy new phone” that I knew it would fit perfectly with today’s challenge. Here’s a link 😉 enjoy, you can really see all the details.

I also shared a short story of two photos and how they are connected aptly titled Everything is Connected, a short story. I actually did not enjoy this assignment as much as I probably could, but I liked thinking outside the box to come up with something.

In the end, I am still really enjoying DS106 learning more about digital storytelling. I’m learning a bunch of new skills and uses of different things. I cannot wait to begin Unit 4.

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 paint.net 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!

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!