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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 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!