Picking up pieces from PodCamp Western Mass

After attending PodCamp Western Mass 2, I found a lot of questions and notes scribbled on my notepad; here were some of things rattling around my head:

  • I wonder what it would be like if nobody was writing on their laptops and phones during sessions. That means no Twittering. Personally, I can’t pay attention to a presentation or discussion while at the same time writing Tweets. I can jot notes down on my little yellow pad, though, and still follow a conversation.
  • Maybe it’s a personal phobia, but I need a schedule of sessions ahead of time. I like planning my day to optimize the learning I can do in one day.
  • PodCamps at educational institutions are the way to go. They have all the facilitates needed to learn.
  • Maybe having two colors of name badges would be a good idea; self-identified “nubies” would have their own color. It’s a good conversation starter and everybody can make sure the nubies are getting the info they want or need. How about corresponding the nubie color with useful sessions on the schedule?
  • Was there a Facebook session? Wouldn’t make any difference to me because I gave up using it two years ago over privacy concerns. “Social as I want to be” is something I think about when using social media.
  • Surprised there was only one podcasting session.
  • I really like Steve Garfield. I’m kind of a shy person, so his positive vibe, confidence and outgoingness inspires me. I remember him at PodCamp Boston 1 and thinking, “who’s this geek running around with a video camera?”
  • Getting one of my clients (a nubie) to PodCamp turned out to be a good idea. He was able to dip his toes into the social media community, learn a bit, and gain the confidence that he could learn these skills. Plus, we had a great wrap-up meeting at The Tavern in Westfield.
  • PodCamp is not the place to find clients. Concentrate on learning and networking, and that may payoff in a referral. Maybe. Otherwise, don’t worry about doing business.
  • It’s interesting how people interact with the unemployed. It’s like we have a communicable disease with a social stigma that shouldn’t be mentioned in polite company. This observation isn’t unique to the PodCamp community at all, but I did a little experiment during PodCamp Western Mass. On one of the conversation starter stickers I wrote “unemployed,” and to make sure it was seen, I put those stickers on my back. Conversations were started based on the other stickers, but nobody talked to me about being unemployed.
  • I liked the wide variety of skill levels that came to PodCamp. When I heard this dude ask how to register a URL (I think he called it “getting my name”), it blew me away. I take for granted how much learning I’ve done.

Did you have anything rattling around your head after PodCamp Western Mass?

Photo (CC) from stevegarfield


Bill, I am so glad you attended and hope you took away some good things from PCWM2. I really enjoy reading your thoughts and suggestions – it helps as we work to plan the next PodCamp. I hope you’ll join us!

Bill, all good points. BTW, I think was the only other person taking notes with pen and paper during Steve Garfield’s presentation. Agreed — it’s much easier to take notes than tweet!

Thanks for you comment, Dale. Yeah, it’s kind of tricky to suggest that people drop the Twitter and have a direct experience. I love and use Twitter a lot, but I think of years of college, I’m too used to just writing.

I don’t know how to say it nicely — but also, sometimes it just feels disrespectful not to be looking the speaker in the face.

It may be a generational thing…but I don’t think so. Just about everyone has experienced a conversation interrupted by the other person answering a cell phone or reading a text message.

Thanks! Glad you liked the presentation. I had a lot of fun with it. Good crowd, good crowd. I’m happy to see many people using some of hte tools I presented, like Animoto. PodCamp Western Mass was really well run, and I agree about having it in an educational setting. Works well. They also had one of the best organized breakfasts and lunches.

Hi, Bill. I’m happy you enjoyed PodCamp. I was one of those incessant Tweeters. For me, that’s the electronic version of taking notes, but they’re shared with the whole group. I also recorded Steve’s session on my Kodak Zi8, so I can watch it again. Great day. Great learning and sharing. Great memories.

Thanks for your comment, Christine. I didn’t mean my comment about Twitter to be scolding, but rather more as a John Lennon “imagine” point.

Right now I am finishing up writing a post about the small podcamp vs the larger ones, and I think the biggest difference is the opportunity to personally speak with people without an intermediary communication tool. One thing that drives me crazy is having someone text in front of me while I’m trying to have a conversation with them.

BTW: I was sitting next to you during Steve’s presentation.

Hey Bill,
great wrap up post – very insightful. I like your mention of being ‘as social as I want to be -‘ it’s a freedom that many people forget we have in this ‘put it all out there’ world.

Your posts before and after PCWM have been a huge help and a great example of the power of the blogger in publicizing! Hope to see you soon.

cheers, jac

Thanks for your comment, Jac.

Thanks for using that word “freedom”. Yes, exactly, we have the freedom to NOT participate in social media … though it’s getting tougher when people assume certain sites as de-facto standards. Here’s a great local example: the Western Mass Tweetups. To RSVP for the events you have to use Facebook, which I choose not to use.