Robert Scoble did a post today addressing what to do if you lost your job in the 2008 recession. I think allot of these tips are very good. When going over them I thought how many of these could apply even if you still have your job! I mean, it couldn’t hurt to position oneself better career-wise.
The advice about working on one’s blog posting items in their area of expertise. Posting a video a day to You-Tube, again, covering something in their area of expertise. This has set me to thinking about this blog, what I can post here that would be useful, as well has posting one short video a day on You-Tube, again, on some short subject that I really have a handle on.
Just zeroing in on this is a great idea for those of us who still have jobs. I tend to have grand ideas for my web site/blog. I don’t want to throw away those ideas… but I need to think about giving my readers/viewers useful stuff in the near-term that will ultimately better position myself and my career.
So what do you think? Do you have any other ideas?
Well, I spent several hours working on that tutorial I keep talking about. Time flew fast. I said I was 90% done didn’t I… I think I was wrong!
I did alot of work on the tutorial last night… we’re up to 14 steps. Don’t worry! I am doing one step per page and I’m breaking the process down into very small steps that are easy to digest. So, there are alot of pages. There are alot of screen shots. There are two completed videos that are embedded into the tutorial.
There is one video that has been mostly edited but needs some music I think added to it and some titles. This mostly finished video is pretty short and shows taking the AVI file created via the whole process shown and importing it into Windows Moviemaker.
As far as the actual pages of the tutorial (there are 15 so far … if you include the introduction) go, I am at the point of describing the settings that need to be made when the user is ready to save that AVI file.
Let me see… how many pages left… maybe?
- One to show the overall save video dialog box and picking Microsoft AVI from the dropdown list. …And telling the user to click the options button…
- One to show the user how to change the width and height settings to something Moviemaker can handle.
- One showing how the tool being used converts the HD video clip into an AVI file.
- One showing the closing up of the tools that were used for the conversion.
- A page showing opening of Windows MovieMaker and adding the AVI file to a video “collection.”
- A wrapup page that talks about:
- The problem with the size of AVI files.
- The problem with how Moviemaker plays files from the disk.
- How converting the whole thing into a Windows Media File and editing from that does not work.
- Why most of the tutorial video footage was editing in iMovie not MovieMaker.
- Outtakes. —- chances are I will release the tutorial before this part is complete. This is for a little bit of fun.
That is six new pages that I still have to make yet… whew! In addition I want to create the navigation link thing to add to each of these pages to make it easy to navigate around in this tutorial, so,….. I have some work to do still!
I’m revising the completion amount to 75%. Hopefully this is more realistic. I plan on working on it tonight again.
I’ve been working on and off on a tutorial for getting video out of a nifty Canon HG10 high-def video camera into Windows Moviemaker. It is about 90% done. It has taken me longer than I expected.
Take last night for example: I was going to work on it, but Apple came out with this update for the iPhone. I spent most of the evening first updating my MacBook, then my iPhone. Then it was time to go to bed… no time to work on the tutorial. Us old folks can’t stay up too late on weeknights! …Where’s my Geritol?
The night before I was showing a Lean Software Development video to my wife that I found on Google. Alot of good information on process improvement, some which can be used in any area not just programming. We both watched some addition video from some Six Sigma course material I have for a class I’m taking in February. Another night shot!
Tonight I am planning on working on the tutorial though. I am so close to getting this done!