Back! and thoughts about blogging workflow and technology

Chris Brooker
November 25, 2010

Hey all,

If anyone even reads this anymore ;). I’ll be posting again! I was having some major server problems after the move. The server was unresponsive, the site would barely load, the images wouldn’t come in, etc. It was a mess. After a long time of screwing the with the config the problem was all down to the shitty DSL modem/router Bell gave me when I sign up for Fibe 25 at my new place. I have since disabled everything on that POS and now do all my routing through a much better piece of kit and things finally seem to be running smoothly.

Photo to the left (Tip: Apparently this look……Is major cougar bait. No lie, ask @MichaelNus)


I also need to figure out a better workflow for blogging. Currently I’m all over the place. I have hundreds of images sitting on my camera, sitting on my phone, videos on my video camera, files on my work computer, files on my laptop, on my server, on my desktop, and on my cloud storage. Things are everywhere and the biggest problem I find is that the internet is too damn SLOW! I have an Amazon S3 account (Amazon Simple Storage Solution), think of it like DropBox but with no size restriction. This is where I keep everything import, documents, images, backups, everything. Which is great because no matter where I am, I can get access to all my important files. But there comes a point where uploading things there take FOREVER, especially when I come home from an event and have gigs of pictures. I can’t upload them. So they end up living on the camera or whichever computer I’m sitting at.

I need to figure out a workflow so things can more a little more quickly. I also find the WordPress image resizing ability to very limited and have to shrink all images before I post them, which eats up more time and then I have another set of the same images only smaller sitting on whichever PC I’m on.

I guess I just need to sit down and plan the whole process out. Does anyone who blogs regularly have a good workflow that works for them? I’d love to talk.

So keep and eye here every once and a while, I’ll actually be posting, cuz man, a lot has been going on.

Toronto Blog Stars – Rock the market

Chris Brooker
March 19, 2010

Yesterday, I woke up feelign totally shitty. Not shitty as in hung over, like the majority of people, but shitty as in sick. I wanted to call in sick to work but had just way much to do so I decided to compromise, I worked from home. Even though I was feeling shitty I still wanted to attend the Toronto Blog Stars event I had signed up for. For the knowledge and to support my friends.

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The Toronto Blog Star event was;

This is the ultimate how-to with the Toronto Blog Stars, followed by a Meet the Blog Stars cocktail reception.

You will learn everything you need to know about living the Blog Star lifestyle using blogging, Twitter, Facebook, and social networking, including:

  • how to get – and keep – the attention of movers and shakers in your industry
  • how to turn your everyday life into compelling content
  • how to brand yourself online
  • what programs and applications to use to host your site, keep track of your statistics, and promote yourself & your blog

Featuring:

Raymi Lauren of Raymi the Minx – A trendsetter and award-winning blogger, Raymi is a pioneer in the online world, having started her blog in 2000.  Her voyeuristic approach to blogging has gained her international readers and recognition and she has been featured in major news outlets, both on camera and in print.  Raymi is an aspiring actor and an accomplished writer and artist.

Sean Ward of seanward.net and Sean Ward’s Super Party – Sean set out to create his own entertainment empire with original underground cinema screenings and a comic book series.  He was a writer and cast member on Ed the Sock, a featured speaker, and master of ceremonies.

Casie Stewart of This Is My Life – a daily blogger with a passion for social media, Casie Stewart has been involved in many social media campaigns to raise money for charity as well as blogging about products & services for major brands. She started her blog in 2006 as a way to keep more memories and today, it’s a daily publication of her life, events, inspiration and photos.

Put together by the Fairlie Agency.

Here I am in my seat, it was a full house;

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Here is Casie Stewart;

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Raymi The Minx;

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Sean Ward;

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Here is a great video I took of the panel talking about what twitter is and why it’s not banal;

httpvhd://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cC0Pn1xgWJs

Thanks guys for a great event.

Blogging – Secrets to Success (Uncensored observations)

Chris Brooker
September 22, 2009

Blogging is all about posting something, anything everyday. Try to make it interesting every few days to keep people checking back.

1)  The best way to do this, IMO; is to be a young attractive girl who frequently posts images of themselves. Often innocent pictures of you from everyday, like you current outfit. But slip in a few of you at the beach or a few of you in your underwear. This will keep people checking just to see if there is a new hot photo. It also helps to have a twitter and Facebook account to promote your blog posts. But you can’t just promote your blog, you need to engage the community. That means telling everyone that you’re just lying around your place naked playing video games, people really like this.

When you’re not lying around naked it’s often fun to go out and party, drink too much and be promiscuous. Then you have more great content to write about on your blog. People love reading stories about drinking, partying and sex. I know I do.

To be honest, this is actually what I want to do. and perhaps I’ll start posting more pics of my work outfits and tales of my shenanigans.

If you do this everyday, I guarantee that you will attract a large audience which can feed your posts going forward, you will get invited to more parties, get free passes, free drinks and be recognized.

2) If you’re not an attractive girl or you’re a geeky guy the road is much steeper. You will need to write, everyday, compelling, interesting, educational, expert content. It will take a long time for people to find, digest and appreciate your blog. There will only be few fancy and fun images amongst pages of text. Unless you write about tech and post images of new products, but then only other geeks will care and you will have a lot of competition.

3) Or you can go the comedy route, post silly videos of yourself, find humorous things around your everyday live, post a photo and write a caption of a funny thing you saw at the grocery store. Post it to Facebook with a cliff-hanger title so people click on it just to see what it is. This can be successful (FailBlog.org, CollegeHumor.com).

Therefore, to be a successful blogger there are 3 routes, one easy and 2 hard. You can all see the route I’ve gone down (Videos, tech, lazy), this is the hard road. It’s my recommendation that you become an attractive women, cuz even online, life is easier. 😉

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