This week, in leiu of of the usual Friday5, Dawn posted her own Podcamp Pittsburgh 3 flavored questions for all.
1. What brought you to Social Media and what keeps you hanging around?
I’ve worked on projects of a “social” nature since 2001 with the birth of WesternPAJuggalos.com (then AIP Juggalos). I’ve always looked for new things to keep the site fresh and get people to participate. Streaming radio led to my first Podcast, and everything fell into place from their via Podcamps, meeting new people, etc.
2. Which social networking tool gives you the shakes when it’s not updated or is experiencing down time? (Podcasts, Blogs, Micro-blogging, etc)
If nothing else, one thing I got from my classes at the Art Institute was “content is key”. While some things, like the CRAP site, may not get as much action due to a lack of shows or news, but sites like WPAJ, or the Wrestling Mayhem Show, have to have something going on all the time to keep people coming back and building that audience, since they’re a little more focused than just being social.
3. What kind of insight could you offer to others on a topic at PCPGH3? If none, then what do you most want to hear more about?
It’s all about connecting. And doing what we do with all of these podcasts and websites has created connections you may never dream could happen. I’ve had the chance to talk with people in the music and wrestling businesses, both of which I grew up admiring and being entertained by. Now, I get to talk to them like any other person. Also, hidden talents can often come out if you just try. When I started, I often said I hate my own voice, and now I have no problem getting on a microphone in a studio, or on stage, and just the words flow out.
Podcamp is a great chance to hear how everyone else has figured out, and what’s new I should be paying attention to. It’s something different to hear this in a conversation in person than just reading some article on a Cnet or Engadget about what I should be keeping an eye out for. That’s why our sessions are just about “how we did it” with the Mayhem Show.