My New Jam: Creative Live – This Week is All About Podcasting!

Power your podcast with Storytelling course.

View this course and others at https://www.creativelive.com.

Last week I learned about Creative Live and today I took my first course, called Podcasting 101.

It was an amazing course taught by John Lee Dumas and several other knowledgeable podcasters who’ve figured out how to make a living from their passion.

You know how swimmers turn their head sideways when they get water in their ears? My head is sideways now because of all the knowledge! I learned a ton.  :headphones:

You can too! Check out course offerings and start learning live, free. Access to the course and other materials once the live stream is over is available for a fee. Get those burning questions answered live and chat with your classmates in addition to learning great information about the topics you care about.

I look forward to taking Power Your Podcast with Storytelling from Alex Blumberg (NPR’s Planet Money, This American Life) Thursday and Friday.

A special shout-out goes to We Are LA Tech Podcast host, Espree Devora, for flying to San Francisco to attend in person!

LA Locals: I think I’m sure she’ll be happy to give you a great download of this experience if you RSVP to the next LA Podcasters Meetup on Tues., Oct. 21, at Bodega Wine Bar, in Santa Monica.

Have you taken (or taught) any courses on Creative Live? Which ones?


Lessons From Fancy Dark Chocolate

8th Annual LA Luxury Chocolate Salon #darkchocolate #lemoncello #pasadena

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Thanks to a wonderful experience at yesterday’s 8th Annual Luxury Chocolate Salon in Pasadena, I learned something new about myself. What I learned there has nothing to do with eating chocolate.

1. I’ve learned that genuinely complimenting people makes me feel happy.  This sounds like a no-brainer to do and yet I have to make a conscious effort to give compliments to people that I encounter most often, even when I find myself silently admiring something about them. I enjoy being around happy people– who doesn’t? People naturally tend to feel good about themselves after receiving a genuine compliment. I’ll try to do this more.

2. I’ve learned that I like Earl Grey. Never realized that before this week. I’m not a coffee person, and for the longest time I only drank tea that tended to be on the sweet side (before addition of any sweetener). I chose ones with herbal sounding names and fruity aromas. Earl Grey is supposedly citrus-based but it was never a dominant flavor in previous cups I’ve tried. At some point, I tried and enjoyed a cookie that was made with ground Earl Grey tea. Pretty tasty.

Later tried an Earl Grey infused muffins. Also delightful. Last year was my first taste of Earl Grey infused pie, which quickly became my favorite flavor of pie that I am not inclined to make myself. Yesterday I tasted Earl Grey infused chocolate and then it hit me. I am a fan of Earl Grey. And I suppose most tea-infused treats.

3. I’ve learned that I’m borderline mysophobic. I valiantly tried to disprove that in my efforts to be social yesterday. Now I’ve got a scratchy throat and I’m sitting here bemoaning my life choices over the last 24 hours and gnawing on my single luxury purchase of a deliciously smooth spicy chocolate bar. It’s all good. Tonight I’ll try to enjoy my fond memories of the weekend. There will be plenty of time tomorrow to regret that I don’t have any throat spray. And to eat more dark chocolate.

Have you learned something new about yourself in September? Let me know in a comment!


SMWLA Highlights: What’s Good?

For this week  I purposely haven’t scheduled more than two panels to attend each day. If there were others I stumbled upon outside of that then I just went with the flow. It has turned out wonderfully.

SMWLA Panel 9/23

Erik Deutsch (PRSA-LA moderates a panel with Michael Slate (KPFK Pacifica Radio), Stacey Leasca (LA Times Social Media Editor), Chris Schauble (KTLA 5 Morning News Anchor)

I started Tuesday afternoon at the Broad Stage for the “From Headlines to Hashtags” panel. I enjoyed the venue’s air conditioning after walking a few blocks there from where I parked.1 After lunch I dropped into a fantastic masterclass for”Using Your Camera Phone to Take Pro Photos” by @LanBui of Bui Bros fame.

I live-tweeted as much as the available wi-fi connections would let me. That was fun because as much as the live conversation happens in the room, online there’s a broader conversation happening that is always fun to explore later. The hashtags for the day were #SMWNews, #SMCLA, and #SMWLA. Search those terms Twitter and Instagram and you’ll see what I mean.

First visit to Philz Coffee newest location in Santa Monica!

First visit to Philz Coffee’s newest location in Santa Monica on Tuesday! Photo by Lindsay M.

After the last panel I meandered down the street with Lindsay from the SMCLA board to grab a snack at Philz Coffee. The drinks are fully customized to ensure you won’t be disappointed. For instance, when you order a drink– in my case a chai latte– you’re asked to specify how sweet (not sweetened, medium sweet, or sweet) and how spicy (mild, medium, spicy) you want it, in addition to the size and whether you want cream. I don’t think they actually asked me to specify what type of milk (not lactose intolerant so I don’t care) but I was still tickled with the choices to make a cup of spicy black deliciousness. I’ll definitely stop by there again.


1. Santa Monica’s parking situation is fodder for an entirely new post but I’m not going to get into it here.


Social Media Week LA Livestream + My Top Picks

Turns out there’s a livestream of Tuesday’s SMCLA noon panel. If you missed it live, you can watch it now… or later. For those attending Social Media Week LA either in person or online via livestream, here are my top event picks for the rest of the week.

Wednesday 9/24

  1. Working from Home: Trisha Hershberger Shows you How to Shoot
    PST: 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Trisha Hershberger, Host on SourceFed (Streamy Award Winner Series of the Year 2013), will present on video producing via Nokia Lumia and Microsoft.
  2. Working from Home: Jason Okuma Shows You How to Run your Business
    PST: 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
    Jason Okuma, Founder and CEO of JATI, Inc. and VP of Business Development at PMBC Group, will teach you how he runs his business and blogs on the go using his Lumia.

Thursday 9/25

  1. Growing Up Social: A Conversation with Hello Giggles
    PST: 10:30 am – 11:30 am
  2. TZ Tech Crawl SMWLA Edition
    Where: Lobby – The Broad Stage
    PST: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    This is your chance to tour of some of the hottest LA Tech companies located in Santa Monica. Why not stop by for a beverage, snack, game, drop off a resume, to see the office space or just kick back?
    6:00 pm SMWLA HQ at The Broad Stage
    6:30 pm Famous Birthdays
    7:00 pm Pursecase
    7:30 pm Pivotal Labs
    8:00 pm Agent Ace

Friday 9/26

  1. Travel in the Age of Social
    PST: 11:00 am – 12 noon
    Join top tech travelers Ann Tran, Ted Nguyen and Sam Sabri to discuss the best way to capture your trips’ memories as they happen and share them with your audience. We’ll also share tech tips and techniques for maximizing your fun while abroad and ways to protect your memories should you experience a tech catastrophe or theft.
  2. Working from Home: Monica Olivas Teaches you how to Blog on the Run
    PST: 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    Monica will discuss how her Nokia Lumia enables her to blog and produce content while on the go. She’ll focus on OneNote, OneDrive, Instagram and Fitbit.

Social Media Week is Here!

Social Media Week is happening in LA and quite a few other cities this week. Now’s the time to fill your schedule with panels, workshops, parties, and other events to connect with other and learn best practices in the industry. Are you in Los Angeles and would you like to join the fun?

Register here: http://socialmediaweek.org/losangeles/attend/

Get 25% off your pass using the code SMClubLA!

Social Media Club LA members can email socialmediaclubla at gmail dot com with the subject line “SMC member SMWLA pass!” to receive a free LA HQ pass (while they last)! All passes claimed!

Social Media Week LA Highlights

 Monday 9/22

What’s the Difference Between Community Management and Social Media Management? 

Format: Google+ Hangout SMW London Presentation by Dan Spicer
Talk is now archived and available here on YouTube.

 Tuesday 9/23

SMCLA News Graphic 9/23

From Hashtags to Headlines: How Social Media is Transforming Mainstream News Coverage

This SMCLA event is co-hosted by PRSA-LA and sponsored by PR Newswire

Starts at 12 noon, featuring LA-based News and Social Media experts.

Format: Panel hosted at The Broad Stage (Main Stage) in Santa Monica.
This panel will examine how traditional news can survive and thrive amid this shift to the real time web. Speakers are Chris Schauble (Anchor, KTLA 5), Stacey Leasca (Social Media Editor, The LA Times), and Michael Slate (Producer and Host, KPFK 90.7 FM).

This should also be available as a livestream but I’ll be attending this one in person. Can’t wait!

Check the SMWLA schedule for more great topics! Are you attending any Social Media Week events? Let me know in a comment.


Happy National #ReadABookDay!

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I am reading The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su and Kate Rorick. What are you reading?

 

Update: This was originally posted from my phone and the book title was auto-corrected without my awareness. Oh, auto-correct. What am I to do with you?


My 2014 Goodreads Challenge Results + “Good Enough” Book Review

Well, guess who blew her 2014 Goodreads reading challenge out of the water and by the beginning of August?

2014 Goodreads Challenge completed

2014 Goodreads Challenge completed.

This lady right here. I upped my book challenge from 12 to 15 books because I finished book 12 back in July.

By happenstance the majority of books I read this year are by authors who are women and writers of color, which I think is quite good considering I enjoy and thus gravitate toward mainstream YA fiction. I grew up consuming this genre, which I love, but am painfully aware of how it is not all that diverse.

I delved more into YA and kid lit this year to recapture the early reader experience of experiencing another’s point of view for the first time. More accurately the first of many times, but that’s another blog post. I now have a better understanding of what inspired my obsession with reading at a young age. I would like to continue reading more in this genre for the rest of Summer.

Book Review: Good Enough

Good EnoughGood Enough by Paula Yoo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun read with an added bonus of the protagonist’s perspective being that of a young WOC! This novel focuses on Patti, written with flaws and a good sense of humor, as she recounts the stress-filled college application experience during her senior year of high school.

This is an absolutely American story which happens to be from the lens of a first-generation American with immigrant parents. She juggles the near-impossible expectations of her parents, her Korean-American community, and societal ladder of her small New England town, while sharing Korean comfort food recipes and top ten lists of amusing ways she deals with making sense of her world.

What I liked most about this novel is that I easily related to the Patti’s experience as I remembered my own days of university interview and application experiences.

While I recognize that her home life story is an experience common to many, I can also see how it would reinforce a certain first-generation American, particularly Asian-American trope. The one about having parents so singularly focused on instilling superior educational and extracurricular achievements to make their kids competitively qualified for a top American university, that they come off as one-dimensional and interchangeable– I’m talking about parents who are devastated that their student got a B+ on one test (not a final exam) and are legitimately worried it will bring shame on their entire family when others find out. 

I look forward to reading more from Ms. Yoo.

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