PodCamp Pittsburgh 6 Afterward

Photo by magistrazap on flickr.

Another PodCamp has come and gone. I honestly can’t believe how fast the past few years have flown by. The first time we’ve been in a new location since year two, the third year of streaming sessions and posting them later, and the first time we’ve felt like we’ve had enough space for the event.

Learn . Interact . Apply

At the end of the PodCamp weekend Justin Kownacki and Rob de la Cretaz came to me with a story about an attendee who, after a year, was still contemplating a bog. Their natural reaction is to question the hold up and get started. This lead to Rob and Justin putting together a quick talk about taking what you’ve learned at PodCamp and applying that knowledge to your life. Right here I want to encourage everyone to just start writing. WordPress has an amazing philosophy around this topic and there are a lot of really smart people there working to make sharing your message simple. I’ve got a follow up post in a draft to encourage applying so keep an eye out.

What is Your Project?

I know a number of people are starting new blogs as a result of PodCamp. Please make sure you let me know when you start. If you already have leave a comment or ping me on twitter or Facebook. I’m curious to see what gets created as a result of the event.

One project that I learned about on Sunday is Jennifer Caple’s documentary film project about Kraynick’s Bike Shop. I’ve only been to Kraynick once but it is a really interesting place. Thought I’d give a plug as an interesting project and I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Looking toward the future

I have been slow to record my thoughts about this years event because I feel as though PodCamp Pittsburgh is at a cross road. Now don’t interpret that statement as though I feel something is wrong with PodCamp. This year we produced an excellent event that has received an awesome response from attendees. Tons of positive comments and notes keep getting back to me even a week after the event.

Justin Kownacki wrote a list of 12 things he’s thinking after PodCamp which hits on the topics that lead to me think we are at a crossroad. Mainly it has been interesting to see how the event has organically grown over the years. First as a peer to peer learning event that has now become a more traditional conference with focus on 101 to 201 level learning. It is an interesting concept to consider and something that will be on my mind as we look forward to future events.

With that said I’m proud of everyone who contributed to PodCamp Pittsburgh this year and look forward to what the future holds.



Daily PodCamp Pittsburgh Post

Today was my turn to write a post for PodCamp Pittsburgh. Originally I wanted to write about why someone should attend PCPGH but as I started the post just felt wrong. I was going to compare PodCamp to other professional organizations when I realized that was too narcissistic. The post would be better if it was more inspirational than all about why PodCamp is awesome n’at. So that’s what I tried to do.

Something Completely Different

As I type this post I’m listening to my new favorite album, R.O.B. (ROBOTIC OPERATING BUDDY) by Bochum Welt. Its European electronic that is super smooth and full of great energetic songs. My favorite is Feelings on a Screen and Gyromite, but there are a lot of excellent tracks. You can listen for free at that link.

iTwixie and Me

Today was a pretty big day, PodCamp Pittsburgh opened registration for PCPGH 6 and I officially started a new full-time job.

If you keep up with my blog, you know I’ve worked part-time with iTwixie since leaving The Art Institute in February. My role has been Art Director/Designer creating a B2B website, multiple newsletters, graphics on the site and other random items. The most important job has brought that B2B site online and creating to tools for the business to grow in a market research direction. That site is called Tween Trends and is an exciting opportunity for iTwixie, but that’s not what this post is about.

The Next Step

The next step for iTwixie is to start selling. [insert always be closing reference here] The iTwixie user base has grown to a critical mass, we have multiple back-end tools to get great data out of what is happening, not only on the site, but what is going on in the minds of tween girls, and we have Tween Trends. So advertising, market research, and custom programs are on the menu. The only piece missing is who is going to sell it. That is where I come in.

After I was laid off in June, I took a few weeks off from any type of grind to just chill out. I knew that I didn’t want to put myself in the same hard-nosed job search that I went through in February. I knew there were a lot of things I didn’t want to do, and so I don’t know who suggested it first, Rebecca or me, but stepping up to the sales role at iTwixie just clicked together. Believe it or not doing silly graphics and newsletters for tween girls is a lot of fun. I never, in a million years, would have ever thought I enjoy working on content for girls, but I do. You should try it sometime.

My New Role

The past few weeks has involved me wrapping up a few design projects for iTwixie and starting the ramp up my sales skills. I don’t have a lot of details for you yet but if you have any questions just ask. I’m very optimistic about where iTwixie is going and I believe that they will grow to be a great company. This is a very exciting time to be a part of iTwixie as we are poised to grow in new areas over the next few months.

So that’s my big news and if you haven’t gone and registered for PodCamp Pittsburgh 6 go do it because this is going to be a great year.

PodCamp Pittsburgh 6 Date & Location


PodCamp Pittsburgh 6 is on the horizon and I’m excited to share that we have a new venue, Point Park University.

PodCamp Pittsburgh 6
Location: Point Park University
Date: September 17-18, 2011

PodCamp will take place in the University Center and lunch will be in Lawrence Hall just a block away. I think this is going to be a fantastic move for the event because University Center is an excellent building. If you are familiar with the location you know that this building was previously the home of the Carnegie Library Downtown, before being bought by Point Park five or six years ago.

The new venue offers PodCamp a solution to one problem we’ve struggled with, space. The University Center has a large auditorium and other larger rooms trickling down to smaller classrooms. No only are there great rooms for sessions but there is a ton of space for hallway conversations. I know this will please Justin Kownacki because he spends about 80% of his time at PodCamp in the hallway. If you explore all three floors you will discover many interesting features including the old bank vault that was built into the building.

The event will be separated by two floors, similar to last year. I don’t feel that this is a large concern because the building is neatly constructed and easy to navigate. I can speak for the other organizers that we are very excited to be using this space for PodCamp this year. I think you will be impressed with Point Park and the venue. So save the date and we will be opening registration in early August.