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    Monday
    Jun242013

    CASTING THE NET AROUND NEW MEDIA

    I hereby announce that I am launching a new site called, EgoNetCast. [Editor's note: It will be under construction for some time. Right now you could read about the Aviator template on the Squarespace platform.] I will cover all things related to new media, especially podcasting (internet radio). I want to give kudos to Leo Laporte for coining the term netcast. Which name do you prefer, "portable on demand (broad)cast" or (inter)net (broad)cast?

    A little background on my interest in radio and podcasting:

    I have been a supporter of free radio for a long time, starting out in the late 80's, fighting the radio monopoly in Sweden. I listened to the Swedish Enterprise Association's music radio and how they broadcasted news from Voice of America in the middle of the night. I also tuned into the same wavelength as 208 Radio Luxembourg.

    In 2004 I was interviewed by Radio Farda (Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty) about the situation in Iran.

    I did my first podcast interview with Allen Forum in 2006 on the Solid Vox network.

    I became a host on BlogTalkRadio in 2010 and my first show was an interview with John Cox.

    I have a pro unlimited plan on Soundcloud.

    I have compiled a list of the 100 Best Small Business Podcasts on Small Business Trends several times.

    I have been called "Skavlan on the Net" by Tomas Gedda, Fundraising Manager, Fundraising Foundation for The Queen Silvia Children's Hospital when I did pro bono social media work for his organization. Stefan Engeseth of Detective Marketing is describing me as a "blogger and social media evangelist."

    Maybe I can become the new "Maverick of Radio"? ;)

     

     

    "The Question" quiptoon by John Cox.

     

    The site will include stuff about: 

     

     

    What would you like to find on my new site? 

    As an ending (musical) note, here is Radio Ga Ga by Queen:

    Tuesday
    May212013

    SPRING CLEANING

    It is time for spring cleaning! ;)

    Fats Waller - Spring Cleaning

     

    After I have gone through all the stuff (trash, tickler file and reference material), I will review my new projects, e.g.:

     

    • Setting up a foundation / organization called Americanized.

     

    In order to get into the groove again, I will test out the following:

     

     

    During my late spring break / early summer mini-vacation, I will continue to read The Republic of Tea.

    The Republic of Tea book & a cup of Assam Golden black tea. #teaftw

    The Republic of Tea book & a cup of Assam Golden black tea. #teaftw

     

    See you later! In the meantime, please check out:

     

     

    fabs# - happy spring mix (:

    Wednesday
    Jan022013

    TO DO IN 2013

    What do you have on your to-do list?

    I can't put things off any longer, I have to take care of the "organized chaos" on my desktop, once for all...

    Desktop stuff #gtd

    Desktop stuff #gtd

    From Alex Revai's post, Clean Desk = Sick Mind? Organize For Productivity, Profit and Peace-of-Mind (Part2):

    Let's get organized! Not as a goal, but as the first step. The goal must be to learn to STAY organized. ... The first thing we must tackle is the accumulated paper on, in and around your desk.

    (www.EvanCarmichael.com)

    After I cleaned my desk, I will go through Nick Cernis's e-book, Todoodlist: Technology is great. Pencils are better. I want to create a laid-back productive approach and F.I.X IT! during 2013...

    The IT part in my workflow is under development. My gut feeling is that Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine is the optimal combination of technology, paper and pen.

    Tuesday
    Dec252012

    HOBBYHORSE JUMPS ONTO BIZ RACETRACK

    After reading Jenny Bhatt's post, Reader Question: Turning a Hobby into a Business, it is (high tea) time to take my passion for tea onto the track of doing business with other tea enthusiasts. I will combine my 10+ years blogging experience of creating online content with a longtime consumption of the beverage from the plant called Camellia sinensis. Rachel Parker: I am ready to "eat my Wheaties"! ;)

    For X-mas, I got an e-book reader (Letto) designed by Bookeen (Cybook Odyssey).

    Ebook reader designed by Bookeen.

    Ebook reader designed by Bookeen

    Now it is time to learn all the features (e.g., how to download a book with Adobe Digital Editions) and do research on the self-publishing industry and e-book market. What could I learn from Seth Godin's new Kickstarter project, "The Icarus Deception"?

    Here is an excerpt from Alexandra Alter's article, Your E-book Is Reading You:

    There are some 40 million e-readers and 65 million tablets in use in the U.S., according to analysts at Forrester Research. In the first quarter of 2012, e-books generated $282 million in sales, compared with $230 million for adult hardcover books, the Association of American Publishers recently found.

    Meanwhile, the shift to digital books has fueled an arms race among digital start-ups seeking to cash in on the massive pool of data collected by e-reading devices and reading apps. New e-reading services, which allow readers to purchase and store books in a digital library and read them on different devices, have some of the most sophisticated reader tracking software. The digital reading platform Copia, which has 50,000 subscribers, collects detailed demographic and reading data—including the age, gender and school affiliation of people who bought particular titles, as well as how many times the books were downloaded, opened and read—and shares its findings with publishers. Copia aggregates the data, so that individual users aren't identifiable, and shares that information with publishers that request it.

    (WSJ.com, July 19, 2012.)

    I am thinking of starting out with shorter stories (see "Kindle Singles: compelling ideas at their natural length") with a twist, like the e-book, Tea Party Fairy Tales. I want to create a Tea Party Manifesto in order to connect tea enthusiasts around the globe. My vision: Tea For The Win! My mission: "Tea53"...

    So far, I have ordered the following e-books:

     

     

    Do you think it will be a "walk in the park"?

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    Monday
    Dec102012

    ELECTRONIC BOOK

    After a conversation with Tod (author and app entrepreneur), I am really motivated to publish an e-book (electronic book) in the near future. The topic of the first book will be my passion for tea with a twist...

    I am interested in getting input on the topic and for example the following things:

     

    • Self-publishing tools?
    • Price - freemium version?
    • Distribution - through Amazon and other channels?
    • Lenght of the book?
    • Different formats (audio, video, text)?
    • Guest writers and additional contributors, e.g., illustrators?
    • Reviewers and book readers?
    • Donations, crowdfunding, etc.?

     

     

    I will be in touch with fine folks like David Siteman Garland, Gary VaynerchukJim Kukral, Maritza Parraand Timothy Ferriss.

    Maybe I should attend a "self-publishing boot camp for authors"? I am planning to promote my future book via social media channels.

    I am writing down my thoughts in my Field Notes memo & workbook...

    Field Notes Memo Book

    Field Notes Memo Book