I’ll be doing a talk on multimedia websites for the Chicago Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). I’m honored that I’ve been asked to speak (they get some pretty heavy duty guests for these meetings!), and I’ll be chatting about the evolution of my blog, how it became popular and profitable, and how to avoid some of the missteps I’ve made along the way.
We’ll also get into some of the specifics on software and hardware systems that I have used over the life of my blog (as well as why I discarded certain options in favor of others), how I record my audio and video podcasts, the benefits and drawbacks of various content management systems, and other technical nitty gritty. I’ll make sure that we also talk about broader concepts such as finding your niche, how to write for the web, linkers versus thinkers, balancing the preferences of readers, watchers, and listeners, and how to make a vibrant and compelling multimedia site for the long haul.
Since I am a musician, after all, I’ll definitely be addressing what my multimedia site has done for my own career and how it has affected my day-to-day life as a musician, and offer advice on how musicians (and other creative spirits) can harness new technologies to further their art, craft, and business.
Details are available at www.chicagoacm.org, and this video covers a little more about my presentation: