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Neighborhood Walk: Butler’s Institute Hill and Main Street

Wonderful neighborhoods

For background on the Neighborhood Walk, check out the Rust Belt Bloggers site. Find a list of others’ walks there too.

I took a walk through my neighborhood today. I timed it to coincide with the Veteran’s Day parade on Main Street, but I ended up taking photos of buildings and bridges instead of the parade. Still, that’s cool.

Looking at others’ walk photos, I realize that I took few pretty pictures and more photos of things that interest me for personal reasons. Again, not a bad thing.

See my pictures and accompanying descriptions in my Neighborhood Walk 2008 photo set on Flickr.

For another perspective on Butler, check out my brother Anthony’s walk (especially because his pictures are much better than mine at showing how pretty Butler can be). Uncle Crappy also took a nice photo of my street.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Neighborhood Walk, and to those who spread the word about it on blogs, Twitters, Facebook, and other sites. Thanks to everyone at the Rust Belt Bloggers and PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 who came up with the concept and fleshed it out.

Let’s do it again next year, shall we? Let’s make it even bigger. And in the meantime, let’s keep reaching out to each other to understand what makes our communities unique, and what they share, so we can continue to make them grand.

(Photo credit: Wonderful neighborhoods, originally uploaded by cynthiacloskey.)



Today 8 or so months of collaboration come to fruition. I’m at PodCamp Pittsburgh 3, the third of these unconferences about social media (blogging, podcasting, social networks, etc.) that we’ve had in Pittsburgh, PA.

I co-lead a couple of sessions on blogging with Mike Woycheck, one of my fellow co-founders of Pittsburgh Bloggers. The sessions were fun for us, as well as a nice ego boost since both sessions were standing-room-only.

Right now, I’m attending a panel discussion on Social Media Business Plans, on which people from venture capitalist company Meakem Becker, tech accelerator AlphaLab, and ElasticLab.

This is a great example of what makes PodCamp amazing: I can share what I know and learn from what others know. Everyone gives, and everyone gets — and the more you put in, the more you get out.

(Photo credit: IMG_0262.JPG, originally uploaded by mbfulk.)

Friday 5 that’s really 3: PCPGH3

Dawn Papuga kicked off a Friday 5 topic that’s close to my heart. Here are the questions and my answers.

(What’s Friday 5? See here.)

I'm going to PodCamp Pittsburgh 3! Are you?

1. What brought you to Social Media and what keeps you hanging around?
I find things and think of things, and I want to tell my friends. Back in the early years of this decade, I used to send out periodic, unasked for emails to random sets of friends, and sometimes people would respond and sometimes not. I worried that I was annoying my lovely friends by filling their email boxes. I started reading blogs in 2003, and decided that a blog would be a much better way of informing people of the wonderful things I found.

Interestingly, few of my long-time friends seem to read my blog. (They’re still my friends though — no hard feelings.) In the meantime, I’ve made many, many new friends through my blog. These new friends and the continuing stream of interesting things that life brings are what keep me hanging around.

2. Which social networking tool gives you the shakes when it’s not updated or is experiencing down time? (Podcasts, Blogs, Micro-blogging, etc)
I’m a little sad without email. (Can you count email as an old school social networking tool? I think so.) I can survive without my regular social networks without too much trauma. There are lots of other great things in life.

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?
Mike Woycheck and I are going to reprise our well-liked "Intro to Blogging" talk again this year (although sadly without the aid of Christina Schulman). I’ll also talk about how to make your blog more friendly to search engines, and a few of us are going to conduct a discussion on Rust Belt Blogging.

I’m looking forward to hearing and seeing how people are using blogs and social media in their lives and their work. There’s always a new and interesting angle to discover.

Find others’ responses to these same questions over at the PodCamp Pittsburgh website. While you’re there, register to attend. It’s fun, and all the cool kids are doing it. Join us!

Time is of the essence

A couple of time-critical items for your attention:

  • Pittsburgh social media phenom Lindsay Patross has created a political action committee, P2PAC, that "supports candidates whose districts touch the City of Pittsburgh and whose agendas are consistent with its mission: good government, sustainable development, and social equity." As part of the kick-off they’ve initiated a P2pac Kick-Off Challenge to raise at least $10 from 10 people in 10 days. There are just a few days left: Check it out and contribute to give a forward-thinking group a good start.
  • From Michael Sorg, fellow PodCamp Pittsburgh planner and local podcast crazyman: "My band, CRAP has gotten into the Punisher movie contest at The X.  It seems that it is based on the number of plays.  I’m reaching out to everyone to help get me plays, and any ideas to help get this out there." Click this WXDX link to play the song "Monkey Flings Poo" and help a local unsigned band crack into the music world. Visit the CRAP band website for more info.
  • Speaking of social media and blogging and podcasting, don’t forget the free "Intro to Social Media Workshop" on September 27 at the Northland Public Library. If you’re reading this site, you probably know what a blog is, but you might mention it to a friend, family member, or random passerby.
  • AlphaLab is now accepting applications for its Winter/Spring 2009 cycle. The application deadline is October 15th, 2008.  From their announcement: "AlphaLab is a catalyst for launching the next generation of software, entertainment technology and Internet-related companies. Created by Innovation Works, one of the nation’s most active seed-stage investors, AlphaLab provides funding, free office space, expert business advisors and services through an intensive 20-week program in Pittsburgh. AlphaLab helps companies rapidly develop their technology, gain user feedback from early product releases, develop go-to-market strategies, and move toward successful commercial launch. For more information and to access the application, visit: www.alphalab.org

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3

It’s back! Pittsburgh’s social media conference returns for the third year running, with great sessions, awesome networking opportunities, and unexpected unexpectedness.

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 will take place on October 18 and 19, 2008, with a meet-and-greet the evening of October 17.

WHEN: October 18 and 19, 9am to 4pm each day
WHERE: Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Boulevard of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (map/directions)
COST: free!

Register today!  

See the PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 schedule. Add a session you’d like to give, or request one you’d like to attend.

Would you like to sponsor PodCamp Pittsburgh 3? Find out how.

Spread the word about PCPGH3 with badges, video bumpers, and more.

In addition to the two days of conference, there will be a meet-n-greet reception the night before, 6 to 9pm at AlphaLab on Pittsburgh South Side. Details for the reception here.

Intro to Social Media Workshop

An event this next weekend, organized by PodCamp Pittsburgh:

Heard of blogging, but not quite sure what it is or how to do it?

Ever wonder what goes in a podcast and how you would listen to it?

Heard about Facebook, MySpace, and other websites but not sure where to even start?

The organizers of Podcamp Pittsburgh will conduct a basic session to give you an overview of what is called "New Media" or "Social Media". You’ll learn about these new forms of communication that are revolutionizing the way that ideas and thoughts are being communicated on the Internet.

After the session, the presenters will be available to answer questions and demonstrate concepts using laptop computers.

Register for the event on the library’s website (www.northlandlibrary.org) or by calling the Adult Reference Desk, 412-366-8100 X113.

Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.
Where: Northland Public Library – 300 Cumberland Rd., Pittsburgh PA 15237

Presented by organizers of Podcamp Pittsburgh (podcamppittsburgh.com)

I’ve involved in the periphery of this event — enough to know that the material is really useful and comprehensive for beginners, yet approachable and easy to understand. And it’ll be a great introduction to PodCamp Pittsburgh 3, coming in October!

PodCamp Pittsburgh 3


DSCF1077, originally uploaded by Joel Mark Witt.

Planning is underway for PodCamp Pittsburgh 3, the third iteration of the Pittsburgh line of PodCamps.

I attended the first PodCamp Pittsburgh, where I shared what I knew and thought about blogging and learned a bit about video and podcasting. Then I helped organize a newbie version of the conference, and then PodCamp Pittsburgh 2.

I had fun with the planning and I loved participating in the PodCamps, but what’s been most rewarding all along is meeting amazing local people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and working with them to create awesome stuff.

So we’re at it again this year. PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 will be held on October 18 and 19 with a lead-up gathering on the 17th. It’ll be held at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Registration will be free, and anyone can present a session (although we are organizing a little bit of curriculum to make sure we cover some basics and offer info of interest to people with advanced skills as well).

We had a planning meeting tonight — the third or fourth I think — and stuff is coming together. In the past we’ve waited a bit late to start organizing, so it’s a change to have enough time to do things properly. For example, the web team and I have several weeks to revamp the website, rather than a couple of days. We’ll even have a testing period. Novel!

We’ve discovered new ways to improve the experience each time, and we’re working to learn from other PodCamps across the country. Ours is the best (naturally), but everybody else does great things, and we all seem willing to share and move the community ahead.

The Loungy Lounge, by the way, is one of two break rooms we had at PodCamp Pittsburgh 2. The other was the Mentor Lounge, which was stocked with computers and was a place where people could go and ask questions. It didn’t seem to be quite as effective as we had hoped; I think some of the Canadian PodCamps have come up with improvements.

But the Loungy Lounge was where anyone could go to just relax, and socialize or not talk to anyone for a few minutes so the brain could absorb all the new info. It was among my favorite innovations for PCPGH2, so I hope we work it into the plan this year.

I get by with a little help from my friends


IMG_2255.JPG, originally uploaded by mbfulk.
Justin Kownacki and Norm Huelsman kick off Day 1 of PodCamp Pittsburgh 2,  August 2007.

Norm Huelsman was kind enough to post about my blog today — he’s writing about a different site each week in his BlogShare feature.

That’s a nice example of how Pittsburgh’s social media community — bloggers and podcasters — put energy into connecting with and promoting each other.

Another example: Rachel of That Night was nominated for the "Best Kept Secret" category for the 2008 Bloggies blog awards, and within a couple of days Norm, TheJim, Doug, and even the elusive PittGirl of The Burgh Blog are posting about it and encouraging everyone to vote.

We started planning for PodCamp Pittsburgh 3 on Wednesday. The kickoff meeting was lively, as always, and I felt so happy to see everyone and hear what we’d all learned from previous events and what we want to accomplish this year. Exciting stuff.

PCPGH3 will most likely take place September 27 and 28, with a meet-and-greet party on the 26th. We’re confirming that locations and other important things are all available then, but for now save the date.

We’ll be working harder this year to keep everyone informed of plans along the way, and to invite participation. I haven’t updated the PCPGH site recently, but keep an eye on it for changes and news.

This is a good time to mention two events that are coming up much sooner. Tomorrow from noon until midnight is DevHouse Pittsburgh 2, for programmers and designery-types to gather and make great things. And Friday, February 22 will be Pittsburgh BlogFest 13 — our luckiest blogfest yet. I hope you’ll join us!

PodCamp Pittsburgh 2!

podcamp Pittsburgh

I want to tell you (or remind you yet again) of a noteworthy event, one that I’m proud to be involved with and that I hope you’ll enjoy.

A blockbuster summer sequel: PodCamp Pittsburgh 2

It was a hit last November, so we’ve brought it back. PodCamp Pittsburgh 2 happens this weekend, on Saturday, August 18 and Sunday, August 19 from 9am to 4pm, with a networking happy hour on Saturday evening. Plus a meet-n-greet tonight!

PodCamp Pittsburgh 2 is a FREE community conference for people who create, enjoy, or are interested in blogs, vlogs, audio podcasts, web video, content networks, and new media. The event offers basic and advanced sessions, panel discussions, lectures, and hands-on demonstrations.

Whether you’re a Web 2.0 novice, a plugged-in ‘net guru, or anyone between, there are sessions to fit your interests and experience. And it’s completely FREE.

Do you need to have an iPod or an iPhone or anything else ‘i’ or ‘pod’?

Nope. This is really all about the web in all its fun formats. It’s as non-geeky as you want it to be … or as radically geeky as you want.

Internet superstars, local pros, and more

New media experts will include:

Plus! I’ll present several sessions on blogging, including a how-to on starting a blog and a "best practices" panel. Come and cheer me on!

Get more details and register right now!

It all happens THIS WEEKEND, August 18 and 19, at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in downtown Pittsburgh. The full scoop is online at the PodCamp Pittsburgh website. That’s also the place to register online (for FREE).

The conference will be a prime opportunity to explore what the web has to offer for you, and/or for your business or organization. I hope you can join us!