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Fortress of Solitude

North BeachFor the past month I have been reviewing my schedule and I’ve noticed that a very large part of 2007 was devoted to networking in the new media space. Unfortunately it’s starting to look like I’m hitting a point of diminishing returns. As much as I enjoy going to events I’m starting to think that my time would be better spent working on projects rather than talking about them.

I’m going to finish out the events I have for this year and then I’ll be setting up the work plan for 2008 without adding a lot of events. Right now I’m looking at 4 events – Podcamp NYC, Gnomedex, NME in Vegas and Podcamp Boston, and may only pick two of those.

Is there a progression of events? You attend for a few years, hit the point of diminishing returns and then go every other, or even 3rd year just to keep up to date.

Another thing I have been thinking a lot about is an idea Eric Rice infected me with – some kind of event where work is done, as opposed to education. I’d much rather get together with 5 rockstars and try to do something rather than talk about how to do things.

Of course none of this is carved in stone, it’s year end and time to evaluate all the strategies and adjust for 2008, but it’s starting to look like more time in the Fortress.

4 replies on “Fortress of Solitude”

There’s a lot of events like BarCamp where code is written. The Boston Media Makers have had meetings where they make stuff. I was thinking about audio or photographs…

John –

Long time fan of Marketing over Coffee and Ronin Marketer. Lame question, but one I have to ask – what do you use to podcast interview over Skype? The comments and podcasts you do have encouraged me to stop listening and get involved, so keep up the good work!

Hey Jeff, I have a rig that is a little more expensive but it does a fantastic job. I have my laptop running skype and I use a Mobile Pre USB soundcard – an external box around $150. My Shure SM58 mic goes into that box and I plug my headphones into it to make sure skype sounds good and is working. Then I unplug my headphones and plug in a cable that goes to the in jack on my Marantz PMD 660 (the expensive part around $495). I then plug my headphones into the marantz to monitor the recording. I used to have a digital hybrid for my phone that was around $700, I sold it b/c it didn’t sound as good as this setup.

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