The She’s Geeky ‘Unconference’ not only reinforced this is okay, but in fact, preferred. They touted a ‘simple is better’ mantra, reminding us ALL that usability is the hallmark of great engineering and design. Refreshing!
I really liked the way this group of women represented every imaginable realm of digital technology, all with razor-sharp wit and wisdom and approachable, ‘I don’t have to show you how smart I am’ idea-sharing, without the posturing bravado. It created a feeling of universal access, applicable to kids, parents, teens, and geek chic media mavens in ‘anything goes/shoot from the hip’ fluid transfer of knowledge. Exciting!
My first She’s Geeky encounter was with Lynn Langit from Microsoft, a developer/evangelist who was eager to point me in the direction of their DigiGirlzs project for tech goddesses, in order to pay it forward to participants at Girls For A Change. (over 1200 teen passionistas registered for this Tuesday, so far!)
I promise Shaping Youth’s second generation blog will be a capsulized, Tumblr style visual version…I DO recognize few people have time to read a resource-rich blog with uber-linkage, but I can’t seem to help myself. It’s my fuzzy lil’ brain, percolating with “tmi.”
Many in youth media are goosing me to hurry up and launch a :90 vlog synopsis or interstitial blip.tv show, so they don’t have to wade through all my hefty prose. I’ll admit, I’m torn on that one, as I feel we’re getting to a ‘life as sound bite’ mentality that loses depth and analysis by chopping into chunks for easier digestion…
Like most media, it takes multi-platform engagement at many levels to ‘reach your core audience,’ so once I clone myself via interns gleaned from Girls For A Change, I figure this is doable…so standby…
I may not be ‘geeky enough’ to qualify for a ‘real geek,’ but I DO embrace the tools and technology with a strong will and “let’s make it happen” goal, so bear with me. I’m on training wheels…
Meanwhile, media maven Ryanne Hodson, bridges fun with entertainment/information as a case in point that it’s doable…Ryanne is the queen of the short form video blog (vlog) genre, and has even written a ‘how to’ book for ‘geeky wannabes’ like me. (plus, she’s a very ‘green’ neighbor, right here in my own San Mateo, ‘communi-tea’ go figure!)
I initially met Ryanne at
Reconnecting at She’s Geeky was a ‘card swap opp’ for an upcoming Shaping Youth interview, for we can ALL benefit from using her practices, like screenshot ‘how-tos’ that are brilliant in their simplicity merging form and function. (see Camstudio (open source, FREE streaming video software) or Camtasia (popular fee-based screen recording software).
In fact, I like Ryanne’s ‘how-to’ techniques so much, I wish we could mandate a ‘Ryanne clip’ for every new piece of software purchased since she distills an entire ‘how-to’ media manual into a blip, a header and a soundbite of sublime simplicity!
My kinda language…extends well to personal, professional, playful, political, nonprofit, cause-marketing, or just plain ol’ youth media video observations…
Here are just a few of her resources: Her how-to-book, her fabulous freevlog step-by-step tutorial (perfect for students, or if you’re a teacher doing media training!) her recommendations for uploads (blip.tv, due to the creative commons use licenses and attributions as opposed to YouTube freeforalls), open source/free music archives, (ccmixster community music site, podsafeaudio, podshow) and more.
Ryanne’s a phenomenal wealth of open-source information, with a very low key, approachable, ‘sharing is caring’ style, much like Beth Kanter and her blog.
Translated? Not the least bit corporate/ad wonk/competitive/dollar-driven or protectionist, much more open-source-collaborative, friendly, at ease…my kinda media gal.
We’ll hear more from Ryanne in a full interview by year’s end, meanwhile, enjoy her links…‘she’s geeky’ and knows what she’s talkin’ about!