First, a YouTube update:
I read a lot more and then made a test account with an old email address. I used a funny video of our dog as the test video to upload. THAT was very helpful process - it cleared up some questions i had about a couple features. I got stuck on "how to make it private but still share it" so i left it at that as my brain was full. There are some editing features available on YouTube, so i will play with those to see if they are any better than the one i have on my computer.
Today i decided to take advantage of an empty house to dive in and record a yoga video. I learn best by "doing" and "trial and error" so i remained open to the experience and the successes and disasters that would take place. I would be delighted if i actually got a final usable product but i'd also be o.k. with learning by going through the process.
And boy, did i learn...
Problems to fix/lessons learned:
Today's project has been primarily "how to use YouTube" to post my videos. LOTS TO READ. Oh my.
Then i will try out some editing and then i will upload it.
So far, YouTube has the best explanations for steps of all the sites i have visited lately - they have clear descriptions and definitions for everything. The thing i have found to be challenging on many other sites is the use of jargon with no explanation of what the jargon means. "We sure want you to use our service but we won't tell you what it really is or how to really use it. If you don't know what it means, oh well, too bad."
Well, i have 6 more tabs open on my web browser of YouTube info to read through so i best get at it!
Questions i'd like answered by the end of this reading session:
And thank you for you ongoing support!
Keep sending me good vibes folks!
Back in 2019, before this new world was even a blip on our radar, I planned a mini holiday for the end of March. When all this came about, i considered skipping my time off to continue forging ahead into this new learning journey. BUT there was a voice that got louder and louder every day urging me to keep my planned holiday. The other voice would argue, usually with a "ya but..." about making money, keeping the energy flowing, the momentum growing, and of not disappointing my students.
I am happy to report that both parts of me got what they wanted:
I did not check my email for 4 days.
I did not blog or record or test out products.
I did not read any non-fiction.
I lazed about.
I watched cartoons while eating breakfast.
I had baths.
I sat in the sun.
I read fiction.
But I also did “work”, just not the “making a living” kind. I received great pleasure from this work. It is all the stuff I have been wanting to do but have not had the energy to do in a while.
I washed all of my floors,
I rearranged decor,
I cleaned and reorganized my spice drawer & tea shelf,
I coloured…. in my day timer!!
I looked at my day timer the other day and realized how drab it was (I mostly write in pencil so things can changed without making too much of a mess) - so that plus there are a lot of items crossed out. With all the cancellations, it was, to my working mind, depressing. If you have been following my blog, you will know I have not been idle on my working days but none of that stuff is in my day timer, nor do I feel it needs to be. “BUT, but, but!!” my working mind cries, “how will we know we have done things???!!!”
So I let my working mind go at it! I pulled out my markers and let her fill those days with all that I accomplished, both in words and blobs of colour.
The "work" part of me was very satisfied and would like to continue this as a daily practice.
The "fun" part of me liked it too.
O.k. so that was easy....
If you head over to my "expand" page, you will see the fruits of my labour, well, and the labour of some fab people over at the City of Courtenay and the Recreation Department.
And to the right, you will see one of my first viewers.
I am honoured to have had such a lovely participant!!
I have been called MacGyver* on many an occasion. I come by this trait 2 ways:
1. I am creative and impatient. Meaning I want to do something and I don’t have the patience (and sometimes resources) to wait until I have the proper tools or items to do said job. So I will futz around until i can get it to work with what I have available.
And 2. I inherited this trait from my father - ask me some day about how he made a temporary repair on a vehicle’s under frame with kevlar skis from an old snow mobile and tar.
So I have been brain storming ideas of yoga videos and spaces in my home that might work to film them. Today’s experiment was “yoga in bed”. And the main question to answer was “I don’t have a tripod… How do I hold the phone up to shoot?” After much trial and error I MacGyvered a “ChairPod”. I attached a giant bull clip to the back of a hydraulic office chair. The space between the 2 “clips” was way too wide for a stable phone holder so I folded a piece of fabric, attached it with an elastic and then used blue goo to make sure the phone stayed in place.
So, next on my list of things to do?
- get funding for some easier to use equipment!
I will investigate the various crowd-funding sites out there to find the one most suitable to my needs. Have you ever contributed to one? Have you ever used one for fund-raising?
Any suggestions or ones to avoid?
Follow-up from yesterday:
- Yay! I now have a PayPal account!
- Yay! I now have a secure Auto-Deposit e-transfer service!
(i’ll talk more about those in a future post)
Well, I am off to enjoy the sun while it is shining! Happy day to you all!
*MacGyver is a verb meaning "to make, form, or repair (something) with what is conveniently on hand." A term originating from the popular 1980’s T.V. serial where MacGyver (played by the sexy Richard Dean Anderson) gets out of sticky situations, using items like gum and paper clips.
Well, I guess today is supposed to be a day of rest because
Hugs and happy Monday!
Today I tested out some new software!
This is the recommended site for file conversion from Insight Timer. I did a little reading and researching and it turns out, my meditations (audio files) will all be small enough that I can use the free version of their program.
Step 1- I made a test recording on my phone (easy! - phew!).
Step 2 - well, before step 2 comes a ranting. For some reason my phone refuses to communicate with my computer. They have been having a spat since shortly after I got it 3 years ago. If I plug my phone in using the cord, my computer says “there are no files on this drive”. So, I have to turn off my phone, take off the covers, take out the mini SD card, plug it into an adapter and then plug that into the computer. And then do that all in reverse to put it back in. Too many steps! Anyhow, I think my computer has figured out that I have been disguising the contents of my phone via this backdoor route of SD adapter because now it is refusing to read that!!! It took 5 tries of in and out to recognize the adapter. My new motto/mantra is “keep going even though it is frustrating and uncomfortable!!”.
So finally, 20 minutes later…
Step 2 - I tried out the free version of the converter - SO EASY! And the quality seems fine.
What is next?
I FINALLY understand that teaching of “If it is important, keep at it!! Even when it fails or doesn’t go your way - try again!!” I know there is a deeper ah-ha but my brain is DONE for today.
Part of the reason i created my Mind Map (see day 1 blog post) was to gain clarity. I had already searched out some info on the web in regards to sharing audio on line and i decided to start with Insight Timer. I have been using Insight Timer to follow guided meditations, track my time and use the timer for sitting. i like the way it works and it is free! As a user you can subscribe or buy programs but it is not required. There is also an option to donate to teachers. The folks that created it are meditation practitioners themselves and their goal is similar to mine "make meditation accessible to the world". A few months I did an initial “check in it” but I quickly became overwhelmed as there were suddenly several “sub steps” involved. They have a 10 item check list for uploading content…
So questions I need to answer/features and programs I need to learn:
I will also set up an Insight Timer account (as a teacher, as I already have a personal account, & I want to keep them separate).
P.S. If you’d like to check it out, here is their link. https://insighttimer.com/
Hi all. I decided to record my first "for public listening" guided meditation today (March 20th, 2020).
I will start by saying that this is not my first guided meditation recording - i have been recording for personal use (on my phone) for many years. I don't worry too much about how smooth they are because i am good at ignoring mistakes for a while and if the importance of the meditation out-lives the quality of the recording, then i will just re-record it. But now the stakes are a little higher. If this recording goes on the internet, it will be there FOREVER! I'd like to to have as few mistakes as possible so that it can be listened to repeatedly without the listener getting annoyed by the glitches.
Set up/prep :
Lessons learned/things to test out:
Hello! and Welcome!
If you are anyone, pretty much living anywhere in the world today, March 19th, 2020, you are aware of the current health and wellness challenge facing, well, most of us! If you have perused my sight, then you know that i teach yoga and meditation. Both of the spaces i currently teach in, are closed.
So, what to do? What to do!? I have been getting requests for CD's, or digital recordings of my classes/teachings for many years but have simply not had the time or resources to throw myself into the process. SO MUCH research is required. SO MUCH testing! SO MUCH writing! SO MUCH hardware and software to learn (and buy!).
The plus side of this self-isolating time of ours is, i have time - lots of it. Join me here every day or so and learn what i am learning, use me as a resource, or just come have a good laugh at my technology rants and raves - there will be many!
Being the tactile person i am, i started this process with a mind map. i needed to get all the "stuff" out of my brain and onto paper so that i can decipher what the first step might be.
Come back tomorrow to see that that first step entailed and what disasters i encountered. ;)
germ-free hugs to you all!
Sheron's Techie Journey
I am not "new" to techie learning, by any stretch. In fact i used to teach people how to use their computers. But, that was several years ago. Since then, i have avoided learning new things on the computer. I seem to have gotten myself into a "stick in the mud" mind space in regards to all things techie. Well, that is all about to change!
So i have decided to take a leap and offer classes and meditations on-line.
This is a HUGE LEAP, as i need to learn, what feels like a million new things. If you would like to follow my progress &/or learn from my process, check this "blog" page often
The products of my labours will be posted on the "expand" page.
Keep checking back!