I can still remember when Steve Garfield completely blew my mind and opened it up to all sorts of possibilities.Thanks Dan.
It was April 2007 and a whole bunch of us from the from the Boston area had gathered at Boston University for Doug Kaye's latest Podcast Academy 2... C.C. Chapman was there... Chris Brogan (before he started his ascent to rock star status ;-)... I seem to recall Christopher Penn... it was all the "early days" of podcasting and so by and large most of us knew each other in some way. Many of us were in a local email mailing list for New England podcasters - and we were there to learn from Doug Kaye and the talented list of instructors he brought, but also to learn from each other.
The final session at the end of the last day was Steve Garfield up to talk about "Video Podcasting".
I can still remember Steve up on the BU stage... because in the first few minutes of his talk, he completely shredded the curtain I had mentally erected around this intimidating thing called "video podcasting".
You see... I had been blogging since 2000 and participating in audio podcasting since early 2005 (with "For Immediate Release", where I still contribute to this day), but video?
No way! Video was hard... it required expensive equipment... it was difficult to do... it took special knowlege... it was complicated...
And there was Steve, standing up on the stage pointing a silly little commodity point-and-shoot camera first at himself and then at all of us... copying the file over to his computer... and then uploading it to YouTube or his blog or some site... all in the first 5-10 minutes of his talk!
Was the awesomely intimidating "video podcasting" really as easy as this???
That was a great day at Podcast Academy 2. I remember sitting through the earlier presentations, thinking, "why are they making podcasting sound so complicated."
Here's a video of the session:
It was fun to show people how easy it was, and it still is!