Just Jump Into Podcasting – Here’s How

by Jamie Sanford on July 16, 2013

This is one in a series of posts pulled from Chris Brogan’s “100 blog topics I hope YOU write.” (#18)

I have already written a post on podcasting on a budget, but this is the even more basic version. If you aren’t sure about creating a show yet, this should help get you started.

Just try it out.

You will need 3 things.

1. Microphone (most computers, especially laptops, have these built in nowadays)
2. Recording program (Mac users should go with Garageband from what I’ve heard. I use Audacity, which is free and super easy to use.)
3. Headphones/Earbuds (to avoid feedback issues)

And of course, something to talk about.

Open Audacity (or Garageband), press record, and go. I promise that it will be awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, it isn’t so bad. Good luck!

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The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

by Jamie Sanford on May 17, 2011

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is now available after a very long wait by Twilight fans around the world.

As many of you know, I am into Twilight.  Even though after being exposed to some Twilight fan fiction, I think I might like that better.

I picked up Twilight after seeing the trailer for the movie and thinking that Robert Pattinson was hot.  I had previously been a Buffy/Angel watcher and so enjoyed some vampires, so it was a natural progression.  I bought a cheap paperback copy of Twilight and started reading.  About a day later, I was completely sucked into the vortex that so many have fallen into as well.  I was out buying New Moon almost immediately, only to then find out that Eclipse and Breaking Dawn were only in hardcover! Luckily, my husband indulged me and bought me the Twilight box set containing all of the books.  I plowed through the rest quickly, only stopping to occasionally sleep, go to work, and text my friend Christina about how I felt about the major plot points.

Anyway, this Twilight Official Guide was already in the works before the first movie even came out.  However, it got pushed back and pushed back and I guess it is OK.  This book is packed full of information about all of the major characters in the series, it has a plot synopsis, illustrations from the artist who did the Twilight graphic novel, etc.  With another 6 months to wait before Breaking Dawn: Part 1, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide will keep a fan busy for at least a few days.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is available from Amazon for $13.88.

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Get Lost in front of the television

by Jamie Sanford on July 5, 2010

Since it is brutally hot in my neck of the woods this weekend and I’ve been hiding out at home, I thought it was a good time to present items that would make for a good day in front of the television!

Now that Lost is over, I think I might actually watch it, since I never got into it while it was on.  However, from what I understand of it, Lost fans will be all over these items.

Lost: The Complete Collection DVD Box Set. Including one full disc of never-before-seen content, special edition collectible Senet game as seen in Season 6, custom LOST island replica, exclusive episode guide, collectible ankh, black light, plus all episodes and 30+ hours of bonus from Seasons 1-6.

The box set is available from Amazon for $148.99.

To go along with the DVDs is the Lost Encyclopedia.  Touted as the complete guide to everything, everyone, etc in the Lost universe, it is available on Amazon for $29.70.

Both items are available for pre-order and will be released in August. Go on, get Lost!

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Bride and Groom Survival Guides

by Jamie Sanford on March 22, 2010

Today’s items are gifts for someone you know who is traveling down that great path towards marriage. More specifically, those who are falling into stereotypical “bride and groom” roles.  As someone who went through this process and made it out the other end, I can appreciate a guide to help you get through the little stresses and situations that present themselves during the wedding-planning process.

The Bride’s and Groom’s Survival Guides are available from Amazon.

The Bride’s Guide is $10.85 and the Groom’s Guide is $11.53, both on Amazon.  A great engagement gift!

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