Back a few months ago, I was talking to Sara Broers who manages our North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club about how we were going to round out the year. What sort of program would we do two days before Christmas in two feet of snow and expect people to show up? We didn’t expect people to drive in inclement weather, but we wanted to remain consistent as far as our monthly programming went. I told her I would think of something.
In September I was at the “Social Media Rockstar Event” in Minnesota and I heard Janet Johnson give a presentation on “Blab” and how she uses it for podcasting and my wheels started to spin. At the same time, Jason Falls had just launched a podcast called “100 Proof: The Badass Radio Show.” In the meantime I also knew that since there were three open seats on my “Blab” that I could have one more guest and I’d been a fan of Bridget Willard and her “You Too Can Be A Guru” YouTube channel.
I talked to Janet and she said she’d be glad to appear, while Jason said, “Hell, yeah!!” and Bridget said, “That’s 6:45am here in California!! But, I’ll be happy to be on the Blab.” Naturally, I had talked to Jason and Janet back in September and so after a friendly reminder was sent out, I officially got them on board for the December 23rd event.
I wanted to feature three different styles of podcast. Throw a stick and you can come up with MANY topics that everyone is an “expert” at, so I wanted to feature Jason, not because of his digital marketing experience, but for his work in radio and having fun with the podcast. I wanted to feature Janet, because her co-host of her podcast is in another state and Bridget because hers is a regularly scheduled Blab.
I’m happy to report that the event went off without a hitch and there were a lot of viewers and a lot of interest in the room. As you can see, many of the people in the crowd (23 men and 7 women) were live tweeting and posting on social media about what the presenters were talking about. I thought it was probably more important to show the audience, since I was going to turn it over to questions at the end of the event.
By the way, during the show, it was raining and the temperature was 35 degrees.
Here are some of the links to the speakers’ websites and Twitter info!
Again, a big thanks to all who came out and to the three guests of the event in Mason City, IA!! (#SiliconPrairie)