I really had a good and productive time at the New Media Expo in Las Vegas. This particular expo (there are other events with similar names) dealt with the ins and outs of podcasting and video blogging. The organizers of the show are trying hard in a pretty difficult market. And some experienced podcasters and video bloggers found the expo to be at a crossroads.
I, on the other hand, as a person very new to most of this information, soaked up a lot of great stuff and met some really interesting people. The people I met were even more important, I am thinking, because I hope to create good ongoing friendships with them, and build a bit of a support network for any future work we do.
I learnt about how to create a podcast from a technical perspective. I got ideas about how to grow an audience. I explored my growing interest in online video. I learnt about my options in terms of microphones, mixers, and other services.
Mixers and microphones might sound a little daunting to people just starting out, and you really don't need to use a mixer or even a great studio microphone, but I personally have heard a lot of people talk about the importance of good sound, how its kinder to the listener, and even if you start really basic, researching how to achieve friendly sound quality seems really important.
There has been some talk about the fact the New Media Expo moved from a smaller venue in a smaller city to the convention centre of the universe - Las Vegas. I personally felt, that through the Expo web sites and wikis, I was able to find out about gatherings that allowed me to meet a lot of people, and it was kind of fun to be in Vegas.
I really hope I can start a regular podcast / video blog sometime soon.