I had a great time at PodCamp Halifax 2011 yesterday.  I met a lot of great people, my number of Twitter followers took a bit of a jump, and I learned a lot about social media.

Actually, to clarify, I learned a lot about how other people are using social media.

I spent most of the day with Paul Moore from SheepDogInc.ca and Tomek Obirek from Robotnik.com, two great guys who made the whole experience even more enjoyable.

We were all somewhat surprised that there was little to no talk of podcasts.  At the end of the day, during the wrap-up talk, the organizers mentioned that they had talked to several people who said they were surprised that there were no presentations on podcasting.  It turns out that “PodCastCamp” is a legacy name from three years ago, when the event originated, and podcasts were more the focus of social media.  So the event has changed in nature to reflect what’s new and current, while the name has stayed the same.  While this may disappoint some people, mainly the ones who came to learn about podcasting specifically, I think it’s great that the organizers have made sure the event has stayed current by addressing new and emerging technologies.

If you missed it this year, don’t miss it next year.

    Topics about podcasts are definitely appropriate for Podcamp – unfortunately, we can only encourage people to suggest a session. Craig Moore (Spidervideo) did do a workshop on podcasting. Richard Perry was scheduled to offer one on podcasting as well, but unfortunately got stuck doing some stuff in Antigonish.

    In my view, content is king, and I would have liked to see more about producing great podcast / vidcast / blogging content. Podcamp Toronto had some great podcasting presentations last year (wouldn’t be surprised to hear there were more this year). I know there were quite a few people who would have loved something on how to do a great podcast.

    On the other hand, the idea behind podcamp is that the attendees decide what gets presented. Other than the keynote (which only exists so we can let the library open), we do absolutely nothing to decide who, what and how things are presented. We want people to take the Law of Two Feet very seriously as well. Even though we are happy that 275+ people showed up, Podcamp would exist with 10 people just as well. Long ago, we decided that ROI is measured in activities that happen outside Podcamp. “Whoever comes are the right people,” as they say.

    In other words, if you are a podcaster, or want to hear from a podcaster, step up and submit a presentation!

    I’m not a podcaster, but I think I’m going to try it out this year. Maybe I’ll put something on myself.

    Unfortunately, I missed Craig’s session on podcasting. However, and I can’t stress this enough, the event was awesome. My ignorance of the topics should not be used a measurement of success for PodCamp.

    I’m seriously looking into presenting at next year’s event. I’m going to be doing podcasting for work in the near future, so I should have at least 10 months of experience to go on.

    I think everyone walked away very happy with their PodCamp experience. Some, like myself, were simply confused by the branding, but once it was explained, it all made sense.

    See you there next year! Maybe I’ll even be a presenter!

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