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Tuesday Tips: How to use Youtube video tags effectively via ReelSEO

Tuesday Tips: How to use Youtube video tags effectively. Most people realize by now that since Youtube is owned by Google, posting videos to Youtube has obvious advantage in getting your content (whatever it is) to rank high in Google Search results. But just posting a video to youtube and hoping people will find it, and more importantly, WATCH it, is a losing proposition. With keywords tags, you are letting Google know what your video is about. Unless you only want to share a video via email to family and friends, and don’t care if anyone actually FINDS it through search on the Internet, intelligent use of tags is essential.

In this video, ReelSEO interviews Kevin Nalty, comedian and viral video expert, who delivers great insight into using video tags on Youtube. I found it to be quite helpful, hope you do as well.

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Optimizing YouTube Tags

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Check out Kevin’s funny videos HERE: Kevin “Nalts” Nalty: the YouTube Viral Video Genius and prankster.

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I want to drive a Ford to “Vanishing Texas”

This old blue workhorse, my 2004 Ford Expedition has carried me in and out of some strange places. Now this one is heaving a sigh every time I turn the key. It occurred to me, wouldn’t Ford like to sponsor “Vanishing Texas”?

"Vanishing Texas" - Coleman, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Coleman, Tx.

My ongoing quest to document in pictures forgotten structures in Texas takes me to the edges of the state. My work in broadcast television and corporate video puts me in a lot of cities every year. What if I were to capture my truck in these varied locales and talk about it? Think that would be worth something to Ford?

Hashtag this on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram #FordSocial #FordVanishingTX – Help me get their attention! Thank you.

"Vanishing Texas" - Coleman, Tx.

“Vanishing Texas” – Coleman, Tx.

YES, it’s a real project. In my travels, I am all over the state of Texas. It’s my mission along the way to find and photograph as many of the scenes of “Vanishing Texas” that I can in the next 2 years. Meanwhile, I will be releasing more youtube videos, posting photos to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram, and stories on this blog. I hope to culminate the whole deal with a book of photographs and stories from the road in 2017.

What I need is a sponsor and Ford Trucks would be a natural fit, in my mind. Read more…

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4 Life Lessons Revealed Watching Top Chef

Top Chef = Real Life. Last night on Bravo, the season finale of Top Chef was a dramatic, “foodie” roller coaster ride! Personally, I feel Nina should have taken it, but that’s the way it goes.

Top Chef

Top Chef


In this guest post from Lauren Ready (a first!), she lays out four valuable life lessons witnessed in this season of Top Chef. More about Lauren at the end of this post.
The Show: Top Chef – Bravo TV

4 Life Lessons Revealed Watching Top Chef

I love watching Top Chef. I enjoy the competition and watching chefs prepare foods that I can’t afford or never knew existed. This morning my husband and I were discussing last night’s show. I said to him we can all learn some lessons from watching it. He challenged me to write what they were.

1. Don’t show off. Many times over the years we have watched chefs attempt to make a dish in a few hours that isn’t possible. They think they will stand out if they succeed. They end up standing out by being eliminated.
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Tuesday Tips: How to beat stage fright – Joe Kowan: TedTalks

Think you are scared getting up in front of people to speak, sing or perform? Singer – Songwriter Joe Kowan was petrified. He overcame his fear in a unique, musical way. This excellent TEDTalk is a lesson in perseverance and creativity, turning a weakness into strength.

Watch this! Joe delivers a laugh, an inspiring story about dealing with fear, and a funny folk tune, “The Stage Fright Song.”
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Get to know Joe! Here: CraftyGangsta.com – Joe Kowan

“By having a song that explained what was happening to me, while it was happening, that gave the audience permission to think about it. They didn’t have to feel bad for me because I was nervous, they could experience that with me and we were all one big, happy, nervous, uncomfortable family” – Joe Kowan, about “The Stage Fright Song”

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My mantras:
“Focus on What You Can Do, Not what you CAN’T”
And
“You are what you DO, Not what you SAY”
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Freeform Wednesday: Funny Indie Film Parody

Hilarious! Aren’t you tired of predictable, “feel good”, dramatic indie films? This trailer for “Not Another Sundance Movie” pokes fun at these goofy, sappy movies and their “wannabe” directors, yearning to bloom at Sundance.

Brought to you by TastesFunny on Youtube
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My personal favorite quote from this one:
“Featuring a stirring performance by a young ethnic girl that’s guaranteed to be nominated for an Oscar, but not win, subsequently leading to her fall back into obscurity, hit rock bottom and show up on celebrity rehab after having a child at sixteen.”

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Not Another Sundance Movie Indie Movie Parody

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“Vanishing Texas” Photography and Jazz: Finding Beauty in Decay

Old abandoned buildings. Rusty stuff. Forgotten roads. Burned out roofs. As a photographer, I’ve been drawn to places of past dreams, forgotten ambitions, lives lived and gone. When I see them I think of what may have transpired there. And I find beauty in the decay.
Vanishing Texas:
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The unprotected scene
There are plenty of buildings designated as “Historic Sites” by the state of Texas, that are preserved and protected from demolition. What intrigues me are the OTHERS. In small towns and in the cities, there are thousands of other buildings, that may not have any protection. They are pieces of America left to be weathered by the elements, eventually to be destroyed or simply disintegrate. These are the places that are vanishing from the landscape, slowly, over time. Whenever I pass them, I think “Who lived (or died) here?” “What dreams and aspirations did they have?” “What drama unfolded here?” And I know that the next time I pass by, these spots may no longer exist. These are the scenes of “Vanishing Texas”. Read more…

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Beware of the Dangerous Facebook Assumption

Danger is lurking on Facebook.

Actually, no. Facebook is just a thing, a bulletin board we can all post to in a virtual space. The danger is lurking in your head.

We’re all making assumptions about each other and the world around us, everywhere, all the time. Along came Facebook, a breeding ground for bad assumptions. The old joke becomes painfully true:

To assume makes an ass out of you and me. (ass + u + me)

Facebook: The Social Freelancer

Facebook: The Social Freelancer

What’s the story?
Recently I was talking with a very good friend and colleague, who I have known for more than 30 years. We live in different cities, but keep in touch via email and Facebook often, less often via phone than we used to. My friend tragically lost his brother several months ago, and he was referring to his brother’s death in a phone conversation, and I had no idea this had happened. I certainly would have sent some condolences, or gone to visit my friend during this time, had I known.

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Reaching Out: Why Good Content is not Enough

A thought this morning: “Content is King” is a myth.
From my earliest foray into social media and blogging, I have heard the “Content is king” line and believed it. It makes sense that if you don’t have anything interesting or informative to say, few will pay attention. Now I see that having great content is important, but it’s just one of the keys to the puzzle. I wish that merely posting inspired writing, photographs, quotes and other popular content were the keys to attracting millions of eyeballs to this blog, but alas, this is not so.

Is your "stuff" being seen?

Is your “stuff” being seen?


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Tuesday Tips: Tell the World Something Important – Darren Rowse

Today’s Tuesday Tips is a short, sweet family story from Darren Rowse of Problogger that helped me take a step back and think about the value of the moment and what I’d like to accomplish as a writer, and as a human. Plus, I like listening to his Aussie accent! Good stuff here:

“Daddy, make sure you tell the world something important…” ~ Xavier Rowse
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“The times where I have actually told the world something important, rather than something that I think might be profitable, they’re the times when things begin to take off for me.” – Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse @ProBlogger

Darren Rowse @ProBlogger

Darren Rowse has created an online presence that challenges, informs and inspires me. If you are a writer, blogger or aspiring entrepreneur, I encourage you to visit his blog for insight often, here: ProBlogger.net

Catch Darren’s excellent videos – Subscribe: Darren Rowse on YouTube

Follow Darren Rowse on Twitter: @ProBlogger

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Freeform Music Video: Mystery Guitar Man Plays a CAR (no kidding)

So cool: 699 Edits, 12 PVC pipes, 1 Ford Fiesta = MUSIC! If you haven’t seen any videos from Joe Penna AKA “Mystery Guitar Man”, prepare yourself to be amused and amazed. This guy has built a massive audience on Youtube by doing short, innovative and entertaining videos weekly. I like his style! In this one, he literally plays a CAR.

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