Up Next…Next Door

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Explore some new social media tool we didn’t discuss in class. Find some articles about it, practice using it in relation to your beat blog, reflect on what you did and how it went. Please include any relevant links in memo.


After realizing that there are very few social networking sites that I haven’t tried in one way or another, I settled upon Nextdoor.   My neighborhood signed up for Nextdoor about a year ago but only recently have members become regular adopters of this great tool.  I created my account soon after our neighborhood became available but didn’t pay it much attention because I assumed it would be like a million other sites and social tools that I have signed up for, downloaded the app, and a few months later deleted it from my phone or forgot about it all together.  Typically this happens because NO one else signs up. If they do sign up, they tire of it quickly.  It is no fun to use a social networking site with yourself.

nextdoor-harris-infographic-finalBut Nextdoor was different.  Sure, it wasn’t the fastest social networking horse out of the gate, but little by little neighbors began to trickle in.  Recently, I realized that almost 87 neighbors (67 of 432 households) have joined my neighborhood Nextdoor.  Each neighborhood’s name follows Nextdoor and that is how your community interacts.  So, for example, if my neighborhood was named “Willowing Woods” then my community would be called, Nextdoor Willowing Woods.  Not only have a decent number of neighbors joined Nextdoor but they are actually starting to use it with consistency.   Sure, it’s a little annoying that some people incessantly want to sell used items or how several older women want to continue discussing a pack of 3 “wild” dogs (one brown, one white, and one brown with white spots – I know this by heart and I’ve never seen the dogs) that have been roaming the neighborhood on and off for the past 3 months.  I guess it could be worse.

However, for all the irritants of real life that it brings into my online world, iI have found it to be rather useful for several things.

Forgot-your-name-silly_thumb1.  Remembering my neighbors name.  Who am I kidding?  I didn’t know their names so there wasn’t a chance that I would ever remember them.  And if we’re being honest, most of the time for the past two years, I didn’t even know I had neighbors.  I was traveling so much that every time i returned home for any length of time and found myself out and about, I was constantly shocked that buildings had been torn down and not only had retailers and restaurants gone out of business, they had had the time to change owners, repaint the signs, fix the furnishings and reopen the doors.  WHo knew?  Anyway, with Nextdoor I can look up a particular neighbor and see exactly where they live.  This comes in handy when I meet people while walking my dog but can’t remember what they said their name was.  If would be a lot more helpful if more people would choose to upload a profile picture but hey, at least a relatively older neighbors are using the internet computer webs.

2.  Last week, there was a shooting on the outskirts of my neighborhood.  It’s a fairly small community tucked away in a nice part of “almost midtown” memphis.  Many people don’t know the neighborhood exists and we like it that way.  However, we are in the middle of a “cut through” between two..how shall I put this…I’ll just take a word from the elderly neighbors’ arsenal….two “unsavory” parts of town.  When something happens here, it is usually found to be because of someone “cutting through” or at least that is what everyone says.  I honestly don’t pay enough attention to know for sure but it seems pretty spot on.

Let me preface this story with this:  As you all know, I am an avid supporter of liberty and the US Constitution and that includes our 2nd Amendment rights.

img_nextdoor_content_chart_400_447This incident occurred last Thursday night (5/1) at 8:10pm.  The sun is staying out later and the weather is warming – which means more people are out and about.  Apparently, a man was out for a walk, when another man (the suspect) hit him from behind causing him to fall to the ground.  The suspect then stood over the man and demanded his belongings.  The victim, on the ground, had a TN Handgun Concealed Carry Permit and was carrying his firearm on his person.  He drew his weapon and fired, wounding the suspect.  He called 911, MPD arrived and checked his permit and rushed the suspect to the Med, where he later died.  If a neighbor, Elle Perry, had not posted an article from the Memphis Flyer about the incident on Nextdoor, many of us would not have known.

3.  In my line of work as a grassroots activist and organizer for the liberty movement and the Tennessee Firearms Association I believe that Nextdoor is not only helpful for maintaing contact with neighbors or in my case, figuring out that you have neighbors but also for helping with GOTV campaigns.  Due to the privacy policy (which I very much agree with) of Nextdoor, you can’t use the neighborhood lists to develop walk lists that are sharable for campaign but I am able to get to know my neighbors on a more personal level through their posts and community events.  This greatly helps to grow my network and that is never a bad thing.

pewDid you know that 29% of Americans know only a few of their neighbors and 28% don’t know any of them by name? Thanks Pew Research Center for letting me know that i’m not alone.

Check out this interesting article about how Nextdoor is “releasing its second generation service to its users, giving them a redesigned interface, the ability to connect with nearby neighborhoods, and and includes an enhanced focus on creating a virtual neighborhood watch to help fight crime in the area.”

On a lighter note, “Nextdoor.com Is My Favorite New Stalking App,” is written by BuzzFeed’s Erin La Rosa on her personal blog and is an entertaining read.

See below for more about Nextdoor.com


 

What Is Nextdoor?
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free.”

Build a stronger neighborhood

  • Build a stronger neighborhood

Connect with your neighbors to stay informed and share useful local information.

 

Keep the neighborhood safe

  • Keep the neighborhood safe

Look out for each other and send updates to keep the neighborhood safe.

 

Share goods and advice

  • Share goods and recommendations

 

Find a great babysitter or trusty dentist. Borrow a ladder or sell that old bookcase.

People are using Nextdoor to:

  • Quickly get the word out about a break-in
  • Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
  • Track down a trustworthy babysitter
  • Find out who does the best paint job in town
  • Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
  • Find a new home for an outgrown bike
  • Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name
  • Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.

 

national-map-v2@2xOver 34,000 neighborhoods are building stronger and safer places to call home.

 

 

 

Nextdoor‘s mission
“We created this company because we believe that the neighborhood is one of the most important and useful communities in a person’s life. We hope that neighbors everywhere will use the Nextdoor platform to build stronger and safer neighborhoods around the world.”

Based in San Francisco, California, Nextdoor was founded in 2010 and is funded by Benchmark CapitalGreylock PartnersKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Tiger Global Management, and Shasta Ventures as well as other investors and Silicon Valley angels.

Share helpful information

  • Answer fellow members’ questions.
  • Share information about crime and safety issues.
  • Recommend local businesses and services (without spamming or inappropriate self-promotion).
  • Sell, share, or give away personal items that you no longer want or need.
  • Discuss community issues (but avoid campaigning).
  • Spread the word about local events.
  • Provide support to fellow members in need.

 

Honestly represent yourself

  • Use your real name, not an alias, pseudonym, or abbreviation.
  • Join as an individual not as a couple, family, or organization.
  • Take the time to add a photo and to fill out your profile

 

Privacy

“Fences are sometimes necessary. But online privacy is always necessary. Nextdoor makes it safe to share online the kinds of things you’d be okay sharing with your neighbors in person.”

Here’s how they do that:

  • Every neighbor has to verify their address.
  • Every neighbor signs in with their real name. Just like in person.
  • Your website is protected by password and encrypted by HTTPS.
  • We never share your info with advertisers.

On a side note:

TN Concealed Carry Permits

If you do not have your TN Handgun Permit, I highly suggest that you take the class and retain your rights.  Range USA is a phenomenal local business and I recommend taking their class.  They even offer a women only class!  You can read the class descriptions here.

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Photo365 Challenge – Day 98

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A colorized grid #selfie, for today’s Photo365 Challenge 

Don’t forget to come back everyday during this Photo365 Challenge in order to see more of our crazy life!



Why I Do the Things I Do

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Personality Type

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What it Means for ALL the Things in Life

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My Personality Type


 Diplomats (INFJs, INFPs, ENFJs and ENFPs):

Intuitive and Feeling types – they are cooperative, empathic and imaginative, focusing on empathy, morality and cooperation.


Screenshot 2014-03-31 11.49.31Overall Characteristics: 

Forming around 7% of the population, people with the ENFP personality type tend to be curious, idealistic, and often mystical. They seek meaning and are very interested in other people’s motives, seeing life as a big, complex puzzle where everything is connected. Not surprisingly, ENFPs tend to be very insightful and empathic individuals. This, plus their charm and social skills, often makes them very popular and influential.

On the other hand, this can also be a disadvantage as the ENFP is likely to worry about not being sufficiently original or spontaneous. If they are not careful, this personality trait can lower their self-esteem.

ENFP personalities are usually characterized by high levels of enthusiasm, especially when it comes to things that spark their imagination. In such cases, ENFPs can be very energetic and convincing; they are able to easily persuade other people to join their cause. Ironically, this trait can also turn against the ENFP , when they suddenly find themselves center stage, being seen as leaders and inspiring gurus by other people. ENFPs strive to be independent, so they do not always welcome such attention.

ENFP personalities are very emotional and sensitive, believing feelings are something everyone should take time to understand and express. However, this trait can also cause a lot of stress for them as ENFPs may often focus too much on other people’s motives and the possible meanings behind their actions. People with this personality type are sharp-eyed and intuitive, but they can make serious mistakes when they try to use their interpretation of other people’s emotions as a basis for their decisions.

Screenshot 2014-03-31 11.36.56ENFPs are also likely to have difficulties dealing with routine, administrative matters. They are more interested in freedom and inspiration than security and stability, and this attitude is usually clearly visible: an ENFP would rather try to come up with an interesting solution or an idea, no matter how difficult that is, than deal with simple yet boring tasks.

People with the ENFP personality type know how to relax, drawing on their imagination, enthusiasm, and people skills. For instance, they can be very serious and passionate about work during the day and then later let off steam at a wild party in a nightclub. This switch between the two modes can often be instantaneous, surprising even their closest friends.

Finally, ENFPs are non-conformists, following their own path and trusting their intuition. Their talents are numerous, but they all depend on the ENFP being given enough freedom. People with this personality type can quickly become impatient and dejected if they get stuck in a boring role where they are unable to freely express themselves. But when the ENFP finally finds their place in the world, their imagination, empathy, and courage are likely to produce incredible results.


Career Paths:

Screenshot 2014-03-31 12.33.28There are so many potential ENFP careers that it is difficult to list everything in one short article. However, we hope that the details that follow will help some ENFPs in their search for the ideal job. This is one of the most universal personality types, jack-of-all-trades and master-of-many . As long as the ENFP does not get into a career path that is definitely unsuitable for them, they are likely to do well in any role.

To begin with, ENFPs have excellent social skills and are astonishingly perceptive. This personality type is unsurpassed when it comes to networking and finding out what makes people tick, which is a great skill in any career. Furthermore, ENFPs have a unique ability to communicate with others on their own level, which allows them to create strong and lasting relationships. Due to these traits, typical ENFP careers involve a lot of personal interaction and require good people skills. For instance, ENFPs can be excellent psychologists, teachers, counselors, diplomats, or politicians .

Next, ENFPs tend to be very talented, energetic, and future-oriented. They can easily compete with Analysts (NT) in the career field when it comes to seeing the bigger picture or finding the underlying principle. Furthermore, despite being a Feeling (F) type, ENFPs excel at using their logic, forming a very potent combination of intuition and rationality. They can focus on the main goal and then put together the plan to achieve that goal. There are many potential careers that make good use of these ENFP traits: people with this personality type tend to be brilliant system analysts, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs . This is where ENFPs can truly shine. For instance, scientists and engineers with great networking and people skills are extraordinarily rare. The same can be said about other ENFP careers, but this is an excellent example of how effective ENFPs can be in certain jobs.

Screenshot 2014-03-31 12.34.21Finally, people with this personality type have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. ENFPs can also be truly inspiring leaders in many careers, but they do not try to control or enjoy controlling other people. However, there are several weak spots in their armor. First, ENFPs need to feel appreciated by their colleagues and superiors; lacking this can threaten their emotional stability in certain cases or careers. Second, ENFPs get bored quite quickly and consequently tend to jump from project to project looking for some new and exciting ideas.  Third, ENFPs dislike dealing with monotonous tasks and are likely to do everything they can to avoid them. These traits may hinder their progress in certain careers; however, some ENFPs turn them into strengths. For instance, ENFPs do very well in careers such as writing, journalism, acting, or TV reporting ; such jobs can ensure that the ENFP never runs out of interesting ideas, and they have a big audience to keep them going for a long time.


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If you are working for a large company, you probably already know an ENFP colleague, manager, or subordinate. People with the ENFP personality type seem to be everywhere, even though they make up only around 5 percent of the population. Furthermore, they can easily get along with nearly all other personality types, which makes them ideal coworkers. So what are ENFPs like in the workplace?

ENFP colleagues:

*Warm, tolerant, and genuine
*Very good at sensing their colleagues’ motives
*Sensitive and supportive
*Able to relax and have fun, cheering up their colleagues without much effort
*Sincerely interested in other people
*Strive for win-win situations at all times

ENFP managers:

*Instinctively know what motivates their subordinates
*Very observant
*Excellent listeners
*May have difficulties punishing misbehaving subordinates
*Able to inspire and motivate other people
*Open-minded, dislike bureaucracy and restrictive rules

ENFP subordinates:

*Highly analytical, especially when it comes to understanding another person’s perspective
*Creative and original
*May get stressed easily
*Loyal and devoted
*Enjoy exploring new areas and learning new things
*Very independent, loathe being micromanaged
*May have difficulties focusing on one particular project

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Screenshot 2014-03-31 11.48.38Strengths & Weaknesses:

ENFP strengths:

*Observant. ENFP personalities believe that there are no irrelevant details or actions. They try to notice everything, seeing all events as part of a big, mysterious puzzle called life.

*Very popular and friendly. ENFP are altruistic and cooperative, doing their best to be empathic and friendly in every situation. They can get along with nearly everyone and usually have a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

*Energetic and enthusiastic. ENFP are always eager to share their ideas with other people and get their opinions in return. Their enthusiasm is contagious and very inspiring at the same time.

*Know how to relax. People with this personality type know how to switch off and have fun, simply experiencing life and everything it has to offer. Their wild bursts of enthusiastic energy can often surprise even their closest friends.

*Excellent communicators. ENFPs tend to have great people skills, and they instantly know how to present their ideas in a convincing way. They can handle both small talk and deep, meaningful conversations, although the ENFP’s definition of small talk may be somewhat unusual—they will steer the conversation toward ideas rather than weather, gossip, etc.

*Curious. ENFPs are very imaginative and open-minded. They enjoy trying out new things and do not hesitate to go outside their comfort zone if necessary.

Screenshot 2014-03-31 11.37.20ENFP weaknesses:

*Highly emotional. ENFP personalities tend to have very intense emotions, seeing them as an inseparable part of their identity. This may often cause the ENFP to react strongly to criticism, conflicts, or tension.

*May have poor practical skills. ENFPs are brilliant when it comes to solving problems, creating processes, or initiating projects (especially if they involve other people). However, they are likely to find it difficult to follow through and deal with the practical, administrative side of things.

*Overthink things. ENFPs always look for hidden motives and tend to overthink even the simplest things, constantly asking themselves why someone did what they did and what that might mean.

*Get stressed easily. ENFPs are very sensitive and care deeply about other people’s feelings. This can cause them a lot of stress sometimes: people often look to them for guidance and encouragement, and the ENFP cannot always say “yes.”

*Find it difficult to focus. People with the ENFP personality type lose interest quickly if their project shifts toward routine, administrative matters. They may not be able to stop their mind from wandering off.

*Very independent. ENFPs loathe being micromanaged or restrained by rules and guidelines. They want to be seen as highly independent individuals, masters of their own fates.

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Screenshot 2014-03-31 11.50.57Friendships

ENFP personalities are likely to be cheerful, sincere, and open-minded friends. They rarely have any difficulties understanding other personality types and interacting with them in their “language.” This is a very rare and valuable trait. Even though some of the ENFP’s friends may be unable to reciprocate, they will certainly recognize and appreciate the ENFP’s efforts. People with this personality type are usually able to draw even the most reserved friend out of their shell.

Because ENFPs are so intuitive, they rarely have any difficulties finding out what drives and inspires their friends. ENFPs’ ’ enthusiasm and warmth can be very infectious as they stem from the pure idealism this personality type is known for. However, ENFPs should make sure that their attention does not get tiring—not every friend can cope with the never-ending stream of ideas and topics that an ENFP’s mind can generate.

ENFP friends tend to be very caring and supportive, but they also need to make sure that their own needs are being met. People with this personality type may sometimes get too deeply involved in the lives of their friends, forgetting to pay enough attention to themselves. Furthermore, ENFPs also tend to harbor unrealistic expectations when it comes to friendships. This can potentially lead to stress and disappointment once the ENFP realizes that their friends are not as flawless or dedicated as they would like them to be.

Generally, ENFP friends are likely to be quite idealistic and sensitive. This sensitivity enables them to connect with their friends and acquaintances very easily, but it also makes the ENFP very vulnerable to criticism. This is why ENFPs tend to avoid people with strongly expressed Thinking (T) or Judging (J) traits. Those personality types are likely to have strong opinions about a variety of topics, and the ENFP is likely to feel quite uncomfortable arguing with them.

That being said, ENFPs are fascinated by mysteries and will do their best to understand the other person if they sense that there is some substance beneath the surface. This is one of the reasons why ENFPs tend to form extremely strong friendships with Diplomat (NF) and Analyst (NT) types.


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Journal #9: Location, Location, Location – It’s Where I Am

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Location, Location, Location – It’s Where I Am

Experiment with using at least one of the location-based checkin services for one week. It may be difficult, but in doing this, remember to try to find ways to, again, be relevant to your topic of focus. Leave some tips for others. Reflect on class blog on the experience; what do you see as the best opportunities for journalists and public relations practitioners in this space?


 

The people that decide to “play” Foursquare can immediately see a difference in the way they participate in their social environment.  One could conclude that, a major side effect of playing the game is that it inspires users to lead more active and interesting social lives.

The impact that is created by everyone “checking-in” – even just once – has a huge advantage and positive or negative effect on every single business around you.  Positive tips and statements are essentially free advertisements and negative ones are warning to the business that they could be in trouble.  You’re simply letting your family, friends and colleagues, as well as anyone connected to you on other social networks, like Facebook and Twitter, know where you are enjoying  or not enjoying yourself.  If everyone multiplies a single check-in by the thousands of other participants who each regularly update their location status, you’ve essentially put experience on a map in a social way.

I’ve been a long time user of Foursquare and go through bouts of remembering to check-in and then forget about it for semi-long periods of time before I suddenly become addicted again.  It’s a cycle for me but typically it starts when I’m traveling.  For some reason, I remember to “check-in” more often when I am on the road or in a different city than when I am just out and about in my hometown.  After discussing Foursquare in class, I began “checking-in” and have been better with my consistency.  I have even gained a couple of new mayorships, including the neighborhood of Humes Heights and actually stole one from our very own @Brizzyc, although admittedly she stole in back within a few days.  She’s fast on that check-in!  I arrived at the Crews Center only minutes after her and she had already reclaimed her rightful title.

Typically, I use Foursquare because i am addicted to getting badges and seeing what new badges are out there but I  rarely use it for reviews when I am not actually “checking-in” somewhere.  However, I’ve checked to see if anyone has left a tip for what they thought was yummy at a restaurant I have never been before.   I hear that people get all sorts of free stuff but honestly, I have never received anything free from Foursquare.  I get offers for American Express all the time and have seen where the mayor of certain restaurants will get a free appetizer or cocktail.  Do you know how many checkins it takes to become mayor of anyplace worth eating?!?!  So, on that note I hear that Yelp businesses offer free things for just checking-in on the Yelp app and from now on, I will be taking advantage of that in order to see what’s out there.  I won’t be letting Foursquare go though because I still want to earn my level 4 beach bunny badge this summer!  I also wrote a Yelp review for the first time this week.  It was about best friend’s son’s birthday party experience at Putt Putt Golf & Games (& LaserTag).  You can read it here.  I typically don’t write reviews on sites because I always want them to be some sort of amazingly insightful, creative, and well-written piece of literature.  However, I think I  may give it a shot more often because there are many awesome businesses that I frequent who deserve someone to at least give them a thumbs up, 5 stars, or a short sentence or two.  Who knows, maybe i’ll become a Yelp elite.

I think people working in Public Relations and/or Advertising should add Foursquare and Yelp to their list of review sites to monitor on a daily and weekly basis.  If you’re running a business or responsible for what the community thinks of a business, then you need to know everything that anyone says in regards to said business.  Foursquare and Yelp tend to be good gauges of the community’s sentiment towards your establishment.  I constantly use Yelp when looking for new places to eat when traveling – it’s an unbiased review.  That being said – you need to filter like anywhere else on the internet.  If someone gives a restaurant 1 star and explains that it was because their food didn’t arrive within 10 minutes of them sitting down, read some other reviews because these people could easily be “those” type of people.  Or tif someone complains that the menu is overpriced – check the menu – the reviewers may have been looking for something different and wandered into a restaurant without checking the prices or their budget may be different than yours.  Most reviews on any site need a good pair of eyes and a person using common sense to sort through.  Finally, I think that one could use Foursquare to see what places are popular.   If you happen to be a journalist, PR practitioner, or advertising professional, you could then write a story about this establishment, see for yourself what they may be doing that you aren’t if you’re responsible for a similar business’ community outreach, or check out their advertising to see what is working in a certain area or specific demographic.  Knowledge is power people and that includes ALL knowledge.  Know what is happening in your town or wherever you may be – you will never know when this will come in handy!

Journal #8: Reflections of a Picture Taker & a Movie Maker

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Reflections of  a Picture Taker & Movie Maker

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Personal reflection on your experiences creating and sharing the video should include thoughts on: How can you continue to use video to enhance your blog?  How do you think professionals in your future desired career – journalism, public relations, advertising, or any other could best utilize these sites? 

In reflecting on the blog on your experiences this week, consider: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of the sites you’ve used for your topic area? How can you use photos going forward as semester continues to enhance your blog or website?  How do you think professionals in your future desired career – journalism, public relations, advertising, or any other –  could utilize these sites productively? 

 

Due to how these two assignments are related, I decided to combine them and share my experiences on both in one nifty neat little blog post.

Creating a video for “tn liberty” was an interesting undertaking, to say the least.  In the beginning, I wasn’t sure exactly which route to go.  If I had been creating a video for this blog, I would have gone the funny route or the “a day in the life of” route – something that shows my personality.  However, I was creating a video for “tn liberty,” a topic that is rather hard to define and even harder to show when put on the spot.  It’s not like I can head out the front door and take a few photos or shoot some footage of “tn liberty.”  It’s not a bird, a plane, a particular event, or even something easily defined.  It’s a movement. It’s a cause.  It’s a passion.  So how do you visually represent a movement, cause, or a passion.  My first thought was an event but seeing as it isn’t campaign season and I’m a busy little bee I didn’t have many options, here in Memphis, from which to choose.  Then I realized that most indoor events are in a room at Jason’s Deli with beige walls and many people who attend those events are not all that excited about having their picture taken.  Libertarians can be a bit odd and most aren’t exactly the #selfie taking type. Apparently, I’m an odd duck every where I go.

For the video, I finally decided on asking members of the Liberty Movement and contacts that I have made to explain in a short sentence or phrase What Liberty Means to them.  For those who were not located in the Memphis area, I asked that they use their computers or phones to record themselves and email me the footage.  It took a bit of begging but in the end, I had numerous clips from which to work.  I realized that I also had footage from various events such as campaign rallies, protests, and other types of activism that I had taken in the past couple of years during my extensive travels across the state of Tennessee and that I could document the Tennessee Liberty Movement in a short movie.

As I began to edit the clips and footage, I realized I had embarked on a HUGE project and once I was in the middle of it, there was no turning back.  I had to make the mini-documentary as awesome as possible no matter how many hours it took.  And by hours – I mean days and days.  Next, came the technical difficulties.  My MacBook Pro is a very full Mac and even with a 3T external hard drive for all my files, the programs and necessities stores on the computer leave very little room for any temp files created by iMovie.  As I was nearing the end of a 30+ hour editing session and could see the light at the end of the tunnel, my computer told me it was full.  I moved a few things to the hard drive and added another transition to the movie.  Again, my Mac was full.  This process of moving, trashing, and adding went on for another hour or so and I finally closed iMovie and decided to rid my computer of all secondary and tertiary files of old emails (WHY does the computer keep multiple copies of emails from days of yore?) and duplicates of all my music (again, WHY does the computer and iTunes make copies of every file you add?).  Finally, I had 30Gb of space available and that was enough to complete the video.  Thank God!!

I completed the video, uploaded it to YouTube, embedded in to my topic blog, “tn liberty,” and then immediately began sharing it on every Facebook page of which I am an admin, in every Facebook group of which I am a member, by tweeting it on Twitter, and by begging everyone I knew to share it.  Within one day of posting the video and sharing like a mad woman, I realized that I had gained hundreds of new followers on my Facebook page “Tennessee and Mississippi Leadership” and on “tn liberty,” as well as almost 200 views on YouTube.  I had even gained a few new followers on this blog.  As it stands today, the video has approximately 230 views on YouTube.

Next, I had to figure out what I was going to do about the pictures assignment.  Capturing “tn liberty” was hard enough with video – how the heck was I going to capture its essence in a still???  So, I actually decided that I would go 2 routes.

First, I was going to take the end of the video I had just made (What Liberty Means) and turn the final section entitled “Faces of Liberty” into a series.  I would cut “picture” portion of the video (I put a ton of pictures of people in the movement holding up campaign signs, at events, protesting, and the like at the end of the video in a slideshow-esque montage.)  Most of these pictures were ones I had taken during the past two years and some were pictures that other liberty movement friends had given me.  I now had several 30 second slideshow montages of “tn liberty” and added the first one to my topic blog.  Due to the lack of time, I didn’t promote it all that well.  It only has like 10 views on YouTube.  However, there is always time to promote it later and I’m sure it’ll gain a great response.

Next, I realized that throughout my travels I had taken an extraordinary amount of tn landscape pictures.  I have always said that nothing shows liberty quite like a beautiful mountaintop or bubbling brook in Tennessee.  I created another series – this time just stills – called “Landscapes of Liberty” and placed it on “tn liberty” with a call for followers to send me pictures they had taken of TN landscapes.  I also created a TN Liberty Flickr account and posted them there, with the hopes of adding to that as time goes on.  Fingers crossed that I can get another job traveling the state of TN and organizing groups in the Liberty Movement!!

To conclude, I feel that moving forward, including pictures and videos in posts on this blog and on my topic blog is extremely important.  People like pictures and people like movies.  It’s a given.  It also adds relevance to your topic and can show a “behind the scenes” look at events that I may be privy to and others aren’t.  In addition, it can show the non-liberty movement people that we are human and normal – it gives your site a personal touch.  I can say that the next video will be much shorter and less complicated.  What Liberty Means is a once every couple of years type project!!  In the future, I will also start to share the “Faces of Liberty” and “Landscapes of Liberty” series in hopes of gaining new followers and gathering new pictures from others.