About This Blog – Updated February 2011

Hello, this is Tanja.  I’m in the midst of redesigning my website which will be a work in progress for the next month or so.  In so doing, I thought I’d take a moment to update the blog as well.

I launched my first blog back in 2004 with the intention to replace my on-line quarterly newsletters that were posted to my website since 1999. If you want to read past articles from this now defunct newsletter they are now archived at my old website here. It was designed by the great folks at Kapow. At the time I posted content about massage therapy, alternative healing methods and some healthy recipes. Occasionally I wrote about things as if my blog were a public diary — thankfully nothing I’d be embarrassed to say openly.

Back then, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I think most people new to the blogosphere don’t know what they’re doing either so I don’t feel too bad.

I think this whole Web 2.0 thing is just one big experiment really and so we all fumble about as we find our voice and create our digital identity here on the Web.

Unfortunately, my ISP ate my blog when I switched providers and then *poof*! It was gone!

Then in 2005 I heard on NPR that the Oxford University Press had selected ‘podcast’ as the Word of the Year.

When I heard the that, I vowed I would give up my love of all things tech because I felt like I simply couldn’t keep up! I mean… you know… it’s an expensive habit buying all those new shiny gadgets that quickly become obsolete. And like a great athlete you have to constantly be training to keep up.

Not too long after I quit a friend dared me to make a podcast and you know what? I couldn’t resist!

At first it was really, really, REALLY hard. I’m a massage therapist by profession so I’m completely autodidactic in learning all there is about interviewing subjects, capturing audio/video, editing, mixing, coding and publishing to the Web. There was so much to learn not mention that things were constantly changing as the medium continues to develop and evolve.

But I kept it up and fell in love with it along the way. So much for giving up technology as an expensive habit, eh?  Now I can proudly assert I am one of earliest pioneers of podcasting! To this day I produce a community-based arts and culture podcast that’s tremendously fulfilling. But still… there’s so much more to learn.

So through this current iteration of my blog I aspire to share with you things that I feel are pretty nifty using podcasting tools including audio and video recordings. Occasionally I may even post a wordy, text heavy posts much like this one as well.

I’m happy to share with you my knowledge and have posted several video tutorials on how to do things on a Mac or in social media. If you’re stuck with a problem and it’s something I can assist with you with, feel free to contact me and I’ll try to help.

* The views expressed on this blog do not reflect those of any employer, past, present or future.

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