Weekly Wonderings 007 – Podcasts

So about this whole Podcast thing.

Yes, I know I’m a bit late to the party. Especially since I’m actually on a podcast or two a week by default and have been for at least the past year or so.

But those podcasts are live video hangouts on air that get re-purposed into podcast format. So until I stumbled across a few key podcasts I never really connected it.

But now the whole podcast world has been opened up to me.

What is responsible for this transformation you wonder?

I will share the podcast responsible for this below.

But first…

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I’m still sorting through the various craft beer podcasts out there. And so far I haven’t quite found that one show yet that I just need to listen to every week. Part of the craft beer experience for me is lost when listening to someone review a beer without any visuals. No matter the great descriptions and reviews I still miss not being able to see what the beer looks like.

So I’m looking to you for some great craft beer podcast recommendations.

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I listen to a whole host of podcasts in the social media realm which consist of me bouncing between various ones to study delivery, content and technical production. Hopefully out of those will come some that will go onto my Must Listen To list.

Here’s two that have made that list so far:

I came across Madalyn on Twitter a few weeks ago. I think it might have been in a Twitter Chat, I can’t recall exactly. But I soon learned she’s all about how to #TwitterSmarter. She can be found on Twitter posting using the #twittersmarter hashtag.

To go along with her podcast she has started a weekly Twitter Chat of her own now and it is a lot of fun with a lot of great ideas and tips being shared all around.

I’ve been on Twitter for years but only recently in the last month or two have I really begun to get into it. I’m meeting a lot of great people and diving into a ton of great conversations. And Madalyn is always there to interact with and to learn from.

If there’s one thing I rarely do it is sign up to someone’s email newsletter. I’m just not that kind of person.  Normally.

However, there are a few people who have managed to get me to go to their websites and manually seek out and fill out my request for their newsletter. Chris Brogan is one such.

I’m pretty new to Chris even though he’s obviously very well known. But there’s something about him that resonates. Perhaps its the general kindness he so effortlessly exudes.

There’s something to be said about the intrinsic value of someone who manages to convey their thoughts and ideas and motivate you and wrap it all up in such a way that you feel like you’re instantly welcomed.

I’m looking forward to seeing what Chris has to share.

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Steak N Egg

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Steak N Egg Podcast

I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out to one of my personal favorite podcasts.

Steak N Egg is a podcast from my cousin Heather and her son Mason.

They cull through the vastness of the Internet to find goofy and interesting headlines and dive into the content sight unseen live on their podcast.

And it is that spontaneity and their live unguarded reactions, along with their back and forth, that make this such an entertaining show.

You experience what each article is actually about right as they do all the while goofing on all the wonderful craziness of humanity. Started in 2014 here’s their most recent episode (as of this writing). So check them out. They are hysterical and not just because they are family.

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Up above I promised to share the podcast responsible for my new love of this medium.

Copyblogger‘s Rainmaker.FM hosts a group of outstanding podcasts. And here we find that one show that opened up the podcasting joy for me. First as a listener and second as a prompt to become a podcaster.

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Hosted by Demian Farnworth, Rough Draft focuses on the writer, teaching how to retool your writing for the web. Be it blogging, copywriting, etc, if it’s writing for the web, Demian will guide you through the whole process.

Perhaps my favorite part of this podcast is Demian’s absolute love of language, his obsession with words. He revels in finding just the right words to grab the reader/listener and never let go.

He not only teaches with facts and concrete examples. Demian regales with stories historical, anecdotal, biographical and fictional. And throughout you are borne along, transfixed and transformed by the end of each roughly four minute episode, left informed, excited and eager for more.

On my drive to and from work I dive into Rough Draft, transforming the mundane travel into a wonderland of learning and enjoyment.

I don’t know what I’m going to do once I finally catch up to the current episodes and have to wait for new ones.

I leave you now, headed off on a business trip where I hope – in the midst of a mad week long marathon of work – to discover new wonders that will find their way onto this weekly web and podcast series.

For now I’m just trying to shake off that Mickey Rooney “Hey let’s put on a show!” feeling while I continue diving into this wonderful, challenging thing called podcasting.

And once again, please share with me your favorite podcasts. I’m eager to devour as many as I can to learn. And I’m always fascinated by what moves and attracts others.

Always wondering,

Charles E. Dunkley


Weekly Wonderings Archive

Inaugural Wonderings
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-07022015/

Weekly Wonderings 002 – Learning
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-002/

Weekly Wonderings 003 – Google Plus
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-003/

Weekly Wonderings 004 – International
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-004-international/

Weekly Wonderings 005 – How To
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-005-how-to/

Weekly Wonderings 006 – Blogging
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-006-blogging/


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Weekly Wonderings 006 – Blogging

I’ve been writing for a long time but mostly science fiction and fantasy. I have a series of rough drafts of a ten thousand year history of a civilization, centering around the escapades of five royal families. So when I became involved online the desire to blog seemed like an obvious choice.

I’ve had some form of blog for a long time. I created my LiveJournal account back in September 2007. Heading there you will see I haven’t posted content in quite some time. That’s due to the purpose of my LiveJournal account. It was there as sort of a quasi journal revolving around my sci-fi/fantasy writing hobby and as a way to interact with many of my favorite authors.

My foray into regularly blogging came with my introduction to and eventual joining Craft Beer Nation. In my role there as a Hangouts On Air Technical Producer – where I run the bells and whistles of the Google Plus HOA environment – I blog about each upcoming episode of our two weekly Live Shows.

One thing I’ve learned once I began blogging with the intent of there being an actual reading audience is just how much of a completely different beast this form of writing is. I’m used to very long form writing where it takes six hundred plus pages to tell a story.

Blogging, however, needs to be crisp and concise. I need to get my point across in an informative and enjoyable way. It’s something I suspect is going to take me a while to really get the hang of.

Learning To Tell A Story

So that’s what I’m learning to do. Hopefully. 🙂

Which brings me to this week’s Wonderings focus:

BLOGGING

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If you do a search for “Craft Beer Blogs” your search engine of choice will provide you with a whole host of choices. It takes a while to comb through them to see there are various kinds of craft beer blogs.

Craft Beer Websites

Some are full blown websites that center around the craft beer industry where a blog is but one component. These sites are dedicated to craft beer news and to sharing knowledge about the craft itself.

Some examples:

Craft Beer – http://www.craftbeer.com/

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Part of their About page gives you insight into their goal:

When visiting CraftBeer.com, you can expect to learn about all aspects of the amazing craft-brewed beer from America’s small and independent producers—not just how to better enjoy the beverage in your glass, but about the individuals and processes behind your beer.

Beer Pulse – http://beerpulse.com/

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From the Beer Pulse About page:

Nearly four years after it began, BeerPulse is now the web’s #1 destination for beer news. It is one of the fastest-growing beer sites on the web today, serving over 200,000 visitors a month. Both beer drinkers and industry members follow our coverage focusing on small breweries, the more dynamic part of the industry. Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors and the like get their fair share of front page time.

Craft Beer Blogs

Some websites are craft beer blogs where they are relaying their personal experiences with craft beer. Some of these highlight the craft beer happenings in their local area.

Others are dedicated to reviews of all of the craft beers they drink.

There are so many different ones out there and their value to the craft beer drinker is a very subjective thing. After all, everyone’s experience with a particular craft beer or craft beer style is unique. In the end it might come down to the personal writing/reviewing style of a particular blog site.

Craft Beer Nation’s website is a blog mostly centering around our Live shows. We are looking towards the future with an eye on turning it into a full blown website. But that’s another journey. One being shared by a group of us together.

Which is where this whole blogging thing comes in and my personal challenge to myself to teach myself this kind of writing. This kind of storytelling.

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It’s in my nature to research something new. To really dive deep into it. So I’ve combed the Internet to look at a whole host of blogs. And I didn’t limit myself to craft beer blogs either. I’m interested in the art of blogging itself. If there’s one thing social media is good for it’s finding people who make a living by telling other people how to do something.

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There’s a slew of Blogs dedicated to How To Blog. One such site is one I’ve recently gotten into is ProBlogger run by Darren Rowse.

ProBlogger – http://www.problogger.net/

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Here’s a snippet from Darren’s ProBlogger About page:

This site is dedicated to helping other bloggers learn the skills of blogging, share their own experiences and promote the blogging medium.

I started ProBlogger in September 2004 mainly because I wanted to keep a record of what I was learning about blogging for money and because I wanted to connect with other bloggers making money from their blogs. Since then I’ve added well over 7000 articles, tips, tutorials and case studies to my archives here.

Darren also has a new ProBlogger Podcast which I’ve started going through.  Since I’ve begun to add a companion podcast to this weekly blog series I’ve begun to dive into the podcasting world.  I’ve been scouring online for various podcasting blogs and listening to a host of all different kinds of podcasts to begin to learn that medium as well.

I’m hoping my blogging will help my podcasting and vice-versa.  They seem like good companion pieces and should help me progress.

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My challenge to myself this year has been to get myself out there. To participate and engage more. To get more personal and to share my experiences and opinions. I’ve spent a long time on social media being an observer, soaking up information. My outward demeanor is often one of quiet observer.

Now I’m challenging myself to be more involved. To climb out on that bridge. Wait a minute you might be thinking. Isn’t it climbing out on that limb?

For me I’m sticking with bridge.  A limb implies you’re out there alone. Putting myself out there and engaging online is much more a form of climbing out on that bridge. The end result is to make meaningful connections with people. There’s no one but yourself out on a limb. A bridge connects.

And hopefully along the way I’ll learn new skills and make new impactful friendships. Which will then lead to more blog posts and podcasts.

Always wondering,

Charles E. Dunkley


Weekly Wonderings Archive

Inaugural Wonderings
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-07022015/

Weekly Wonderings 002 – Learning
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-002/

Weekly Wonderings 003 – Google Plus
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-003/

Weekly Wonderings 004 – International
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-004-international/

Weekly Wonderings 005 – How To
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-005-how-to/


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The Session 102 – The Landscape of Beer

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My friend Allen Huerta is running this month’s The Session and his topic is an interesting one:

The Landscape of Beer

Allen asks:

How do you see that landscape now? What about in 5, 10, or even 20 years? A current goal in the American Craft Beer Industry is 20% market share by the year 2020. How can we get there? Can we get there?

My Thoughts on the Beer Landscape

In my opinion the craft beer industry is in flux. As it continues to grow and breweries pop up all across the US their share of the overall beer market grows as well.

2015 has seen a continued increase in that percentage. This is largely due to the following:

  • A combination of more and more Americans turning away from the American Macro Lager and towards beers bursting with diversity and flavor.
  • The raising of the cap limit that labels one a craft brewer allowing Samuel Adams Boston Beer Co. to remain in the craft beer fold and has also benefited Yuengling by allowing them to join that group.

All of this, while beneficial to the craft beer drinker, has brought the attention – vastly unwanted by the craft beer drinker – into the sights of the big Macro Lager Corporations.

These Macro companies: AB InBev and SABMiller, have been trying to figure out how to tap into this booming market. Some would say they are actually trying to dampen this craft beer growth but that really is a matter for debate.

The Macros have taken 3 main tactics so far:

  1. Produce beers disguised as Craft Beer
  2. Insult Craft Beer drinkers
  3. Begin buying up successful craft breweries

And here we come to where I believe the Craft Beer landscape currently is:

The Beer Landscape is Fluid and Unstable

Wild growth combined with the Macros swooping in and picking off craft brewery stars really does leave the future of craft beer uncertain.

One place where craft beer is doing very well is in the small local town microbreweries that are popping up almost by the hour throughout the US.

Now this isn’t neccessarily a great thing for craft beer. Who knows how many of these new establishments are really ready to be a professional brewery yet? Many of their beer recipes are really still in their infancy stages and could really use a lot more tweaking and experimenting before being released for sale.

Consistency is king.

An area where many of these small microbreweries are still struggling. And an area the Macro breweries have mastered.  Say what you will about the tastelessness and inferiority of the Macro Lager.

But pick up a Bud brewed anywhere in the US and it will taste exactly the same every time.  That is an amazing level of skill and consistency.  It is such a shame that expertise is wasted on such a dull product.

And here is where things are beginning to get interesting.

We are just beginning to creep up on a time that is inevitable:

Our craft beer pioneers are beginning to age. They are beginning to realize that retirement is beginning to nudge the backs of their brains.

Where do we go from here?

And they are approaching that: What was building all of this for in
the end? Great beer? Absolutely. But where will it leave their grandchildren and their children?

Can they just keep going until someone else takes the reigns? Or do they need to think about securing that financial future?

And here is where AB InBev and SABMiller are beginning to make headway. While this might not be the main reason why since 2011 four major craft breweries have sold their business to these big corporations, one would think it must play some role.

And who can really blame them? When offered tens of millions of dollars (or more) it’s a hard thing to walk away from. Could you turn your back on a financial windfall that will set your future generations up for life?

It is a decision many of the top craft beer breweries are being faced with these days. And some are saying NEVER! And some are saying Yes, it is time.

But there are two other avenues helping shape the craft beer landscape in play.

An Alternative Emerges

Duvel has been on a long term plan to extend its foothold into the US Craft Beer Market and they have done so with purchases of Brewery Ommegang, Boulevard Brewing, and most recently, Firestone Walker

Duvel is a highly respected family owned brewery in Europe where they own a few other Belgian breweries. Unlike the backlash breweries like Goose Island, 10 Barrel and Elysian have faced selling to the Macros, Duvel’s purchases have been widely accepted as a good thing.

Part of this is they have been hands off when it comes to Ommegang’s signature Belgian Beers. And they have been a finanial help. This has lead to almost non-existent fears of any lessening of quality in Boulevard or Firestone.

IPO and Employee Ownership

The other avenue that has begun to appear is owners looking to go public or to transfer a portion of the ownership to the Employees.

These are all looked at as alternatives to craft breweries who have reached their own internal saturation point as far as being able to afford to grow any more.

Overall, this is a newly emerging alternative and it remains to be seen if these newest two options prove to have any lasting success.

As you can see there is so many different things happening in the American Craft Beer world it makes it really difficult to have any sense of just what the Craft Beer Landscape will look like in 2020 or 2050.

My Benchmark For a Secure Future

As long as Arrogant Bastard is still out there with his Liquid
Arrogance untouched then perhaps all will be well in the craft beer world in the end.

All I know is between now and then I’ve a lot of great new craft beers to explore.

So where is the Landscape of Beer headed? Who knows? Maybe I will finally take up brewing some craft beer myself before the decade is out so it won’t really matter. Let me sit back on this #IPAday 2015 with a delicious craft beer and mull it over for a fortnight or two.


Suggested reading:

My Road to Craft Beer Nation
http://cedunkley.com/my-road-to-craft-beer-nation/

 

Weekly Wonderings 005 – How To

This week’s Weekly Wonderings is a How To episode.  From Craft Beer to LinkedIn to Periscope.  And for the aspiring writers, my favorite writing podcast are all featured on Weekly Wonderings 005.

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Sixpoint LogoDo you know how to clean your glassware properly?

Can you spot a beer glass that hasn’t been cleaned well? Have no fear and head on over to the Sixpoint Blog and check out their Beer Clean Glassware. Here’s a snippet:

Wouldn’t it strike you as tragic, if something like dust, or a spot of dish residue, compromised all this? Dude, you can’t mess this up! A glass that isn’t “beer clean” messes with head retention, banishes aroma, and compromises mouthfeel. The look isn’t right either — almost every beer deserves a healthy foam capper to keep oxygen out and aroma in.

How To Achieve The Perfect Craft Beer Pour

Once you’ve got that glassware “beer clean” now it’s time to let Julia Herz of CraftBeer.com teach you the perfect craft beer pour.

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How To Craft The Perfect LinkedIn Profile

Is your Linked In Profile up to speed?  I know mine still isn’t.  Back in Weekly Wonderings 002 I highlighted an interview with Laura Virili where she provides a ton of great Linked In tips.  But this week I’m concentrating on your LinkedIn Profile set up specifically.

And look no further than Mike Alton‘s seminal blog post:

The Ultimate Guide to a Perfect LinkedIn Profile.

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Mike Alton (from his Twitter profile)

Plan on spending serious but well spent time going through and implementing everything Mike Alton spells out for you.  This could easily be a book, and in fact there is a downloadable guide.  One important thing to note from Mike:

Before we jump into these recommendations, let me make one more point perfectly clear. These are not necessarily recommendations for the perfect LinkedIn profile if you’re looking for a job. I am writing this from my own perspective, as someone who is using their LinkedIn profile to connect with influencers, partners or prospects. I already have a business and I am counting on LinkedIn to help me grow that business and reach more of their nearly 200 million active monthly users.

How To Periscope

My other Social Media How To involves Livestreaming, which is quickly taking Twitter in particular by storm.  If you have made the leap into Periscope or are thinking about it then head on over to Dustin W. Stout’s Periscope Pro Tips blog post.  This is the second time Dustin has been featured in a Weekly Wonderings post.

Dustin W. Stout (from his About page)
Dustin W. Stout (from his About page)

Periscope Pro Tips: What to Do Before, During and After the Broadcast

Dustin will guide you through how to prepare, stream and then follow up afterwards to ensure high quality Periscopes.  He breaks things down in detail and really provides you with tips and tricks for things you might not have even considered paying attention to.  Here’s a quick quote:

The people who are engaging on your broadcasts are crucial in growing your platform further. You need to treat every single commenter as a valuable advocate and do all you can to develop an on-going relationship with them.

This is THE Periscope guide in my opinion.

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How To: Writing Excuses

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Writing Excuses

My favorite writing podcast has been around for a while and features the following writers offering guidance on every aspect of writing a great novel:

Writing Excuses

These are 15 minute podcasts because, as they put it:

You’re in a hurry and we’re not that smart!

This series (now on season 10) is filled with great advice from the four above as well as guest writers.  They cover everything from Theory and Techniques to Career and Lifestyle and even to demonstrations on how to implement some of their suggestions.  This is a fantastic series and, if you are an aspiring author, well worth every moment.

Here’s a link to their most recent podcast episode (as of the writing of this post):

Writing Excuses 10.31: How Do I Control the Reader’s Sense of Progress?

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/08/02/writing-excuses-10-31-how-do-i-control-the-readers-sense-of-progress/

Here’s a quote:

Part of your job as a writer is to create an illusion here.  An illusion of difficult progress towards a goal so that you have a satisfying ending.

One programming note: with this week’s post I have moved my publishing day for Weekly Wonderings to Monday mornings.  My goal is to note things that catch my eye throughout the week and then to write up this blog on the weekend and publish it on Mondays.  I have added a podcast for this blog series as well.  I’ve never done a podcast before so I will be learning that process from scratch as I go.

I’m hoping the podcast will allow me to delve a little deeper into some of the content I share each week along with chronicling my own journey on social media as I learn and grow.

By moving these blog posts to a Monday publishing window I hope to also be able to share out more content from the people highlighted here throughout the week.

And that is a wrap for this week’s Weekly Wonderings blog post.

Now, if you’ve made it this far, please drop a comment below to let me know how I’m doing and if you have found anything I’m sharing of interest or of help.  Your feedback is what I need to learn how to improve as I take this blogging/podcast journey.  I’m a firm believer in learning by doing but I’m also open to guidance and suggestions as well.

Always wondering,

Charles E. Dunkley


Weekly Wonderings Archive

Inaugural Wonderings
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-07022015/

Weekly Wonderings 002 – Learning
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-002/

Weekly Wonderings 003 – Google Plus
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-003/

Weekly Wonderings 004 – International
http://cedunkley.com/weekly-wonderings-004-international/


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