Whoosh! A huge THANK YOU to every one of you that attended our first-ever one day tech seminar in Seattle on November 3 at the Seattle Public Library.
When you put together a first-time event, you never know how it’s going to go. We were thrilled to have such a inspiring and talented line-up of speakers agree to present, and a close-knit group of eager-to-learn bloggers and almost-bloggers.
Some of the awesome recaps flowing in from around the web:
- Vegtastic.Net Helen Pitlick wrote a great recap of the event. She presented with Dawn Quinn on the subject of social media. They left their presentation up if you’d like to check it out.
- Sisters Legume Angel Barclay wrote about her speaking and her impressions of Seattle on her blog. She presented about video and captured the hearts of every single person in the room with her short videos set to music. She made making videos seem attainable by anyone, even someone with no prior video skill (*cough* me *cough*).
- Serenity in the Storm Katie attended the seminar wrote a fun recap about the Social Media class and what she learned.
- Foggy Vegan was an attendee and wrote about his favorite parts, including learning about podcasting.
- And of course, we at Vida Vegan live-blogged the event and what we learned (and ate) throughout.
If you spoke or attended and blogged about your experience, send it our way and we’ll add it to this list.
Thanks everyone who came out. We each learned a lot and had loads of fun drinking coffee, live-blogging, and eating the heck out of Veggie Grill sammwiches.
We’re just about halfway through our seminar.
You know what that means…………………
From the one and only Veggie Grill, naturally.
It wouldn’t be a blogger’s seminar without taking pictures of lunch.
And we’ll now resume our regular programming.
I just need ONE more piece of carrot cake….
We at Vida Vegan HQ love the Seattle Central Library. It’s oddly-shaped and weird and just so so unique and cool.
When we visited in April 2012 to research the best venue for the one day Tech Seminar, once we toured the library, we knew right away this was the right spot for us.
With stunning architecture and a central location, The Central Library is gorgeously awkward. Just our style!
The coolest part, for us, is the Red Room on the fourth floor.
This is where the meeting rooms are located.
The Tech Seminar this Saturday will be in a conference room on this red level, so for those of you that are coming, be prepared to get all “Red Room Red Room” up in here. (It’s Halloween season, so this The Shining reference totally fits. Apologies for the creepy link!)
Our bright and cozy meeting space!
See some of you this Saturday! Any last minute suggestions for places to eat?
Possibly what Seattle is known best for (unless you follow sports; I bet Seattle has some famous sports team or something), Pike Place Market lives up to it’s reputation. With a beautiful view of Puget Sound, Pike Place is filled with cobblestone streets, little specialty shops, and a big market filled with fresh flowers, fresh pasta and fresh produce (Nevermind the ‘fresh’ fish; ugh).
There’s also the little thing known as the Gum Wall nearby.
A cute shop sells authentic grenadine. Grenadine is traditionally made out of pomegranate, but now most brands just use red coloring and sugar water. I loved finding this.
A cozy little bookstore located in the market center.
The famous Gum Wall:
Yep, all gum.
We love Pike Place Market. What are some of your favorite spots in Seattle?
We’re trying to get final numbers (ordering coffee, printing coursebooks) for the Tech Seminar, so for those of you waiting to register, here’s a little push to do it now:
For the next 24 hours you can use this link and save $25! That went fast! You can still register at full price.
And, of course, email us at VidaVeganConference [at] gmail.com with any questions!
We are one month away from the next step in Vida Vegan learning – our first ever seminar!
Here’s the official schedule, hot off the press:
9:00am-9:30am ~ Arrival, coffee & welcome from VVC
9:30am-10:30am ~ Nuts ‘n’ Bolts of a Webpage, Colin Barringer
10:40am-11:40am ~ Blog Design in an Ever-Changing Digital Landscape, Tim Mauldin & Liz Miller
11:40am-12:40pm ~ Lunch by Veggie Grill
12:40pm-1:40pm ~ Podcasting on a Budget, Barb Troyer
1:50pm-2:50pm ~ Shooting, Editing & Integrating Video, Angel Barclay
2:50pm-3:20pm ~ Break & more
3:20pm-4:20pm ~ Next-Level Social Media, Dawn Quinn & Helen Pitlick
4:20pm-5:00pm ~ Networking & Closure
Stay tuned for tech, blogging, Seattle tips & more throughout VeganMoFo!
Happy VeganMoFo 2012 Kick-Off, everyone!
We don’t have a single theme (oh, by the way, did you notice our new theme?!), but we’re gonna have theme days. In preparation/celebration of our Seattle Tech Seminar, we’re diving in to blogging tech (mostly). We’ll have tech tips brought to you by people way smarter than us, Seattle funspots, speaker spotlights, Food-Friday Fundays…and once a week, we’ll have a Q&A day.
Q&A? Yes, so we need some Qs! Shoot us your questions and we’ll dig around/ask around to get you the answers! Tweet at us, throw it up on the Facebook page, or email us at VidaVeganConference [at] gmail [dot] com.
But before we get started, we just wanted to give you a glimpse into our weekend! We’re in Chicago for location scouting and VeganMania, Chicago’s vegan-only veg fest, with vendors, nonprofits, a hefty food court (featuring Chicago Diner, Upton’s, and Native Foods as well as a lot of smaller restaurants and bakeries), and classes. Check out the crowd shot:
We all went to Miyoko Schinner’s Artisan Vegan Cheese demo, where we tried some of the quicker, unaged cheeses, including ricotta-stuffed shells and a next-to-instant but tasty nacho cheese. I’ve never seen so many people get super excited to try vegan cheesemaking before. It looks like this book is actually worth the hype. I know what I’m doing when I get back home to Portland.
It’s here! It’s here! We’ve got class descriptions and instructors for our Tech Seminar. And they’re some brainy folks.
Every step of the way, developing this seminar has been so exciting—not just getting Veggie Grill to sponsor lunch, either. We really wanted to put together classes to answer questions we heard from the VVC comment cards, in the Facebook group, and, quite honestly, what we face every day. Should I pay the $30 to be able to edit my CSS code in WordPress? Can I just use the free YouTube video editor? How do you link your social media platforms (and should you)?
With glee and joy and all things that are good, we present to you the lineup for Vida Vegan’s very first seminar: Tech.
Blog Design in an Ever-Changing Digital Landscape
What should you be doing when your blog starts getting heavier traffic? Do you know what responsive design is? Is your blog’s theme or layout ready for mobile, tablets, and other screen sizes and resolutions? Are you interested in changing your theme, updating your fonts, or learning a little CSS to help with design?
Learn how to choose the correct platform, blog theme, hosting solution, and design strategies to make sure visitors have a smooth experience and keep coming back. We will provide examples during class with a take-away sheet of helpful URLs.
Tim Mauldin is Software Architect and Technologist who has done projects for companies large and small. He is an expert in software optimization and loves to solve performance problems. He currently resides in Austin, TX, and has a vegan taco problem.
Elizabeth Miller is Design Lead as well as Senior Front-End Developer for Squishymedia, a medium-size web development agency in Portland. Elizabeth’s 10 years of design experience includes projects for Ralph Lauren, Sony, and Mercedes-Benz. She designs beyond surface appearances to create lovely and usable interactive experiences. She loves vegan mac-n-cheese burritos the most.
Next-Level Social Media
How do you connect your blogging goals with social media? This intermediate-level session for people already active with Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks will explore the use of these tools to build community and craft your personal vs. blog identity. We’ll look at identifying and utilizing emerging social media platforms such as Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest. We’ll also touch upon best practices for sharing content across these different platforms
Helen Pitlick is super excited to be speaking about social media. She has a Master of Communication in Digital Media from the University of Washington, teaches lawyers how to blog at LexBlog, and previously managed social media for Foodista.com. In her spare time, she writes Vegtastic! and probably tweets too much about cats.
Dawn Quinn is fascinated with social media and the ways communication is constantly changing. She began the MCDM program at University of Washington this fall so she could further study these changes. Dawn is a copywriter, blogs at Vegan Moxie, eats lots of Brussels sprouts, and lives with her partner and two cats.
The Nuts ‘n’ Bolts of a Web Page
By the end of the class, we will have created an informative, pretty and dyncamic page, as well as developed a basic knowledge of web development.
Colin Barringer works for athenaHealth, Inc., developing medical billing software. He has an M.S. in computer science, has been working as a web developer for 4 years, and has extensive knowledge of a variety of computer programming languages. When pushed, he might admit that the Internet was a mistake.
Podcasting on a Budget
Whether you’re looking to get involved in community radio or want to independently produce a podcast, Barb will show you tips and tricks that will bring your podcast activism to the next level, no matter what your budget. Topics include choosing recording equipment and software according to your needs, finances, and operating system (Mac or PC), getting your show into iTunes and other podcatchers, integrating with your blog, and managing related web and social media efforts. You’ll also learn mic technique, editing shortcuts and best practices, and tips for managing interview notes and information overload.
Barb Troyer is the technical producer and co-host of All Things Vegan radio, a low-budget labor of love, broadcasting for 2 years on community radio in Bend, Oregon‒and podcasting to the world. An IT consultant by day, Barb tweaks software and graphics and teaches end users, who she rewards with vegan candy.
Shooting, Editing & Integrating Video
You don’t need to be intimidated by video. We’ll look at choosing equipment and shooting video, editing programs, and adding extras like titles and audio. We’ll also cover hosting and embedding these videos into your blog or website.
Angel Barclay is an Environmental Studies major at the University of Oregon. She enjoys exploring all the natural wonders Oregon has to offer, riding her bicycle, and documenting her adventures. She began creating videos in 2010, to share her exploits with friends and family residing 2,000 miles away in the state of cornfields and fireflies: Illinois (where she called home, until 2009). She blogs at Sister Legumes, and you can find her on her Vimeo channel, when she’s not hijacking her boyfriend’s YouTube channel, BreadBikeBlog.
Is this you?
You need help getting over some technical hurdles with your blog because you thought college was a place to learn and think and explore the universe and its deeper mysteries…so you’ve got a worthless B.A. and you really can’t afford the classes you need now to make up for the classes you didn’t take when you were a kid.
Well, we’ve got two seats reserved for the likes of you. We’re offering two registration-only scholarships for November’s Tech Seminar in Seattle. The rules are simple—we won’t hold your bright-eyed idealism against you—so check it out here.
See you in Seattle!