The Best Way To Reach Me

As I was having a quick look and update on ‘My Cheeky FAQ’ I realised that it might help if there was a specific entry (and I can’t wait to hear from you if this post indeed helped!) that helps you know how to best send me a message.

 

  • Tumblr – I am on there at least once a fortnight (unless intentionally focusing on completing something and my fan tendencies need to be ‘on hold’ because they are a hindrance rather than a compliment!)
  • YouTube – Though sometimes notifications cross over with Google+ — I still find it a handy playform to send (and receive!) private messages.
  • Google+ – apparently there’s a way to send me messages even if I am not ‘online’ (I’ll get your notifications and that would prompt me to check my messages)
  • Form – This comes in handy if you are on a device that you avoid using to log-in to your various social media accounts. Even if you don’t put your email address, as long as you give me your Tumblr / YouTube / Google+ handle, and I can chase you up there.

 

 

What you’ll need in your message:

  • your email address!
  • How I can help you. (Really. Tell me! Don’t worry about sounding all ‘sales-ey’. Because the sooner I find out how I can add value to you, the sooner I am able to generate ideas! It’s as easy as completing this statement: ‘Leigh, I want _____ to happen. Can you help?’ If there are multiple items, take some time to consider what is most important for you to achieve. Whether it be finding someone who is equally smitten by BrainDead, or needing creative juice to improve your interactions with people you serve.)
  • If you have references (such as my tweet or a post), it would help a LOT if you include it too!

 

 

 

 


Did this post spark something that you’d like to talk about more? Go for it! Send me a quick note so I can learn about your bumpy (yet exciting!) adventures.

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Was it was an action!?

Better do that first before sending me that note!

First time visiting? It’ll be great if you head here after reading. πŸ™‚

 

Comments: You’ll have to reach out to me via Google+ (click on the hangout button), Youtube (when you’re logged in, and on this page, a ‘message’ button would pop up), or Tumblr (visit any one of my pages, and there would be a button that would make a new window pop-up for you to send me a message) to let me know that you are keen on posting a comment. At the moment, WordPress has this weird comment system that uses cookies from other sites, so until they fix it that only cookies come from within the domain…I am unable to view new comments when they come in.

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Why Should You Show Your Work?

Because you are being you. That’s Why! πŸ˜€

Jessica Hagy puts it beautifully: “there’s nothing stopping you from being astounding in your own context. It’s an art, after all: and art is always open to interpretation.”

 

Now…it’s just not as easy as ‘staying at the same level’ as now. You do have to put in some time to find a way to find your best self. And the first step could be finding a habit that holds you back —- or maybe find an accountability partner (or group).

 

 

More of the good stuff:

  • Underdogs Can’t Win Being Copycats – “think outside the box and be the best version of yourself.”
  • The importance of being you – “in the big picture of what it is to be a happy human being. It’s hugely important to your health and happiness in life to be you.”
  • Being Your Best Self – Even When Times Are Tough – When you employ the attitude of being your best self, and your focus is toward the highest good, your sense of who you really are will get stronger, and you will get more out of life. You will get a wonderful feeling from doing the right thing.”

Brain Food on the Go

It’s increasingly challenging to find pages packed with information, that would load pretty quickly on a mobile device.

Here are some for you to check out:

Want more? Just fill up the form on this page. πŸ™‚ Then once I receive your message, I’ll have a chance to get to know you — so I can recommend more stuff that would interest you! πŸ˜€

* If you’re looking to sign-up for my mailing list. There is no automated one yet. Though if you’d like to get regular updates from me, you can put in your email — there is a follow button at the bottom right of the screen where you can put in your email address. If you’re on WordPress, just click the follow button (top left) when you are signed in.

Podcasts That Resonate

Ran out of podcasts to soothe you to sleep during bedtime? Here are a couple of approaches that might get you closer to the one(s) that you resonate with most.

  • Interviewer/Host – maybe check out his/her episodes on other podcasts.
  • Interviewee – There are times that you’ll resonate more with them when they are being interviewed. That’s cool — we all have our own personal tastes! (and don’t let anyone make you feel guilty that you don’t enjoy a particular podcast as much as them!)
  • Recommendations – just ask (use this form) and I can give you a bunch of suggestions based on what you find interesting. (You can also check out this entry).

Approach #1 & #2 got me to find out about Mike’s interview and make me pay more attention to Lewis Howes (you can find one of his interviews here — and an episode of his own podcast here).

Embedding Media

Did you know you can embed content from Twitter, Instagram & Facebook to your posts — just by using the URL?

As soon as I discovered that I could embed a tweet to an entry easily by just inserting the link, I was ecstatic! Not only it saves me time when including media with an entry — I save storage space space too!

If you’d notice that is so much easier than going through the ‘Add Media’ option. (Do keep in mind — that this method seems to be the most effective way when embedding YouTube videos)

Want to check out some samples? Dean’s Q&A has a variety of media — all embedded (except for the YouTube video) just by inserting the URL.

Next I’m hoping to have a go at media from Flickr! πŸ™‚

 

How about you? What’s your method of embedding media when crafting your entries? (You can send me a message here!)

Distributing music using CD Baby

For awhile now (since 2009), I’ve been sitting on one of my first songs. And after hearing some interesting things about CD Baby (and multiple visits to their member sign-up page), I thought I’d take the plunge since I have a already had a MVP (Minimum Viable Product).

It took awhile (3 days I think?) before I finally hit publish.

 

Some notes about my experience:

  • It sounds weird to say, but it is really easy to release music for digital distribution. (I’m not sure about the intricacies about doing covers — thought I noticed that it is possible to release a cover version of a song. Maybe it is as simple as crediting the songwriter when filling out the form?)
  • I was on the fence about selecting distribution (should I go with all? even unpaid ones? — I eventually did)
  • It helps to take some times before hitting the ‘publish button’ (you get an email from the CD Baby team asking you to check: Audio, Art work, Genre, and Any spelling mistakes or typos) — because things like album notes and artist bio does need more than 5 minutes to consider.
  • Recordings are specific – CD baby would accept Mp3s, though they strongly suggest uploading a loss-less file (like WAV). I was happy (enough) with the mp3 version (I eventually went with the 2009 recording — rather than recent ones.), but then that still didn’t come through (I think the note I got that it wasn’t in stereo?). So the next day I did two recordings — liked the take, but just wasn’t happy with the ‘less-than-clean’ sound. I was stuck…and after pondering a bit, I decided to go with my original 2009 mp3, convert that to WAV, and try…and what do you know! success!
  • Links are important! – before finalising my release, I browsed through other releases, and noticed that a number of the artists haven’t included links (which was a shame, as there were a couple I wanted to reach out to!). I think it is largely due to the links section difficult to find (it should be midway on the page of the release — along with editing of the artist’s bio).

After receiving the confirmation that digital distribution is a go, I am now going to wait patiently to see if it has been released (CD Baby, then iTunes — then will check out Spotify, Google Play, Amazon…)

 

How about you? Got something to share about digital distribution? (via CD Baby or elsewhere?). You can reach me through the WNE Contact form. πŸ™‚

Inspiring Podcasts

Want to download episodes directly rather than subscribe?

I get ya! πŸ˜€ Though the links will still take you to the Podcast site, on the page, you’ll find a link to download the audio file (MP3) directly:

  • EntrepreneurOnFire – you can watch a video of John’s story here, or read about it here. (Volume Level 64%)
    • Ramit Sethi – don’t be put off by his spammy sounding page as there’s lots of good advice and you’re likely going to find something that fits you in one of his blog entries.
    • Corrina Gordon-Barnes – In a very engaging chat, Corrina at one point mentions someone from her past: “He thought he couldn’t have both passion and money, and he chose money.” Her EOF interview page also links to an interesting article about blogging.
  • The Unmistakable Creative – (Volume Level 83%)
    • Michael Roderick – “We need to budget time to be reflective”
    • Josh Long – “If you can’t break things down first, then you have a shaky foundation.”
  • Microblogger – You can check out Jim’s chat with John on EOF. Some episodes have transcripts. (EOF Episode – Volume Level 64%; Microblogger Episodes: Volume Level 97%)
    • Farnoosh Torabi – “It’s about having compassion for those who don’t get it.”
    • Matt Jabs – “I don’t like that to be the first impression I have on a website.”

 

Looking forward to hear which episode resonated with you the most! Send me a message here. πŸ™‚

(If you need to reach out to request more podcast recommendations — that’s cool too! Use this form)

The Perfect Podcast

My tick sheet for a podcast that I’d surely subscribe to:

  • Great Content
  • Quality Audio
  • Consistent Audio Levels Within The Episode
  • No Foul Language
  • Consistent Volume Across Different Episodes

 

I’ve found that it is rare that a podcast has all this. And interestingly I haven’t found one that ticks all 5. The reason it is so difficult to get all five is having consistent volume all through out different episodes, and usually episodes go through a bit of an evolution (audio particularly would change).

I’ve arranged my list according to how essential they are in my decision to download episodes more from that podcast.

 

Great Content

Nothing will trump this, even if the Podcast ticks the other four requirements. If the content of the Podcast doesn’t resonate with me — I’m not going to keep on listening to it. I’ve also stopped listening to a Podcast whenever there is anything demeaning/condescending/arrogant said by either the hosts or guests.

 

Quality Audio

I’m quite okay with mobile phone quality, as long as the levels are okay. There’s nothing more frustrating than to get to the part that I am quite engaged in, then having that section cut (or fade) out.

I would be cool with (if it was on video) subtitles or transcripts, to make up for the not-so-good audio.

 

Consistent Audio Levels Within The Episode

It is not often that I am close to volume control while listening to a podcast, so significant volume variations aren’t something I usually put up with:

  • Host volume softer than guest (I want to hear the questions!)
  • Episode introduction (music or narration) significantly louder than the rest of the episode.

 

No Foul Language

Whenever I find something useful to share, I do. And it is better to not have to worry about making a note to the person I’m recommending the podcast to “make sure headphones are on, and only for private listening”.

 

Consistent Volume Across Different Episodes

It is so much easier for me to go through my downloaded podcast list and just pick the episodes I want, play — and not worry about the ones that ‘go together’ (have the same volume level)

The good news is, that this is not so much a deal breaker for me, as I have found a way to work around it:

  • Download episodes
  • Pick the one I’d like to listen to the most (Favourite of the Day)
  • Randomly listen midway each episode, and find the ones that have the same audio levels
  • Save files as playlist (and when naming the file — note audio level required)

 

Interested in hearing my take on your podcast? More than happy to!

Get in touch with me here. πŸ™‚