Monthly Archives: November 2012

Topic for the 12/2/12 #storyappchat: Blogging Best Practices

#storyappchat topic badgeConventional wisdom says: if you write, illustrate, or code in this technological age, it really helps to have a blog. While not an absolute must, a well-positioned, well-written and interesting blog can generate lots of buzz around your projects, help you build a brand, and keep people coming back to find out what’s new with you.

But it’s pretty easy to become paralyzed with the sheer enormity of the task. What should I call it? Who is my best audience? Which platform (WordPress, Blogger, Tumblr, etc.) should I use to host it? What should I write about? Do I really need a blog anyway?

Carisa Kluver, host of the comprehensive Digital Storytime app review site and creator of the Digital Media Diet blog, has the answers to these questions and many others. Let’s discuss this topic in depth during the next #storyappchat, this Sunday (December 2) at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT. Just start using the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter to join us!

Transcript for the 11/18/12 #storyappchat: Inspiration

I love hearing about where ideas come from. And apparently I’m not the only one, because our chat on inspiration was well attended and lively. Walking the dog, enjoying a long drive or even taking a shower can bring on quality ideas.

If you missed the party, get up to speed by checking out the transcript above. And go ahead and make plans to join us for the next chat. We’ll be taking next Sunday night (November 25) off for the Thanksgiving holiday, but we’ll be back in full force on December 2 to discuss the ins and outs of getting your blog up and running.

Enjoy your Turkey Day weekend, and we’ll see you on 12/2!

Topic for the 11/18/12 #storyappchat: Inspiration

InspirationWhere do ideas come from?

Do they hit us like bolts of lightning, coming in unannounced and without warning? Or do they start as small seeds that need to be cultivated and cared for, like plants in a garden?

How do ideas come to you? Are there ways to increase the chances that good ideas will occur, or is it a hit-or-miss, luck-of-the-draw thing?

Let’s discuss this topic during the next #storyappchat this Sunday, November 18, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Bring your inspiration hat, and just start tweeting with the #storyappchat hashtag. See you then!

Transcript for the 11/11/12 #storyappchat: The iPad Mini

If last night is any indication, Apple made the right move in creating a littler and cuter version of their über-successful tablet device. Those of us who don’t have the iPad Mini yet want one, and we enjoyed a happy hour going over the features of the content consumption (and wallet-busting) machine.

If you weren’t able to participate last night, please accept the humble transcript above as an invitation to join us, at least in spirit.

Next week we’ll talk about inspiration. Where does an idea for a new storybook come from, anyhow? Make plans to stop by November 18 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. First time? No sweat. Just start using the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter at the designated time, and you’ll be there! See you then.

Topic for the 11/11/12 #storyappchat: The iPad Mini

Early reviews are coming in, and people seem to like Apple’s new tablet. Being described as “ultrathin and light,” “gorgeous,” “impressive” and “it doesn’t suck,” the little device seems to have the best of all worlds for those of us who love to interact with content available at Apple’s App Store.

Business Insider says that “once you’ve held the new iPad Mini, the full-size iPad feels like a brick” and “many Apple devotees have said it will become THE iPad, at least in their own personal use.” So… more frequent visitors to the App Store must be a good thing, right?

Let’s discuss the new entry to Apple’s app-consuming lineup THIS Sunday, November 11 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. And if you got one and have had a chance to play with it some, hopefully you won’t mind sharing your impressions with the rest of us!

Transcript for the 11/4/12 #storyappchat: Jannie Ho

Wow–what an inspiring chat last night with one of the most talented children’s book illustrators: @JannieHo. She cheerfully put up with our questions and was helpful, nice and encouraging. Jannie, you are welcome to come back anytime. Remember to get yourself a copy of her new book The Great Christmas Crisis, and if you have a few minutes to spare and want a real treat, check out her little comic book on her Flickr page. I spent about twenty minutes reading through it last night and just loved it!

If you weren’t able to join us, the transcript is posted above in all its unsightly but functional glory.

Join us every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific for #storyappchat. We look forward to seeing YOU!