Changes at Rizzn.com

Hey Rizzn-ites, I’ve got several big things I’m working on here at the site and the podcast that I’ll be announcing today and tomorrow, but for the mean time, you’ll notice that I’ve got a diminished posting frequency … do not fret, I’ve not disappeared. Just busy! Stay tuned! /rizzn Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

Video Syndication Done Right

Hey Rizzn-ites, I’ve really been doing some thinking on what it takes to publicize a video venture properly. We talk a lot about the monetization aspects of video on the internet, but what we forget, or at least I do as a veteran, is that more integral than coming up with monetization is how to most efficiently market, publicize, and get those sweet sweet video views that will make that CPM based advertising possible. As I look around at the myriad of video offerings and ventures out there, no one really focuses on that aspect of things, although a handful of content producers seem to have an inkling of how it works. What?!I have an advantage in the business of content production that most others don’t seem to have – not many people know who I am. Let me explain. I’m not Leo Laporte, I’m not a Robert Scoble. Heck, I’m not even a Sean Kennedy. I don’t have a huge built in fan-base that goes back a decade. I can’t really even count on my friends and family to view my material simply because most of my friends and family aren’t politically involved nerds, which is what the bulk of what my content revolves around. Therefore, I’ve been forced to come up with inventive and even hacked together ways to drum up an audience in everything I’ve done in media production ever since I started at age 15 or so. What has this taught me in broad terms? You can’t rely on a single medium for building an audience. It absolutely must be a broad effort across a...

Better Design?

Hey Rizzn-ites, If you haven’t already, head over to www.rizzn.com. Tell me if you like that design. If I get enough yes votes, then I’ll change all the backpages to match. Let me know! By the way, I’m giving AdSense the boot. I earned a grand total of $31.00 for the month of August, a time period in which we had so much traffic, Alexa ranked us as high as 82,000. Anyone have any suggestions for a replacement? Thanks in advance. /rizzn Want to be part of the Rizzn-ite army? Indoctrination instructions...

What's Going On Here?

Hey, Rizznites! You may notice short and unexplained outages here on the site. Basically, here’s what I’m working on: Getting Paul Darby’s UBN up and running properly for next Monday.Getting the final proposal for the new podcast network ready, so we can add new podcasts to a lineup to be featured here.Re-Designing the site to showcase the expanding nature of the content here at Rizzn.com. The site is going to change a little bit. The blog will still exist, and the links aren’t really going to change any. I am, though, going to be switching up how the page looks when the default domain “rizzn.com” is hit… it’ll contain the latest blog post, an autoplayer for the show, and links to all the content we’re working on. Consider it the 1.0 for the new content network we’ll be unveiling here soon. I don’t have any screenshots to show you, but it’ll have a similar feel to snips.rizzn.com since everyone seems to be agreed that it’s a much more clean and pleasing look than the current rizzn.com layout. Hopefully, after I get this part done, I’ll have the time to upgrade the rest of the Oblong Box network to fit in with our new content setup. We’ve really got some big things planned (I mean it this time), and there appears to be a gracious benefactor who believes as much as I do that there’s money to be made in the New Media space, and appears willing to put his money where his mouth is. That’s all for now, I need to get back to work. James and Art will...

Sorry, really busy

I’ve been working with some new blog automation software today. The bad news: I fux0red the server.The good news: I fixed it. So the bottom line: I’m right where I started this morning. Awesome. /rizzn

Hi there, Bye there…

I’ve made some strident moves in completing the RAMP program… not too far to go now and that whole project will be sewn up. I’m also working on a version 1.0 ticket management system for my landlord. He desperately needs the software, and it’s more or less completed, so I’ll likely be able to name my price on Wednesday when I present it. Still not sure if I’m making it a product or a service, but I’m leaning heavily towards...

Hey Folks…

Sorry I’m not super talkative today. I’m waist-deep in RAMP programming. You’ll hear more from me on Monday. Have a good weekend. /rizzn UPDATE: Before I go, I need to share this with you. Try to overlook the fact that it promotes Al Gore’s useless TV channel....

Busy Week, Busy Day

My week has been nothing but me running around, but somewhere in the middle of it, I’ve gotten a fair amount of work done. My Dad gets married tomorrow. It sort of sounds weird saying that. My parents split up a couple years ago and personally, I didn’t think he was going to get re-married. As it turns out, I was wrong. A lot of this week has been wedding related in that aspect. As I mentioned earlier, I started the process of opening up an investment account, and I spent a lot of time setting up new business with my stable of clients this week as well. On top of all that, I’ve also been working on programming this … thing. I’m not sure what to call it. I think its going to be a unified management system for my entire life, or at least that’s what it’s looking like. I’ve been putting off automating a lot of the day-to-day tasks of running the OblongBox network and ModernOpinion. In creating the system I’m working on, I’m accomplishing a couple things at once. I’m creating some portable modules I can use for other projects (things like profile and user management) as well as creating some tools that can make my life simpler. As I’m working on the various components of the system (which I’m taking special care to make as compartmentalized and scalable as possible), my mind is reeling as to what it’s eventually going to encompass. The amorphous blob of a plan that’s in my mind currently is some sort of answer to the Google/Yahoo account – something...