Hi this is Matt at Kurb Promotions, Auckland and we offer a range of digital media content services for organisations and groups on a budget – Video / CD / DVD copying, printing, duplication – plus design, auckland poster printing and distribution, and video production.
So recently we decided to start cleaning up the blog by putting in a little more effort to make the blog a bit more interesting to read.
Rather than raking over the same minutiae of my business and various half hatched aspirations, I decided I wanted to attempt to make the blog something that if somebody found it, or I started directing people twoard my blog, or because they were interested in what I was working on, they could read and engage – more reader focused than a personal problem solving focus. I know I have some writing skills but if I don’t stretch them then I don’t have the ability to demonstrate them or put them to use improving my situation. I can’t link to my posts, because they are not good enough for the average reader, but by working on this, slowly, I may get to a point where I can begin letting people know I have a link, I have some writing.
When I post comments on others blogs, or a new community I find, then the trails that lead back to me don’t give the appearance I’m simply a muppet in the game trying my luck trying to drum up support and business, because I’m desperate to establish myself in this.
One of the little things I’m doing is I will be publishing more links which I feel have interesting points worth mentioning. Not necessarily to promotion, or specifically business related themes, but items of interest related to being more understanding or successful in various operations.
In a my clean up post I talked about an article discussing how you can work on yourself as much as you like but the results will only ever be measured in terms of what you can offer the world. If you’re not getting what you want, it’s only because you’re not offering enough to get it.
It doesn’t matter how much work you do to become a better person on the inside, the result it produces is what you will be measured by.
This made me think of my archiving work, my website work, my promotions on my artists site and how so much that I do is failing to provide value to the outside parties – the fans, the clients – I need to attract to make the thing work.
Even writing these blogs endlessly, I mean sure, it looks like I’ve plowed through over 1000 words today already but to what purpose? Make that 2000. Sure, it proves I can write a lot of words. But to what purpose is it all ultimately serving?
So we’ve begun by taking the step to make the blogs more readable and accessible so at least it provides a good look, I can’t really call myself a blogger just by vomiting words onto the screen for the purpose of pushing up search engine rankings, once they become readable articles, well then I have the opportunity.
One idea I had today was that it was time to get on with resolving the issue of all these blank printed discs we have that aren’t really doing anything. But then I realised, again . . . this is just a selfish idea that is convenient for me.
Does auckland, does new zealand want 1000 old CD’s burned with some crappy misprint on them full of my songs or videos? I’m not sure. Just because it’s convenient it doesn’t mean it’s something that’s worthwhile. What I think we need to focus on right now is what people want.
One idea that struck me though is that on one hand, you need to be valuable to other people in order to get what you want.
And yet the less you want, the less you are required to find a way to be valuable.
Let’s have a link then. This from philosophers mail
The dirty truth about Capitalism is not that it is inefficient, but that its ambitions as yet have been so lowly and so restricted.
When we get furious about bankers’ bonuses . . . What we really hate is the idea of bankers getting paid a lot of money when we can’t see how they have helped other people.
Rather than wanting to wind back big corporations, we should have a different and better ambition: we should want them to learn to make their profits by a strangely odd-sounding but in fact plainly obvious goal: truly helping other people.
I guess that explains a little of why we’ve chosen to blog this way, and leads to more to be said for trying to really help people, really look to what they want and need.
Because of this return to the value of production, we slowed up on our archiving project, and switched round and started firing out more videos. I’m not sure what we’re heading towards, but we know when you want to produce videos or anything else it starts with getting started.
We’re getting started showing our skills in presentation and fronting up.
What comes after that?
Well more videos. You have one more music video you want to complete in the next month. And also the cohort getting cohesive. We set up a page, and we set up ads, wow it’s really ambitious. But it is also the point from which our honest investigations into local new zealand youtube culture can begin, now that we’re cleaning this blog up a bit more so you can actually read and follow it.
So I want to reach out on star now. I want to jump on star now and say check out my music videos im doing teamed up with auckland actors on star now, who wants to get out there and make some god damn videos for youtube new zealand, okay???
So we get people starting to roll up because they want to be into video editing, they want to be shooting filming auckland youtube videos, theyre in there, doing the yards and we’re producing videos, a lot of videos, and we’re getting good, we’re getting better and better and youtube video production!
We’re doing pirate videos. This is serious. We have a lot of funny kind of “get out there and do it” kind of concepts we want to roll with but we need to get real we need to get serious with these cohort people who want to get out there and do it with us!
A lot of the material we’re doing now, is just warming up for more assured material coming further down the line because we know how the professionals, the showmen work – they have their routines which they work through, we just have to convey that kind of assurance.
But it’s a lot of work scripting and shooting these videos!
I have finally finished shooting 4 vlogs, wow how did it take me 48 hours to write and shoot 4 videos of me just sitting there talking? I guess I kind of forgot how hard this work is, but that’s a reminder that it’s not an easy skill which is what makes it valuable. Also it’s important we do some more this month, so we keep our youtube video presentation skills sharp.
The skill is only valuable as long as I can maintain my skill level and improve. Not that I see a big future in presenting videos! I just want to be able to push my efforts forward in this area, to take a shot, have a go, and comeback with thoughts on how to improve for next time.
I am now slightly confused about where I’m moving to now, and what my thoughts on this whole process will be.
The first answer is we go back to the 27 archive entries. But as discussed we also have video and the youtube video producers cohort on this list, and then music and video promo is the next thing coming up.
Are we ready for promo? Are we ready for the cohort? Before we ask those questions we can see how it’s all flying at us now we’re not working so much, the highway is getting chewed up as me roll through. It won’t be long until wide spaces begin to open up where we get to shape new priorities and new directions.
Yes I am sensitive to the fact that none of this is putting money in the pocket, it’s not arresting that issue of producing value and could be considered a distraction, but at the same time I salute the ability to march onward, we build on each hard fought step forward, we don’t know how many steps remain but we soldier on regardless, not tied to the belief that salvation lies around the next corner. We are ready to turn a lot of corners before we get back to where we want to be.
A few extra hundred dollars, well up until recently, it would have made no challenge, and we have to remember out fortunes could easily change, and we have to prepare to answer the question of where we can go once we’re back on budget with our core services of auckland cd dvd reproduction and printing.