Monday through Friday, April 20-25, turned out to be a lot different than I’d anticipated a few days before.
The cold that seemed to be developing on Saturday and Sunday really began to kick in on Monday. By Tuesday night, I was almost down for the count, thanks to a fever and chest congestion. Since I almost never get sick this really took me by surprise. This was, in all honesty, only the second time I’ve had a cold since a bout with the flu in 2001. The reason I’m so aware of the infrequency is because OF the infrequency and the fact that both times were particularly awful chest colds.
Anyway, I won’t belabor that and just list here many of the Birmingham Shines or Shinecast tasks I completed during the week. At first, I was getting frustrated with myself for being unable to adhere to my desired schedule but then I started journaling about what I HAD actually accomplished, despite being sick and having job responsibilities to fulfill. I ended up writing much more than I need to share here, but I did publish a very detailed post about the five days of April 20 through 25 on my professional website.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Reviewed my existing SoundCloud account to consider how to proceed with publishing the audio content for the Shinecast network.
Quickly reviewed several premium social sharing plugins (no decision).
Reviewed the first proposals for audio editing job on elance.
Emailed two individuals at a prominent local adverting/marketing firm about scheduling an interview to discuss an upcoming event in Birmingham.
Made a few availability modifications to the Shinecast youcanbook.me page based on my evolving availability schedule.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Wrote the copy for audio tags for Birmingham Shines show.
Reviewed proposals for audio editing on elance and sent messages to the semi-finalists.
Exchanged messages with a Birmingham-based audio engineer who’d submitted a proposal.
Sent email to student about voice over work to record the audio tags
Set up my home recording studio in advance of the interview with Wade Kwon.
Tested the audio settings for both mics using the mixer and Zoom H4N.
Reviewed Wade’s LinkedIn profile, responses to my pre-interview survey, the Y’all Connect website and Birmingham Blogging Academy website.
Met with Wade for around 2 hours to do the interview. We chatted a bit before and after, so the actual interview was about 45 minutes, yielding maybe 40-ish minutes of content. (I’ll know more about the length after I get the edited file back).
Reviewed the audio files after Wade left, transferred the files to the external hard drive for storage.
Recorded an intro and outro for the first episode.
Selected which music clips I wanted to use for episode 1.
Created a simple script outline for the audio engineer to follow.
Uploaded everything to Dropbox.
Uploaded a short audio file and the script info to elance workroom and reopened bidding to allow for anyone to revise their proposal based on the shared sample content.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Created a new private elance job for voiceovers to record the audio tags for Birmingham Shines, reviewed and selected several prospective voiceover professionals and invited them to submit a proposal.
In the meantime, I discovered the student had shared his completed voiceover audio files so I listened and coded the best
Reviewed the three quickest proposals and awarded the job about 2 hours after publishing it. The pro had the files back to me within the hour.
I really liked two of the other proposals for voiceover work, so I thanked them via message and indicated future opportunities would be forthcoming.
Spoke with the Birmingham audio engineer about the scope of my Shinecast project and budget considerations.
Met with Greg Wingo of Tech Birmingham about the Birmingham Shines show and my interest in Tech Birmingham.
Emailed Thursday night interview guest and asked to reschedule due to my illness and need to hive two packages of honeybees that had arrived a day early.
Reviewed and ranked the proposals for audio editing the first two episodes of Birmingham Shines. Based on gut instinct, I awarded the job to the Birmingham audio engineer and sent messages to the other finalists indicating future opportunities would be forthcoming.
Thursday, April 24, 2015
Accepted the change of terms for job completion of audio editing first two episodes since I couldn’t deliver the preview episode as originally projected in the job description. I had indicated this change in the job description and message to the engineer whose proposal I accepted but had not formally changed the project deliverable due date.
Friday, April 25, 2015
Wrote detailed journal entry about what I’d completed on Monday through Thursday of this week.
Replied to message from another person doing a research job for me posted to elance and gave some feedback on that project status and direction.
Replied to message from audio engineer giving status report on the Wade Kwon interview episode and explaining the further delay to sometime on Saturday for delivery of the preview episode files.