Media Production Mentoring

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The Ties That Bind Us

For those who have subscribed via e-mail or RSS, I would like your feedback on my latest change: The 200 character "teaser". I originally had the whole post included in my RSS feed, but now I force you to click over to the blog to read the post. So, my question is this: Do you read less than you did before? Do you bother clicking over, or do you hate it?

I have subscribed to a few blogs myself that have the truncated RSS, and sometimes it really bothers me, and if it bothers me, I'm guessing it does you as well. Or, on the other hand, does it allow you to be more selective in what you read? I find that I will read something of interest to me even if I have to click through.

Thoughts? Opinions?

While on the topic of the blog, I would like to point out another cool feature that I'm starting to use more:

Other Posts of Note

These are hand-selected posts that I've read that I believe will be well worth your time. I read many posts a day, and these are the ones that I think will have tremendous insight and application to you. So, if you haven't started checking those out yet, I encourage you to do so.

Just yesterday I watched the Ira Glass video on storytelling. A fantastic watch. But in the off chance you don't watch it, or to "whet your appetite", there was something that I thought was absolutely essential for media producers (young and old) to hear:

Ira points out that we get into media production because we have "good taste" and love our medium (TV, film, radio, etc). The problem is that there is a "gap", wherein what we produce is not nearly as good as we would like. And this, he points out, is where he sees most people quit. And the only solution to this problem is to produce more and more content so you can get better. At this point he plays a segment from something he produced years ago and points out all the flaws in it. And this was a segment he made after 8 years of doing it.

Absolutely amazing input.

So, stay with it, and keep producing things. And if you ever need help along the way, we're here for you.

~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor


johnc said...

I will probably not be clicking over from my rss feeder if you keep the 'teaser' format. Sorry. I like your posts but I can only keep up with the blogs I read if I can consume them all in one place.

Unknown said...

It's going to take hell of a tease to get me out of the blog reader. Sorry, I just don't work that way any more.

Luke Holzmann said...

Thanks so much for the feedback! I have switched it back to full posts now (which will resume tomorrow). Happy reading, and thanks for your support.