Things are going to look somewhat different here for a few weeks… I’ve started a new part-time project, working with S&D Pest Control. Their main focus for this project is to drive more traffic to their website, so to attract more business for their falconry activities, static displays and flying demonstrations, and also to pass on some of these benefits to the folk at St Mary’s Hospice.
To start with, we’ve been setting up social networking accounts together, with the aim being to publish some basic material, and link them all together, pointing all the content towards the S&D Pest Control website.
So far, we’ve set up YouTube, Flickr, Twitter and a Posterous blog. We’ll be playing with WordPress and Blogspot too over the coming weeks, and then I’ll ask Debbie (who will be delivering all the publishing roles) to make a decision about which platforms she is most comfortable with, likes using the best, and delivers the most suitable route for her. After all, there’s no point me doing it because there will come a time when I have to move on, and Debbie/Steve will have to continue on their own.
As explained below, I’ll be using a new video camera to bring out some of the beautiful colours of these wonderful animals, and also getting good strong high-definition background images and colours as we go through the British countryside over the next few weekends. Ideally, I’ll be able to capture the birds as their plumage changes in preparation for winter, and, especially if/ when it snows. We’ll be heading to the Wooten Wawen area of South Warwickshire onto the Cotswold borders, so please say hello if you bump into us.
The first part was me seeing how the birds react to a camera in their face, so I went along to one of the static displays in North Solihull, where I met a photographer.
David Vincent is a local, who does photography purely as a hobby. He does not have a website, but has given me permission to host some of his photographs here (thanks David). If you like what you see, please feel free to contact him directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally. Managed to scrape a couple of hours together so I could concentrate on uploading a new theme for this blog. It’s called GreyZed, and hopefully it gives the blog a bit more of a modern feel to it. Please let me know if you like/hate it.
Now to get all the plug-in’s and widgets working.
I know, I know… where’s the new layout then?
Ok, I’ve been busy, so that has taken a back seat, but soon, I promise.
A few months ago, I bumped into Steve and Debbie from SD Pest Control in my local shopping centre. Pest control isn’t normally my kind of interest, but they do things differently- with birds of prey and falcons.
A display of beautiful animals in a shopping centre is a big draw for the crowds, especially those with kids, and it was the assembled crowd that pulled me in.
After a good chat, I offered to work with them. Usually, I don’t offer my services for free, but they do some good work with St Mary’s Hospice on a voluntary basis, and that organisation are something I’m keen to support.
Steve was telling me that they were looking to get their web profile raised by using social media platforms, and that’s something I can help them with.
So, yesterday, S&D had a static display for local community groups over in Smith’s Wood, near the NEC, so I headed over with my son and camera to see what was going on.
Here’s the result:
The camera was my cheap (£35) Samsung Mini DV. Towards the end of the month I’ll be buying a Panasonic HDC TM 700, which will let me record much better pictures in full HD. That will help bring out the beautiful colours of the birds in much more detail. Also, I’ll be going flying with Steve, and we are working on a way of fitting my new Muvi Atom microcam to some of the birds’ harnesses, so we can capture some footage whilst the birds are in flight.
I think it’s time I changed the design and layout of this blog.
Now things are looking a little tired- the format has been like this for over 12 months now, and perhaps I should think about a different style, look and feel.
However, looking at my statistics, it appears that most people that read articles, visit the site from an RSS feed that is subscribed to, so that will only arrive in text form into the subscriber’s rss feed aggregator, and only when the article headline grabs the viewer’s attention will he/she click the link. With this in mind, I guess that it doesn’t really matter what the blog looks like, as long as it works.
However, the url of the blog is on my business card, so perhaps showcasing my skills in a more eye-friendly way would be advantageous.
I’ll have a play with some new designs and we’ll see what comes out the other end.
Now, can anybody tell me how to stretch a 24 hour day so I can find the time to do this please