My Worst New Media Mistake

Filed under: Editorials | Tags: , , , |

/doh

CC photo credit: striatic

It was the OpenCamp 2010 conference. LOTS of tech luminaries. Cali Lewis, John P., Chris Pirillo.

I brought my recording equipment to do interviews and tracked down people during the conference for interviews. As difficult it was to ask, everyone was gracious and generous with their time. I was thrilled! Every interview went smoother than the last.

But, then, back in the hotel room, when checking the records, I realized that I hadn’t actually started recording on the external recorder (a Zoom H4N). I love the audio quality the Zoom produces! But, the user interface is another matter. You have to press the “Rec” button twice to start recording. The first press only puts the records into standby. You also get a false sense of security due to the live monitor. It’s great to be able to check sound levels with no delay. However, hearing the sound coming live over the mics makes it way to easy to assume that the sound is also being recorded. At least it was for me.

Like any other UI issue, once you internalize this, it’s not a problem. However, until you do…. you forget to hit the record button a second time.

So, I had done a number of interviews only to discover, that I hadn’t recorded any audio (except over the camera mic which was also picking up ALL of the noise of the conference).

I had a choice, I could abort the entire project (frankly, I just wanted to stay in my room the entire day), or I could swallow my pride and go back out and beg to redo the interviews. Well, that is what I decided to do. And I was able to get each interview done again plus a number more.

Failure isn’t the end. It’s only the end if you stop.

Don’t let me be the only one confessing failures! What were your new media misteps?


  • http://www.thejugglingwriter.com Christopher Gronlund

    I’m just starting to get into audio, so I’ve been able to avoid new media missteps.

    As I move forward, I’m sure there will be many. I’ve made enough errors with other things to know that your example is golden: just get back up and move on.

    I think one misstep I make is sometimes not going back to blogs where I’ve left comments to see followups to what I said (which is why I love blogs with e-mail notifications when there are more replies). I once left a comment about something written by a writer I respect, and it wasn’t until much later that I realized the writer replied to my comment.

    I look forward to seeing some of the interviews you recorded and then rerecorded at Open Camp.

  • http://www.thejugglingwriter.com Christopher Gronlund

    I’m just starting to get into audio, so I’ve been able to avoid new media missteps.

    As I move forward, I’m sure there will be many. I’ve made enough errors with other things to know that your example is golden: just get back up and move on.

    I think one misstep I make is sometimes not going back to blogs where I’ve left comments to see followups to what I said (which is why I love blogs with e-mail notifications when there are more replies). I once left a comment about something written by a writer I respect, and it wasn’t until much later that I realized the writer replied to my comment.

    I look forward to seeing some of the interviews you recorded and then rerecorded at Open Camp.