A Little Publicity for One of My Blogs

Nov 6th, 2007 | By | Category: Blogging, Technology
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I did a post this summer on my Maricopa Experience blog about creating a grading toolbar in MS Word to grade papers electronically. I used a new product that had just been released, Jing, to show readers how to create the toolbar and to show how it worked. Just recently, Betsy Weber, TechSmith’s Chief Evangelist, wrote a blog post from The Visual Lounge about my screencast. It was a nice post. She also tweeted me to tell me about it. That means she sent me a text message via Twitter for those of you not into Twitter yet.

I was really exciting watching my bandwidth meter quickly fill up after the post. Screencast.com, the website that hosts your screencasts after you create them with Jing, offers a 60 Day Trial account, but you only get limited space and bandwidth. Storage is .20 GB (200 MB) and Bandwidth is 1 GB. That was plenty for the few screencasts I created using Jing. Normally I’m a bit more verbose than the 5 minute limit allows with Jing, so I use the full program, Camtasia Studio, and upload to my own server. I’d been meaning to upgrade my Trial account, but the trial never ran out. Well, the bandwidth meter filled up two days after the post on The Visual Lounge. So I had to upgrade my account. I’m good now.

It was inevitable, especially since I have ideas for more short screencasts to share with my readers on my blogs. Betsy even offered to comp me, but the pricing is very reasonable at Screencast.com. I paid $6.95 for a month and that increased my storage and Bandwidth to 25GB (See photo above). When I’m ready I’ll buy a year, which is even cheaper: $69.50. You can pay more to get more storage and bandwidth. The key to saving money here is to not get too popular with your screencasts. :-)

It was also fun having another blogger pick up on the post and blog about it on his own blog. Scott over at A Piece of My Mind blogged about it. It makes sharing rewarding when you know others can benefit from what you have to share.

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