If you haven’t checked out Blab, I highly recommend that you give this new platform a look. Since the fall of last year I started to do weekly interviews and online masterminds with indie creative guests as well as panels.
After we’re done with a Blab session, I upload the video to YouTube and download the audio to create a podcast – all before creating a blog post with show notes and related links. So along with the original Blab chat itself, I’ve created THREE other pieces of content.
Here are some basics to get you started..
Signing Up is Easy. Just go to Blab.im using your desktop or tablet browser (Chrome over a land line is HIGHLY recommended,) or use the iPhone / iPad app. (For now Android users need to use the mobile Chrome browser – at least until the Android app is available.)
Blab allows you to simply sign up with your Twitter account –
(Note: your Blab username matches your Twitter username and pulls information from your Twitter profile, the website from your Twitter profile will not be pulled into your Blab profile though.)
Things to Do Before Hosting Your First Blab
You’re probably eager to get started and host your first Blab. It’s recommended that you just attend and watch one in action. Get a sense for how people interact with each other and the hosts. If you’re brave enough, post some comments and for bonus points see if the host invites you to talk live.
Note: all Blabs are public. Meaning, if you’re logged in with your Twitter account, the system announces when you enter a Blab in the sidebar. To avoid this and lurk anonymously, log out then click back into the Blab that you want to view in anonymous “lurk” mode. You won’t be able to participate, however.
Showtime! Time to Host Your Own Blab
Besides the scheduling and coordination (the more difficult part in my opinion) creating the actual Blab is easy peasy.
Doing a Test Blab is a good idea with a friend or even testing things out with a show guest who’s not familiar with Blab.
Just tell other in the title that it’s a “test blab”; otherwise, curious visitors will probably pop in and out. There’s also a “test-zone” tag to make it even more clear.
To make replays available and uploading to YouTube you have to remember to hit the Record button on the left side. Later, this becomes the option for the YouTube upload once Blab has finished processing the video.
Some Other “On the Air” Tips
As the Host, you have full control on all the controls for adding Guests or booting them off. I’ve added other Hosts on some calls when I’ve run into connection difficulties, which is common due to streaming video live.
(Note: sometimes I will make other panel speakers or even guests a “Co-host” just in case my connection freezes [you’ll notice when no one else seems to be talking,] and I need to refresh my page – the reason is that Blab will sometimes just end the call altogether, and you’ll have to scramble to create a new Blab and hopefully bring everyone back. This is one BIG down-side, compared to Google Hangouts that I hope they fix in the future.)
To allow someone to join you on the actual “on-air” video, just click “Accept” after someone asks to join in an open seat. Blab is currently limited to 4 seats, which in my experience is the limit to what is reasonably easy to manage as a host.
You can always turn down the the request to join and keep the seat open.
Click on the “Lock Seat” button prevents other from joining the video or asking to join through the Accept prompts. This may make sense if you have a panel or interview format for your show.
Sometimes Blab can be like the “box of chocolates” from Forrest Gump where you “never know what ya gonna get..” On a recent chat we had a young kid jump on with his film idea apparently involving plenty of profanity and drug use. (He may have already been partaking himself..)
“Props” or the Blab equivalent of Likes or applause are encouraged. This gives hosts a sense of what the audience likes or is connecting with in discussions.
Just click the hands symbol on the window of the person you want to give the props. Like Periscope will show the number each participant receives during that particular Blab. Whenever you enter a new BLAB the counter goes back to zero.
Depending on how a Blab goes, I may directly upload to YouTube or download and edit in some video editing software. Unless you’re familiar with something like Camtasia, Final Cut or Adobe Premiere, it’s better to use something like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie for Mac’s.
For turning the video file into a podcast, I open up the MP4 in Audacity. You can also use Garage Band on Mac for this.
Of course, the show notes with specific timings of topics discussed creates easy blog posts. Also, you can create shorter video snippets for highlights that may attract viewers to watch the rest of your interview or discussion.
So, these are just some of the ways that you can create several pieces of content from one interview. If there is enough interest, I will create a more detailed tutorial on these in future posts. But I just wanted to provide a short but actionable summary of key steps.
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