Category: Blog

Going Whole Hog

I am an all or nothing kind of person. I am either invested, or not invested. If I work on a project, volunteer, fall in love, create a concept, take part in a performance, or become someone’s friend – I’m all in. I put my whole heart into everything I do. I figure, things are only worth what you put into them. And if you aren’t 100% into something, then it’s not really worth doing.  This just in: apparently not all people think that way.

I suppose I have realized this tiny fact before today.  For some reason, it really hit me today. I wonder why I’m like that. And I wonder why other people are not.  And mainly, is it wrong for me to lose respect for someone who doesn’t hold my same philosophy on life?  Ok, I know there are some things that we HAVE to do. Sometimes we have jobs that do not feed our passion, but rather our wallets. In those cases, I understand why you may not be gung-ho. Apparently I am the exception to the rule because even when I am getting paid to do something that’s not necessarily my dream job, I am still pretty much whole hog. Perhaps that gets into something different about work ethic or ‘type A’ personalities or the desire for success. Ok, maybe it’s a symptom of a dysfunction. Who knows? But in the But in cases of elective endeavors, I prefer that you be all in or all out.  It doesn’t mean that you have to devote more time, money, or resources than someone else. It just means that your heart is in the right place and you are enjoying yourself.  

So you tell me. Why would you volunteer your time and not enjoy it? Why would you stay in a relationship if you weren’t sure there was a future? Why would you devote hours upon hours to a friendship if you secretly resented it?

Keeping the faith, Meghan

The Arts & The Pioneer Valley

The Arts & The Pioneer Valley. ♪♫ These are a few of my favorite things. ♫♪ Although the first day of spring brought us a devious dusting of snow, be assured that the season is just about here! There is no better time to live in the Pioneer Valley and be an arts lover. The summer theatrical seasons have been announced. The arts walks are in full swing. And outdoor concerts are just around the corner.

And if it happens to rain every other Thursday at 7:30PM and you are not in the mood to leave the house, then I guess you could just tune into WGBY‘s Connecting Point and watch my local arts segment.

Here’s to spring getting sprung! Meghan

Taking Recommendations

No (wo)man is an island, and I need some advice on a few things. I may get some answers at PodCamp this weekend, but maybe YOU have some advice too.

First, what camera/mic do you use/recommend for blogging/vlogging/webisodes, etc? Right now I just use my Sony Cybershot – same cam as I use to take pics. As I get more involved in social media, self-promotion, and web shows – I am looking to upgrade. Of course, keeping the cost down is always nice. What’s out there? Also, does it come with or do I need special software?

On the topic of software, what do you use for video editing? For my vlogs and things, I have been using Windows Movie Maker. It’s the base level program that came installed on my computer when I bought it a few years ago. It’s very simple. It does the trick for now, but what are my other not-too-expensive options?

And finally, who knows something about building web sites inexpensively? I have gotten a little advice on this so far, but still taking suggestions. I am thinking of starting a theater-related site that needs a little more oomph than just the static sites that I have right now. The site will need constant updates of show times, venues, auditions, etc. I know this is a little vague, but I am looking for jumping off points. It may need to be my own start-up money, grant money, and/or ad revenue that makes this happen.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom, Meghan

P.S. Check out my latest PBS interview here!

If you’re in Western New England, I have some good news and some bad news. It snowed again, but I am on television tonight.  So if you’re snowed in tonight and staying warm, please tune in.  Connecting Point airs at 7:30PM on WGBY.  It’s my second arts segment with the show. Luckily we got to film this week, in spite of all of the snow.  The first segment was about music.  Tonight is all a bout film.  There is so much that can be covered when your canvas is “arts in Western New England.”  Theater, poetry, comedy, painting, and dance are definitely on the radar. If you have show ideas, please comment below.

I am also very excited about PodCamp WesternMass.  It’s an “un-conference” about social media and online networking. It is happening at Westfield State College on Saturday, February 5th all day.  If you don’t know about PodCamp, TweetUps, and the social media networking landscape in Western MA, then come out to learn and play!  If you already tweet and blog your little butt off, then this is the place for you!  It’s only $25, and it’s a smorgasbord of fun and learning.  Their site perfectly states, “Bloggers, business people, artists, and academics, to get together, make connections, and for everyone to learn how social media can enhance their business, cause or organization. This is also a chance to celebrate the cornucopia of Western Mass. culture, a joyous blend of urban and rural; business, artistic and academic; near enough to other large metro areas, but small enough to hear yourself think.”  I am a PodCamp virgin and can’t wait for February 5th!


Blog Squared

As you may know, I am hosting some arts segments for Connecting Point, a brand new program that premieres on WGBY tonight!  In addition to the segments airing about what’s going on in the arts in Western New England, I am blogging too.  I won’t constantly be here blogging within a blog, but I wanted to share my first post with you.  I hope you will subscribe to both blogs and show me some love.

The blog will be so much fun because I can hardly scratch the surface in just two on-air segments per month.  If you have arts & entertainment related topics that you think should be covered, please comment below.  Oh, and here’s a pic taken after my very first Connecting Point interview with Mark Erelli.

The interview was a success, and I hope you will tune in Thursday night at 7:30PM on WGBY.  Yep, I’m coming to PBS.

Clickity click click click, Meghan