As a lot of people know. I went to Monroe Comic Con a few months ago. I had fun but ran into a few issues there. All of my problems was from poor planning on my part. As with all failures, you can ether let them be, OR you can learn from them. I like to learn from my mistakes and problems, even the failures.
I had a few major issues when I went to this Comic Con. First one was that I did not take my own car. I decided to travel with others that where just going to have fun, nothing wrong with that. Well being the small con that it is, my travel buddies decided to go home after a few hours. Lesson from this “Take my own car when I am going on a job”
Another problem I had was my camera gear, This was the first time I used my DSLR backpack at a con, and it did not function the way that my Nikon Bag did. The backpack is great when I go to the Nain Rouge event, but not so much at a convention. Not a big problem I just learned that I need to use my bag at comic con instead of my backpack.
All-in-all it was a great con. I got to network myself with more great people there. Got to catch up with friends that went as well. I also used it as a great learning opportunity.
PS. Here are some of the images from Monroe Comic Con that I got.
I question I have received after my last blog post was
How many Business Cards should I order?
This is a complicated question. So I will try to tell you what I do.
Whenever I print a business card design for the first time, I always print a low volume. This allows me to test out how the design looks and works for the application that they are for. I also try to order enough for the particular event I am ordering them for. Case in point, at last Motor City Comic Con I had business cards printed up. But I forgot to check a few things, and so the website was off. (It went to my computer business site and not to this blog) So in return I had to have the website changed, and because I changed the website, I am considering that in entirely new print. So for Monroe Comic Con I again ordered my business cards in a low volume (100 cards). Once I get a design that I am confident and have been able to try out in a practical use, then I will order in larger volumes.
I was recently asked:
“Hey William, how can I attract viewers to my YouTube channel?”
Now there are literally 100s of ways you can do this, but this is what I have been doing and has been working. I have business cards that are made with my website on them, my website has a link back to my YouTube channel. Here is an example of my “Networking Cards”. This is actually one of my old cards, but it demonstrates what’s on my networking cards. My new cards actually don’t have my YouTube channel on them. It’s a great way to also spread your business.
I am also active in several local Video and YouTube communities on Facebook. I stick with locally based communities mainly because they have less spam, and some stiff rules as well.
Reddit is also a great option. With Reddit I do not go with the YouTube and Video communities but with area’s like /r/Electronics. If you participate in the discussions on Reddit (of witch I admit that I am not very good at), then you tend to get a really good turnout when you post your RELEVANT content to the sub-reddits.
All-in-all these are my best practices for generating YouTube views that have worked for me. I found these out by trial and error (best way I learn).
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, William Edward McCormick
Over the past several months I have been working on a video project (well planning one). This idea came to me shortly after I went to the Motor City Comic Con (MCCC), last year. My idea was to interview several Michigan-based (mostly Metro-Detroit area) businesses, artists, and YouTubers for my vlogging channel. Sadly to say last year I did not have the proper set up to carry out my idea. This year, with the purchase of my Zoom H6, I am hoping to be able to do what I wanted to do last year.
On May 15, 16, & 17, 2015, will be this years MCCC, and I am planning a small gathering of YouTubers, artists, and anybody else that wishes to join, to meet me at MCCC (there is a cost to get in the door. Prices can be found here http://www.motorcitycomiccon.com/new-tix/). Going to work on interviewing the various venders and artists that will be there. At the moment I do not have all of the details worked out yet, but I am hoping to have that all worked out by the end of the month.
Pictured is me with Fortune Huntress from Able Ideaz LLC
Motor City Comic Con is hosted at the Suburban Collection & Showplace in Novi MI. And there is usually a $5 parking fee.
I’m also going to create another blog post about my idea for interviewing Michigan-based businesses.
Thank you for reading,
William Edward McCormick
Edit 3-04-2015: Here is my event post on facebook
I hope you had a good 2014, and I hope that 2015 will bring you happiness and prosperity.
My 2014 was not the best of years, but it also wasn’t the worst either.
For my 2015 I have a few plans.
- I am going to try to vlog more often on my vlogging channel. As well as being more consistent on all of my YouTube channels altogether.
- I am going to restart my “Tips for Starting a Computer Repair Business” series: some of them will be more advanced tips, but I plan to start with some basic ones, that most people don’t think of but will destroy most small businesses. (Even the non-technical businesses)
- I am going to throw out my learning C# series (I’m not going to delete any of my videos), instead I’m going to cover some of the more advanced techniques in both C# and C++. I will try to explain them as basic as I can.
- I am also going to start an entire series on DIY photography and videography projects.
I also have a few other plans that I am working on, but at the moment they are not ready to talk about.
William E. McCormick