Dorothy Rosby – Humor Writer and Author – Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate…

Dorothy Rosby is an author, speaker and syndicated humor columnist whose work appears in publications throughout the West and Midwest. We are happy to have her on this episode talking about writing humor and the pressure of the holidays.

Her new book is:

‘Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate: Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times Our Celebrations Get Out of Hand

Dorothy Rosby

The book is described on her website “as a collection of humorous essays about holidays, special occasions and other times our celebrations make us feel not-so-celebratory. It’s understanding for those who think Christmas form letters can be honest—or they can be interesting. And it’s empathy for anyone who’s ever gotten poison ivy during Nude Recreation Week or eaten all their Halloween candy and had to hand out instant oatmeal packets to their trick-or-treaters.”

You can find out where to find her on her website DorothyRosby.com.

You can find Dorothy on Twitter: @DorothyRosby

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Sam from Erie St Vinyl Talks Records and Audio

We had a great visit with Sam from Erie St. Vinyl in Massillon, Ohio.

Selfie time with Sam and Billy Dees on location at Erie St. Vinyl.

Do you remember the feel of old record stores back in the 1970s? In addition to vinyl record bins around the store, Erie St Vinyl is decorated with vintage audio gear and décor. They even burn incense so that the aroma of the store has a classic record store vibe.

During this interview we discuss how people’s listening habits to music has changed, and how a new generation of music fans are discovering vinyl. We also chat about the business aspect of opening a brick-and-mortar shop to cater to the vintage audio and vinyl music fan.

You can find Erie St. Vinyl on Facebook.

Regarding the production, this episode was recorded on location at Erie St. Vinyl. Since Covid, it has been difficult to do location recordings. Although online production tools have improved over the past several years, it is still a great experience to record guests in their own environment with a mobile system.

This can bring a set of technical challenges. Very often location settings are noisy, don’t have have treated environments, and will often have loud air conditioning or appliances running in the background. However, we have found it is worth it to enter someone else’s world. The audience certainly appreciates this aspect of the interview over any minor imperfection of sound or lighting.

The environment of Erie St. Vinyl itself was worth capturing. The space is absolutely loaded with charm and atmosphere. Sam deserves much credit for following her goal of creating this great place.

You can find the interview on your favorite podcasting platform including the Spotify player below. We also recorded a videocast which is also posted below. The video version contains footage of the shop.

New Member of the Production Group

We are very pleased to announce that Kristy Mickelsen has agreed to have Perfect Media Productions, LLC, help produce and facilitate the distribution of her podcast, “W.W.A.A. Podcast.”

We first had Kristy as a guest on the Billy Dees Podcast about a year ago. Kristy is an author and an advocate for such issues as cancer, autism, lupus, and mental health. She is also a 43-year-old wife and mother, whose passions include her two autistic children, reading, and writing. After her appearance on the podcast, Kristy started becoming an active member of the social audio community, especially on Twitter Spaces. As her audience widened, Kristy decided to enter the field of podcasting.

Kristy is very active on Twitter, and you can find her at @KristyBooks. Want to know more about Kristy’s podcast? You can listen to her and her podcast trailer below on Spotify. More episodes are on their way soon.

Twitter is Now Owned by Elon Musk

Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you’ve probably heard that Elon Musk has purchased Twitter.

I have been an avid user of Twitter almost since the very beginning, my @BillyDees account is over 12 years old. I first started with Twitter as a blogger. I hosted my own blog and was an editorialist for several other blogs circa 2010-11. There is absolutely no question that Twitter drove readers to my posts. The topical and trending nature of Twitter complimented my editorial writing like a charm.

During this time, I was also a multimedia specialist and continue in that capacity in 2022. In fact, I have been an audio professional for 30 some odd years. As 2012 rolled by, podcasting entered a phase of rapid growth. Several crime podcasts garnered national attention and high-ranking politicians and newsmakers began granting interviews. Internet and streaming capabilities in phones and mobile devices started to become more common. As podcasting grew, given my background, podcasting became a natural fit for me. Twitter, in my opinion, is tailor made for the fast and trending topics covered by podcasters.

I often state that Twitter is my social media home. I now have incorporated Twitter Spaces, an audio forum similar to Clubhouse, as part of my content mix. What happens to that feature, along with other aspects of Twitter, are a large part of the speculation around Musk’s acquisition.

What will Elon Musk do with Twitter? Why did he buy it?

Simply put, I don’t know. However, I am a fan of Elon Musk, and I am optimistic about the future of Twitter. It needed a reset.

Elon Musk’s Twitter account Oct 30, 2022

Musk has often stated that he wants to champion “free speech” on the platform. Elon has suggested he would reconsider Twitter’s approach to content moderation and permanent bans from the platform, all of which could impact the political landscape. At the same time, Musk has reassured advertisers that he doesn’t plan to turn the platform into a “free-for-all hellscape.” In my opinion, Elon also very rightly has mentioned his desire to rid the platform of bots. So much so, that he made the number of bots central to his argument to abandon the deal during this roller coaster ride of the last six months.

The notion that Twitter may also expand the idea of paid subscriptions has also arisen. I, so far, have no issue with this overall concept. I already subscribe to Twitter Blue and feel this would certainly cut down on fake accounts and give a greater consumer voice to users.

As to why Elon decided to buy Twitter, I can only guess. Unlike most of the speculation I have run across online, I do not feel there is anything regarding the technology of Twitter or any intrinsic value Twitter has within it, that could be that intriguing to someone who lands rockets vertically.  

I do feel, the megaphone that Twitter wields, has enormous value. Tesla and SpaceX have no advertising budget. He now has a pick-line directly into the bloodstream of the marketplace. Twitter also has a celebrity aura around its brim. Along with being one of the most successful businessmen in the world, Elon Musk is now a pop-culture icon. Not to mention, in 2024 which is drawing ever so closer, he could be a dominate political force.

Stay tuned.

Podcast Update for October 2022

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Audio platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pandora, and Goodpods continue to be strong places for listeners heading into the fall of 2022 for the Billy Dees Podcast. We continue to incorporate video, when possible, mostly for the benefit of guests who wish to be able to share links where they appear onscreen. We also have been posting audio only podcasts on YouTube because that platform is the second largest search engine available. However, our efforts have focused on audio media.

This brings us to the emergence of what has been termed “social audio,” which has also been a large contributing factor to the podcast. There are various formats but in essence a “room” or “space” consists of a host, speakers, and listeners in an audio forum. The content can be basically any genre or category although mental wellness, motivation, and creativity are among the many favorites. So far, we have been focusing on Twitter Spaces and the Wisdom app. We have recently been accepted as a creator on Fireside (co-founded by Falon Fatemi and Mark Cuban) which has some great production features including video and the ability to live-stream to YouTube. High up on our list is to begin producing some content on Fireside.

You can find Billy Dees on Wisdom and please be aware this is not a place to find the regular podcast episodes listed. The app is free and will give you the capability to listen to creators on the app and interact with them if you wish. We will at times repurpose our content created on social audio into a podcast episode. If you have a Twitter account, you do not need a separate app to engage a Twitter Space.

We have begun researching the blockchain and NFT marketplace for the best content posting options for podcasts and media in general. This has the makings for an exciting new era of content creation. More to come on this but simply put, Web3 and the related technology is on our radar.

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Laurisha Fant Talks Art, Poetry, Entrepreneurship, and Web3

Laurisha Fant is a visionary with a background in entrepreneurship consulting, who entered being a creative during the pandemic when her commercial painting business slowed down.

Laurisha began to paint in an artistic expression and eventually began creating poetry to unpack her thoughts on life and her past. Laurisha eventually created a live class for organizations to help them to understand the basics of crypto and Web3.

During this podcast episode we discuss entrepreneurship, ideas for entrepreneurs, creativity, web3, and poetry/art. Laurisha enjoys participating in discussions such as this because it’s a great way to hopefully help someone else go for their dreams as well.

You can find Laurisha on Twitter @TheLovely_Lions

Angie Berrett Intuitive Movement Coach – Releasing Stored Trauma

Angie Berrett (she/they) is an Intuitive Movement Coach, Registered Nurse, Advanced Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor and Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga Instructor who understands the human body and how it works.

Angie helps people relieve stress, anxiety, depression and trauma through play, movements and fun so they can have healing and peace in their lives.

After going from child abuse survivor to registered nurse to yoga instructor, she has spent much of her life caring for others. In 2017 she hit rock bottom and started on a journey to heal. Discovering playful ways of using movements helped her learn to listen to her body, overcoming her suffering in ways traditional modalities could not. Now, she helps others heal their pain, transforming their lives.

Angie is the Owner and Creator of Angie Berrett Movement, coaching people how to release stored trauma in their bodies while increasing energy, strength, and flexibility.

You can find Angie on Twitter @AngieBerrett