All posts for “buzz”


Interview with Nora Young on CBC Radio's Spark

Posted by: leelefever on March 17, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, Explanation, interview, podcast


Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nora Young, host of the CBC Radio Show Spark, which is described as "smart and unexpected trendwatching." The show airs tomorrow at 11:30 EST and 4pm EST on CBC Radio One. Nora has been exploring the world of how-to videos and came across Common Craft. We talked about the elements of good explanations, why technology needs them and what's driving the growth of online how-to videos. Plus, she asks for an ad hoc explanation of podcasting (live... Continue Reading

Pardon Me Friend, Can You Spare a Vote?

Posted by: leelefever on March 13, 2008- 5:00pm

Categories: award, buzz, thissite


We've just been notified that our video "Zombies in Plain English" has been nominated for a Yahoo Video award for Best Animated Video. YAY! Here's what they say: Congratulations! You have been nominated for a Golden Play Award for Best Animated Video. Each year, Yahoo! Video's editorial staff picks outstanding videos in different categories and puts them up for our users to vote on at Voting will be open until Friday, March 21st. And we were just worried about Zombie... Continue Reading

A Tasty Treat for Halloween from New Tee Vee

Posted by: leelefever on October 30, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, holiday, thissite


We were so happy to get a tasty Halloween treat from New Tee Vee who did a nice write up about Common Craft and our videos called Paper Cutouts Have Never Made So Much Sense. And speaking of Halloween... Remember folks, be careful tonight - zombies don't eat candy. If something happens - we'll see you at Costco. That's Sachi's jack-o-lantern on the right - suffering from a zombie bite to the forehead. Mine was inspired by the shirt in this photo.  Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Why We Do This

Posted by: leelefever on October 9, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, quote, thissite


Every once in a while we get an email that reminds us why we started making videos for the Common Craft Show.  Here is a quote from an email today: I love your films! We were so inspired by the Wiki-Plain English that we have now set up 5 active team workspaces and have totally revolutionised the way we work. (I spent 10 years as a TV/Radio Producer and now work in behaviour/social change communication and I can say I have never come across a short film so motivational yet so simple!) Yay!... Continue Reading

Technorati's Top 500 and Other Milestones

Posted by: leelefever on August 30, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: blogging, buzz, statistic, thissite


First, let me say that I've been known to unsubscribe from blogs that become too self-congratulatory. It bugs me and I'm constantly aware of it here on Common Craft. That being said, this post may appear that way, as I'm about to share some rankings, numbers, etc. So please bear with me - we're both excited to share. Just recently we hit a milestone in terms of our ranking on Technorati - the top 500. As you may know, Technorati tracks the links between blogs. A "Technorati Rank" is a... Continue Reading

Did You Miss Common Craft Week?

Posted by: leelefever on August 4, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, humor, newfriends, thissite, video


I'm not sure you realized, but it was Common Craft week last week. I know, it snuck up on you again. Me too! Really though, we were surpised and honored to see that the folks at New Media in the Land of Manana decided that such a week existed last week. Well, it started in Tuesday, but we'll call it even.Tuesday: The Common Craft Common Craft Wednesday: What is a Wiki? Common Craft Thursday: What is Social Networking? Common Craft Friday: 4600 in 2.2 minutes From what I can tell, the site... Continue Reading

RSS Video - FAQs, Credits and Observations

Posted by: leelefever on April 26, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, paperwork, rss, Technology in Plain English, video


Wow. That was fun. It appears that the RSS in Plain English Video is still making it's way around the Web, but the major buzz has subsided and we're ready to move on here at Common Craft. Before we do, I wanted to address some of the things that came up recently. First, credit where credit is due. Sachi, my lovely wife and partner, came up with the idea for the paperwork format. She also did the video editing and figured out how to make it shorter. The credits in the video don't mention... Continue Reading

It Snowed Today

Posted by: leelefever on April 23, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, memories, Technology in Plain English, thissite


When I was a kid, growing up in North Carolina, it would snow a few times a year and before each storm, I would get very, very excited. In hopes of preparing me for potential disappointment, my Mom would always remind me "Lee, you know, it might not snow."  We still joke about this cruel tactic. Fast-forward 25 years and I'm still looking forward to snow.  Last night, just as I posted the RSS in Plain English video , I turned to Sachi and said "I think there is a chance that this video could... Continue Reading

Well, That's Encouraging

Posted by: leelefever on April 21, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, rss, statistics, thissite


I care about you, dear RSS reader and when another one of you subscribes to Common Craft - it makes my day. Like so many other people, I keep tabs on the count of subscribers Feedburner provides because I think it's a good measure of salience. That's why I'm so encouraged lately. The last thing I wanted in the recent migration to Drupal was to leave any RSS subscribers behind by not migrating their feed over to the new site. In trying to ensure this I spent way too much time obsessing over... Continue Reading

Building and Spending Buzz Capital

Posted by: leelefever on September 15, 2005- 5:00pm

Categories: buzz, marketing, twinf


As I’ve been hinting, I’m getting really close to revealing something new that I’m very excited about. Quite honestly, I’m hoping to build some buzz, as I’ll be looking for people to participate (it's free). In planning for buzz, I like to look at it in terms of something I call “Buzz Capital�?. Like most types of capital, buzz capital is something you build up and then spend. The goal is to spend it at the most opportune moment, thus increasing the returns on the buzz. I'd say... Continue Reading