This week’s Viddler interview is with Don Burnside (friend: dbwilldo). Don is your average Viddler who has his own blog, shares his thoughts online with a few blogs that he runs, and sometimes shares a video here and there.
Thanks to lavaredera for suggesting this interview.
So, who is Don Burnside, and what does he do?
I’m your basic all around tech guy, web guy, MINI Cooper owner, blogger, podcaster, single dad, photo taker and wannabe chef. Oh, and I also do windows.
You’ve got sites all over the place, can you take a moment to introduce these to us with a short description of each?
I do have sites everywhere, but I’m trying to fix that. I blog about almost anything at windthefrog.net, blog about my motoring adventures in My 2003 MINI Cooper (with 197k miles) at dbmini.us, podcast about MINI Coopers at whiteroofradio.com, and podcast about cars in the entertainment industry a thehollywoodcarshow.com. Finally there is donburnside.com to bring it all together, or at least it will in the very near future.
I’ve been subscribed to wind(the)frog for months (love the meaning behind the name, by the way). I read that your family recently found the site. How did that happen and what has resulted from that?
Yes, my family has found my personal blog and it happened via Viddler. I’ve been working on transferring some old 8mm film to video for my family and posted a short sample for them to see. They started clicking and found my blog. Since I don’t really blog about family (much) it hasn’t been a problem. Bonus is that they enjoy my writing so I’m getting some extra positive feedback. I will say that I did have to delete one post, but it wasn’t very good and it was from about 3 years ago. You know, just in case. Archives can be dangerous!
How do you use video on any of your sites, and how does that compare other media that you share online?
On my blog, I try to use video in place of a regular blog post. Or as a way to recap or update posts I have made over the last month. It hasn’t been hugely successful, but I enjoy doing and a few of my readers enjoy it as well. I’ve also been trying to introduce a little video into the podcasts, especially when I’m at an event. That has been very well received and I hope to do more. Speaking of which, where is that Viddler iTunes support?
I love your Sunday “brain dumps”. What inspired those and what benefit have they had for you?
I started doing The Sunday Posts over a year ago as a way to have some kind of feature on my blog and also a way to force me to put up at least 1 quality post a week. The topic is random, usually something I heard about the day before or something I have recently done. But I spend a little more time on them editing and spell checking and the posts have been pretty popular. I try to do it weekly, but there are some weeks where it doesn’t happen. If I don’t have one in me, or if it doesn’t turn out the way I like, then I dump it and try again next week.
Thanks to Don for taking the time to answer our questions. Be sure to click on the links in the interview to check out Don’s videos, photos, thoughts, and Mini Cooper adventures.
Don’t miss our past interviews with Team postgreen, Jennifer DiDonato, and Kenn Bell.
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