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What Live Streaming Tool Should I Use?

I’m experimenting with the GoPro to make my audio podcast into a video one. It worked pretty well, although I’m not quite sure who’ll want to watch an 18-minute video of my yakking into the camera! Maybe I’m wrong. And besides, I’m enjoying making content.

Podcast Version

There’s a longer audio version of this published in my normal podcast feed. Yeah, I continued yakking into the mic after I switched off the camera! If you’re at all interested in hearing the podcast recommendation that I made on the audio-only version, check out my podcast Quoth the Camser.

Links

I talked about live streaming tools and Ian Anderson Gray’s fantastic blog post on that. You can check that out here.

Jenn Butterworth Interview

Jenn Butterworth playing on stage at the Arran Folk Festival in 2014

Jenn Butterworth played at the Arran Folk Festival back in the mists of time (2014). I’d never heard her playing before and I was blown away. She played a set with Laura-Beth Salter on mandolin, and boy, what a treat that was to hear.

Fast forward to 2019. Jenn’s back at the festival with LB!

Podcast Episode with Jenn Butterworth

I found the courage to ask her if she’d be up for an interview for my guitar podcast Acoustic Guitar IO and she very kindly agreed.

Jenn Butterworth behind an Ear Trumpet Labs louise mic in Cams's house on Arran

So we sat down, had a cup of tea and recorded a bit of a blether. The episode we recorded is here.

It was really fun to talk to Jenn Butterworth and kind of her to agree to give up some time to talk with me.


Kinnaris Quintet

Check out one of the bands she plays with Kinnaris Quintet. I almost went to see them at Celtic Connections, but the first quarter of 2020 has been absolutely horrendous for ferry crossings between Brodick and Ardrossan. I have been listening to their album a lot though, and it’s an absolute stoater!

Musician of the Year – Scots Trad Awards

Jenn Butterworth won Musician of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2019. Not only that, Kinnaris Quintet won The Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Scottish Music. It’s was a good year for young Jenn and her musical pals!

Support Jenn Butterworth

COVID-19 is here at the time of writing (March 2020) and artists all over the world are struggling. Well, not just artists, pretty much most people, but this is when we need music more than ever. If you’d like to support Jenn Butterworth as I have, get yourselves over to her Patreon Page. She’s set up three tiers right now, £3, £5 and £10 on a monthly ongoing basis. Go and show her some love if you can afford to. It doesn’t have to be forever; you can cancel anytime. As a Patreon user myself, I *know* just how much this can help!


More Guitar Stuff

I’ve been writing about guitars for a while. If you like what you’re reading, there’s loads more here!

Habit Trackers in a TWSBI Large Notebook

Habit tracker drawn out in A4 notebook

I’ve spent most of the morning researching habit trackers. I’ve found a pre-made one that looks like it might work, the Clear Habit Journal from BaronFig, but it’s expensive. I think I would do better to work on my own version. I was doing weekly habit trackers for the month of February and it worked, but setting it up every Sunday was becoming a chore.

Week 7 weekly habit tracker in A4 TWSBI notebook

It’s a work in progress. Much as I love the look of the BaronFig notebooks, I have to spend £60 to get free shipping. Otherwise the shipping costs £20 and comes from the USA with USPS; that means Parcelforce on the UK side. After the JetPens order’s having taken over two weeks to get to my house from Glasgow (a two-hour journey!), I’m not super excited to order from BaronFig.

I’ll see how March works out, but I’m pretty certain that I’m going to do a two-page landscape spread for April and get a bit more creative with it. As I said, it’s a work in progress!

Hobonichi Techo Avec

I actually tried using my Hobonichi Techo Avec and was hoping that it would work out because I love that little book, but I just have way too many trackers to make it work. It’s a real shame. I’ve already pretty given up on my Hobonichi Weeks. It’s rather an expensive business figuring out the analogue tools that are going to work for me.

My daughter’s having great success with her STÁLOGY A6 and has taken to bullet journalling like a duck to water. I knew she would though, and it’s a nice thing to be sharing with her.

Speaking of STÁLOGY, I placed an order for a B6 pad today, and way too many other things as well. The B6 will be my daily journal, once my Silvine hardback A5 notebooks are finished. I started my current one in 1998!

Sun Burning my Back

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The sun is shining. ? When did that last happen? I really should take the dogs out. In fact, that’s just what I’m going to do.

Once I’ve posted this…

Morning Pages

I woke up with a headache. Not good. But it’s been productive. I’ve started using MarsEdit again; I’m using it now in fact. And I posted my first blog post on my new business site at camssocial.media. It feels good to be blogging again and I’ve really missed it.

Dogs time. This is going to be good!

I’m going to earn 100k by 2023

Can I? Dare I? Why the fuck not? I can do what I want, right?

I’ve been writing with a pen for the last couple of weeks. Every day. It’s been really great actually. That’s my Namiki Falcon with Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki ink.

It’s 11:20am on a Monday. I’m listening to Mary Ann Hobb’s show on BBC6 Music and wearing multiple layers and a blanket over my thighs at the kitchen table. This is my new office. I feel happy. Really happy. But a bit scared about income.

I went freelance 100% at the beginning of November. I have two clients for my social media management and content creation business, but it’s actually only one because it’s the same guy in each instance. He runs a restaurant and is starting an affiliate marketing business of his own. I’ve got a ridiculous amount of training to go through and I love all that stuff. I tell you, no one is more surprised than I at finding happiness in getting into marketing. I mean, what? For real? I know, it’s nuts. But there it is – a job I love, and starting again, again, at the age of 48.

Am I too old to learn new tricks? Am I bollocks. I’ve got this.

Diary entry for 31 December 2023 with an entry saying Earn £100k!

My goal is to get to £100k a year by the time I get to the end of my 2019-2023 Hobonichi planner. I’ll be 52.