I hope you are doing well these days. It’s been awhile since I last posted here on my Blog. I real hope to change that starting today.
I have been working hard pushing my small business forward, where my wife and I spend our days running a custom picture framing shop in Chula Vista, CA, a few miles South of Downtown San Diego. We started our business 7 years ago and this January we were finally able to hire someone to help us make the frames, which gives us time to pursue other interests, along with running our family business.
One thing I want to do with my newly found free time is get back to blogging about Mobile Learning, teaching an updated version of my mLearning Design course and also start speaking at Learning conferences.
In order to get back to Mobile, I started a show on YouTube called The Daily Mobile Learning, which even though I may not publish to it daily, I still like the word daily in the title. Here’s what the show is about and where the inspiration came from.
Inspired by Umano
There used to be an amazing service called Umano, which signed up voice actors to read trending articles across the web and the whole experience was excellent. I still have the app on my old iPhone even if it’s only to hear the old intro mudic, as it doesn’t work at all anymore. I wonder if you had it on your smartphone, too.
Sadly, in 2015 Dropbox acquired Umano and shortly thereafter they announced they were discontinuing the service and the app, and that was that. I’ve seen other services come up since then, trying to do something similar with very little success. I’m not trying to replicate what Umano did with my new show, but their idea did inspire me to document my day-to-day journey and that is a little of what the show is about.
What is #DailyMlearning?
The main idea behind this show is to find and read articles that I think are practical and applicable to the Learning Industry, with emphasis on Mobile Learning. Unlike Umano’s voice actors, who simply read articles, I want to provide commentaries throughout the article, especially as it pertains to the lessons that can be applied to mLearning.
That’s the main idea. However, I also do other things like running my framing shop, so I will also document my days in general and as I begin to travel and have meetings and work on mLearning projects, I would also talk about those things as well. Looking long-term, one of my goals is to get to a point where I can hire someone to follow me around with a camera, but that’s going to be awhile.
Why Am I doing this?
Why not! This is an idea that I’ve had for over three years and it’s time to take action. Plus I really want to get back to Technology, I miss it and need it in my life. I miss a whole lot of people in this Industry and I would like to reconnect with everyone. Oh and one of my goals is to become a sought-after Keynote speaker, so I figure I have to start somewhere, right?
Anyhow, I hope you will join me on this journey by watching this first episode, subscribe to my YouTube channel and hopefully hit the like button. Without further ado, here’s my first episode: