Let’s Meet By The Whiteboard…

I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy writing stuff for Basement.org. I’ve been doing this for a few years now and I still get a kick out of it. Nevertheless, some days do come along where I feel like I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I want to convey but don’t want to put the time into writing the post. Eventually I would get to it, but procrastination often prevails. It takes a fair amount of time to write up, revise, edit and tweak a post before publishing it. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on where you stand), I’m not one of those quick-ramble bloggers.
So that got me thinkin’…
Can I somehow recreate the communicative power and immediacy that comes from assembling a few people and gathering around a white board? We take for granted how much we can convey effectively in such a short period of time in that type of setting. It’s a different medium that lends itself well to pitching ideas or explaining complex concepts.
In the spirit of “jottin-stuff-down-while-you-talk” I’m kicking off a little experiment: sketchcasting. Sketchcasting is essentially podcasting (there’s talking audio) with a whiteboard that you draw on and talk over. The sketches will be hosted on http://sketch.basement.org. Here’s the first sketch:

If you’re diggin’ this new-fangled way of blogging/talking/scribbling, you can help spread the word by digging it on Digg (I’m not entirely clear on Digg’s policy towards shameless self-promotion, but what the hey).
I’d love to hear your feedback/thoughts on this. I’ve got a bunch of topics cued up for sketching. This has also been put out as an Arc90 Lab experiment.
One last point, this is not meant to be, in any way, a replacement for good thoughtful writing. It’s just yet another means of communication and publication that works well in some cases.

4 Comments Let’s Meet By The Whiteboard…

  1. Tom

    I love the idea, Rich. You put it into a nice little site and I love the way you’ve packaged it.
    The thing that’s missing for me, however, the thing that you get in a true whiteboard discussion or when you are scribbling on a napkin in a bar (or in the sand with a stick) is the collaborative element. Part of what makes whiteboards great is passing the dry erase markers around. There’s an immediacy to the collaboration where as blogging and podcasting (and sketchcasting!) are “recorded,” access on demand mediums.
    That said, I love the idea of a video podcast where the video is a sketchpad, even if it is one way. It’s such a simple, direct way to enhance communication. Powerful animations don’t need to be fancy to convey a lot of great information.

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  2. Paul L

    Great idea, and nice execution…now that I’ve been able to see it.
    The only problem is that the video is hosted on YouTube, to which access has been blocked by the powers-that-be at my company. I was wondering why I was staring at a blank Flash placeholder for 20 minutes waiting for something to happen.
    Alas, I feel I’m probably not alone being oppressed in the corporate world.

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  3. Noella

    I love the new concept of sketchcasting.
    Cause normally I tend to use several hours on writing on my blog, but I don’t like being stuck in front of the computer. So sketchcasting is really a better way to express yourself, at least for those that don’t prefer to become a vlogge.

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  4. Gavin M

    Liking your idea Richard, I too find it takes me quite a while to publish a blog post because I have to first conceive the idea, then compose the article, edit it, maybe re edit it. Pause for a bit because I can’t get past a certain way to explain what I’m talking about and so it takes maybe 40-75 mins to create a post.
    In my opinion the Sketchcast (nice name too) sounds like a plausible solution, now all I need is a stylus/wacom.

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