Unsung Blogger of the Week #9

This week’s featured blogger [Or is it vlogger] is Richard. As an American in Berlin, his blog provides that unique perspective. [I was travelling all week last week, so coordinating with bloggers could not take place, so I am one day behind schedule. Sorry].

The text of the email interview with Richard follows:

1. Please give a brief profile of you and your involvement with blogging.

I’m an expat Californian who’s always dreamed of living in Europe and had the chance to make it come true. I’ve lived for 15 years, mostly in Berlin and Vienna and have loved every minute of it. Especially now, that the States is going to hell in a hand basket. Don’t want to be there now. I work as a translator, English teacher and am now doing an online course in Marketing at UC Berkeley (my alma mater).

I started blogging in April this year and just got more and more into it. As you can see, I don’t have much text and just want to share my experiences in pictures/videos with the world. I see and experience so much here in Berlin that I thought this would be a great opportunity to let everyone know how great it is here.

On to your questions:

2. How do you publicize your blog?

Mostly with blog directories such as videoblogging universe, vlog directory, fireant, and vlogmap. But a lot of word of mouth, although most of my friends are not very tech-savvy and I still spend a lot of time explaining to them what I’m doing.  

3. Which techniques have worked for you and which ones have not?

I’m just trying to show my life here in Berlin, so I can’t really say I have a technique quite yet. I have noticed that the films I make with my best friend, Julie, are quite the hit. But she’s stunning, so no wonder.  

4. What do you consider as your best post so far? You can include upto 3.

Personally, I love the Folsom Street episode, but it hasn’t got that much attention. Also, I was so happy to have the chance to film inside a dance club (back in the club, etc.).  [Cool  stuff. I liked the back in the club one -Ed.]

5.   What are your Top 5 Unsung Blogs ? (please include only those that are not in any Top 100/500 lists).

Well, locally, I can recommend Berlin Blogs [Main page is in German, go here for Berlin Blogs in English  – Ed.], and back in the States, you have to watch http://www.digave.com/videos/ As an avid bike rider, it’s a dream come true.

5.  What are your current book recommendations ? (1 or 2 is sufficient).

All I read are text books and video editing manuals, lately.