Google Plus Community Hangout: Want to Start One?

Lonely... no more!

Last year I had done some neat live video events that I closed down due to lack of time and enough interest. But, our community has changed and grown since then and I think it might be time to resurrect a live video-esque type experience here at Tentblogger.

I’d love your thoughts! Here are some ideas that I’ve been brewing about:

  1. Live QA to answer your blogging questions!
  2. Round-table-like discussions centered around a few topics of community interest.
  3. Moderated discussions with guest appearances, speakers.
  4. Live How-Tos about particular subject matter.
  5. Etc…!
Love your thoughts if you have any! Is this even remotely interesting for anyone? I was thinking about using Google Plus Hangouts for these types of events.
  • Rob Still

    Hey John I would love that. Is there a way you could record and archive them? I’ve learned a thing or two from your “old” live videos.

    Themed Q&A would be interesting. Also I’ve really liked your video tutorials.

    Have a blessed new year!

    • John Saddington

      awesome! thanks rob!

  • ThatGuyKC

    Live community via Google Hangouts would be awesome. I’m in!

    • John Saddington

      sweet! thanks bro!

  • Chase Thompson

    Freaking Love this idea!

    • John Saddington

      sweet! thanks chase!

  • Atria

    Hello John,

    I think that your ideas are great!
    You know, mainly thanks to you I started to think about making podcats on my food blog – I came up not only with an idea of cooking on the screen but also I was thinking about making book revies, photography series and, on Feburay – “WordPress for Foodbloggers” series – where I could answer my readers question about Worpdress, because a lot of people just come and ask me questions about it. I also was thinking about one week questions and answer sessions – something like: put your qestions here and I will pick 5 and respond on it.

    You keep me inspiring nevertheless.

  • Atria

    ps. I definetely would want those shows to be recorded somewhere – I live in Europe and I suppose I will be sleeping when you will talk:)

    • John Saddington

      sweet! i will look into it!

  • Chase

    Love the idea! Being able to discuss some different topics in real time like this is definitely a win. Count me in!

    • John Saddington

      sweet! thanks chase! can’t wait to see what we do here!

  • Yolanda

    Love the idea!

    • John Saddington

      cool. glad you’re in!

  • Hans

    Yes to all of the above! This could be really awesome, John. I think the topics are off to a good start. Maybe each Huddle has a particular theme. I hope it could be at an evening time, but let’s see how it pans out.

    • John Saddington

      cool. this is a great idea hans.

  • Joshua Chase

    I think it would be pretty awesome to have a hangout with the community. I’m equally curious to know what tools you use to record it if you decide to record. I’ve been doing a podcast and we have opted for Skype Premium with “call recorder” since recording tools for Google Hangout were not that great so far. This is for OSX might be better options on Windows.

    Anyways, Love the idea!

    • John Saddington

      i’ll definitely share those tools when I do!

  • Ivan Bickett

    I really like the idea. Especially QA and roundtable discussions. I learn a lot from hearing the questions others ask and gaining new in sights from others’ perspectives.

    Also, I’m already part of a weekly Hangout on Google+ and it works great. We have 8 folks who are doing their part to change the world and the interaction and technology from Google are amazing.

    Count me in, sir!

    And not sure what you think about this idea, but what if there were even Tentblogger community huddles? Not sure how, but somehow fellow community members coordinate their desire to chat / discuss a certain topic and then we could have our own hangouts if John’s not available. Somehow have the hangout in Tentblogger Community’s name? Not sure, but I’m always looking to connect with like minded people who want to improve themselves.


    • John Saddington

      i love that as i’m not always available!

  • Jarrod Cartee

    I love the idea of a live QA and live how-tos.

    • John Saddington

      cool. thanks jarrod!

  • Valerie Deveza

    If love that.. count me in!

    • John Saddington

      sweet! i’ll take a look.

  • Dustin W. Stout

    I am downright ashamed that I missed this post… You KNOW you can count me in on some Google+ Hangouts! Chyeayuh!

    Also, the easiest way to record the hangouts would likely be just any old screen recording software (which I know you already have).

    And everyone commenting should be giving their Google+ links, here’s mine:

    • John Saddington

      sweet! love the sub-domain action!

      • Dustin W. Stout

        yea, it’s the best way I’ve found for sharing one’s G+ profile.

        • John Saddington

          pretty slick.