Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Youtube, Here I Come!

I've mentioned my hobby/part-time job of entering sweepstakes. Tonight I calculated that I enter approximately 5,000 contests a year. When I look at it in that perspective it is overwhelming and doesn't seem especially  worthwhile. But I can do my "sweeping" in fifteen minute increments, at most an hour a day. It can be 11:00 P.M. or a quick half hour on Sunday mornings and I'm usually wearing a t-shirt and shorts or my bathrobe. It's always dress-down Friday for sweeping. I've had some nice wins -- my cousins love the PS2 and the Garmin I won -- but the last few months have been much less stellar. I've continued sweeping, but haven't had a lot of motivation.

Last night, a medium sized package arrived, stamped fragile. I couldn't remember ordering anything and there was no discernible return address. Inside I found....

Flip Video...

I've started to read up, but I'm not even sure exactly what I can do with it. One of my colleagues has offered the assistance of his 11 year-old son to tutor me, and I know I will have a good instructor. I noted in the description that I can make my own videos for youtube and create still photos out of the videos that I take. I can use all the advice that I can get for my new treasure, and as ever, asking for my blog friends' experience. Does anyone have one of these? Any tips that you can recommend? Do you like it? Do you love it? I know I will get some great thoughts on using my new cute-as-a-button video camera. 

Thanks, blog friends, and wishes for a terrific Thursday!


Chatty Crone said...

Buttercup - I don't know anything about the phone, but I just wanted to say hello. Congrats on the win - 5000 contests! You will learn it in no time. sandie

Mimi said...

YOu have inspired to to enter some give aways!!!WOW, I am the one that says, I never win anything, well if you don't enter you don't win and my good friend BUTTERCUP wins!!!WAY TO GO!!!
You will have fun learning how to create beautiful videos with your new mini video camera!!!

Pam said...

It sounds like a great win but I have no idea about it. Way to go with all the contests. Guess it's like the lottery, you have to buy a ticket to win!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've never seen one of those, but I do also seek advice from my children on anything electronic at all. Hope you can enjoy it.

Jemi Fraser said...

I don't have one either - but you've got an available kid - that's ALWAYS the best way to go. :)

Teacherfish said...

We could make a Lemon Ice King Video, or soccer in Flushing Meadow Park, or even the Blimp should be around as the Open gets under way this weekend. Not sure that I could operate it but I have available "kids" or technical backup.
PS I saw a PBS film about the soccer players of Flushing Meadow so it is not an original topic

Neabear said...

We used to enter sweeps fairly often, but we don't know. We did win a few things. The biggest win was, get this....A one year supply of Baby Ruth Candy Bars. Boy that lasted us awhile. We gave a way as much as we could. I have to say that was our craziest win.

Nice win you got there. Can't help you on how to use it though.


Nancy M. said...

Congratulations! I used to love entering sweeps too! It's always fun getting something unexpected in the mail!

I have a Flip and it's just so easy to use. You just press the red button to shoot and also to stop. Then it plugs right into the USB port on your computer and can be saved to your computer and edited or sent to Youtube. I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Amrita said...


I have made some videos and posted them on YouTube, the instructions are all there. Its easy.