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THIS IS A TEST: Cover It Live’s new pricing plan has me paranoid

So,  I use Cover It Live A LOT.

Why you charge money nowwwww?

I know I’m late to the party, but what gives?

No warning on the new pricing plan? I sure as heck hope this doesn’t mess with my live chat tomorrow.

I’ll be miffed, you guys.

So I’m testing the chat out here on my blog to see what happens. If I can’t enter as a chatter on the live event, I think I’m in trouble.

(I can find an alternative by next week, but not by tomorrow.)

Let’s see what happens. Continue reading

Let’s chat about … property taxes! Sound interesting? Some York Daily Record readers thought so.

This lawyer shocked the pants off me when his chat about property tax appeals garnered almost as much live readers as a local dating coach. Say what?

After a couple months now of holding live chats on Fridays at 10 a.m., I’ve come to the conclusion that it is absolutely impossible to predict what topics will hold an audience.

Last week, we chatted with local attorney Frank Countess, who has experience in challenging property tax assessments.

(The skinny: Your property taxes are based on what your house is worth. If your property value goes down, your taxes don’t go down automatically. You have to file an appeal or pray to god another countywide reassessment is on the horizon.)

I don’t get it … maybe because I don’t own land.

But the topic seemed to resonate with more than 50 participants who tuned into the live event on Friday.

This was just a few people shy of our most popular business live chat, the White Rose Matchmaker dating coach.

Dating vs. property taxes.

If I had to choose what topic to mull, it would be a no brainer.

But I guess that’s just me.

I feel this chat was successful not because of property taxes, specifically. It’s about the money-saving aspect.

And some York Countians I’ve met would play in moving traffic if it meant saving a few extra bucks.

When you combine that with the possibility of saving THOUSANDS in property taxes — well, that’s just live chat magic.

Get gas, stay a while: I take my mobile journalism skills to a York County convenience store

This was my office on  a recent Thursday. That’s my iPad with 3G, a bluetooth keyboard and, most importantly, a cup of Rutter’s’ AMAZING hazelnut creme coffee. Sure beats the beverage options back at the office!

For my ideaLab mobile reporting project, there’s always the usual hangouts.

You’ve got the library. Coffee shops. Central Market.

But that’s where normal people go. And I’m anything but.

So, I set out in search of characters.

And what better place to find York County personalities than a turnstile for weary travelers stopping for a bite to eat or some gas to-go? Continue reading

It’s all in how you spin it: ‘Storage Wars’ live chat a surprising success this week

A York Daily Record/Sunday News file photo shows Bob Anthony, maintenance worker at U-Stor-It in York County.

A month ago, Denise Anthony at U-STOR-IT self storage, a local storage locker business, contacted me about doing a live chat.

Initially, I had my doubts.

Why would anyone want to chat with a storage unit place? Storage lockers, to me, seemed to be a niche so specific it wouldn’t attract a large audience.

Then I thought bigger: STORAGE WARS! Continue reading

Blabbing about live chats: A shout out from DFM editor Mandy Jenkins at ‘Zombie Journalism’

I searched 'zombie' on The Google, and this is the first thing that showed up.

Blabbing about journalism is always fun.

This week I got to do just that.

Mandy Jenkins, Digital Projects Editor at Digital First Media, talked to me for her blog, Zombie Journalism.

Click here to read the interview.

I talked about my weekly live chats with area businesses and what I’ve learned, along with providing a “how-to” on using the kick-ass Cover It Live application to engage the community.

Check it out.

York Daily Record live chat connects woman with $40,000 a year job

I have yet to determine whether the live chats I’m doing every Friday with different businesses are worth my time or not.

But I hate breaking a streak.

So, the other Friday, when I was unable to make chat time, I taught my co-worker Sean Adkins how to use Cover It Live to connect with a local staffing agency. Continue reading

Why it’s never too early to think about DEATH: An estate planning live chat

Attorney Thomas Shorb of Stock & Leader chatted about estate planning with ydr.com readers on Friday.

I’m open to almost any topic with these live chats. The crazier the better.

Panelists currently floating around my head include:

Sexperts.

Marriage counselors.

Ghost hunters.

Anything, really, that’s going to create a captive digital audience.

Lately, though, I’ve been focusing my live chats on lawyers — a traditional example of a professional a person might have to pay to meet with. Continue reading