The Family History Book Club is *finally* meeting to discuss the book In the Territory of Lies written by authors Lois Stickell and Peg Robarchek ! Yay! It's scheduled for this Thursday, June 21st at 8pm central time. We'll be using the Spreecast platform to meet. Spreecast is a social media video platform, which means you can choose to just watch [and read], to participate in the chat, and/or be on video. [Here's the Spreecast About Page.]
What's a Spreecast?
If you've ever participated in a Blog Talk Radio broadcast, this is similar, but it incorporates video and the chat room stays on topic [because I said so]. We can have up to 4 people on screen at once as well. What separates Spreecast from a Google Hangout is that you can tweet and facebook easily throughout the broadcast [and that's encouraged] because it's integrated. Also, on my end, I have more producer controls and we can post questions up on the screen.
Therefore, to participate in the Family History Book Club, you need to sign up at Spreecast [it's free]. I highly suggest you read through their instructions and test your equipment. Headphones are not mandatory, but do make it easier. Also, this doesn't work on the iPad. You do need a camera if you want to be on screen, but you don't need it for the chat room.
Additionally, I'll be embedding the Spreecast on this website as well so that you can actually just come here [after creating a free Spreecast account] and participate on this site. [This is a new feature and I don't know how well that works, but we're gonna try it.]
Can't Make It?
If you are not able to participate, the video and chat room will be archived on my Spreecast Channel. At playback, the chat room comments scroll in time with the actual Spreecast. [Pretty cool, eh?]
The Next Book
Also, the next book is The Mango Orchard by Robin Bayley. Here's his website and blog for The Mango Orchard. And if you remember to come back here to purchase it, you can purchase it from my Amazon Store on page 7 under "Books" [but you don't have to.]
Disclaimer: Peg Robarchek contacted me and provided me a copy of her and Lois Stickell's book to read and to review. All opinions of their book are my own and are not influenced by them gifting me their book. Their book is full of all kinds of awesomeness, and if it wasn't, I wouldn't have said it was. Additionally, I am an affiliate of Amazon.com, and if you click on a link or image advertising this book on my site and buy it [or anything else while you're perusing Amazon.com ~ and I mean anything ~ on that link click], I do receive a small commission for referring you.