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A User Guide to The Digital Naturalist

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Web design is not my strong suit. I'll be the first to admit that. And it occured to me recently that because of the way I've set up this blog, a lot of really great content gets buried really fast. So if you're a new reader, it could take you hours, if not days, to comb through this site-- and unless you have the time and patience to explore page-by-page, you could miss some really great posts.

I've enlisted a super-savvy marketing guru to help me find some remedies. More on that to come. In the meantime, I thought I'd offer a basic "user guide" to help readers-- specifically, nonprofit employees who want to push their organization's outreach to new levels-- navigate the many resources TDN can offer.

I don't have much time. Where can I learn a little about digital storytelling, and fast?
About TDN
5 Ways to Rock an Advocacy Video (my guest post for Innovative Interactivity)
8 Rules of Multimedia
8 Rules of Audio
12 Glimpses into the Future of Storytelling

How do I convince my organization that advocacy videos are worth producing?
Never Say Never 
Cause and Effect 
A Journey from Print to Digital 
Nonprofit Profile: Charity Water 

Where can I learn more about the art of storytelling?
Scott Simon on How to Tell a Story
America reCycled: Q&A with the Hussin Brothers 

How can I break down a really complex subject?
Climate Wisconsin: Q&A with Finn Ryan 

How can I think visually?
A Designer's Eye
Fonts Matter

How can I conduct better interviews?
Where Hope Works: Q&A with Danger Docs
America reCycled: Q&A with the Hussin Brothers 

What should my team look like? Who should I hire?
It Takes a Village 
Meet Tucker Walsh
Eye Candy by Ami Vitale 
A New Generation of Wild 
TDN's Contributors 

How do I budget for a video project? How can I measure results?
Climate Wisconsin: Q&A with Finn Ryan 
Nonprofit Profile: Charity Water

Where can I find good music? What if I want to create my own score?
Inside the Mind of a Composer 
TDN's Music Sources

How should I write differently for video versus print?
Growing is Forever
Panel Review: A Golden Opportunity 

What if I don't have much of a budget to work with?
The Beauty of Stills

I made a video-- how do I make sure people watch it?
Viral Videos: A Reality Check 
3 Rules for Getting Your Video Seen
Nonprofit Profile: Charity Water 

What are some examples of really engaging advocacy?
Growing is Forever 
We Are All Connected
Climate Wisconsin: Q&A with Finn Ryan 
Nonprofit Profile: Charity Water 
America reCycled: Q&A with the Hussin Brothers
Where Hope Works: Q&A with Danger Docs 

How can I develop a better eye for digital storytelling?
Panel Review: Witness 
Panel Review: A Golden Opportunity
Plastiki, Deconstructed 
Sometimes Simple is Better

Dude, it's Monday. Can't I just turn my brain off and watch something fun?
TDN's Music Videos 
TDN's Cutting-Edge Videos 
TDN's 3 Stumbles Archive

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