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Web Design Bookcamp

Are you interested in learning the basics of web design? I can help. In early 2000 I started learning programming on my own. A deep passion for programming led me to COSTAATT; and the School of Business where I graduated from the University of Greenwich with First Class Honours. I’m also the first Zend Certified Engineer in the Caribbean.

For years I’ve toyed with the idea of teaching programming and web development to students. To kick things off I’m starting a Web Design Bootcamp where I’ll introduce students to the basics of HTML and CSS. In the workshop, I’ll also reveal tools and websites students can use to launch their very own website. Every Monday I’ll offer a two-and-a-half-hour workshop that starts at 6:00 PM. The workshop costs TTD $250 (roughly USD $40). Please note that payment must be received prior to the workshop via cash deposit or online transfer. To register use the Calendly form below:

Once registered, you can issue payment to the following banking details:

Lyndon Baptiste
RBC Trincity
Chequing ACC# 100019110261427

I’m happy I finally started a podcast

As far back as May 2019 I wanted to start a podcast, and although I bought an audio interface, I sat on the dream. I knew what I wanted the podcast to be about, and I invested in decent gear so it’s difficult to say why it never kicked off. I was busy, yes, but not so busy that I couldn’t find the time. It’s February 2023 and between November and today I’ve managed to pull off interviews with amazing guests, YouTubers, Trini Tiktokers, and musicians; creators like Trinbago Vibes, Stephon Felmine, and Sean Young Wing.

Playing All Fours with Trouble from Trini Out and About

Let’s backtrack. In August 2022, not long after Mr Bat died, quiet and feeling somewhat at sea, I eventually reached out to Trini Out and About and asked him if he’d help me with an idea I had. Without knowing the full details he agreed. We played All Fours, I learned his real name, and I learned how to cook the perfect curry chicken (or chicken curry). I’d go on to chat with Lance Baptiste about his book, The Ghost of Caura which is available on Amazon; and Kaleel, who has a YouTube channel that focuses on the art scene in Trinidad. I quickly learned (or rather was reminded) what a pleasure it is to speak to people with similar dreams and interests.

In a short time, I’ve learned a lot about life; the early days of comedy in Trinidad from Errol Fabien; and how businesses can create useful content from Juma Bannister who you can connect with on LinkedIn.

For me, podcasting is harder than vlogging and writing episodes of RedwallNews. It takes time to consume an interviewee’s content, but I’m enjoying listening and learning from talented people like Kwasi Holder, Errol Fabien, and Reaping What You Sow.

5 things I learned from starting a podcast

In November 2022 I started a podcast called Caribbean Content Creators, and after hitting 500 plays, I wanted to share what I’ve learned so far, in case you’re curious about podcasting.

1. You can use a free service like Anchor to upload your podcast episodes. I don’t know the pros and cons but as I learn I’ll share them with you.

2. While my content on YouTube, Facebook, TikTok is TOTALLY random I suspect a podcast has to be laser-focused. In this case, my target audience is primarily content creators. While I hardly think about who my target audience is on YouTube (to my detriment, of course), I realize, without knowing why, I’m thinking about my target audience for the podcast.

3. If you want to pull off a decent interview, you have to do at least “some” homework on your guests. Sure you could have a generic pool of questions but knowing “fine” details helps you process answers, and come up with random but meaningful questions during the interview.

4. For this point, I know what I want to say but I’m not sure how to say it. I’ll try… Apparently, listening really is an art. When you listen to people talk, particularly people who are passionate about their work or hobby, you learn “more” than technical details. Unfortunately, I can’t define “more” because I haven’t figured out exactly what “more” is. I’m tempted to say that “more” is “inspiration” but I suspect what I’m talking about is bigger than inspiration. I’ll come back to this sometime but in talking to people passionate about their work I’m developing a deeper appreciation for the work people do, and not just the interviewee but people I observe every day, the policeman, the taxi driver, the licensing officer (maybe I’m pushing it too far with the licensing officer).

5. Editing the episodes I’m now conscious of patterns in my speech that need attention: Fillers; unnecessarily long pauses in the middle of sentences; rambling on before getting to a question; overusing the word etcetera… etc.

Some of these points feel trivial, but I hope they help.

Here’s how you can support my work:

👉 Living in T & T? Order my books: https://forms.gle/Mh2PtEwJqfnsXAiG8

My books are on Amazon.com:
👉 90 Days of Violence: https://amzn.to/3he61Vz
👉 oOh My Testicles!: https://amzn.to/2RbfvGe
👉 Boy Days: https://amzn.to/3ildxPy
👉 Men and Misfits: https://amzn.to/3ilebwz
👉 The Ghost of Caura: https://amzn.to/3fwLHAT

👉 Podcast: https://spoti.fi/3W5r7Ko
👉 Recommend a guest: https://forms.gle/MvGnJixwZZfqCmwk6

I started a podcast for creators

My name is Lyndon Baptiste, and I’m a writer and content creator from Trinidad and Tobago. For a long time, I’ve toyed with the idea of starting a podcast because I’d like to talk to creators, be it writers, YouTubers, Tiktokers, singers, and artists from Trinidad and Tobago, and the Caribbean.

My goal is to capture the “business” of content creation so that others can learn about creativity and the process of writing, book and video editing, and hopefully cross hurdles faster.

In the first episode I talk to Lance Baptiste, the author of The Ghost of Caura, and a YouTuber from Trinidad and Tobago. Listen to the episode here. And if you’re interested in purchasing his book you can download in on Amazon.com.

The Redwall Report: Friday, 14 October, 2022

Vision 2020 was not a PNM thing

Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh says that one of the key hurdles in achieving long-term national development is the lack of consistency between programmes during different political administrations.

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday

Police Complaints Authority to investigate shooting

TWO bullets to the chest and abdomen ended the life of ex-soldier Jamie Walker on October 7, outside We Supermarket, Cocoyea Village, San Fernando.

Trinidad and Tobago Newsday