Summer on the Isle of Wight – what could be more traditional than that? “It’s like entering a time warp,” visitors exclaim, “everything’s so slow, and quaint, like twenty years ago.” But if you actually live the Wight lifestyle, nostalgia doesn’t play a big part. What I’ve discovered is a new media hub, brimming over with creative, co-operative, make-it-happen types. By leaving London and becoming an islander, I’ve learned how to crest the internet wave. Here’s how…
First, setting up my website: finding a great design team was simple as pie. Word of mouth took me to Peekaboo Design (www.peekaboodesign.co.uk) and its star designers, Howard and Brett, who gave me exactly what I asked for and more – a simple, elegant, easy-to-use site. Next, public speaking: the Chamber of Commerce led me to Marion at Seastone Presentations, a super smart Power Point expert, who has polished up my rather amateur presentations (email@example.com) and helped add the wow factor to my speeches. She’s excellent value too, check her out if you’re making a presentation or speech, you won’t regret it.
And now, at the fag end of August, with the rain lashing down, let’s refresh my website with a few more video clips. Who’s my picture editor? Andrew Wilks, an Emmy award-winner with a string of ace credits to his name, including Walking with Dinosaurs. How would I get an editor of Andrew’s calibre and experience in London? Here, on the island however, I’m beginning to realise there’s a media hub in the making. And I’m lucky enough to be part of it.
A few more examples, in case you think these are all self-serving. Debbie, a film producer, who spent several frustrating years in the South of France, but has reinvigorated her production company within months of moving to Ventnor (firstname.lastname@example.org). Claire, a terrifically talented website designer, photographer and artist all wrapped up in one dynamic package (email@example.com). Then there’s the burgeoning music scene…holidays, festivals, new media – that’s the Isle of Wight 2010.