Devaney's Goat on local TV in Montreal (with a zoom in on yours truly!)

Ah, yes. The animated GIF. It’s the perfect medium for giving your already caffeine-addled brain a bit more stimulation, for adding some excitement to stale company HipChat conversations, and for giving your emails a bit of flair (15 pieces minimum). << And yes, that will be the only awkward Office Space reference I make in this post.

Instead of turning to Reddit, Señor Gif, or a Tumblr page the next time you’re in the market for an amazing animated GIF, why not create one yourself? As you’ll soon discover, the process is quite simple…provided you’re a musician and have access to a time machine.

  • Step 1: Move to Montreal and start a Celtic/folk band. Assuming you can already sing and play the Irish bouzouki, you’ll need (at least) one Russian guitarist, a fiddler from the Pacific Northwest (bonus points if her uncle was in the Monkees), a British Columbian drummer boy, and a pair of Ontarian lovebirds who — between them — can play the upright bass, the accordion, and the trumpet.
  • Step 2: Go back in time to St. Patrick’s Day 2010 and get a gig at an Irish pub. When the local news crew comes around with cameras, make sure your scally cap is on straight and that your cheeks are an appropriate shade of crimson.
  • Step 3: Steal Borrow the footage from the news channel’s website.
  • Step 4:  Upload that footage to Imgflip (or a similar site) and follow the instructions for cropping/trimming.
  • Step 5: Share your animated GIF with the world and instantly become an Internet celebrity.*

And there you have it, five simple steps for creating an amazing animated GIF. Of course, you could skip steps one through three and simply upload a video you’ve taken yourself. (But I highly recommend the time machine route.) Until next time…Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.

*In the eyes of your mom.

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