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Reflections on Podcasting

2013-11-19

tl;dr → This is not a technical news post, it's just my bantering about the show. You can skip it entirely if you're not interested. Usually I post news from the whole team, but this time it's just me.


The first episode of BSD Now was scheduled to be recorded on August 28th, 2013. The concept of the show was born a couple months before then, though I can't recall the exact date. Today is November 19th, 2013. Our 12th episode will be recorded tomorrow.

Although you might think "wait, only 11 episodes and you're already walking down memory lane?" I've learned quite a lot since we started working on this show. Before then, I had never done any sort of producing, writing or organization on any large scale. I had most certainly never lined up people for interviews, prepped them, wrote questions for them and helped to guide the conversation along. I've always helped my friends with BSD and wanted to write tutorials. I never dreamed I would be in a position where I'd need to. Well, now I am, and it's actually pretty cool. Allan does another podcast, so he knew a lot about it already (although his other show doesn't have interviews or tutorials).

BSD Now is not (yet!) a world-renowned show, but I do think we've gotten pretty popular pretty quickly - both inside and outside the BSD community. Our numbers for views and downloads are so far very pleasing. We're hoping to get our first sponsor sometime relatively soon. It will be someone that Allan, Kris and myself all like and support, not just some random advertisement. We've never accepted donations, although I personally have nothing against that idea.

To all our guests that have come on, thank you. To all our viewers, thank you. I really appreciate all the kind words people have sent in via email and Twitter. There has been almost no hate mail whatsoever! Everyone has generally been very positive and liked what we do here. I encourage anyone reading this to email us and tell us what you think about the show. We're always open to guests you want to see, tutorials you'd like to learn, news items we might've missed - anything! This is a community show, and I hope to keep bringing it to that community all every week with high standards.

In addition to reflecting on our show, my eyes have also been opened to other podcasts. I view them in a different way now. I think, "hmm, how much preparation was required for that?" or "I would've done that differently" or whatever. I'm not going to name names, but one thing I've especially noticed is that other shows have a lot of "fluff" to them. They say "today on the show, we'll be reviewing ABC and showing you how to do XYZ" but then those are only very small segments, buried under uninteresting and unrelated news items and other nonsense. I think BSD Now is very different from that. When writing the show notes and lining up guests, I try to include only the straight content. Reviewing something unrelated to BSD isn't something I ever want to do. I make the show a show that I would want to watch myself, and hope it'll always be like that. By including all this other stuff, some other shows are able to stretch their episodes out to be longer and they have hundreds of episodes with very little content in them. There may come a day when we have a dry news week in BSD Now; it's bound to happen eventually. We also might run out of tutorials or not have a guest for a week. I will try my best to still make the show interesting and not put any of this "fluff" in it to stretch it out and water it down. I want only the best for this show and our viewers. Whether you are already a BSD wizard with 1000 servers under your control, or just a curious Linux guy looking for alternatives, I want our show to be enjoyable for you.

Thanks,

TJ

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