OK, so I guess I can talk about this new venture I’ve signed up for. First off, everyone, I realize I am already very busy and probably don’t have time for this. But I’ve thought and thought about it and Scott and I have talked about and actually almost backed out today but I think I can do it. Before I go farther, here’s the lowdown.
A good friend of mine along with a group of people have started a new web site, Streamocracy.com that actually launches for real tomorrow. I like to describe the site like a youtube for tech videos. Not sure if the creators would appreciate that but without seeing it, that’s the easiest way I’ve found to describe it. So what does it have to do with me? I was asked to host an online show.
Now that is harder to describe. Basically it’s going to be me chatting/reporting about different tech-related…things. Maybe a news story or a product review or new websites to check out. And me hopefully being a little funny and entertaining. Honestly, we’re not clear exactly what the content of the show will be. The best thing is to point you to something like http://epicfu.com/ or WebbAlert. I expect much less news-y than Morgan Webb though.
So I spent the weekend doing a sort of audition type video. It did take a lot of time and really being in front of the camera is not easy. But I did get one video that I felt comfortable showing them and they were very excited about it. And really, the best one was me just being goofy and talking like I would with my friends or family..he actually called it rambling. I would never, ever ramble!! OK, maybe I would and apparently that’s a good thing. Especially when I’m talking about stuff I really like like my iPhone.
So the trick right now is finding the right vibe/content for me to make this successful. I know watching just me isn’t that interesting but once they add the special effects and edit it all I have full faith it will be great and I know my friend is a perfectionist just like me so he won’t let anything subpar out for public viewing. Or at least I hope not. Do you think I should worry the site is getting launched on April Fool’s Day???
So back to the time involved in this. Well, I think this is going to be like OTH was. It’s going to take a whole lot of time upfront and I’m going to be clumsy at first. But after I really figure out “my voice” and we figure out exactly what content to fish for, I think it will come more easily. They wanted something weekly but I knew there was NO WAY I could do what I just did this weekend every single week so I said once a month for now. I have a few weeks in April to get the first one filmed and hopefully it will be put on the site in May.
At this point I’m getting no monetary compensation but I completely understand a start-up and hopefully part of making this a successful site for everyone is providing unique content. I think it has huge possibilities and I hope the site is successful even minus any part I have in it. So for now, my “compensation” is knowing I may be a part of something bigger later on and I’m doing something new and I get to gab about techie stuff which obviously I have no problem doing (see all 7 paragraphs above).