Usually this blog is to everyone but today it is a response to a kind response to a blog post I got yesterday from Randal Schwartz (the co-host of FLOSS Weekly. You can find the response and the post here. My response was too long for a comment so here it is:
I don’t usually down people for what they do because I do realize that there may be unknown factors. FLOSS is no different. If I’m wrong in my opinion I love to be shown but here’s my constructive take on this.
I definitely understand some of the problems that go into this because Leo has brought up a lot about having to edit TWIT shows and I do go to the Podcast and Portable media convention every year to talk to podcasters, and some I talk to regularly. I also spent 5 years as IT director for one of the country’s biggest audio post production companies doing audio post production for every big name media company there is. So I do understand the time it takes to edit audio as I’ve stood in for a couple editors before and edited commercials long ago.
I help coordinate things at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) every year and I met Chris DiBona a couple years back and have emailed him a couple times since. I understand that he also has a heavy load and having a baby recently has added to that. I know having 4 kids myself, a wife that’s just starting a new career, and running my own business takes a lot of time. However, the “downhill” comment was also about the content not just the infrequency of the show.
You’re a good host that is really excited about what you do and I really love that about you and I get it but the show has become strictly a FLOSS programming show. That’s not what’s going to get the numbers (in my humble opinion). It can be some of it but cool projects open source projects like gaming, video, networking, etc. would be nice too.
However, I’m one to put up or shut up. I don’t have the name or the weight as Leo or yourself in the industry but I’ll get in contact with you and try to bring some things together.
Mention on the show my name and getting in contact with me at the SCALE convention this year and I’ll bring even more exciting people or even a poll of what people want to see on your show at the convention.
I’ll definitely get in contact with you. SCALE is held February 8th-10th in Los Angeles. Get in contact with or even interview one of these fine people about bringing FLOSS lovers together. That would definitely be a show I could suggest before the conference.
P.S.: I’m not just bashing you. On monday I also sent an email to Tekzilla because I helped Kevin Rose find the co-host for that show and sent them an email that now that they’ve moved her on I’d take time out of my really busy schedule and I’d love to co-host it as well.
Thanks Randal for the response.