ScobleShow post mortem (wow, Ask blog search rocks!)

So Freyburg doesn’t like the ScobleShow (or Revision 3 either). Cool. It doesn’t seem like he even watched a single show.

It’s a bootstrap, though, so I’m willing to admit it sucks. What did Freyburg expect? Lost? I think my show is going to suck for the first two months. Why? I’m still playing around. Learning what works. Listening to people who are watching. And brainstorming. I see all the flaws in what I’m doing. Even if you all are too nice to point them out to me for now (thank you, that’s much appreciated).

The whole videoblogging community is bootstrapping right now. Just like the early bloggers were figuring out what worked. Remember, Jason Calacanis wasn’t there in 2000, but he watched what was going on, learned, and then built his network and sold it to AOL later.

By the way, I haven’t tried Ask’s blog search for quite some time. It really is quite a bit better than it used to be — I think it is going to be my favorite blog search, but I need to do some more comparisons. I used it to find the best commentary from blogs about ScobleShow:

Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun Microsystems: “the next Katie Couric.”
Frank Barnako, of CBS MarketWatch: “it’s firm and fully packed!”
Jason Calacanis, VP at AOL: “Way to go Robert!”
NMM Medical Informatics Blog: “If you are interested in the world of tech, you should definitely check out the new Scoble Show on Podtech.”
Loren Heiny, software entrepreneur and Tablet PC freak like me: “I really like the wide format of the video. Nicely done.”
Duncan Reilly: “got to say it’s pretty damn good.”
Brian Bailey said “congrats on the launch, Robert! You should be very proud.” But he definitely gave me the most feedback on what I did, too. I really appreciate that.

What went wrong?

1) RSS feeds didn’t work. I should be fired for that. The ScobleShow RSS feed is here. I almost called my show “RobertScobleShow.” Which would have spelled out RSS. But it was too corny, I thought.
2) The site’s design is uninspired.
3) There’s no wiki. I want a wiki where everyone can talk with me about future story ideas and where I post next week’s shows. Also where I link in transcripts.
4) No transcripts. Anyone have a good methodology for doing this?
5) No audio only versions of the videos. That sucks.
6) No formats other than Quicktime. I have iPod versions done, need to get those linked in. Also, in future, will do WMV and Sony Playstation formats.
7) No links to other blogs. Because the engineers were putting up my posts I didn’t really do a good job of linking to a bunch of other “related items.” That’ll change on future shows.
8) My audio sucked on some of the interviews. I only had one microphone. I’ll soon have more.

Anything else?

Oh, now the hard work starts. Who to interview? Let’s look at my business cards. Here’s who I’m gonna beg for an interview. What do you think? Which are your favorites from this list?

Presented in no particular order (links to blogs where Google can find them). This is not a comprehensive list. I have now more than 1,400 business cards, but these ones caught my eye.

Michael Wiley, Director, Emerging Technology at General Motors (conversation with him on Hobson and Holtz report)
Janice Fraser, CEO of Adaptive Path
Chris DiBona, Open Source Program Manager, Google
Kelly Goto, principal, gotomedia inc. (great designer)
Tom Conrad, VP of Engineering, Pandora
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
Gene Kavner, director of Amazon.com Associates
Travis Kalanick, founder of red/swoosh (hear him on the Chris Pirillo show)
Mike Sitrin, VP of Grouper (company bio site)
John Tokash, director software development at Homestead
Tara Hunt, online mischief marketer (she’s a geek, let’s be honest)
Dick Hardt, CEO of SXIP
Tim O’Reilly, founder of O’Reilly & Associates
Jeff Clavier, Managing Partner, SoftTech
Nick Bradbury, NewsGator architect
Jonathan Rosenberg, Vice President, Product Management, Google
Dave Girouard, General Manager, Enterprise
Michael Tanne, CEO of Wink
Christopher Sacca, Principal, Google
Jeff Jarvis, Buzzmachine
Royal Farros, entrepreneur on the loose (started Message Cast)
Jason Calacanis, VP at AOL
Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield, Flickr co-founders
David Allen, productivity expert
Bill Evjen, Technical Director at Reuters
Virgina Postrel, author, the Future and Its Enemies (wikipedia entry)
Ben and Mena Trott, co-founders, Six Apart
Matt Mullenweg, founder, Automattic
Kevin Wen, Chinese blogger
Wade Roush, senior editor, MIT Technology Review
Greg Reinacker, CEO of NewsGator
Christopher Payne, Vice President of MSN
Christine Herron, director of investments, at Omidar Network
Daniel Rohrer, manager, DirectX Graphics, at NVidia
Bob Giampietro, VP strategic alliances at Target Corporation (innovator at Target)
Web Augustine, co-founder of Xelerate Venture Partners (went to high school with Bill Gates)
Bill McCoy, director of platform product management at Adobe
John Moe, host of KUOW’s tech show in Seattle
Some guy I’ve heard of named Dave Winer
Mark Uhrmacher, CTO of FreeBandProject.com
Walter Mossberg, columnist at the Wall Street Journal
Tariq Krim, founder of Netvibes
Richard Anderson, professor, University of Washington computer science and engineering school
Debbie Landa, CEO of IBD network (they just put on the Momentum conference today that I missed).
Steve Olechowski, co-founder of FeedBurner
William Martin-Gill, manager of corporate strategy at eBay
Larry Magid, BlogSafety.com
Steven Levy of Newsweek
Vinton G. Cerf, chief Internet evangelist, Google (wikipedia entry)
Chris Anderson, editor in chief, Wired
Jackie Huba, creating customer evangelists co-founder
Eric Rice, Second Life slumlord
David Young, founder, Joyent
Ted Cohen, Senior Vice President, EMI Music (Newsweek article)
Donald Graham, chairman of the board, Washington Post Company (wikipedia entry)
Kurt Garbe, Vice President, Platforms, Adobe
John Kao, author, jamming.com (I heard him speak at Google’s Zeitgeist conference and he played a killer piano)
Ralph Koster, Chief Creative Officer, Sony Online Entertainment
Vassil Mladjov, founder of BlogTronix
Cory Ondrejka, VP of product development, Linden Labs
Ian Forrester, Software Engineer/New Media, BBC
Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president, digital operations, The New York Times Company
Tim Bourquin, founder, Podcast and Portable Media Expo
Rebecca MacKinnon, research fellow, Global Voices Online
Jonathan Carson, CEO Buzz Metrics
Netanel Jacobsson, SVP, Maxthon
Alan Cooper, founder of Cooper.com

OK, those are all people I collected business cards from. There are many others I’d like to interview too, but this is a start. Which person, if interviewed, would make you watch the ScobleShow?

234 thoughts on “ScobleShow post mortem (wow, Ask blog search rocks!)

  1. Glenn Fleishman of Wifinetnews.com also recommended CastingWords. It uses Amazon slave labor & gets surprisingly good results.

  2. Glenn Fleishman of Wifinetnews.com also recommended CastingWords. It uses Amazon slave labor & gets surprisingly good results.

  3. Hey all, Freyburg here. Wow, didn’t expect anyone to actually read my comment on my little blog, but here we are.

    Anyway, I don’t recall ever saying the show “sucked,” and it doesn’t…it just isn’t all that different than the usual from videobloggers all over the place. Given your standing in the blogging community, Robert, and presumably the resources you have at hand, I expected something a LITTLE slicker, in terms of edits and composition and the like.

    Having said all that, I did watch the show, and I do like the interviews, and your guests are certainly people I’d like to hear from.

    And I don’t think I was all that mean…I just thought there was a lot of hype leading up to the launch of the show, given the end product.

    But Revision3 is WAY more guilty of churning the hype machine….what with all the breathless “OMG TEH BR0KEN!!!!11!!!” posts over on Digg, when at the end of the day it’s just a website delivering video content via RSS, like so many others.

    I’m all for video over the net, and I’d be perfectly happy tossing my TV off the balcony and having my choice of independently created media at hand, delivered how and when I want it. Hell, I’m hoping one day to produce some myself. And the nature of video over the net ISN’T to be super fast cuts and meaningless sound bites like Entertainment Tonight….but given the proliferation of tools even at the most basic consumer level, it can be more than just static shots of some guy talking.

    Now, I’m hardly any less guilty of taking the easy road and keeping it super simple…I have a little podcast I do with a friend about Dr. Who that we record in Gizmo, edit (quickly) in Garageband and throw out to the world every week. But then, I’m not working for PodTech, I’m just some dork putting together a hobby-bull session podcast when I have the time.

    So don’t take my comments as hellfire and vitriol, Robert, because they weren’t meant to be. I’m glad you’re expanding into video, and I will keep checking the show out. I was just a little underwhelmed by this first effort.

  4. Hey all, Freyburg here. Wow, didn’t expect anyone to actually read my comment on my little blog, but here we are.

    Anyway, I don’t recall ever saying the show “sucked,” and it doesn’t…it just isn’t all that different than the usual from videobloggers all over the place. Given your standing in the blogging community, Robert, and presumably the resources you have at hand, I expected something a LITTLE slicker, in terms of edits and composition and the like.

    Having said all that, I did watch the show, and I do like the interviews, and your guests are certainly people I’d like to hear from.

    And I don’t think I was all that mean…I just thought there was a lot of hype leading up to the launch of the show, given the end product.

    But Revision3 is WAY more guilty of churning the hype machine….what with all the breathless “OMG TEH BR0KEN!!!!11!!!” posts over on Digg, when at the end of the day it’s just a website delivering video content via RSS, like so many others.

    I’m all for video over the net, and I’d be perfectly happy tossing my TV off the balcony and having my choice of independently created media at hand, delivered how and when I want it. Hell, I’m hoping one day to produce some myself. And the nature of video over the net ISN’T to be super fast cuts and meaningless sound bites like Entertainment Tonight….but given the proliferation of tools even at the most basic consumer level, it can be more than just static shots of some guy talking.

    Now, I’m hardly any less guilty of taking the easy road and keeping it super simple…I have a little podcast I do with a friend about Dr. Who that we record in Gizmo, edit (quickly) in Garageband and throw out to the world every week. But then, I’m not working for PodTech, I’m just some dork putting together a hobby-bull session podcast when I have the time.

    So don’t take my comments as hellfire and vitriol, Robert, because they weren’t meant to be. I’m glad you’re expanding into video, and I will keep checking the show out. I was just a little underwhelmed by this first effort.

  5. Hey all, Freyburg here. Wow, didn’t expect anyone to actually read my comment on my little blog, but here we are.

    Anyway, I don’t recall ever saying the show “sucked,” and it doesn’t…it just isn’t all that different than the usual from videobloggers all over the place. Given your standing in the blogging community, Robert, and presumably the resources you have at hand, I expected something a LITTLE slicker, in terms of edits and composition and the like.

    Having said all that, I did watch the show, and I do like the interviews, and your guests are certainly people I’d like to hear from.

    And I don’t think I was all that mean…I just thought there was a lot of hype leading up to the launch of the show, given the end product.

    But Revision3 is WAY more guilty of churning the hype machine….what with all the breathless “OMG TEH BR0KEN!!!!11!!!” posts over on Digg, when at the end of the day it’s just a website delivering video content via RSS, like so many others.

    I’m all for video over the net, and I’d be perfectly happy tossing my TV off the balcony and having my choice of independently created media at hand, delivered how and when I want it. Hell, I’m hoping one day to produce some myself. And the nature of video over the net ISN’T to be super fast cuts and meaningless sound bites like Entertainment Tonight….but given the proliferation of tools even at the most basic consumer level, it can be more than just static shots of some guy talking.

    Now, I’m hardly any less guilty of taking the easy road and keeping it super simple…I have a little podcast I do with a friend about Dr. Who that we record in Gizmo, edit (quickly) in Garageband and throw out to the world every week. But then, I’m not working for PodTech, I’m just some dork putting together a hobby-bull session podcast when I have the time.

    So don’t take my comments as hellfire and vitriol, Robert, because they weren’t meant to be. I’m glad you’re expanding into video, and I will keep checking the show out. I was just a little underwhelmed by this first effort.

  6. REgarding comment 46:
    if Scoble *does* get those at the top to wander off script it would be extremely cool to watch, though!
    for me seeing the sun CEO in such a casual setting and hearing him talk about the *why* of SUN was very interesting. the first hard question to mr schwartz hit the nail on the head.
    if Scoble gets to ask the non-marketing questions.. the *why* questions and recieves answers that are not in the marketing lingo i can read on any corporate site.. then interviews with those high up the org chart are worth a lot.
    Greetings from a fellow niner! Good show, Scoble!

  7. REgarding comment 46:
    if Scoble *does* get those at the top to wander off script it would be extremely cool to watch, though!
    for me seeing the sun CEO in such a casual setting and hearing him talk about the *why* of SUN was very interesting. the first hard question to mr schwartz hit the nail on the head.
    if Scoble gets to ask the non-marketing questions.. the *why* questions and recieves answers that are not in the marketing lingo i can read on any corporate site.. then interviews with those high up the org chart are worth a lot.
    Greetings from a fellow niner! Good show, Scoble!

  8. REgarding comment 46:
    if Scoble *does* get those at the top to wander off script it would be extremely cool to watch, though!
    for me seeing the sun CEO in such a casual setting and hearing him talk about the *why* of SUN was very interesting. the first hard question to mr schwartz hit the nail on the head.
    if Scoble gets to ask the non-marketing questions.. the *why* questions and recieves answers that are not in the marketing lingo i can read on any corporate site.. then interviews with those high up the org chart are worth a lot.
    Greetings from a fellow niner! Good show, Scoble!

  9. Hey Robert, really enjoyed the Printing for Less and Photography episodes. I’m not sure how the logistics would work out, but besides getting a second mic clip for yourself, would it be feasible to just get miniature boom mic you can attach on a harness to yourself or get a better/larger mic on the camera so the speakers don’t fade in or out when they turn their heads? The inability to hear the questions and some of the responses was the largest flaw I could find in the production. Overall, love the idea, concept and final product!

  10. Hey Robert, really enjoyed the Printing for Less and Photography episodes. I’m not sure how the logistics would work out, but besides getting a second mic clip for yourself, would it be feasible to just get miniature boom mic you can attach on a harness to yourself or get a better/larger mic on the camera so the speakers don’t fade in or out when they turn their heads? The inability to hear the questions and some of the responses was the largest flaw I could find in the production. Overall, love the idea, concept and final product!

  11. Hey Robert, really enjoyed the Printing for Less and Photography episodes. I’m not sure how the logistics would work out, but besides getting a second mic clip for yourself, would it be feasible to just get miniature boom mic you can attach on a harness to yourself or get a better/larger mic on the camera so the speakers don’t fade in or out when they turn their heads? The inability to hear the questions and some of the responses was the largest flaw I could find in the production. Overall, love the idea, concept and final product!

  12. I’d love to see Jason Calacanis get interviewed.

    In reality, Robert, the ScobleShow was a fantastic debut. I loved the photowalk with Thomas Hawk and I hope you do more of these, and I hope you can get them to expound more on the techniques they use both for shooting and for processing RAW files. As a budding photographer myself, I love seeing how the semi-pros do it, because I can learn from them, and I definitely learned something from the walkaround with Thomas.

    One thing I would recommend (as I’ve got a degree in studio arts and sound technology) is to get a good compressor to run your microphones through, whether on video or in podcast format. It’ll make all the difference in the world.

  13. I’d love to see Jason Calacanis get interviewed.

    In reality, Robert, the ScobleShow was a fantastic debut. I loved the photowalk with Thomas Hawk and I hope you do more of these, and I hope you can get them to expound more on the techniques they use both for shooting and for processing RAW files. As a budding photographer myself, I love seeing how the semi-pros do it, because I can learn from them, and I definitely learned something from the walkaround with Thomas.

    One thing I would recommend (as I’ve got a degree in studio arts and sound technology) is to get a good compressor to run your microphones through, whether on video or in podcast format. It’ll make all the difference in the world.

  14. I’d love to see Jason Calacanis get interviewed.

    In reality, Robert, the ScobleShow was a fantastic debut. I loved the photowalk with Thomas Hawk and I hope you do more of these, and I hope you can get them to expound more on the techniques they use both for shooting and for processing RAW files. As a budding photographer myself, I love seeing how the semi-pros do it, because I can learn from them, and I definitely learned something from the walkaround with Thomas.

    One thing I would recommend (as I’ve got a degree in studio arts and sound technology) is to get a good compressor to run your microphones through, whether on video or in podcast format. It’ll make all the difference in the world.

  15. I’d love to see Jason Calacanis get interviewed.

    In reality, Robert, the ScobleShow was a fantastic debut. I loved the photowalk with Thomas Hawk and I hope you do more of these, and I hope you can get them to expound more on the techniques they use both for shooting and for processing RAW files. As a budding photographer myself, I love seeing how the semi-pros do it, because I can learn from them, and I definitely learned something from the walkaround with Thomas.

    One thing I would recommend (as I’ve got a degree in studio arts and sound technology) is to get a good compressor to run your microphones through, whether on video or in podcast format. It’ll make all the difference in the world.

  16. I’d love to see Jason Calacanis get interviewed.

    In reality, Robert, the ScobleShow was a fantastic debut. I loved the photowalk with Thomas Hawk and I hope you do more of these, and I hope you can get them to expound more on the techniques they use both for shooting and for processing RAW files. As a budding photographer myself, I love seeing how the semi-pros do it, because I can learn from them, and I definitely learned something from the walkaround with Thomas.

    One thing I would recommend (as I’ve got a degree in studio arts and sound technology) is to get a good compressor to run your microphones through, whether on video or in podcast format. It’ll make all the difference in the world.

  17. I’d love to see Jason Calacanis get interviewed.

    In reality, Robert, the ScobleShow was a fantastic debut. I loved the photowalk with Thomas Hawk and I hope you do more of these, and I hope you can get them to expound more on the techniques they use both for shooting and for processing RAW files. As a budding photographer myself, I love seeing how the semi-pros do it, because I can learn from them, and I definitely learned something from the walkaround with Thomas.

    One thing I would recommend (as I’ve got a degree in studio arts and sound technology) is to get a good compressor to run your microphones through, whether on video or in podcast format. It’ll make all the difference in the world.

  18. I’d love to see Jason Calacanis get interviewed.

    In reality, Robert, the ScobleShow was a fantastic debut. I loved the photowalk with Thomas Hawk and I hope you do more of these, and I hope you can get them to expound more on the techniques they use both for shooting and for processing RAW files. As a budding photographer myself, I love seeing how the semi-pros do it, because I can learn from them, and I definitely learned something from the walkaround with Thomas.

    One thing I would recommend (as I’ve got a degree in studio arts and sound technology) is to get a good compressor to run your microphones through, whether on video or in podcast format. It’ll make all the difference in the world.

  19. Mike Arrington and Om Mallick are competitors… wouldn’t you like to hear them contrast their ideas independently? maybe even get them to exaplin how they will compete or differentiate their offerings.

  20. Mike Arrington and Om Mallick are competitors… wouldn’t you like to hear them contrast their ideas independently? maybe even get them to exaplin how they will compete or differentiate their offerings.

  21. Mike Arrington and Om Mallick are competitors… wouldn’t you like to hear them contrast their ideas independently? maybe even get them to exaplin how they will compete or differentiate their offerings.

  22. Mike Arrington and Om Mallick are competitors… wouldn’t you like to hear them contrast their ideas independently? maybe even get them to exaplin how they will compete or differentiate their offerings.

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