Bear with me a bit while I talk you through my stream of consciousness:
Following American Chopper, American Hot Rod, Monster Garage, the various Tattoo shows, and on and on, I’ve long thought that “American Webmaster” would make for interesting television. Come on, who wouldn’t like that show!?! Nerds shows are hot right now: Chuck, Beauty and the Geek, Mythbusters, etc. Combine nerds with the “watch them while they create” format and I think it would be great. Of course I’m a bit biased and my wife says it’s a stupid idea. But I think she’s wrong. Look at all the techie videocasts and podcasts that are available and being watched and heard my millions (okay maybe not millions, but you get my drift). Revision3 has successfully recreated TechTV on the web by bringing in all the talent and making new shows. BTW, Kevin Rose, if you want to do “American Webmaster” or something named a bit differently to avoid copyright infringement, give me a shout. Same goes to you Discovery and TLC. Finally, I’d be remiss to talk about videocasts and not mention Telligent’s own excellent series, TelliCast. Check it out!
I was watching a MythBusters show tonight where they were taking on viewer suggested myths. It was a really fun show and I think that much of the fun was just because they were myths suggested by the fans.
I’ve been playing around and prototyping a lot of quick little fun sites recently (RandomTweets.com, TFFRatio.com, etc) all based on crazy ideas that I’ve come up with (or that I “borrowed” from someone else).
Next came the magical melding of all three of the above ideas into one. There has to be lots of people out on the internets who have some good ideas for little sites, or Facebook apps, or widgets, or small utilities but do not have the resources (know how, experience, etc) to build those things. How about a show where we take viewer requests and prototype those things to see it they’re feasible and how they turn out? Sounds kind of like a MythBusters, American Chopper, and nerdy Web Dev mix, huh? Okay, doing a TV show is a bit out of my league (barring a call from Discovery/TLC). So how about just a video cast? Again a bit out of my sphere of experience (barring a call from Revision3). Maybe just a podcast then? Well, I’ve never done one of those either.
Hmm. Well I do know that I could take requests and build stuff. And I know a lot of people who can build stuff, too. There are a lot of .NET developers on my Twitter list who might be interested in getting involved in something like this (especially for fame and glory!). And I know some people who do podcasts or are interested in doing podcasts who could probably generate some good “after the fact” interviews with the requester and contributor(s) as well as review the end result.
It’s all just a bunch of jumbled ideas at this point.