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It's time to break the chains (2016 Objectives)

I know you all are probably tired of hearing me say this, but the last couple years have been hard for me.  Depression is a thing.  As we start 2016, it is time for me to do something that I haven't done in a while, I need to set some objectives for the new year.

The break down I went through taught me a couple things.

  1. I am stronger than I thought I was (and so are we all).

  2. You all really do care about not only what we built here, but about me. (That helped me get through more than you know.)

  3. Fandom is what I am, not just something I do.

That third one might sound strange.  In my darkest moments, I found strength not only in my faith, but in Spock, the Doctor, and my love for all things Henson.  When I didn't feel like doing anything, I would listen to Rainbow Connection, and find the strength to keep going.  BTW, I have amassed quite a collection of covers of that song.  I think my favorite is by Amanda Palmer.  She also helped more than she will ever know.  I have never met her, and I probably never will, but her book The Art of Asking, and her music was a big help.

So, having said all that, I have some objectives for this year.

Objective 1. I want to Write more

That might sound overly simple.  I am a writer after all, but with everything that has been going on, I haven't been able to write nearly as much, as I wanted.  I tied myself down with planning, and did very little writing.  I am not going to keep it that vague.

Goal 1.1 I want to post 4 Short Stories a month to Medium

There are a lot of stories in me, and I just need to tell them.  I need to stop worrying if this story or that should be a novel, a serial, a novella, novelette, or a short story.  I should tell the stories that are in my head, and then listen to you all.  If you all want me to elaborate on or extend a story, then that is probably my next novel.  After all, what good is all my writing if no one wants to read it, right?

At any rate, I feel like that will be a good way to collaborate more closely with you all.  I like the idea, and we'll see how it works out.

Goal 1.2 I want to blog more, at least 5 times a week

This is a bit harder for me.  I am so tired of the nonsense hype cycle, and I don't want to be a part of it any more, but there are a lot of things I want to share with you all and discuss.  I am going to do my best to take the time to share those thoughts.  I have to stop keeping it all inside.

Objective 2.  I want to Podcast more

I love podcasting.  I really do.  So I want to set aside the time to do it more.  I even talked Brian into joining me on the podcast again. (insert appropriate happy dance emoji here).

Goal 2.1 Record 5 podcasts a week 22-45 minutes each

Project: Shadow lives again.  More themed episodes, but I will try to have a headline section for things that are actually interesting.  I am going to need your help with this.  I have a lot of things I want to talk about, but could always use your suggestions for show topics.


Two objectives that give me three goals.  It might not sound like a lot, but that should keep me busy in 2016.  I would really like to know what you think.  What are you doing this year?  Let me know in the comments.

A Look forward to 2015: There and Never Going Back

2014 was a crazy year, and I mean that literally.  I spent most of the last quarter in deep depression, and I am glad to say that I am doing a lot better now.

I started out the year working on a Zine, technically a micropub magazine (dashPunk).  I wish things would have gone that way.  I was really excited about the project, even though I knew it would have been a lot of work. 

On January 29, I brought Project: Shadow back and started working on changing the nature of my work.  I wish I would have stuck with it, but more about that in a minute.

I didn't go ahead with the Zine because I felt like it wasn't a good fit for what I was trying to do.  It cost so much to do something that should be a lot easier, and I wasn't willing to charge people enough money to make it profitable.  I didn't want to loose money on the project, so I abandoned it.

I should have seen what was coming before I did.  On July 14, I noted in my journal that certain things were starting to freak me out.  On September 22, the depression hit.  It held on like nothing I have ever experienced before.  It smothered me in its embrace until December 16. 

I learned a lot while living under those shadows, important things.  I learned who my real friends are, and just how many people included me in their life as someone who could be useful to them.  My friends weathered the storm with me.  I am grateful to them.

As you know, I like to give names to important parts of my life.  I think I will remember this period as The Pruning.  I learned what was really important to me, and I cut away everything else.

On my Social Media life and Business

I want to start looking back by looking at the numbers starting with those from ThinkUp.

Number of Posts

  • In 2014, @cedorsett posted a total of 829 tweets. At 15 seconds per tweet, that amounts to 3 hours and 27 minutes. @cedorsett's followers probably appreciated it (ThinkUp).
  • This year, I posted a grand total of 963 times on Facebook. If each status update and comment took about 15 seconds, that's over 4 hours dedicated to keeping in touch with friends (ThinkUp).

I feel like I haven't been social and open enough about what is going on and what I have been up to.  While it sounds like I spent a lot of time posting, that came in fits and spurts. 

  • My longest tweeting streak lasted for 26 days, from August 4th to August 29th (ThinkUp).
  • I posted at least one status update or comment to Facebook for 57 days in a row, from January 1st to February 26th (ThinkUp).

Words per Month on Twitter

Words per Month on Facebook

As you can see from the graph, I started out the year strong, and had a increase around Shore Leave, but the general trend line was down.

Part of that was my disillusionment with social media, and part of that was the depression that crept up on me throughout the year.  I need to be more open, and I am looking for ways to share more and to be more helpful to you all.  If you have any ideas, I would love to hear them.

  • I entered a grand total of 10,071 words into the Twitter data entry box, reaching peak wordage in January, with 2,650 words. If @cedorsett were writing a book, that would be about 37 pages (ThinkUp).
  • I tapped 17,031 words into Facebook's status update or comment box, topping out with 5,520 words in January. If Eric Dorsett were writing a book, that would be about 62 pages (ThinkUp).

The most interesting thing to me is that I talked more about writing on twitter and my books and books in general on Facebook.  I also talked more about movies on Twitter.

Moving forward

I need to go back to what I had originally intended to do.  I need to "think out loud" on the blogs and through my social posts.

On that front, I set up a Known site and I plan on making that my social hub, but I will repost from their to my other accounts.  I don't enjoy Facebook, and I really never have.  After 8 years on Twitter, I don't feel like I am getting out of it what I used to.  I am not leaving those services, but I feel like I need to build out a site has the social qualities I want it to have.  That is what I hope the Known site will become.

For now, I am the only one that can post there, anyone can comment and like.  Early on, I will invite others to post individually.  Hopefully, once it is up and running, I will open up the registration to everyone.  The reason is, when I first set up the site it was open, and it was flooded by spammers.  I locked it down, and am now looking for ways to fix that problem.

I want to get the podcast up and running again, but I need your help with that.  I need to know what you want to talk about, and how it can be of service to you.

This year will hopefully be a turning point in my life and my work.  I hope it is for you too.  I can't wait to see what we can do together.

Good Reads feels like a place to be alone, so I started a new group

I have been a member of Good Reads for a long time, and I just can't seem to wrap my head around it. 

I cannot get into the groups.  I have tried, but the conversations are rarely interesting.  If you know a good group, please invite me.

I cannot get into the stream... The site feels disjointed.  I rate and review books I read, but it doesn't seem to be more than that. 

I want Good Reads to be a place I can go to talk about books.  Maybe I am using this site wrong.  I have looked through many tutorials, but none of them have helped me.

So, in hopes of making Good Reads work the way I want it to, I started a Project: Shadow Book Club.  I hope you join.  I will give this a year to take off, and I will post there even if I am just talking to myself.

I am reading Kaiju Rising, and made that the first book of the month.  It is a collection of short stories about giant monsters destroying cities, but it is so much more.  I have really been enjoying the book, and I look forward to discussing it with you.

I also set up a poll for to select the book of the month for October.  You can vote on the four books I added or suggest one of your own.

Lets get this book fandom doing what it should: discussion and sharing.

Looking for a way forward

A wealth of opportunities has never been a problem for me until recently.   I kinda feel like a jerk worrying about it as much as I am, but it is my nature to care way too much. 

Story ideas flow again, now it is just a matter of what to do with them.  That is where I am spoiled for choice. 

The problem is, I don't want to choose. I want to do it all, but I am not sure I have the time to do it all.  

The first opportunity is the magazine I have always wanted to do. Starting a new magazine as a one man shop is a little frightening, but I think I can do it.  

I just don't want to do it to the exclusion of other projects. I want to find a way to work it into the flow. I am sure there is a way, but I just don't see it clearly right now.  

The second opportunity is to do a world in Storium. I love the very idea of that, but it is such a new service that it is a risk.  

I have been working on a table top game, and maybe this is the kick in the pants I need to get that done.  

I want to go hardcore back into scifi for a bit, because I miss it so much. 

What do you want to see from me?  Where would you like to see me go?  I think I can do it all and make it work, but if that isn't something you all are interested in, then maybe it isn't the way I should go.  

Help me Obi-wan Kenobi! You are my only hope. 

Remembering Branch

I loaded up Think Up, and saw this:

I created a group on @Branch to discuss my work in “Dragons of Night”. Ask to join or watch to follow along: http://t.co/XdybBl7Z

Hmm.  A year ago, I announced with a lot of excitement that I started a group on Branch...  I was sure it was going to be the next big thing, but I was wrong.

What happened to Branch?

The site is still up, but I haven't used it in forever... in fact, I haven't really heard anyone mention it in quite some time.  So what happened?

Branch had built a powerful collaboration tool.  I was using it as a place to discuss ideas with the inner circle, but then the Branch developers freaked out.  I am not sure exactly why, but they pivoted the company away from everything that made them special, and took out all of the group collaboration features (here is there announcement).

Eventually, they launched a You Bundle-like group app (does anyone remember You Bundle either?) that didn't have any of the tools that made Branch special.

What made Branch special?

It was a conversation aggregation tool that allowed people to bring in content from multiple sources to discuss them in a neatly ordered threaded conversation that could easily Branch out into subtopics while keeping it all easy to read and follow.

Branch was the best tool that I have ever used to foster discussion.  The Group feature meant that you didn't have to be invited into the conversation, you could read along or participate in the topic.

When these features were removed, the service lost its distinctiveness and became little more than a public email thread. 

The Lesson we need to learn from Branch

I understand the necessity of a business to pivot.  I am in the midst of one for my business right now.  However, if the pivot removes those things that make your product (whatever it may be) less useful or differentiated from its competitors, then it will only damage your business.

When we change course, we have to consider what it is we do well and that our audience enjoys.  Double down on those attributes and find a way to strengthen them.

If we are not building on our strengths, then we are building in weaknesses.

A New Year Dawns

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with your help, 2014 will be amazing!

I really want to thank everyone for making 2013 such a great year.  Thanks you your support, last year was our best year.  Please keep spreading the word, so much more is comming this year.

Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi, you are my only hope!

This year, I am bringing back Project: Shadow and the Zines!

Project: Shadow is the site that started it all.  A community site to share the things we love and working on.  Well, I relaunched just before the new year, and I invite you to join me as I rediscover all the things that I love, and I cannot wait to see what all you have to share.

The Zines will be a collection of serials that will come out every 2 weeks.  Hopefully, they will launch soon, but they will not come out without your help.  For those of you who want early access, join the beta reader's group and help me to get the stories ready for release.

This will be a big year.  I can't wait to see what new wonder 2014 holds for us.

The Return of Project: Shadow

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
— Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, Dune

Last year was rough for me.  It's not like any thing in particular happened, well, now that I think about it, that is not exactly true.

2013 has been a year of anxiety and fear for me, and only now, as I sit here writing this post  does it start to make sense.

My first memory of the year is the morning someone kicked the door into our house.  Nothing was stolen.  No one was hurt.  The dog barked, and scared them off.  I am not sure my anxiety levels ever return to normal after that.

So now on the cusp of 2014, I have decided to start new.  I'm going to reboot my life and career, and that starts with the return of Project: Shadow.

Some of my diehard readers will undoubtedly say, "Project: Shadow has never gone away."

If you are one of them, I would like to say, thank you for reading my  tumblr blog. While it is true I continued to post over there, we all have to admit it was a half assed blog.  I want to get back to blogging like I used to.

I miss the sharing and the community.  I need to refocus my mind away from fear and back towards the things I love.  After all, true love casts out fear.  I invite you on this journey with me.

I look forward to your questions and comments.  Together, we are Project: Shadow.

Reclaiming Blogging and Navel Gazing

“Reclaim Blogging”: Why I’m giving up Twitter and Facebook, I started thinking about my own experience with blogging and social media. 

I gave up "news" blogging a while back because it took more time then just tweeting the links or talking about the stories on one of our podcasts.  I feel like that was the right decision.  I think my time is better spent working on original fiction.  That at the very least makes me happier.

Then Google+ came on the scene, and I find myself posting over their a lot of the things I used to post on my personal blog.

Navel Gazing

A lot of bloggers are thinking about this stuff right now, and you all are probably tired of all the navel gazing, but it is an important topic.

Most of the bloggers and podcasters I know got into this field to have conversation.  We like to talk to you all and work together to figure out what we should and could do to solve various problems.  This is were social networks become a big part of the problem and the solution.

I write a post on dashPunk, and I get some comments.  I post a new episode of a podcast, and I get some email.  I post to Google+, and the comments flood in.  The temptation to post their is great, and I wonder if I should or shouldn't.

Social Blogging

I want to post on the social networks, but Hugh is right, it is too easy.  When I post to my blog, take time to fully form ideas and post something that says exactly what I want to say.  Often, on social networking sites, I post off the top of my head or what is on my heart at the moment.

Jeff Jarvis says that Twitter is for getting things off of your chest, and maybe that is what these networks are for.

Perhaps, I should post notions, and first thoughts on these networks, and more fully formed ideas on my blog.  That at least sounds like a plan.

What do you all think?  What is the balance and what do you what to see where?

Curation v Creation

From Entertainment Design

Steven Rosenbaum at Mashable wrote an interesting post claiming that curation is just as important as creation.  I have thought about this for a while, and I need your imput.

Defining our terms

  • Creation is the production of making original content.
  • Curation is coming through original content and promoting the best content to readers.

Is Curation important?

YES!  I read through thousands of stories a day, some from curation sites to find topics to share on dashPunk.  There is an enormous amount of content out there and some curation is important to filter through the noise so the average reader who doesn't have the time to read through the mountains to posts can still find information that is important to them.

For example.  Many Scifi blogs focus on rumors and hype, and frankly, that bores me more than Battle for LA.  I like to know what is going on, but the rumor cycle is crazy.  That is why we rarely write about rumors, and generally only post about rumors we hope are either true or false.

We also avoid posting most hype stories.  I am suffering from hype fatigue.  Yes, yes, your thing is the next greatest thing ever just like everyone else's is the next greatest thing ever.  The hype is almost always a lie. 

I feel like curation is one of the most important things I do, so in that, I agree.

What is the best form of Curation?

Some people claim it is Twitter.  I am not sure about that.  Until I started using Flipboard, most links in my twitter stream just flew by unchecked, and since I only check Twitter a couple times a day, many still do.

I think blogs are still the best place for curation, because I not only get the links, but I get analysis that I trust (or not, depending on the blog) and I find a lot more of the stories that interest me.

Maybe I am old fashioned by I like stories to sit unread until I go through them rather than floating by.

What do you want?

What are you looking for?  Original content, curation?  If curation, where do you want it, blogs, Twitter, FaceBook?

Netflix to make Original Programming

affiliate linkThe folk at Netflix decided that is a good idea for them to make their own content by signing House of Cards to an amazing 2 season deal (check out Deadline for more).

I'm not sure this is a good idea.  YouTube and Hulu have done the same type of thing lately, and it all just makes me sigh.

Content platforms should be Platforms, not producers.  There is an inherent conflict of interest when your business is about both, making content and distributing it.  They will naturally push their original content more than the content of others...

I would love to see them take the idea of being a platform to the next stage instead.  Provide tools for independent producers to submit their content easily, and curate that content, to keep the quality of your offering up to your standards.

Am I making to much out of this?  Let me know what you think.

Vidding is Free Speech

By jonathan mcintoshVidding is the art and craft of remixing video and music to produce an original work.  I keep getting asked, is this free speech or not?

I am not a lawyer

Legality is (unfortunately) in the eye of the copyright holders.  Some rights holders would rather maintain a stranglehold on their properties than allow free promotion of their works.  I think a better question than "are vids legal" is "should vids be legal?"

They paved paradise...

Vidding to me is a natural expression of fandom and  a proper use of a fan's fair use rights.

Copyright is intended to maintain the profitability of a creative work for those who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into making it.  I have no problem with a creative person making money off the fruit of their labors, but entertainment designers need to think about how and why they make money, and if the answer is licensing fees, they need to find a new job.

Fan Love = Money

Let me take a moment to talk directly to my fellow entertainment designers.

Hey guys and gals, I know some of you already know this but we need to bring some peer pressure on those who don't.  If you want to make money, you need people to like you, even better if you can make them fall in love.

I know, love a scary thing, and relationships are hard.  You have to develop listening skills, and actually care how your actions affect others.  The risk is worth the rewards. 

As your relationship with your fans grows, they will start participating in the media.  They will make art, filk, and fanfiction.  If they really love you, they will take the time to make a vid.  I know it is scary to have someone other than you edit your work, but they will then share it with others who have never heard of you.

Love is risky.  It is hard to put yourself out there, without risk, there are no rewards.  If you make it hard for people to love you, they will walk away, leaving you cold and alone and eventually walking the streets wondering why no one dares to care for you anymore.  You will end up spending all you time and money on ad agencies who, let's face it, are little more than the dating sites for media.

Don't make it hard to love you.  Relax, take it easy, and you'll find your relationships worth wild.

Vidding as fair use

If you are not making money off your vids, or reproducing copyrighted content verbatim, they no one should be able to argue that you have made a copy.

A copy is an identical, frame by frame reproduction of a work without alteration.  A derivative is reproducing a work with alterations, and so not as you are not reproducing a work in its entirety, I cannot see how anyone could see that new work as a product that violates copyright.

If I make a 5 minute video from a 90 minute movie, how is that a copy of the movie?

But what about the music?

I am not sure I want to go down this rabbit hole at this moment in time, but I think music is something very different from video.

If no one ever hears a song, it will never be heard.  That may be the dumbest sentence I have ever typed, but I think it makes an important point.

While I believe musicians should make money off their work, I am not convinced that a musician has a right to a fee for non-comercial uses of their music.  If I use music in a product I am making money from, then, if that music is fundamental to the enjoyment of the work, like a film score, then yes, the musician deserves a fee.  However, if I use music in a non-comercial, commentary, or introductory way, then... well... that play is fair use.

I suppose I would apply these rules:

  1. If I make money from your music, you should too.
  2. If I am not making money off your music, I owe you nothing.

The best way I can see vidders making money off their vids is to affiliate link to the original music or video content.  Then everyone wins!!

The Internet is for free speech

 Sometimes, I must admit, I get a little nostalgic.  When I saw this video, it made me remember those early days of the internet, and how much has and hasn't changed.

(Thanks to Motherboard for sharing the video)

I remember the first time I got online via Prodigy at my friend Aaron's house.  It was magical.  I was talking to people all over the world from that house in Frederick, MD.  It seems like some of the magic has gone out of the internet in the intervening years, and some old ideas are cropping back up.

Are iOS and Android the new AOL?

Before I dig into this, I have to say, I love my iPad.  It has changed the way I work, play, and read, but I have a few concerns about the future.

As an entertainment designer, I spend an increasing chunk of my time thinking about how to improve the delivery of my fiction and this site.  Brian and I have talked about making an App available on iOS and Android, and have looked into ways to raise the funds to hire a developer... but why?

I read most of my content of the web via Flipboard and Reeder now.  That is a very new thing.  Grant it, they pull in stories from my Twitter, Facebook, and Google Reader accounts, so why don't I use those sites directly anymore?

It is just easier (and prettier) to load up my Apps.  I am a little scared that we are seeing the the re-AOL-ing of the internet.

In the early years, access to the internet was metered, and the way the average users (I'm not talking about geeks like us), accessed content was through AOL, MSN, or other ISP portal.  Content had to be made specially for these services, wich took resource away from content.

I remember writing java script, dhtml, and other sometimes unique scripts so those early sites would work well with these portasl.  Pages had to be coded specifically for Internet Explorer and Netscape.  Some tags worked on one and not the other and it was a nightmare.  I spent most of my time coding and not working on content.

Now, Chrome is going the way of Internet Explorer, away from standards, and we are looking for a way to code specialized versions of our content for the iPad and Android.  Deja vu.

Google fan boys will probably take exception with my comparison of Chrome to IE, but that is what they did specifically with the new HTML 5 <video> tag.  It allowed you to add a type and codec so the browser would know what to play.  Google decided to make the video tag default to a video format they own rather than allow the tag to work as intended.  That is outside of the web standard, and a bad move.

Content should be Free

That is free as in speech.  With all of these new form factors emerging, they should comply to web standards so content creators can make their content once and display it on everything.

Apple and Google should both offer WYSIWYG app kits to allow content creators to make apps with ease.  It should be an option.  If I have the money and interest to hire a developer and start the expensive and time consuming process of developing an app, then so be it, but if having an app continues down the path of being a necessity, they are pushing smaller content creators out of the market before they get a chance to prove themselves.

Everything's great if you are NewsCorp and can work with Apple to make a native app to display your content, but that is something that will not be available to the vast majority of publishers.

Open the Systems

The power of the internet is that it allows anyone who wants to speak out to be heard.  But I receive more emails every week from people bemoaning that fact that we don't have an iPad app yet.  As an avid iPad User, I understand where they are coming from.  I just don't want to see us return to the limited options we had back in the days of the old AOL.

What do you think?  Am I blowing this whole thing out of proportion?  Leave a comment and let me know.

Welcome to the New dashPunk

Over the last few months we have been hard at work improving what we are doing here at dashPunk, and we hope you love the new site as much as we do.

Some of the new features are:

  • Our Improved Forum: We were blown away by the popularity of the forum when we originally added it to dashPunk.  The new forum offers a better post editor, making it easier for you, and modularity, so we can have as many or as few Forums as the site needs.  Flexibility is the key.
  • Our new galleries feature: I'm sure Brian will be playing with this a lot, and maybe some others of you.  Now, we can collect and share images with you all easier than ever!  You can see an example here.
  • Power to the pages!  Now, we can offer and organize the resources you all have been asking for.
  • New Home Page: the new home page will keep you up to date on all of the site updates, from new pages to posts and even new forum topics!
  • Power to the people!!

Some of you received an email from me letting you know that you have been upgraded to Contributor status on the site!  Membership has its privileges, and we will be promoting those of you who share the most with the community to contributor status so you can post to the blog and share with our many RSS subscribers, and more opportunities may open to you all in the near future.

Now it's time to make dashPunk the home of fandom it was always meant to be!

Community Issues

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I've talked for a while now on Fandom Today, about our dreams to build a community site for you all to talk to each other in the same way you talk to us via email, Twitter, and FaceBook.  For a long time we used Ning, but there new pricing model makes that impossible... (sigh)

For the last month we have been playing with BuddyPress with mixed results.  While it add most of the function you all have asked for, it does not allow us to set up a dedicated video upload section, and the Profile and Group Avatars are broken.  Over the last several days, BuddyPress has started causing random crashes on the site, so I disabled it until the next update.

We are thinking of adding VideoPress to the site for our vidders to continue adding videos to the site.

You all are what makes dashPunk worth the time, effort, and cost, so we want to make you as happy as we possibly can.

I am sorry for any inconvenience our recent issues have caused.  Let me know what features (or services) you would like us to have, and we will do our best to bring them to you as quickly as we can.

Passion = Life

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Dusting at dashPunk

spring cleaning
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We are moving into a new era here at dashPunk, or to say that with a bit less drama: It is almost spring.  As we prepare for the April issue, I have a couple questions for you all:

Is your fandom a little dusty?

Do you have any area of fandom that you would like us to shine a little light on, or dust off for spring?

I have been reconnecting to my fannish roots, and falling in love with old loves all over again.  Have you looked as something with new eyes lately?  If so share your story with us.

The Best in SF

We are also preparing our first look at the best SF out there.  If you want to make sure your favorites make the list, send them in.

New Music

We are also building our first look at musicians and bands that everyone needs to know about this spring.  Send in your nominations.

Jump in!

Leave your comments here or email them to me.  I can't wait to see what is heating up out there.

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Do you want text, audio or video?

Sonia Simone over at Copyblogger asked an interesting question:

Is Writing Obsolete?

I have been asking the same question for a long time now.  I love to write and read, but as the amount of time I have dwindles, I find myself relying more and more on audio and video.

Blogs

I love text on blogs.  It is scanable and I can know right away if I want to read the rest, but there is something about unedited video that I find extremely compelling.

Some of my favorite blogs are little more than webcam videos of people talking about topics I find interesting.  They are personal, and the context clues the voice and face offers is matchless.

I've thought about doing more videos for dashPunk, but I am put off by the idea that no one would really want to watch me talk.

I like audio.  We post all of our podcasts to the site, and people spend more time than I thought they would listening through the site.

Books

My biggest problem writing lately is that I am not sure what the future of fiction should be.  I really enjoy writing novels.  I want them to be so much more.

I am working with an audio engineer to make full cast audio productions of my books., and I have thought about offering a version read my me.

Honestly, I would love to make a video series out of them, but I would have to find a filmmaker to help out.

What do you want?

Are you interested in Text, Audio, or Video?