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I want to start podcasting again

I really miss podcasting. I miss talking to you guys every day, and getting to hear back from you. I miss the conversation, and everything that we shared back when I was doing the podcast daily. But things haven't worked out exactly the way I wanted them to.

What went wrong?

When I was podcasting a lot, I didn't have time to write nearly as much as I wanted to. I had so many book ideas, but no time really to work on any of them. So it became an issue. I was serving two masters: podcasting and writing. And you know what they say about serving two masters.

So in the end, I had to give one up. It became an easy choice, because Brian didn't have as much time as he used to join me around the table to do fandom today. So, we cutback. We only did shows when he had the time to come to the studio and record. And well, as you can see, that's not a lot of time. So, we gave up podcast.

That's a lot of so's. And that's the way it went down. I did get a new novel written, The Chain, which will be coming out in August. And I'm very proud of it. But I still miss recording the show. I miss talking to you guys. And I need to find a way to get back to podcast.

Where do you go?

The problem that I have now is not having a cohost. Granted, I would love for Brian to join me on the shows, but now the problem is with hosting. The service I was using to post the podcast, now has a file size restriction that keeps me from doing it. Where should I go?

I looked at sound cloud, but that just would be way too expensive. I like the features. But the cost is way too high.

I am considering Libsyn, since I know a lot of people use it, and I haven't really heard that many complaints. It is not too expensive. It does pose a problem. They offer apps. They offer a full-fledged android app. Which I guess I should be happy about, but I don't own an android device. I don't know anyone who has an android device. Their iOS support is weak and broken.

I know I really don't need to have an app. I think I know that. The problem is, I really want to have one. I have designed one. Drawn out all the screens. Thought an awful lot about it. But I can't write Objective-C. I tried to learn it, but my brain doesn't seem to work that way.

What do you want?

So what do you guys want? There's little point in me recording something just to hear my own voice. I want it to be something that you guys enjoy too. I would love to bring back Fandom Today. And I might do that. I'm curious to know what you guys would like to see and hear from me. I have thought about doing some YouTube videos. But they wouldn't be overly produced. It would just be me with either a WebCam or my iPhone or iPad just talking a little bit about whatever's on my mind. You know, like the old-school video blogs. Let me know what you think. I need to get back on the horse.

Community Issues

Community Management Twool
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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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Star Wars live-action series is close

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
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The Watcher rehashed and collected the rumors that we Star Wars fans have all heard before.  Lucas Film is working on a live-action noir series set between episodes III and IV...  and then?

Rick McCallum told them that they want all of the scripts finished before they begin production... not news, we announced the search for writers on Fandom Today a while back...

So why should I care?

This story and the firestorm around it smells of a planted PR story.  Lucas Film wants you to remember this project is in the development stage and they are looking to see what the reaction to the "news" that the cast will be original to the series.

Well done Lucas, but personally I would much rather see movies based on the Knight of the Old Republic Comics or the Legacy of the Force novels.  having said that, I am already earmarking time to watch.

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