On Wednesday of this week, we launched a new web show called “5 Things”. I would like to think that everyone all over the world has now seen Episode 1 of the show multiple times and that there is a daytime Emmy in here somewhere. I’ll even settle for a nighttime Emmy.
Why Another Developer Show
First off, I would argue that there are not enough developer shows out there yet. There are plenty of podcasts, but I don’t think we’ve sufficiently saturated the video content market yet. Well, I mean we have if you are talking about tutorials, but not in terms of human interest. And believe it or not, developers do have human interest.
We also wanted the show to be different. Standing behind a desk talking about technology is not bad, it’s just been done, and we wanted to do something a little unexpected.
Attention spans are short so we knew that the show not only needed to be as short as possible, but it also needed to move quickly. We wanted a high production value on these shows as well — quick cuts between scenes, multiple camera angles, high quality audio and on-location shoots.
We also had some great inspiration.
“Between Two Ferns” Meets Tech
5 Things takes it’s inspiration from a lot of different places, but for me it is somewhat inspired by the show, “Between Two Ferns”. If you’ve never watched that show, go and do that right now. You’re welcome.
While I can’t be as irreverent (or as funny) as Zack Galifinakas, I loved how different the format of that show is. He has high profile guests, but there is nothing fancy about the show. It kind of breaks down the wall between the person that you imagine in your head, and who people really are. Or at least who they are pretending to be on the show.
We also have different hosts. Each host brings something a little different so the format can vary from quite ridiculous to very informative. It just depends on who the guest is and who the host is that week. There is something for everyone!
The Future Of Five Things
Easy — It’s a bit too early to be asking about the future. This is episode 1 after all. However I can promise you some great guests whose names rhyme with “Sean Clarkin”, “Jessie Brazzle”, and “Ben Mesh” — among others whose names I don’t feel comfortable turning into a bad rhyming joke.
And now that I’m an official “YouTuber”, I believe I am compelled to scream…
LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE! SMASH THAT LIKE BUTTON! SMAAASSSHHH IT!
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