What I Want To Be When I Grow Up: Koenig the Content Producer
I need to get creative again. I love blogging, but the truth is my sister CrowDawg is a lock to be the great American novelist in the family. And anyway my real bookish ambitions were always more non-fiction-esque (blueprints for the revolution), which lends itself to other formats perhaps more. So I think I know what I want to do.
I want to compete with Joe Felice.
I don't mean to literally try to beat him at anything -- much better to have a little co-opetition -- but rather to play in that space of DIY talking-head media. He's done a fucking inspiring job with his video productions, and I want to get on the bandwagon.
Granted, this is something I've made noise about a number of times before, so believe it when you see it, but I've been feeling for a while that I need some kind of change of pace, a more structured creative outlet as I said, and for some reason w/Obama getting in, feeling like I want that to mean something, reading this Krugman blog post and seeing the awesome graphic in the post below that Nica made, it all started clicking.
Here's what I would do:
- Save up several thousand dollars for equipment (camera, workstation) probably by being selfish and not buying any extravagant gifts this holiday season (easy)
- Start writing material; my initial goal would be to do a king-hell job explaining what I'm trying to express in this confusing list of bullet points (medium)
- Build myself a kickass website (easy)
- Move into the garage in Westhaven and construct some kind of broadcast set (medium)
- Sometime in the new year, arrange to devote on work-day a week to get all this stuff done (hard)
The challenge will be to intermingle my talking-head stuff with good infographics and the like. I think the traditional video newsmarket does a really terrible job of presenting ideas, particularly when it comes to meaty topics.
The real challenge will be getting anything off the ground in time to make a difference. That will mean real discipline and time-management, things I want to be better at, but still struggle with to be honest. We'll see.
There's even a strong way in which this could play back into my existing dayjob career. It might be very nice.