Back when Bloomberg Law kind of existed, former ABA Journal editor Ed Adams came to me with an idea. Why not try to do a short segment, a one-man narrative of sorts, with a rant on one of the subjects here.
It was an interesting idea, despite my face-made-for-radio issue, so I gave it a try in the solitude of SJ studios. I hated it. I thought I just totally sucked, so I begged off the project. I was shallow and un-illuminating, and couldn’t get comfortable flying solo.
After Bloomberg imploded, its main on-air interviewer, Lee Pacchia, decided to start Mimesis Web TV. I always thought very highly of Lee. Mimesis has a multipronged approach, producing videos for others, law schools and big firms, for example, as well as its own channel of law content for its own use and that of other law sources. After doing an interview with Lee, he brought up Ed’s old idea about doing a one-man show.
We did it a little differently than what I tried, and failed miserably, to do before. In The Street studios on Wall Street, Lee would pitch me questions, and I would go off on my own for a minute or two giving whatever thoughts popped into my head.
They would come one after another, and I would just sit there for a half hour making noise. Whether the noise was anything worth anyone else’s time I couldn’t say. That was up to Lee, who would then dice and splice himself out of the take and leave me to ramble by my lonesome.
Since then, I’ve done about ten videos. Some have seen the light of day. Others were either so sucky or grew stale over time that they died a lonely death. It’s never been intended to be too slick or take itself too seriously, while I’ve tried to do something that was worth a viewer’s time to watch.
I’ve learned a lot from the experience, and I’m still learning. I have a way to go to make this informative and, well, more interesting. One of the things that troubles me is that I really haven’t been as humorous as I hoped to be, though the subjects have been pretty serious. I’m still working on it.
But here’s my “crowdsourced” question, is this worthwhile? What do you think, am I doing something that helps, hurts or is just too damn boring to be worth it? Yes, I’m asking for your opinion, and expect no tummy rubs. Here are some examples:
So? For those who’ve been waiting for the chance to kick my butt and get me back for all the mean things I’ve said, this is your chance. Go for it.