Here’s an update on some Packet Pushers news, and a look ahead to the content we’re planning for 2015. No scary announcements, just some thoughts to share.
Circling Back Around On Show 200
I think we’ve mentioned it before, but the response we received to show 200 was very encouraging to us. That’s understated. You really blew us away. Over 60 thoughtful e-mails came in from you good people, explaining how much you enjoy and learn from the show. Thank you for that. You can imagine how it felt for the podcast to be validated in such a poignant way. We were a bit awestruck by some of the stories you shared about how Packet Pushers has impacted you or your career.
The result of that outpouring of support plus some positive signs in our sponsorship strategy means that we will continue to drive Packet Pushers forward. We won’t cut back on content or slow down. In fact, we intend to go in the opposite direction (i.e. more content), as long as the content we’re providing is made up of good quality, interesting discussions.
2015 Content Plans
Thematically, you can expect the following sorts of Weekly Shows from us this year.
- “Design & Build” series. I posted this blog a few weeks ago, looking for people from the global networking community to share their real world experience with specific projects. I received over 20 responses from folks who want to participate. I am really, really excited about that series. If you’re one of those who sent me an e-mail, your name is on a spreadsheet, and you’ll be hearing from me with next steps. (And if you missed that blog post and want to participate, it’s not too late.)
- Sponsored shows. One of the things that makes it possible to drive Packet Pushers forward is sponsored content. That pays the bills, helps feed our families, etc. We will continue to deliver sponsored shows as we have in the past, doing our best to keep the content as technical and real-world focused as we can. Most of the vendors that sponsor shows “get” us (and you), so these sorts of shows are getting easier to produce as we go forward with the format. Many of you have said that you get a lot from these shows, as it exposes you to solutions you didn’t know anything about before. Very well. With your permission then, we’ll carry on.
- Timely topics. Interesting news items, new technologies, excellent people with things to say, and other good stuff pops up that makes for engaging listening.
Priority Queue will continue on as in the past, catching the excess content from conference coverage, the odd conversation we have with folks in the industry, and whatever else we think is interesting but not quite right for the “Weekly Show” feed.
The Community Podcast is still an open invitation to you. Orhan Ergun has contributed several good podcasts, and we’re working with a professional educator who wants to produce some networking shows addressing the questions he hears coming from his students. Got a podcast in you? Let us know.
Healthy Paranoia with Michele Chubirka is sunsetted for right now. Mrs. Y might well make an emotionally intelligent comeback as her time permits, and we’re hoping that works out. In the meantime, rest assured that Mrs. Y is working diligently to keep the Internet safe from nefarious black hats and social engineers stealing ur card numberz.
In The Queue *Right Now*
The recording queue is filling up with lots of good content to be released in the coming weeks. Here’s a peek.
- Four more shows from HP Discover Barcelona. Chris Young went out of his way to bring us nerdy guests to record with at Discover, and we had no duds at all. Every recording was interesting, which honestly, we didn’t expect. We thought we’d have at least one stinker, but nope. Every one was a winner. Those will be published on Priority Queue.
- Sponsored shows from Viptela, Cisco, SolarWinds, Auvik, HP, and Vectra.
- OpenFlow and related tech update from Brocade’s Curt Beckmann.
- The whole Marriot wifi thing with some folks you’ve never heard on Packet Pushers before. Fresh meat!
- A discussion on OpenClos, a brand new open source project previous Packet Pushers guest Doug Hanks has been working on.
- A discussion of OpenStack’s Neutron with Kyle Mestery.
- A least a couple “Design & Build” shows I’ll be scheduling ASAP.
- A chat with Cisco’s Dave Ward (a hard man to schedule!). Looking forward to that discussion.
- And more…Greg’s got some Network Break shows scheduled, and I’m pretty sure there’s some stuff I’m forgetting about.
Wild Speculation About The Future
Greg and I continue to bat ideas around for Packet Pushers. We’re talking about everything from additional IT-related podcast channels (not necessarily just networking), to e-books, to a series on networking fundamentals. It’s a balancing act. We want to offer more to the community that’s valuable, and we also need to feed our families. As we said in show 200, having two full-time jobs is unsustainable for the long haul. Therefore, at least some of the content needs to make a bit of money so that we can put this media empire together. 😉 There’s a good chance we’ll just try some things and see how they work out. If they work, great. If they don’t, no harm done.
Thanks again to all of you for listening and, just as importantly, participating.