Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tod Maffin The Blogger Has-Been


We asked Tod to answer five very important questions.

What is your best memory of creating media for other people to enjoy?

I think my best memory of creating media was during the CBC lockout some years back. I ran one of the popular blogs covering events around the lockout, bringing people on the line together, and hopefully bridging the communications gap between management and labour.

Which media creator has been most inspiring to you and why?

Ira Glass has been my most inspirational model for storytelling. His show (This American Life) is one of the few shows I know of which both follows a formula AND makes each show sound new and unique.

What do you think is the most important consideration to media relevance?

[NOTE: There was some confusion over this question. We'll add the answer when we get it.]

If you could do it all over again, what would you do differently?

If I could do it all over again? Hmmm… tough one. I’ve been pretty happy with the way things have gone. I probably wish I’d have kept doing my podcast (The How To Do Stuff Podcast), but I got quite ill so I wasn’t able to keep doing it. I keep meaning to get back to it, but just never have found the time or same level of inspiration.

[NOTE: We remain fans of the long absent How To Do Stuff Podcast and will be campaigning for its return.]

How do you hope your PAB2010 session will change the way people think and/or act?

I hope my PAB session will help people find and tell stories better, and use their storytelling to make change in their communities.

COMMENT, not yet published by PAB2010:

Tod has tried to resurrect his podcasting, after trying to get a TV podcast off the ground.
Neither went anywhere, and disappeared after one or two tries.

He recently tried to do a Tech type podcast of a sort interviewing others and posting the audio on the net as a tech contributor to some on-line web site.
That's history too, because Tod sees nothing in it for him.

He will tell you how to spice up your little hobby of trying to do an interesting "podcast", but neglects telling you that you are wasting your time.
That's why he isn't doing a podcast, when there was once a time when you couldn't keep him away.

Tod hopes that your podcast will make change in your community, and counts BLOGGING as the highlight of his efforts at communications.

At his own blog, he hopes you'll never eat at SCOOZI'S.

and yes, he also believes it's a good idea to erase past stupidities - pretty much anything since 2010.

What's your problem?

Tod Maffin's version of absolute power.
I wrote a comment at a famous blog.
Tod didn't like it, and took the intial steps of legal action to have it removed.
He was successful.

It made me an unhappy camper.
And I happen to really like it here.