I know what you’re saying. “Uh oh.”
We were in the process of building the new podcast, with tons of kewl stuff, when my computer exploded. We lost a lot of work, and have to return to the drawing board, which, coincidentally, is in the drawing room. We cruised Best Buy and snapped up a new computer. I’ve spent the last two weeks reinstalling software and moving a lot of our data over from the server, but we still have a lot of work to redo.
Losing a computer is a really depressing experience. No matter how diligent your backup process, you’re going to lose stuff, stuff you were just working on. And sometimes you have to back up and start over again. But on the flip side of the coin, sometimes you discover that, over time, you’ve gotten a little bit complacent. You create something (let’s say, an audio clip). Months later, you discover a way to make that audio clip better, but you say to yourself, “Ahhh, it’s good enough.” And so, you let it ride, and leave something that’s not as good as it could be.
Well, “good enough” isn’t good enough.
I don’t think I’m revealing any secrets, when I say that Chrissy and I live in the general area of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Three years ago this week, our town was devastated by an F4 tornado. Our family and friends were fortunate enough not to be among the direct victims of the storm, but I did lose my job, thanks to no building to report to. I worked for a year with temp agencies, before finally latching on to a good position.
It’s taken three years of rebuilding and renovation, but the city is finally starting to see the fruits of its labor, as government, business, industrial and residential areas start to rise from the rubble, better than before. But to be done right, that improvement takes time.
That’s what we do, when losses strike. We reflect, then we rebuild, better than before. And while I’m not comparing the devastation of a deadly tornado to losing a computer, or a podcast, the principles remain the same.
Now, an opportunity has presented itself to us, to make things better. And we’re taking advantage of that opportunity to rebuild some of our clips, and re-examine some of our options for audio & video editing software. All of which we hope yields a better product for you.
We’re rebuilding, and I think, coming back stronger than before, on June 7.
You’ll see what I mean.