Ezekiel Editorial: Content and Balance

Hello my snug cuddle-wumps and cushy-plushies! Just a small editorial again. Details details and more details. It's all in the details.

First off, later today we have a lovely interview with Pablo Coffey on the podcast. Pablo played the rather unforgettable house invader "Cutter" in season one's "Wide Open". He talks a lot about Millennium (with a lot of love), so please tune in for that whenever you have a spare moment.

On the end of the podcast we talk a little about this writing thing, a little of the background and a little why we're being such dreadful teases.

So what's coming up? Morgan and Wong week. As with all BacktoFrankBlack, things can't always go to schedule. It's the nature of this very large beast. We had hoped we could stave off the week so we could get another interview fixed, but being human and fallible as we are, we might not be able to kick that one between the goalposts. So we've moving on with that. There is a lot of risks in these campaigns - sometimes things don't go to planned. We've been asked where has the James Morrison interview gone, and like with John Muir, busy men are notoriously hard to schedule. They don't get paid, so we're really at the mercy of whatever free time they can give us. James has been a hard man to schedule and we've lost windows many times through the year (John was the same), but we'll do our best to get that lined up. You can ask myself, Troy - or Mark - and we'll all tell you the same: there is a LOT of hard work in getting these interviews and events to pan out (yes, events too, auction delayed by actors and crew being SO giving they want time to send more stuff), and for every 10 successes, you'll get 1 fail. But we will keep pushing. We waited a year for BacktoFrankBlack and Mr Muir to find a window that suited both parties, we'll do two years for Mr Morrison if needs be.

Bottomline, and I'll leave you with this point, is when it's quite on the blog front, more likely than not, it's because its busy behind the scenes. We have had some queries as to where some of the content has gone from the blog (any non related post feedback, please send to info@backtofrankblack.com and we'll address it without disrupting the blog), and that's the answer: if its quiet our front, it's because we're focusing on work behind the scenes. 90% of the work on this campaign is stuff you never see on the blog or social networks. Doesn't mean it isn't happening.

See our concern - and we'll openly share it with you - is when a campaign loses its novelty, we have to look at what we can do to make sure the campaign aspect isn't lost (and we're so glad to have people like Lance to throw ideas against our brain boxes to stop that happening: see the teasing!) . It would be easy to fall into a trend of related articles, fun interviews and commentaries for the blog, but we'd be in danger of losing out on what the campaign is about: a campaign. The more we focus on the blog, the less we can focus on the media, industry and Millennium crew. As I was forced to say (I hope not too rudely) to a colleague recently, we're not a fanzine, we're a campaign, so we can't always be on the blog to deliver fun and fab content - but we WILL try. And as always YOU can help.

If you have any ideas (the bumper sticker idea was an awesome one of late - and sooo obvious!), or want to contribute to the article or the campaign, email me at jim@backtofrankblack.com or troy@backtofrankblack.com We have some new contributors lined up this year (first will début on Morgan and Wong week), but if you feel we should have more "fan focused" content on the blog (and we know some of you do), step up to the plate: give us a hand in providing.

In the meantime, enjoy a little teasing, a little Pablo, some more Seven and One, a little Video Avatar and more website updates - all in the next 5 days!

7 Responses to "Ezekiel Editorial: Content and Balance"

Jósef Karl said... February 15, 2010 at 6:04 PM

I've always understood this about the blog, no matter who was running it or when.

You guys have lives besides working behind the scenes arranging interviews for podcasts and whatnot.

So, I appreciate every blogpost, even a tiny teaser or an editorial.

Beggars can't be choosers.

Cheers from Iceland!
- Jósef

TL said... February 15, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Josef, thank you for your continued support with the videos, comments and spreading the word. I will be in touch with you soon for a special project. :)

Jósef Karl said... February 15, 2010 at 7:50 PM

"Special" is after all my middle-middle name ;)

Drop me an e-mail any time, Troy.

Good night.

- Jósef

Graham Smith said... February 16, 2010 at 3:11 AM

Brilliantly put James!

Unknown said... February 16, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Thanks Guys, you don't need guests btw, but always cool - you guys are our voice and we're not just listening about the Millennium news, I'm sure we're without a doubt Troy and James fans by now, I mean it's not just the Millennium content, it's you guys - we're fans of you both now, so if you don't have any interviews or much on the Millennium front we'll listen to you both talking about whatever other cool things you've seen, done, the weather stateside, the weather in England or your latest drunken sexual conquests with some flueseys you met at your local pubs (perhaps one looked like Lucy Butler) ?. Toodle Pip could tell us a little more about himself ie: the art world and Troy could tell us about his I.T. career and some of the dodgy content he downloads at work when he should be retrieving Sallys accidentally deleted lost word document, basically I speak for everyone when I say 99% of the coolness in B2FB is the hosts.
President - The Toodle Pip Fan Club.

James McLean said... February 16, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Lol. That's very sweet of you. Not sure how many others agree, but if we're not irritating too much, we're doing our job.

Maybe we'll indulge your suggestion on the next podcast. ;)

Adam Chamberlain said... February 17, 2010 at 3:46 AM

I can certainly appreciate how much work behind the scenes goes into the campaign, and can only applaud you for retaining its focus alongside some brilliant background content and interviews you've brought us. Quite how you fit this alongside your regular lives is beyond me, and so I'm almost reassured when things go a little quiet that hopefully you're remembering to live a little between posts and podcasts! Certainly you've built up quite a patter and tone in the podcasts when it's just the two of you too, so they're never anything less than utterly entertaining and completely focussed.

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