January 01, 2019 • ☕️ 4 min read
I think podcasts are a good medium to open up conversations about topics we should talk about in public but aren’t, and to do it in a more conversational yet nuanced way (I was pleasantly surprised with how Hope in Source was received).
So I’m thinking of a podcast that isn’t necessarily about current events or any particular project/language/event. And if it’s going to be “timeless”, then the format could be more by seasons (or theme) rather than per week.
I think I’d like to talk more about the how (what it “feels” like) vs. the what (the content, which is more googlable) of being a maintainer. There are plenty of podcasts that interview guests on what a particular project does, why it’s used, or how to use it but we could talk more about their motivations, struggles, and hopes!
To shed light on the process of working as a maintainer (bonus if we get more contributors from it).
Maybe it’s fine if end up with more questions than answers; I don’t know what I’m doing here so I’m eager to learn and discuss with everyone!
Just some ideas and potential questions as an example.
Growing Maintainers: How do projects inspire others to join a project?
Example of a specific theme/season:
Language Standards: I originally thought of making a Babel podcast (maybe I still should) for this idea. People tend to think “ivory tower”, so it could be interesting to speak with folks on TC39 to better explain how things are done, how to get involved, and what can change.
Anything about open source that you’d want to hear about or discuss that we don’t say much about? Let me know!
Releasing by topic or season seems to make sense. Can we go into detail just about a specific question, or just start with a general problem and see where the conversation goes?
I certainly don’t see myself wanting to do a solo podcast so not opposed to just talking with a guest or doing a series of episodes with the same guest? Maybe it’s better to try it out and see where it goes?
And as for guests, of course we can interview open source maintainers! But I’m curious about talking with contributors, people who haven’t yet, or people in other fields that do “maintainer-like” roles on their perspectives?
Would appreciate your feedback as I’m still thinking through this!
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