"Thanks for reviewing like, all my stuff guys, it really is tremendously helpful, and what you write is well-considered." - Guy Haley, Author of Baneblade, Skarsnik, Death of Integrity, Champion of Mars, Crash, and others.
Welcome to the Geek-o-dome!
The Ed 'Strikes a Pose' while the rest of the crew just humour him to keep him quiet
Welcome, one and all, to Fifty Shades of Geek.
Our mission: (we chose to accept it, it’s cool) to provide honest, insightful, and entertaining slices of geek related commentary in any areas that we can.
Be it a movie, a game, a book; fantasy, science-fiction, martial arts; a video review, text, comments; all will be delivered with passion and enthusiasm by our wonderful team of reviewers and back office (we have an office?) staff.
We only have two rules here at FSOG Towers. Keep it friendly, and avoid spoilers wherever possible - and if you can't, clearly warn folk.
So come on in, have a poke around, get to know us, find us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, and talk to us. We’re human after all. Well, most of us are.
Latest from the Twitter-sphere:
I'm out. I'm leaving. That's it! I've had enough!
I jest. I am leaving though. I'm off to Canada. So we're going to need some help until I'm back on the internet, and back in the swing of things.
This part of my job involves reading everything that comes in before it goes on the site. I check syntax, punctuation, spelling, grammar, and that the review is actually a review and meets the submission guidelines.
Once done, the reviews are then posted to the website, formatted, and have their images attached before scheduling for release during the week.
This part of the job also requires that reviews are solicited from the crew, and any issues are fed back.
This is a more obvious role as this involves presenting and recording the weekly Talking Eds podcast. As easy as this sounds, it does involve coming up with topics under discussion with your co-presenter, scheduling interviews with guests, and applying the various music cues and editing the cast.
Once it's finished the podcast is then uploaded to the website, and the feed document amended so that the website can talk properly to iTunes.
A slightly more behind the scenes role is this one, and requires that the Facebook pages, and Twitter are checked to make sure that the crew, contributors, likers, and members all abide by the fairly simple code of conduct.
I also contact the various publishers we are signed up to to get review copies, and chase them up as needs be. I also have to get the requests from the crew if there is anything needed for review.
You'll also need to be the professional and approachable face of the site at events, and approach potential interviewees.
Each of these jobs needs a certain degree of technical savvy - but if you're familiar with WYSIWYG web editors, Word, and Dropbox you're already well on your way. The audio editor's job, though, requires you to be familiar with an audio recording package - Garageband or Logic are ideal, though Audacity or Audition are also capable of capturing the cast. You'll also need to be efficient, organised, and tactful.
Each of these jobs in isolation is a commitment of time, effort, and learning. If you're willing to take on more than one role, you're welcome to. Please do be aware that this will be on top of the other commitments you already have in your life.
If you're interested, and still want to help us out, send me an email and I'll get back in touch with you via Skype for a chat.
Closing date for any and all applications is the end of May to allow for a probationary period and whatever coaching or support may be needed.