As you may have heard, Will's leaving in a few weeks to start his new VR adventure. We're incredibly excited for him, and will be keeping an eye on what he's working on in this new and exciting medium. He'll still be participating in our upcoming October live shows (we're going to be podcasting on Alcatraz!), and will still be a regular contributor to Still Untitled. But as many of you may be wondering, what does this mean for Tested? To be honest, we don't have all the answers yet. Some things are undoubtedly going to change, but many things are also going to stay the same. I'm not going anywhere. Joey is still going to be kicking ass producing our videos. We're still going to be reviewing gear, showcasing projects, podcasting, documenting One Day Builds, and reporting from events. We're going to continue experimenting with storytelling formats and trying new shows and types of content. We're never going to stop trying to show and tell the most interesting stories we can about technology, science, art, and makers. In short, we'll always be testing.
What will change, though, are the people that make up Tested. While we'll strive to tell the stories that interest us in the same fun, optimistic, and critical way you've come to expect, we want to tell those stories with more (and more diverse) voices. Tested has never been about just Will, me, Joey, Adam, and Jamie--it's always been bolstered by a group of like-minded enthusiasts and obsessives. We're privileged to have writers like Terry, Erin, and Ryan who share their perspectives and discoveries on topics we're not necessarily experts in--seriously, read their stuff! Those voices, along with Tested "Special Teams" members like Frank, Jeremy, and Sean have become family.
Going forward, we're hoping to expand that family, both on and off camera. We're looking for correspondents, reporters, and writers who want to share their enthusiasm for technology, science, food, movies, and making stuff. It doesn't matter if you're not local to the Bay Area, or have no previous experience in whatever the heck "new media" is supposed to be. If you have something interesting to say about a specific area of expertise or obsession, we'd love to hear from you. Send me an email at email@example.com with "Tested Family" in the subject line and introduce yourself. Show me what you love to do and include some samples of your work. I can't wait to meet you.
And for Tested readers and members of the Premium community, thank you so much for your support and enjoying the content that Will and I have made over the past five years. Change is always scary, but I'm really excited about what we're going to be able to do with Tested in the next year and beyond. (Some premium video updates coming!) Finally, if there's an idea or project you'd love to see us tackle, never hesitate to drop me a line or just let me know in the comments below!