I had a whole lot of fun hosting the show yesterday, and I'm glad I get to do it more, but there's one new thing that's really dangerous for me.
It's the chat room.
Now that we are streaming live and have an associated chat, first of all we're going out live to an international audience and getting instant feedback as well. This may be very bad indeed.
The Non-Prophets chat room has always been something I wished I could pay more attention to, but even during peak times I've never noticed more than, say, 50 people in there during a show. Yesterday I'm told that there were more than 200 people at one point, the control room tells me. Since I had my laptop with me on the set, I tried to just occasionally glance in the chat room and measure the mood in there. You may notice from the video that the chat became more and more interesting to me later, and it was hard to tear my eyes away from it.
At one point I mentioned what was being said in chat, and the room went nuts. Text started scrolling by at a dizzying pace. I think I got humorously propositioned at least three times during the show, and that was only during the few minutes when I was watching. Then I saw a chatter remark that Jen was looking at me for feedback and I had my head buried in my computer. So I stopped, reluctantly.
You see, I freely acknowledge that I have an enormous ego. I love attention. So it's a lot of fun to get instant reactions as it happens, and this may be to the enormous detriment of the show. So as much as I wish I could, I think I'd better not pay much attention to the chat in future episodes.