Has it already been a year (and a bit) since the illustrious Joanne Colan left this hotpot of daily internet news?
I like and enjoy Rocketboom and like anyone with a pulse, I can watch people like Ellie and Molly all day long.
But enough of the chauvinism…
A year on and what, if any have been the improvements?
Well the Meme’s seem less, Rocketboom tech is about the same albeit I really don’t think they’ve truly embraced 4G and travelled the world talking to the manufacturers about how far they’ve truly got.
So now we come to the main show…
I’m sorry, but to me personally It has never fully recovered. The viewing figures may be up for all I know, but it’s just not the same.
After Joanne left, RB went through a restructuring of sorts and there was even to be an LA office. RB office itself has moved again, but for the most part many of the people I know who used to watch it – now don’t.
Now, Andrew Baron (or Drew) isn’t any kind of lame duck, far from it infact. He’s a razor sharp intelligent guy with an imagination for the newer style of internet entertainment (i-Ent) and while his normal methodologies have worked astoundingly well, I’m just not sure they’re working so well now.
So, what of this new presenter and indeed what of Joanne? Well, Meme Molly was an exceptional Vlogger in her own right on YouTube. Sadly they have made her try to copy the previous style that was very much Joanne and it simply isn’t right for Molly. Though I do think they’ve slowly been changing things a little.
Molly also seemed initially like a kid straight out school, often trusted up in what looked like a bad party frock, but Mollie has a very eclectic style, and one day seems like the sweetest kid, the next like the hottest rock chic. Her own style and personality needs to shine through more as she is far more talented than she appears to be allowed to do.
So gone were the cool womanly relaxed styles that Joanne Colan used to embrace, leaving only Ellie looking consistantly awesome.
Throughout the year though, there has been a slow and steady transformation, Molly isn’t as green as she was and is for the most part doing a stand up job. I do like Molly, but in her own style and while she has taken on the RB style, I think the RB style needs to change a little more towards Molly’s own style to be a greater success.
Ellie’s Rocketboom Tech is actually very good, it should be a show in it’s own right because she covers the very latest things and not always because it’s just the latest gadget on the market, they often look at things far before the point of market rediness. The show is sometimes woefully just too short and much more could be shown – like the recent incar tech show…
As for the new ‘out in the field’ reporter, well, I haven’t got a clue really…
Joanne on the other hand has been busy, very busy! And I hope to bring news of this here shortly.
I do like Rocketboom and I most certainly don’t know anything about show production etc. So my verdict?
Rocketboom a year on: it’s still Rocketboom - but it never recovered!