Friday, August 24, 2007

I Quit!

For those of you who don't know, I quit recently. Resigned. Oh, not from TVShowsOnDVD.com. In fact, I quit my old job, in order TO move to TSoD on a full-time basis! Yes, now I'm all yours, all day long. Won't that be fun?

I HAD been working full time as a Business Systems Analyst and Developer at the Memphis, TN location of a global technology-based firm. I had been there for close to 11 years, since just after I got married. In fact, my wife, Stephanie, has worked there as well, for over 8 years (we worked in different areas and departments, though). My co-workers there are more like family to me than mere friends or colleagues, and they are among the most technologically talented people I've ever had the pleasure to work with. I hate to be parted from them, and in fact we're doing lunch together today.

But, as I said, I've left that job to come be with all of you. As long-time readers know, I've been here at TVShowsOnDVD.com in some capacity or another since before the site went live on November 1, 2001, because a month prior to that site founder Gord Lacey asked me to beta test things and give my opinion. From there I went on to being a fan of the site, then to reviewer, to reporter, to Assistant Admin, then finally to the site's News Director. I've been the only other employee of the site besides Webmaster, Gord...but it wasn't for pay. It was a labor of love, so to speak. I REALLY enjoy doing this!

Last February the site was bought by TV Guide, and they hired Gord and myself as contractors, to continue to run TVShowsOnDVD the same way we always have been. That meant Gord continued as full-time Webmaster, and I continued as part-time News Director. That is, I did until a couple of weeks ago. Now they've moved me to full-time, so I have been able to spend more time here at the site! My last day with my old career was two weeks ago today.

Our goals with all this extra time of mine? Well, if you've seen a boost in the news lately, with maybe a few more exlcusives than normal, or breaking news posted faster, then you've begun to see the results of me having time to work on that. Not to mention all of our very cool, very nice friends in the industry, both official and unofficial, who take time out of their busy day to help us bring you all this awesome info! As always, my hats off to those people. I'm glad I have more time in the day to talk with and interact with all of them.

As some of you know who've written in, asking why we don't have release listings up about one thing or another, we've fallen a bit behind in getting those posted. So my next goal is to catch up with that. We've started a bit, but we've got a lot more to do! Another goal would be what you are reading now: the TSoD blog. I won't promise you just yet that I'm going to get this updated regularly, on a particular schedule, but let's start by promising to get it updated at all, from time to time, and then maybe later on we can get it up to, let's say, "weekly". Or something like that. Hey, the last time I updated this was two months ago, on the 4th of July. Let's shoot for something more often than that!

Once we feel the site's pretty well caught up, I'll begin providing content for the TVGuide.com website in some fashion. And who knows? There are other websites that TV Guide owns; maybe there's something I can contribute there as well...if the webmasters of those sites are open to that, of course. I'm a "talker", I like writing. Can you tell?

In the meantime, with this additional time available to me, I can join Gord in participating in interviews whenever someone in the world of newspapers, radio, or TV want our thoughts or opinions on the world of TV-on-DVD, or just simply to know about some of the releases coming down the pike. I bring the entire "interview" thing up for a reason; stick around for more details.

And don't touch that dial! I hope you like the things I can bring to the site with a bit more additional time each week. We've got lots of thoughts about things Gord and I can do here, and we're trying to do good things with those ideas. TV Guide's been wonderful in supporting us, and we can't thank them enough! Don't worry; I stuck around my last job for almost 11 years, and the job before that for over 13 years. I expect to stay at this career for at least that long. Stay tuned!!

17 Comments:

At August 24, 2007 9:33 AM, Anonymous Leah said...

That's great news! Congratulations. :D

Does this mean you'll get a blog at tvguide too, or just here?

 
At August 24, 2007 9:34 AM, Anonymous OldGuy said...

Good luck and THANKS for all that you do

 
At August 24, 2007 9:45 AM, Blogger David Lambert said...

Thanks, guys. Leah, that's in discussions. But "probably".

 
At August 24, 2007 10:12 AM, Blogger Mark said...

I am addicted to your site, so more is definitely better.

Congrats and thanks for sharing the good news.

 
At August 24, 2007 10:28 AM, Anonymous Pete said...

If you're looking to fill the extra time, I would love to see the Alterations section of the site return!

 
At August 24, 2007 11:24 AM, Anonymous Wezzo said...

Great news Dave! Nice one.

 
At August 24, 2007 11:37 AM, Blogger gamergeekwife said...

YEAH!!!! So glad you could work full time on this site.
My family loves this site. My husband declares me a "old sitcome junkie".

 
At August 24, 2007 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats on being able to go full-time at the site!

Hey, when does The Waltons Season 6 release? I'm assuming this fall, but have seen no announcement yet.

thanks.

 
At August 24, 2007 5:29 PM, Blogger NatureWoman said...

Congratulations David! Your site is the best, and the one I check almost daily to see what releases are up and coming! Thanks! And I hope you have fun!

 
At August 25, 2007 1:37 AM, Anonymous DoomboyB said...

Congratulations! What I wouldn't give to leave my dead-end, soul-sucking, Office Space job and all the mindless drones I work with who actually think they have careers for something I really love!

Love your work and wish you the best of luck!

 
At August 25, 2007 12:47 PM, Anonymous Is it real or bootleg? said...

Congratulations! My goodness, being paid for watching DVDs and reporting back, you're the luckiest SOG I know! (G for Goddess!) :o)

Say David, do you know if The Fantastic Journey U.K. DVD release is real or a just another bootleg? Because I'm thinking you guys would be first to know. Go to play.com and search it(or just click my "name"), they're taking pre-orders. I've seen websites like these and they look official but it's a bootleg. If it's real does this mean there will be no official USA release with outtakes, bloopers, audition reels etc.???

Look forward to what you can find out. Thanks and enjoy your dream job! If you got a spot for me I exclusively review The Fantastic Journey, and I give it twenty seven thumbs up! ^ - ^

 
At August 25, 2007 1:08 PM, Anonymous Moonlighter said...

I check this site at least once, probably a few times a day. My question is regarding the DVD reviews. Those don't seem to be posted too frequently. Will those increase as well?

 
At August 25, 2007 10:02 PM, Blogger Adam said...

Good for you Dave!

I'd love to see the "Most Requested Unreleased" shows list go beyond ten.

Since everybody else is demanding stuff. :D

 
At August 26, 2007 10:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats for this change in your life, thanks for thinking of your audience.

 
At August 27, 2007 12:14 PM, Blogger David Lambert said...

re: "Since everybody else is demanding stuff. :D"

Well, I see a lot of input from people, and that's always appreciated. And I'm reading all of these comments. However, don't forget that I'm still the low man on the totem pole around here, and that Gord is the Webmaster and that TV Guide are the site owners. I'm not the complete decision-maker on what my task list will look like! ;)

Also, it's as good a time to comment that neither Gord nor myself usually will respond to blog comment postings (or e-mails, for that matter) asking "when is such-and-such coming to DVD?" While we appreciate just how much fans want these shows, the answer is always the same: if we knew the answer to that question, we would have already posted it to the site as either news or a release listing. For example, if we knew when Waltons Season 6 was coming, you would already know because it would have been on our front page, or on our release schedule. I apologize, but we just don't know!

My thanks for all the support and well-wishes I see here, and have gotten in e-mails. I appreciate it!

 
At September 07, 2007 6:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey man...that's so weird that you're in Memphis...I check the site for new dvd info everyday and had no idea that a local guy was contributing to it (I'm from Southaven, MS). Hey, if you ever need anyone for reviews--give me a holler!

No, seriously, you can contact me on myspace at myspace.com/thedmeister

 
At September 20, 2007 9:37 AM, Blogger Rosey said...

Congrats and best of luck guys! The site is getting better and better.

 

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