Earlier this year, Buzz Out Loud co-host Molly Wood left the show as a permanent host in an attempt to balance her life a bit better. Natali Del Conte stepped in, and it was obvious this was going to get some people’s backs up.
I’ve been listening to the show for a long time, now, but I don’t feel any sense of entitlement to it. BOL does have a very strong community, but as a podcast from a big company, it’s understandable that people will come and go. I guess, as a podcaster, I know what goes on in the studio, and I know that things change. You have to be adaptable. Nothing good can come from pining over what used to be.
I figured it would take a while and the initial backlash would die down. However, it looks like it’s taking longer than expected. Natali has come in for some proper hate over her addition to the show, and has resorted to writing a well thought out article, that I wanted to highlight.
I think sometimes the internet forgets that there are real people out there behind the content.
As a listener, I can add my honest thoughts here and say I do miss Molly, but I appreciate what Natali brings to the show as well. It’s certainly a different dynamic, but that doesn’t mean the quality has dropped off. I hope Natali isn’t put off by the small minority of negative feedback she receives, because it’s not even slightly representative.
Change can be a really good thing. For all the fans who drop off, Buzz Out Loud may see more appear due to the new lineup. As an example, Rocketboom have found themselves a new host in the form of Caitlin Hill. I really enjoyed Joanne’s previous stuff, but was a bit turned off by how abstract the show had become. Now that there has been a change of personnel, I’m definitely going to return and have another look.
I would never have done so if things had stayed the same.