Prepare for incoming Children in Need goodness

Published November 16, 2010

Over on Sidepodcast, we quite regularly live blog the practice, qualifying and race sessions, in something we have called the Factbyte Factbox. Essentially, I gather all the information I can from the screen, from Twitter and from other sources, and keep everyone updated, in what I hope is both an amusing and useful style.

Now that the off-season has begun, we are looking for more ways to use the Factbyte Factbox. Firstly, because I am officially addicted to doing it. Secondly, because we need to keep on testing bits and pieces behind the scenes. Finally, because it is useful to see how easy and/or difficult it is to adapt the FBFB to other formats.

Therefore, this Friday, I’m going to be sitting down at 7pm, tuning in to BBC1 and Factbyte Factboxing my way through the charity telethon that is Children In Need. I am already both excited and dreading it, although the dread mostly comes from the knowledge that Tess Daly is presenting.

I know this isn’t going to be up everyone’s street, which is why I’m blogging about it here, and not on what is supposed to be an F1-centric website. The highlights post, which is something that would usually go up after the event and simply list out all the updates in chronological order for future reference, will probably also appear here rather than there.

I’m looking forward to it. I usually put Children In Need and other such extravaganzas on and keep one eye on them in case of Doctor Who greatness, or an appearance from anyone dishy, but this year I’ll be paying a bit more attention. I hope you’ll join in the fun, I suspect we will be live commenting on the Sidepodcast daily thread for that day, but it won’t be particularly intensive, I’m sure. I’m hoping without the pressure and speed of F1 cars, I can be a bit more interactive on Twitter as we go along too.

We have several other ideas for upcoming FBFB items, including the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, and the Race of Champions. There was even talk of switching it on for the Eurovision in 2011. If you have any ideas, we’d love to hear about them. All suggestions welcome as the more time I can spend Factbyte Factboxing, the happier I am!

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