I don't know if you guys know this, but I personally look at each and every new channel created on Playboard. So when someone shows up with some truly extraordinary channels, I take note. Paul Sargeant, otherwise known on Playboard as PSarge, is one such user. With no less than 13 (!) individual channels, each carefully categorized and filled with eloquent reviews, I just had to talk to Paul. Here's what he had to say:
1) Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Paul, I have been kicking around the Android scene since Froyo. I'm one of those people who when they get a new device gets the itch to root it and flash different roms and stuff onto it (and hope it doesn't end up bricked).
2) I noticed your style of using Playboard is quite different from other editors: You make many small channels, rather than a single big one. Why did you decide to use Playboard like this? Is it proving successful?
So many channels... Well, I'm not done making them -- I'll carry on creating them as needed, but it all boils down to the fact that there are just so many apps on Google Play and when you have that many apps, whether they are categorised or not, it gets difficult to find what you need unless you know the name of the app or developer.
If you are looking for, as an example, "cloud storage" on Google Play, you'll get hundreds of hits from that search. Google Drive comes up, as you would expect, but most of the other big-name apps require a lot of scrolling, and if you notice they are all in the "Productivity" category.
I gave cloud storage apps their own channel. Yes, they are an app that increases productivity, but if there are so many apps within that category that fall into another sub-category, shouldn't they have their own channel?
You shouldn't have to spend so long searching and trying different apps. It should be easy to find something that does what you want, smaller channels help in that respect. Give your scroll wheel a rest.
Is it successful? It works for me, but you'd have to ask people who have viewed my channels if it works for them, that's the only true way to know. Many of my channels don't have that many followers, I'd hope that those who are following are doing so because the channel fits a niche that is useful to them.
3) Are there any Playboard editors, or other people in the Android community, you are inspired by? What are your favorite sources for new Android information?
Inspiration, I don't know really. I mean, sure, there are people I follow and look to see what they have to say on a subject, app or whatever, but for the most part I prefer to make up my own mind about stuff, in general.
I tend to float around a few Android sites, Phandroid.com, which is how I found out about playboard in the first place, which since finding I have found so many more apps I love, and then sites like XDA-Developers.com, androidpolice.com, etc. I won't list them all -- that would be overkill -- but I prefer to get my news from a wide variety of places rather than just a couple. That way you can be reasonably sure you are getting what is correct and not just another bad link in the huge game of Chinese Whispers that is "The Internet".
4) Do you have any advice to share with budding Playboard editors? If I wanted to make a great channel, what should I do?
There's only really one rule, I think:
Think about it: you are putting your name on something, recommending it to people.
Don't put apps in any channel if you haven't used them yourself.
Think about it: you are putting your name on something, recommending it to people. If you don't know first-hand how this app behaves and it's actually not as good as you think, people will see that and lose interest in what you have to say.
You are of course entitled to your own opinion and that's all you can really give. Be honest in any reviews you write, don't be afraid to mention if there is some shortfall or problem with an app, though if there is more than just a minor one, you probably shouldn't be recommending it anyway.
Thank you, Paul!
Go check out PSarge's editor page and follow his channels!