This was F***ing beautiful. Wish I'd written it, I'd use it on my show.
Yeah, I still love it, even when I don't like it. The only time I don't
like it, is when I'm doing all the stuff I gotta do to be able to go back
for another hit of the Finest Kind.
I still can't imagine anyone advertising on something I've produced, which
is probably just as well, since I don't have enough of an audience to
excite an advertiser anyway.
I don't need advertisers (though it'd be nice). I need more listeners. I
don't want many. I just want all of them. It's a small planet, but I'm
sure Everybody would be plenty.
I've gotta get my act together. I'm supposed to be on somebody else's
podcast later, if I can get that organized.
It was 1 May 2008, when jaffesalad commented:
> As our show grows in popularity, we receive various donations,
> text-link ad payouts, gifts sent to our company, studio fees, and
> advertising revenue. Hopefully, we'll see some syndication revenue
> this year. Very exciting time here on SomaCow
> All of this necessitated our incorporation as a "network". I opened a
> bank account last month, and deposited a hefty chunk of money.
> This week, I started my accountancy ledger, so that my taxes will be
> as easy as last year (no revenue=easy taxes!), and I got... well...
> choked up.
> Each day, more people listen to what we do. They interact with what we say,
> they argue, or laugh, or just spend time with us. And we are making money
> doing it. Yeah, I am not quitting my day job, yet. But I really like my day
> But as I sat there, penning my beans into their respective hidey
> holes, my eyes stung. Because I was doing something that I truly
> loved, and I was getting paid to do it.
> I do not see how we can fail, when every day we get better, and more
> people come and see, come and see...
> I looked up the taxes we need to be paying. Even THAT didn't piss me
> off! Here's a funny and all too nearly true joke:
> How to determine your tax payment-
> 1. Add up all the money you made in the previous year.
> 2. Write a check for that amount and make it out to the IRS.
> 3. Mail the check.
> Anyway, I want to hear from you guys, if you are still out there reading.
> In your various organizations, how is it going? Do you still love what you
> do? Do you love it even more? How difficult are you finding it to procure
> advertising? I find myself having to explain "podcasting" FAR less to
> potential clients now. The economy is tanking, but one area that just keeps
> seeing growth is internet advertising.
> I am not even sure what the hell it is we are doing here anymore. We
> do audio, we teach podcasting, we build websites, we do video, we
> promote bands, we review books and restaurants and goods and services, we
> stream in both visual and audio format, we write blogs, we have barbecues,
> we give lectures, we meet with clients, we sell soap, we discuss what
> matters, and what doesn't.
> I had a woman send me 20 cows, in various forms, plush, ceramic,
> flashlight?... And a check. She said we made her laugh, and that she
> appreciated that as she was suffering under a terrible disease that
> had forced her to quit her job and stay home.
> I had a guy send us a money order because he was "worried a judge was
> about to hand him a sentence freezing his assets, and he wanted it to
> go to good use. Please, buy J some cough syrup".
> I had a young guy in Columbia send me pictures of his hometown, where
> a freaking volcano was exploding. He loves the show, misses his house.
> All these connections. All these people, and so many more. it's
> certainly in the hundreds. Thousands one day? I cannot imagine, and
> look forward to it.
> I don't know what I expected. But this is pretty damned cool.
> Anyway - for what it is worth, after all the talk about "podcasting is
> DEAD!" and "ANYone can do it, so what is it worth?"
> It's worth a lot. And it's pretty damned alive down here in my slice
> of the world.
> Have a good day, y'all. I have some work to do.
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