Re: Podcasting sites are the dot-bomb boom of the
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "dcolanduno" <dcolanduno@...> wrote:
> Here, here, Steve...
> This is one of the big things I harped on 'way' back at Dragon*Con
> 2005 right before my stroke. On my panels when people asked questions
> on 'what should *I* do my podcast about'... I would always pretty much
> the same thing. Especially when it came to getting yourself
> advertising and such. I really feel that it is the best thing for any
> podcast to find a sponsor and advertisers that completely fit the
> subject and material of their core subject(s). That way, even just
> talking about what you are promoting is 'content' for the most part.
> There are some very good models for that out there!
What I mean by "unless that's not in your plan" is this: I see so much
talk (here and elsewhere) on "monetizing" your podcast that I think it
makes amateur podcasters feel like they're a failure if they don't go
To anyone who's podcasting and having fun and reaching a few people
but not making money: You don't HAVE to make money. That doesn't have
to be the goal.
It doesn't cost much to podcast, and it's ***OK*** to just to it for
fun. It's like having a blog or playing guitar for your friends or
doing needlepoint. You can just do it for the sake of doing it.
It's also OK to make money at podcasting. But please don't feel you
have to. Very few people will, and many who do have a business degree
or equivalent experience and have been on the Internet for ten or more
years, and make their podcast their full-time job. It's ***OK*** just
to yack and send it out to the ethers and have some folks hear it and
I hate product placement in films. I also understand the fiscal
reality of making films. They cost a ton of money to create. So I know
why they do product placement. But I have an aesthetic objection to
seeing product placement in a film I otherwise dig. (A great comment
on this is in the film "State and Maine", a film about filmmaking,
where they find a way to do product placement for some dot-com in a
film set in 1890.)
Advertising in podcasts can be aesthetically obtrusive. I sometimes
hear ads on podcasts that really break the flow of whatever is going
on. Sometimes they don't, but please consider the thought that you
don't HAVE to have them. It can be such an inexpensive hobby that it's
OK to keep it as a hobby.
--Michael W. Dean
"I'm not looking to make money at podcasting. I want to maintain my
amateur status so I can compete in the Olympics."
--Michael W. Dean
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