I may have mentioned this at some point, but I used to be a podcaster, and I am one again. Here is what was up once upon a time:
I lived in Sunnyvale, California, and took a Leadership Sunnyvale course, which was very interesting. Among other things, we learned that the largest not-big city on the peninsula (so, right behind San Jose if that’s on the peninsula, and San Francisco which is definitely on the peninsula), was Sunnyvale. With all of that that population, though, our city did not have any local media (or a lot of other things), and so one of my classmates and I aimed to change that with what we dubbed, Radio Sunnyvale.
We had multiple shows, and I did such interesting episodes as, interviewing local business owners (including CEOs of reasonably-sized companies), interviewing local government officials (city manager, city council, candidates for office, others), and I visited the local cold weather shelter to interview people staying there in the winter. I also interviewed the people of Sunnyvale to learn more about the people living around us there.
I had my Zoom H2 and a couple of Shure microphones, and I would set them up right at your desk or at a table in a coffee shop. For call-in support I had a virtual phone number (through Vonage) and anyone could leave a voice mail, which I would play for my guest, and they could answer. Pretty cool, all things considered.
Nowadays, everybody has a podcast, and even people who don’t probably have a show somewhere that they don’t yet know about. A lot of good, interesting stuff out there, and then there are my shows, which still need some work, but they’re coming along.
One of the three shows I have in production currently is actually a show I co-host with my mother… I know what you’re going to say, but before you do, she’s been podcasting more than I did back then, and more recently. There are some projects that will see the light of day soon, which will benefit from having their own respective media presence (audio and maybe video), so at the very least these are fine practice.
Want to know where they are? Statistics say you do not, but let us skew the numbers! I am updating my Buy Me a Coffee profile page with newsletter and podcast links, and soon other relevant project links, etc. The projects themselves are (in many but not all cases… as you will see some day) are the revenue generators, but if one does not ask, one does not get, and so you are welcome to contribute to my coffee fund while you’re checking out the links, and if you check back from time to time you’ll see what’s been added. Everybody wins! And yes, actual coffee (beans, most likely) will come of any inflows, but you are not obligated to do anything but glance at the links now and then…