So here's the thing. I've got this video podcasting site right? It's a nice site but no-one wants to help fund its continuing build - it works fine, but just probably needs a bit more love - and I don't have the time to do it for free. However, I still care deeply about podcasting as a medium, so much so that I'm going to spend a bit more time over the week I'm in Wales to build Poddle.fm. But Mark, why would you do that when you know people aren't into the video version?
Well dear reader, it's because I'm more interested in building and curating an interesting network, and here's where I'd love your help.
Do you want to make interesting audio and video that can be delivered to people's mobiles via a subscription, aswell as being played on the web?
Do you want to make a podcast people can subscribe to in iTunes or similar, that has an RSS feed but can also be embedded on a blog? Do you have any friends who'd be interested in this?
It's actually an idea I've toyed with for the last couple of years, actually not long after I left the now defunct Rhubarb Radio. Kevin Smith has done a great job of building an audio network at SIR and there are lots of people - mostly in the US - doing a similar thing. I'd been asked to help run something similar last year, but with things being what they are, that's kinda not happened, so while I've got the tools and a love of making noises in people's ears, I'd love to know who's with me.
Are you in? It'll need your help to make it happen. I don't know if I'll have the time to make a show while I'm recording Stac lessons - the first run ends in about 8 weeks - but I know there was a great response when this similar idea was pitched last year.
If there's more interest I can go into detail about what can and can't be done on a podcast network. I'm basically looking for video and/or audio shows that are as regular as possible, and at a good enough quality. I'm sure I and others can help you get off the ground if this is something you want, but remember some of the best podcasts are recorded on a laptop with an internal mic; it's all about the content.
If you like the idea of doing something but don't know what yet, we can cross that bridge.
- Are you a techie who's building something, and you'd like to chronicle it?
- Do you have some funny mates you could get to sit in front of a laptop for half an hour?
- Do you write a regular blog and fancy just reading it out for commuters?
- Do you see a lot of films, go to a lot of gigs or read a lot of books and fancy reviewing them?
There's loads of possibility, but the key is to make something interesting and ultimately worth your time.
So the bottom line is that Poddle.tv will cease to be a project looking to make its first penny, and Poddle.fm will join it in being a network of podcasts made amongst friends.
How does that sound?