How do you keep a podcast together for 10 years? Drinking. Lots of drinking. That’s what we do for Episode 188 of Dorktown – this also happens to be a party for said 10 years of podcasting but who is counting? We gather up friends and drink lots of beer. It just so happens those friends are most of the Dorktown Network family of podcasters.
Lots of fun was had as we podcast poolside, talk about old times, play a epic rock singer Or Game and have a couple special guest call in.
So hang on, here it is, a Dorktwon pool party!
***Can’t tell you how sorry we are for all the mic stand bumping but we are outside, had 8 mics and 10 drunk people. So it was a big cat herding event.
Punk rock. That’s what indie podcasting is. It’s fucking punk.
Doing it because you love it.
Playing podcasting to small niche crowds. Not giving a damn if nobody else likes it. Not making any money. These are the things indie podcasters (and punk bands) have been used to for years. But, now there’s Patreon.
Although not really setup for podcasters exactly, Patreon provides a format for podcasters to actually make money doing the thing they love. It also provides the opportunity for podcast fans to give back to the podcasters that have been giving them entertainment for years.
I’m seriously considering doing this for one of our podcasts, The Perfect Pour.
Our craft beer nerd podcast, The Perfect Pour, has built up a little following. Not a huge following, but enough to warrant getting a sponsor, or, asking listeners for help. And since getting a sponsor feels like it would be work and lame, maybe it’s time to give Patreon a try.
Maybe the coolest thing about having a Patreon page is you, the podcaster, can give your listeners something more. Little nerdy things that only a hardcore listener would care about. Things that the podcaster would only be motivated to give to listeners if they were forking over a little cash.
It’s a win win. Right? Well, not totally.
I love the podcast The Morning Stream. I completely relate with hosts Scott Johnson & Brian Iddott and they churn out content I can totally get behind and they do it four days a week. Their Patreon page is huge. Easily the top grossing podcaster page I’ve seen. Enough that they could make their living from it alone. Not many podcasters can say that.
Alright, there’s that “Fire Nation” dweeb but that’s not really a podcast. It’s a audio infomercial. It doesn’t count.
So great, The Morning Stream (and Frogpants Network) make the boys enough to live from. Enough to quit a day job. Every podcaster’s dream. This is why I listen to the Stream with bitter ears.
Once in a while they will miss a show. It’s usually due to Scott having another work commitment, unrelated to the podcasts. This leaves me thinking “Dude, you make a shit ton of money from the podcast! How is that not your first priority? How are other non-podcast work opportunities trumping your podcast?!
When listeners are giving you their hard earned cash (even if it’s just a dollar), that now opens you up to dork-ass rants. To bitter listeners. To, “HEY! I’m paying you, asshole. Do better!”
Now I’m thinking, “Is it worth it?” Is it worth making $50.00 a month from a Patreon page (what I imagine a Perfect Pour page would make) losing your street-cred over? Opening you up to critics? Losing your punk rock vibe?
It would be nice to have the podcast’s file hosting and .com url paid for. Plus maybe have a few bucks left over to buy some beer. But is it all worth it?
I still don’t know.
I already know what podcasts Dorktown listens to. That’s boring. I’d rather hear what other podcasters are listening to. This time we asked, Chris Brown of The Married Gamers podcast, what he listens to. Take it away, Chris!:
Podcasts are cool! Whether you have hundreds of thousands of listeners or thirty, podcasts are an audio version of cave paintings. It is a DIY (Do It Yourself) way of sharing
things you hate or love and hopefully informing or entertaining you and a collection of others. No hyberbole, if it wasn’t for podcasts, my wife and I might have gotten a divorce. For my wife and I, podcasts were better than freakin’ couples therapy!
I have a long list of shows I listen to, but I’m going to highlight four that I am always eager to tune in for each new release.
* DGRadio ~This was my first podcast I started listening to. John, Moe and Hilden have been through names changes, shifted their focus from video games to entertainment of all types, and have created music and soon their first movie. Sadly, the heart of the podcast, Hilden passed away suddenly just a few weeks ago. The just released their last podcast honoring their late friend and they have their entire history of shows archived to be enjoyed for the ages. Episode 391: For Hilden
* Some Other Castle ~Elaine and Leah do a side-splittingly funny video game podcast that is easily one of the best podcasts out there. There’s a lot of boob and penis jokes, and they may have talked about John Madden in ways that would make even the closet-fetishist blush. That said, these two ladies are informative and passionate about games so much it has me trying Person 4 on my PS Vita, and I despise JRPGs (Japanese Role Playing Games). Episode 78: Vodkacast
* The 40cast ~Hosted by four guys from different parts of the country, the 40cast covers a wide-swath of topics from video games to politics to race relations. I don’t always agree with them but on several occasions they make me question my likes and beliefs. Their shows are lengthy and because of their mature content I only listen to them in my car so I often will keep to surface streets to make my “drive-time” longer. Episode 172: Vaginal Knitting, Really?!
* Game on Girl ~I often refer to this podcast, hosted by Regina McMenomy (Ph.D.) and Rhonda Oglesby, as the NPR of video game podcasting. This is a show that will make you think about gaming in a larger sense. They have frequent guests on each episode that speak to the show’s topic. Intelligent discussion, passionate about gaming, and inviting personalities make this one of my favorite podcasts. Episode 91: 2014 Films and Wonder Woman on the Big Screen