It's been a year since we wrapped up my X-Files podcast and I'm getting antsy to start doing it all over again. I have an idea for a film podcast and wondered if there were any other Xixaxers that'd be interested in partnering with me?My Concept
Must Watch Movies - greatest movies all of time usual suspects, past/recent Oscar Best Picture winners, favorite films that had a huge impact on our lives personally - each episode we have an in-depth discussion of a single film. That's it.Lessons Learned
Doing XPTXF was a lot of work even though I knew the source material really well going in. Because of that, time-wise, I'm thinking this new podcast would only publish once every other week. And since the discussions don't need to be particularly topical, we could have a bunch in hand before we start putting them out there. The other thing that I realized was that there is a cost to publish your stuff. I tried to do everything as cheaply as possible, but for the last few months I was paying $25+ to host my files on Amazon S3. That may not sound like much, but it adds up quickly. But at the time it seemed like the best solution, knowing that the show would only have a limited lifespan. Anyway, the money factor is why you can no longer download the show through a podcast app, it's currently only publicly accessible on YouTube. The good news, however, is that in the past 12 months, Podbean has introduced a $108/yr. plan for unlimited audio files + bandwidth, which is much more reasonable - especially if split between 2 or 3 people.Can a podcast make money?
Apparently they can. I tried with XPTXF. I enrolled in Amazon's affiliates program and earned a whopping $2, then got kicked out of the program because I wasn't publishing enough new content on my website. So I set up a Paypal button and asked for donations. I got $40 total. Part of my overall goal in doing a new podcast is to make a return on it. At an absolute minimum, the podcast should be financially self-sustaining. Which at $108/yr. seems entirely feasible. Preferably, I'd like to make some decent beer money - or more. I've been looking at things like Patreon and thinking about how I could tie in a podcast with my other creative outlets (short story writing, film essays, etc.) and I'm still noodling with some ideas. Whether that approach might work with a team podcast, I don't know. But an easy way does exist through Podbean's own Patron program
. I still need to look into the specifics further, but it seems a good approach may be to have a bi-weekly podcast offered for free to the masses, with the option to sign up as a patron and get rewarded with a bonus episode each month as thanks.So who's in?
Bueller...? Okay, so all of this is a lot to take in. I probably wrote too much, but I wanted to give a full sense of where my head is at with this at the moment. There's still a lot to be worked out. A few of you have expressed interest in doing something like this in the past, and a couple of us even tried it once or twice. Now I've done it, I feel like I understand the best plan of attack and what works and what doesn't. So here's what I'm looking for: ideally 2 co-hosts who can commit to doing this on an ongoing basis with me. Not saying we're going to record every two weeks without fail, because life comes up (in which case it's the perfect opportunity for a guest to join in the fun) but looking for people who will be committed. Also would love to have people who I can bounce ideas off about how to make this profitable - whether that's simply for the podcast, or for each of us in our additional extracurricular creative endeavors. Have a think and reach out if you're at all interested. We'll chat. Cheers.