On the 24th of July, in the year of our Lord 2016, an unholy and downright tenuous alliance happened between the podcasters of the Mid Ohio Valley. The “So You Wanna Be A Podcaster?” panel was held at 3:00PM at the River City Comic Con. I’ll outline the other panelists in a moment, but first I wanted to touch on how GORRAM NERVOUS I was to do this!
Don’t get me wrong, I think we do a pretty good job and sound equally good for what our show is. I’ve spent a ton of time researching every corner of what it takes to not only run a show, but extend the reach of that show and build a brand. Mind you, we’re still not succeeding by any stretch of the imagination, but we are growing. That’s the important and exciting part.
Brandon had been asked through our little grape vine if we wanted to be involved. He was all for it. When he approached me about it, I had my concerns, and they were all hinged on my nerves. But why was I nervous to talk about what I do in front of a crowd of people, no matter the size? I’ve performed before! I’ve acted, I’ve sang, I’ve danced. All while being pleasingly overweight! Why is this different?
I’ll tell you why: Let’s assume that at least some of the people in the audience are coming to learn something about starting their own show. They want to know what it takes to do what we do. There’s no shortage of answers to that question, though. You can go as big as you can afford to go but have shit content and you can fall flat on your face and fail. You can have a shitty computer mic and record a conversation using Skype and upload it to soundcloud and it sounds like what sweaty cow testicles would smell like and blow up because you have some great conversation going on.
My fears kept me from being 100% on board because I feel like I don’t know what I’m talking about. 2 years of doing this podcast and I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface of what I can learn from this seemingly innocuous endeavour. I was afraid that the other podcasters would hear me answer a question and quietly judge me for being stupid.
My fears were bullshit!
Y’see, I realized after the first ten minutes or so that these people were amateurs just like me. In fact, just like MOST PODCASTERS. Each person had varying degrees of technical understanding and social success; each show was comprised of different kinds and styles of content. We were all different but ultimately the same in that we all want the same things:
- For our voices to be heard.
- For our shows to grow.
- For you, the listener, to be engaged and entertained.
- For you to want to engage in conversation with us.
That’s it. And that last one is SO IMPORTANT TO US!
Ultimately, I had a great time. I did some networking, met cool people (some that I already knew, but didn’t know they did a podcast!), and I hope we can do it again next year and make it bigger. Hell, I’ll even volunteer to be moderator!
On to the panelists! (Just click the image of whomever you’d like to check out!)
and of course, Dueling Ogres. You’re on our site, you don’t need a link, silly.
So if you’re a listener or want to learn to do it yourself, check all of these people out and MAKE SURE TO COMMENT, EMAIL, CALL, AND INTERACT! The only thing that validates our continued existence is knowing that people love what we’re doing! Ask any of us whatever you want! Seriously! We’ll hold off on the restraining orders if we can get good content out of it!
While he's not reminiscing fondly over his ill-gotten acorn collection, you can also catch him pretending to know anything at all about audio while trying to produce this train wreck they call a podcast in his "studio," which is nothing more than an multidimensional pocket shimmed between the fabric of space-time. That's where sasquatches live, you know.