I’ve been podcasting fairly regularly for the past few years, primarily with my good friends Michael Martine and Michael Rowe over in Durham, NC on a weekly show called Dogear Nation.
As I’ve travelled more, and as we’ve all got more busy, it became harder to keep that momentum up. I know I, for one, was tired and looking for some fresh inspiration. When we reached episode 200 last year, we announced a hiatus.
This year, we’re starting to ramp up something new. Same presenters, different format – going back to basics, if you will. Probably not weekly, more likely every two weeks… but continuing to explore some of the themes we’d been looking at around how gaming technology and concepts can influence business, work and productivity.
We’re still working on branding etc but you can grab the first episode of Games at Work right now via the existing site. We’d be interested to hear your thoughts.
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We’re just about to record episode 200 of Dogear Nation, a regular (weekly, barring a few more recent gaps) podcast summing up opinions of what’s new online and in tech.
I actually only joined Michael Rowe and Michael Martine (the co-hosts) as a regular element of the show around January 2009, and by then they had already clocked up 80+ episodes. Either way, I reckon on around 250 hours of recording time, and a little more than that when I include the few episodes I also edited; 2 and a half years of regular podcasting.
So what have I learned from this exercise?
- Michael Rowe and Michael Martine are extraordinarily generous, friendly, and wonderful guys – I’ve enjoyed working with them and sharing ideas and opinions. I have two amazing friends for life, built through a digital foundation.
- It’s difficult to keep a weekly podcast going, even with the regular input from listeners. It’s also difficult to drive and expand an audience. We’ve had some great contributors and regular listeners and I’m grateful to them.
- Preparation is (nearly) everything. Over the course of the past couple of years we’ve evolved the way that we put the show together, finally arriving at a shared Google document where we co-edit the show notes to build the structure of the show. That’s really helped us to build momentum. It’s still good to have some ad-libbing and free discussion of course.
- Technology keeps evolving. We knew this of course – one of the premises of the show has always been about the bleeding edge of technology and where things have been moving. Well, I think it’s fair to say that over the course of the past few years on the show, we’ve seen various products go from science fiction to the beginnings of science fact.
- Go with what you know. I’ve had a lot of fun talking about the things that fascinate me and that I’m passionate about. I know that Michael, Michael, and before me, Matt Simpson, have also made their best contributions based on the areas that they’ve known about or have been most curious about. For example, amongst other things, Michael Rowe is a space / NASA buff and a hardcore gamer; Michael Martine is very business-focused, and hates anything that threatens to go near his eyeballs 🙂
It’s been a fun couple of years.
Last Friday I recorded a quick solo edition of Dogear Nation. We are usually a three-man team (myself, Michael Rowe and Michael Martine) but we had some problems aligning schedules, and since I’d been away from the show the previous two weeks it made sense for me to pick up the slack.
Check out Episode 96 of Dogear Nation and let me know what you think – it was slightly odd not having anyone to bounce a conversation off, but it was a lot of fun editing it into something coherent at the end of the process 🙂
Oh yeah. I know you come to The Lost Outpost for your highbrow technical information and photography stuff. Here’s something totally different!
On Friday’s Dogear Nation, Michael Martine announced that we are going to be sponsoring something called “Peepfest”, an event apparently dedicated to marshmallow things called Peeps.
The rest of the podcast crew was amazed that I had no idea what these Peeps things are. Well, you know what – they aren’t sold in the UK so, no, I ha[ve|d] no idea what they are. Never a peep has passed my lips, you might say, in one sense. It turns out that there’s an entire subculture dedicated to them, though – most impressive is this gallery of dioramas featured on the Washington Post site (my favourite being “May the Peeps Be with You”, closely followed by “The Peepsons”).
Crazy, crazy people. And a fun interlude for a blogger.
Update: somewhat alarmingly, I’m now receiving peeps-related submissions, like this study of the research behaviour of peeps. Enough already! 🙂
Update: OK, I’m getting reports that these things are not as yummy as they are made out to be. So I’m instituting my first ever poll. Let me know where you stand on the peeps controversy with just a couple of clicks!
Final update: initial poll results indicate that either folks are as clueless about Peeps as I am, or that they are not the nicest sweets in the world. Also, somewhat inevitably, I’ve discovered that the Peeps themselves are actually on Twitter…
|Image courtesy of Veronica Belmont under a CC license
Rounding off a very cool week which started with Blue Fusion and would otherwise have ended with TVSMC, on Friday’s edition of Dogear Nation we were very lucky to have Veronica Belmont as our special guest.
For those not familiar with Veronica, I first became aware of her when she was hosting the Maholo Daily podcast. She has since gone on to present Tekzilla on Revision 3 and Qore on the PlayStation Network. Bottom line? She knows her tech (just check out some of the stuff she’s done!) and was a great guest. She was also patient enough to bear with us and get over a, um, technical hitch, which meant that the show runs a little shorter than usual – ask Michael what I’m talking about! 🙂
So it was a great show, well worth checking out. If you’re not doing it already, why not tag some of the sites you come across this week with ‘dogear-nation’ on del.icio.us? I’m having a couple of weeks off, so the Michaels will need something to talk about!