Category Archives: Commentary

Notes on the podcast and my own journey toward getting paid to play!

Top 10 for 2016! Most Downloaded Episodes of Season 4 (Live Stream)

On a complete and utter whim after checking my podcast stats, I decided to record a quick live stream of the Top 10 Downloaded Episodes of 2016!

What’s your play?

Who was your favourite guest of the Paid to Play Podcast in 2016?

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What would you like for a Patreon reward?

So here I am, with some big goals for this year – heck, big goals for this half-year. I’m hoping you like the idea of more Paid to Play LIVE events, a longer reach for potential guests, an expanded ability to do video episodes

And I need your help to achieve them.

I’d like you to back the Podcast on Patreon. I’d like you to spread the word about the Podcast, tell your friends about it, let them know about the Patreon campaign and what I’m hoping to achieve with it.

But what I’d also like you to do is tell me what I can give you in return.

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I Need Your Help: Patreon Milestones for 2016

Patreon has been an awesome boost to this podcast. Thanks to the lovely folks who have come in and backed me, I’ve been able to take the hosting and domain name fees out of our household budget.

But the main advantage (and aim) of Patreon is that it allows creators to ask for their fans’ help not just in covering costs, but improving the created works themselves, allowing the creators to do do more than they could on their own.

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve got some things that I want to do for and with Paid to Play this year, but that my personal budget simply won’t let me. In the meantime, I’ve put some figures together around them (and made some interesting discoveries) and can finally set a milestone for this year.

Here’s what I need your help with:

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Patreon and The Reason: Early Plans for 2016

So here we go! The Paid to Play Podcast’s first official Season will commence in the next couple of months; in the meantime I’m working to make sure this season goes a lot more steadily and coherently than those previous (even though they weren’t technically seasons, just semi-consistent runs of episodes – which is why I want to make sure Season 4 is as tight as possible).

I want to place myself so that I’m bringing you great chats on a regular basis, but also getting back on the horse with regard to getting paid to play – and getting Patreon to help me do some cool things for the podcast this year.

What cool things? Read on…

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A Break in January

The main image for this posting is the box in which I keep my sound kit; mic, mixing board, USB interface, cables, headphones and pop filter, with cloth cover and silica gel bag. I took the picture this morning after disassembling everything and packing it away under my desk.

(Handy little box, isn’t it? Great for mobile recordings – if my netbook weren’t buggered.)

The last few days have been pretty heavy on for the Podcast, between compiling a wishlist of guests for 2016, recording thank-yous to my 2015 guests and Patreon patrons and finally making Lost Episode 70 real. But in the name of preserving my sanity, I think the best thing I can do now is put it all aside for a little while, quite possibly until the end of the month. So no contacting potential guests, no scheduling, no recording, no editing, no posting.

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Season 4 Wish List, Supplemental: Critical Role and Geek & Sundry

So after lots of typing, chasing links, copying and pasting, I’d saved the posting of my wish list of folks I’d love to get on the show in 2016.

Then I realised I’d left someone off,someone I’d included in my tweetings but not in the Facebookery, because the person in question doesn’t have a Facebook page.

So, here he is: Matthew Mercer, voice talent and dungeon master for Geek & Sundry‘s web series Critical Role.

Come to think of it…

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The Season 4 Wish List

All right, so it’s pretty much a thing that I’m bringing the show back in 2016. I’ve got some plans for it that I’ll talk more about in the Lost Episode 70 (including this “season” business), but for now I’d like to talk potential guests, both those I’d love to have on and those you’d love to have on.

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Keep Showing Up: Episode 60

I don’t know how well this experiment of Even Episodes via Live Chat is going, but I’m having fun doing it! In this live-streamed Even Episode, I talk like a pirate about my own progress on getting paid to play! Special Guest Game: FTL!

Thank you to all my lovely audience members Lilith and Birdy for coming along!

YouTube

WARNING: Sound issues present in the video version.

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Imposing Your Pains On Others

The main struggle I’ve had with being an entrepreneur is this business of identifying someone else’s pain – understanding where there’s a problem in someone’s life that she feels like she can’t solve on her own. from the on it’s a process of analysing that problem and figuring out where, when and how you can help out. I’m a bit of an introvert; my own pains and worries tend to occupy most of my mental space and I have no idea how to fix those, let alone others’.

So when I meet folks who are on my general wavelength and nursing ideas about getting Paid to Play, I start getting interested.

But does that count as a legitimate, capital-P Pain for an entrepreneur to capitalise on?

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Tell Yourself You’re Better Than You Think

After my chat with Joanna Penn, you might notice that I used the term “disaster” when I was discussing the complications that occurred whilst getting Episode 45 in the can.

In the end, the episode came out fine – thanks in the main to Joanna herself – so it wasn’t really a disaster. And maybe that’s the point.

Something – well, let’s face it, some things – went wrong in the lead up to and during my chat with Joanna. And I do what, I think, a lot of us tend to do when things go wrong.

I beat myself up about it.

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