Wetootwaag's Discussion of Podcasting Power!


In February of 2006 I started Wetootwaag's podcast of Bagpipe Power. After a year and a bit I have some observations, and my view of the internet has changed for the better.

Getting Started:

I started mainly just looking for a way to get audio clips on my blog for my family to hear. Then in October Friends of mine and I held a rocking Pirate party at Sean Froyd's trailer, and Aspen took some footage, and hosted it on a site I had never heard of.
Thanks To Aspen and the Pirate Party
I realized castpost was my place to host music, and started doing so.
Before too long I made the Switch to Itunes from Windows Media Player and found podcasts. The absence of bagpiping podcasts surprised
me, and I saw it as an opportunity to carve out a niche in the Piping subculture, and also get some bagpipes, and free bagpipes onto Itunes, and the internet.

After weeks searching I discovered castpost had everything I needed for hosting a podcast to Itunes, and did so, Launching Wetootwaag's Podcast of Bagpipe Power .

After a couple of episodes and a couple contacts I ran out of space on castpost, and switched to the same provider The Joan and Jeff show used . Podomatic didn't host a huge number of podcasts, but I was still surprised to find out I was consistently in the top 100 podomatic music podcasts. Here's the new site for my show.

After some technical difficulties (thanks for nothing asgard) I realized I couldn't create or record enough music on my own, so I needed to venture outwards for music to pick up my slack. At first this meant friends (thanks BJ and Northern Wind) and eventually Heroes (Mark Saul, and Father Son and Friends). This was a remarkable experience, I've always been way too self-concious to tell a "famous" person I admire their work, cause it seemed so silly, but now I had an excuse to open up the musicians I've respected my whole life. This was a pretty important everyone puts their Kilts on two legs at a time moment for me, and I realized how human everyone is, regardless of whatever fame or accomplishments we apply to them.
Once I had a couple clips from my friends and heroes I stumbled onto myspace, and say what you will about myspace, but it was a huge resource of musicians for me, and through Vicki Swan, a listener I had of the podcast, and her myspace page I was connected to a world of possibilities as far as musicians go. I wound up making contacts with people and musicians all over the world.

What I wanted to do:

Initially I wanted to Podcast several times a month, but storage needs, and bandwidth didn't respond to that well. 2 times a month should be plenty. And right as I was beginning filling the internet void for bagpipes a far more appropriate, and qualified source put out a show, which calmed my vigor to put shows up, and actually stopped me all together until I noticed that they posted infrequently, and eventually all together stopped. Plus I had comments from my listeners demanding I was better than the Piping centre's podcast anyway.

For the class, I hoped to pump up my podcast again with 2 shows a month from My Ojibwe and Bagpipe Podcast. Also I wanted to overhaul my ojibwe podcast as it was still in the orphan stage anyway, and doesn't have enough of a listenership to be scared of losing from slight tweaking.
Other than that I wanted to become famous and popular, be everyones favorite bagpiping personality, beat up jean claude van damme, and solve world hunger.

What I discovered:

My Ojibwe podcast is a hell of a lot more work, and getting out one every other week and having it be fresh and full is going to be hard until I have far more contacts with drum groups, and elders willing to talk to me in Ojibwe, and let me post it online.

Podcasts that are long or too frequent bother me. For example, a show that's three hours long, and comes out every day is a bit too much to ask of your listeners.
Podcasts went from twice a month to once a month, to once every month or so, to every so often, although, I've only been doing it for a year and a couple months so I average about one a month for the whole show being at 17 episodes, maybe even a little more.

I got over my habbit of only doing half hour or less shows, if I am only doing one episode a month, it's reasonable if not good to do an hour long show, or even an hour and a half long show.
Being famous is stupid, but the internet can really be used to forge global contacts and friendships, something I didn't believe would happen without spending hours in chat rooms. I wouldn't consider myself close to Vicki Swan, or Damien Barber, or Rob or Gordan from the Joan and Jeff show, but I'd be pissed if I find myself in the UK and don't drink a pint or two with each one of them, and I don't think they'd be opposed to the idea. I dream of having a Wetootwaag's Podcast of bagpipe Power concert in Scotland, with all of my musical guests partying down.
Van Damme could take me, and I should let it go.
It's almost never good enough to please me, so I should let it go, and give up on editing, people will like it even if I don't.

I went and Got Myself talked about! On the Piping Message Boards:

Discussed on Bob Dunsire
And Mentioned again

And some Blogs

Mentioned On a bagpipe blogger's site
And Another Piping Blogger

Real podcasting contacts:

Vicki Swan
Tartan Vision
The Joan and Jeff Show

My Podcasting Competition!
HA! The national piping centre are why I slowed my podcast, but their website, as is their podcast often, isn't working! Ha I won!
www.thepipingcentre.co.uk/ Piping Centre podcast

What I would change?:

I wouldn't change too much about the show, I didn't make too many mistakes honestly, it would have been nice to find the good podcast host site first, but my errors and nonsense talk is why people listen.

I would have saved my comments before deleting old episodes from my host site.

I guess I wouldn't have drank a whole bottle of Glenlivet as it has all but ruined the scotch portion of the show.

I do wish I was more consistent, doing a consistent episode a month, but it's nice hearing from people that they miss you too.

My Podcasting TimeLine:
Starting out desperate for attention, listeners, and comments.

Get a couple meaningful comments and calm down a little bit.

Upgrade to better hosting site.

still desperate for listeners and comments.

Reach Bandwidth at classy new site.

Realize you're famous enough, and just enjoy the listeners you have.

Work to keep it interesting by bringing in new music, from friends and heroes, and eventually Myspace, establishing even more global contacts.

Podcast as a venue to talk about your interests and make global contacts, more so than blogs.
(as their are fewer podcasts)

Venue to explore new, fun things, and see what people think, or just know you're being heard, and it isn't completely wasted on you and your friends.

In Conclusion, Podcasting has been, and will continue to be an important part of my life, I'm interested to see if in my post graduated life I do more or less podcasting. Podcasting is basically blogging, except being far too lazy to type it, and allowing for people to be lazy enough not to have to read it.

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