Back in April, I asked for your feedback and took stock of where the show was at that point. It’s yet again time to see how I can improve the podcast, offer more value and add even better content to listeners. I’m passionate about helping and inspiring my audience and finding more ways to ‘Join Up’ with other like-minded creatives. Let’s look at some of the changes I have in mind and do make sure you let me know what you want to see and hear from Joined Up Writing.
Bye-bye, Epilogue Episodes
With immediate effect, the in-between, quick-listen Epilogue shows will stop. At best, feedback was mixed and most people don’t seem to see the point of downloading a podcast episode that’s only ten minutes long. It will also give me more time to focus on the main guests and I’m sticking to releasing 2 long-form interviews every month.That’s still a big commitment of my time, but I also want to be able to offer you different forms of bonus content.
So, where’s my bonus round?
It’s coming – I promise! My revamped home studio is almost finished and one of the ways I’ll be making the most of it, is to produce regular video content. Yes, video. I’ll be bringing you short videos on everything from how writers can get the best from technology, to health and well being, quick writing tips, motivation and more. The upside is they will be short, useful films to give you quick-hits of knowledge and creativity. The downside will be . . . you may get to see more of my face and will learn why it’s more suited to Radio!
New Kids On The Blog
I’ll be opening the blog up to some guest posts as well as writing more content myself – at least one post every month, and I’m open to your ideas for what you’d like me to cover. I want the Joined Up site to be more than the place I host my podcasts. The vision is to make it a hub for writers and creatives and a source of knowledge and inspiration.
Time Is (NOT) ON My Side
It’s all very well having these grand plans but, as I’m sure you can appreciate, all of this takes LOTS of time and energy. Especially when I have to fit it around a busy day job, my own writing and my family life. It also takes a little money – podcast hosting fees, domain name costs and travel expenses for when I record face-to-face interviews. Not to mention the technical equipment needed to make the podcast sound as professional as possible.
This isn’t me complaining, you understand? I’ve been doing this since 2014 because I love it and will gladly continue to do it for free. I’ve been lucky enough to talk to dozens of fascinating and inspiring writers and have connected with hundreds of amazing listeners.
All of the above plans will be swinging into action before the year is out and all of that content will continue to be available free of charge.
But . . . I want to do even more
I’m considering the idea of creating a Patreon site. Patreon is a membership platform that allows creators to provide exclusive content to their subscribers, or ‘patrons’, for a very small monthly fee. For typically less than you’d spend on a coffee, you can get access to bonus content and services – like extra videos, a bonus podcast, exclusive Q and A sessions etc. Not only are you getting exclusive content, you are helping me to be able to continue to improve the show and will be contributing to at least some of the running costs of the show. It can feel rewarding to be a ‘patron of the arts’!
I have to stress, at this stage, I’m only toying with the idea. I don’t want to do anything alienate the listeners I already have and I also want to make sure that any extra content I do create is useful and meaningful for my audience.
So, over to you . . .
How do you feel about the show’s current format? What kind of bonus content would you like to see? Do you like the idea of some short videos on our YouTube channel? What future guests and topics would you like me to cover? Have any recommendations for guest bloggers or posts of your own? What are your thoughts on being able to access exclusive content and being able to contribute to even more improvements to the show through Patreon? Let me know in the comments below, email me – wayne [at] waynekellywrites.com – or tweet me your ideas @JUPodcast.
Don’t forget you can also leave a review at Apple Podcasts or your favourite podcast app and – even better – share the show with a friend. Let’s truly get ‘Joined Up’!