Game Dame said:
Well, we need to work out the following:
- Air Schedule (how often to do it, when to start)
- Topics, format
- Hosts, guests
- Technical process (e.g., recording convos via the web, recording each segment separately, etc.)
I suggest we assign some folks to work out each part above. I can work on the last part (with anyone else who wants to help out) but before we start that part, we need to know about the format and air schedule.
Okay, I'll start this show, and fire burns from my fingertips as I type up the way to go....
Oops, sorry. Better turn off the Charlie Daniels Band...
Okay, that's better.
Right, so the options we have to talk about are few. We can do this! Let's get started.
First, the subject of Air Schedule.
I would suggest a once a week format. This seems pretty reasonable, and wuold be frequent enough to be fun for people to listen to and look forward to. I would think that, for most people, getting together some time over the weekend would be easiest to coordinate, since most of us ahve secondary jobs that take us away from the home. However, it kind of depends on who is on the show, and what time zones work for them.
Post your thoughts on Air Schedule. To be honest, it might just turn out that more folks would be in favor of doing it on a weeknight just so the weekend didn't have a block of time taken out of it.
Second; Topics, Format.
Here is where I expect there to be lots of discussion. What the heck is the show about? What are we taling about?
I will make the first suggestion, by saying that I think, rather than a free-flowing rambling discussion, perhaps guided by a moderator or leader, that the show be formalized segments.
In this way, there could be a list of segments that are weekly regulars, or that the people running the show that week can choose from. It'll help give the podcasters a rope to hang on to... 'What are we suppsoed to do next? Oh yeah, Right."
Because we are bloggers for World of Warcraft, I think the podcast should focus on World of Warcraft, and those that blog about it.
To that end, I think the following is just the tuip of the iceberg on possible segments;
"New WoW Blog of the Week" - segment discussing a new blog that may come from recommendations via email account to a gmail specifically for the blog, or from this forum.
"Various WoW news". With the blogger spin on it. Patch changes, announcements, etc. Depends on whether something actually happened.
"Special Blogger Guest" if it turns out that a few bloggers run this show regularly, and most other bloggers are more interested in being on it only once in a while.
"Blogger favorite addon of the week" - self explanatory.
"Fan favorite blog post of the week" - again, using some means of getting feedback from listeners, highlighting a particular blog and post that week that readers really enjoyed and wrote in about.
"Blogger discussion on how to blog" - From talking about choosing a blogging host like Wordpress of Blogspot or self-hosting, to how to stay motivated to write, or how to find inspiration on topics, to why you start a blog in the first place, or how to encourage people to write a blog even if they think that they haven't got anyhting to say, if bloggers are making a podcast, they need to talk about the whys and wherefores of blogging.
That sould be enough to start you guys talking about your own ideas on segments.
I would love to see a segment on special guests from the WoW community, outside of blogging. interviews with the guys from FigurePrints, twebcomics like Looking For Group, creators of Addons like the Gatherer and Auctioneer development team, stuff like that. I don't know how feasible that is.
And third topic; Hosts and Guests.
As I said above, I expect there will be people taht would love to be on a regular weekly podcast, and will drive it forward... and those that would like to try one... maybe once. Or twice if it was fun. But wouldn't know quite where to start, and certainly wouldn't want to be on the first one, with other folks that are fumbling around in teh dark.
So I think it would be good NOW to get bloggers to chime in on who wants to do one or more of the following;
!) Be part of the weekly 'talking live' podcast crew.
2) Be part of, or the only, audio specialist/sound crew.
3) Be the DJ that comes up with neat intro music or mixes. If not the same as 2 above.
4) Be an occasional 'guest' blogger instead of a regular.
5) Whoever I'm not smart enough to have come up with.
Let's get going people!