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The Next Podcast Episode
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Hi All,

After a lot of thought on this and trying to decide what to do about the future of the podcast, I've made a decision to go ahead and keep doing it. The last episode was at the end of October, and things just got busy at the end of the year: Christmas, New Years, almost taking a job in Dubai, then taking a job in Tokyo instead, then travelling for 2 weeks in Vancouver and Denver - its just been non-stop and I haven't had time to put an episode together. It seems like whenever I've had an hour or two to spare, I would stop and think "What's the best thing that I could be doing with this time right now?" and the podcast would never even be in the top 3 things.

I do appreciate everyone's voices of support, however only having voices of support when the podcast is on the verge of being discontinued isn't of any *practical* help. It is a nice boost of morale, but it doesn't give me an extra hour in the busy day to put it together. When the podcast was at its most regular, there was very little feedback from listeners. Most of the feedback came when it was in its early days, and then more recently when discontinuation was looming. The only audio feedback from a listener that I ever got was two times from the same person, who was also the same person who did all of the graphic work for the podcast page. A few people sent me music of theirs that I used in the first few episodes, but nothing after that. So it became a sort of a "I'm spending my increasingly-precious spare time to provide a free service to people who express support for it only when they're about to lose it" thing. While I appreciate the moral support, it didn't make it any easier to actually do the podcast and I was seriously considering dropping the whole thing.

However, like I said, I have now decided to keep doing it, and this was basically due to the strong encouragement of two people: one in person who told me about all of the users I'd given his podcast by mentioning it on the Kutaki podcast (he also recorded a 'jingle' to use on the Kutaki podcast, which I've done a number of times), and another who wrote to volunteer audio/video editing expertise. At this point though, I think I can only commit to one episode a month, which I'll plan to start at the beginning of April (March is just too insane).

I have segments from Syd and Rob that haven't been aired yet, so that will make production of the first episode easier. I'll also be having a couple of contests and giving away Kutaki T-Shirts to the winners. These are left-overs from a batch that Jeremy Griese (aka 'diamondjoe') had made up to offer for sale at recent seminars in Vancouver and Denver. There were only 30 made, and I only have 4 left, so there are 26 people out there walking around with these shirts, which may turn out to be limited edition if another batch isn't made. So keep your ears peeled for the next episode around the beginning of April and you may be able to win one of the remaining shirts.

Also, the podcast stickers are *finally* (almost) ready to go. I was waiting for a design from an artist friend which took forever to materialize. But I finally have it in hand and will do my best to get those out to everyone within the next week.

A number of people have posted in the previous thread saying "let us know what we can do." Well, I've mentioned some things above that can be used as examples:

- Cuthalion devoted graphic skills for the webpage
- diamondjoe took the initiative to have T-Shirts made through someone he knows
- shiroitora.org donated web space for the podcast files
- Nodakko recorded an audio jingle for me to use

Those are just some examples, but what I would ask for the most is - just participate!

* Give feedback - audio feedback in the form of a recorded audio file (doesn't have to be long) would be great.
* Participate in things like the postcard drive I had last year (only 6 people sent postcards).
* Send me music or audio clips that I can use, send audio "shout-outs" from your dojo to a "sister dojo," etc.
* Let me know if you want me to mention a seminar or other event on the show
* Use your imagination and suggest something that I haven't thought of

Just saying "I like the show, please don't stop doing it." is encouraging, but more active participation goes a long way towards motivating the podcast host. :)

Anyway, just an update. Talk to you in a few weeks.

Shawn

Posted on: 2007/3/5 13:42
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Thanks a lot Shawn!


Speaking of seminars...
If it is fine with you I could record and edit the segment of seminar announcements.
I would collect all the latest info from the guys, arrange them and make a nice bouquet of the upcoming seminars for each episode.
You would receive the audio file ready made and just had to insert it in the final mp3.

Or if not with the seminar segment, then with an another one. I would be happy to contribute to Kutaki no Ha this way, too.

What do you think?
The banners will be ready around next week, thanks for the reminder!


Eva

Posted on: 2007/3/5 17:56
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Eva,

Thanks - but you have contributed so much time and hard work to this site and to the podcast already, that if I take you up on many more of your offers, I'm going to have to change the name of the podcast to "The Shawn and Eva Show," and I'm not sure I want to go there.


Everyone keeps telling me how many listeners there actually are out there, so I'm wondering if anybody other than "the regular crew" would want to do anything. Don't get me wrong, I really appreciate the offer - well... actually... what the heck, I'll keep it in mind.

Thanks,

S

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So you want all the glory for yourself ok I got it

But seriously: no problem, as you wish.
If you still happen to get to a point where you get stuck, the offer is up - I love working for Kutaki, it is not a burden at all.
But it is definitely better if those who like it actually do something for it

Guys, I propose that you do not wait for longer 'cos words won't make things change. So how about taking an action and putting together an example of what you could regularlcy produce:

Let's see who offered what:

- Mindwrench (Rob)
Training segment (DONE)

- Benkyoka (Syd)
Media reviews (DONE - hope will be continued)

- Diamondjoe (Jeremy)
T-shirts (DONE)

- ForestCityBujinkan (Darren)
"We are currently recording roundtable discussions to submit for your podcasts if you wish."

How about this one? I suggest you produce a few minutes long sample about a "lighter" issue and PodLord can see if it's usable or not.

- Cuthalion (being me)
Creates new banners for advertisement purposes
(other than that, being on standby with other things until asked for more)

- Anyone else, anything else?


I see people are either too busy to actually take actions or too shy, so they may need a bit of "kick-off" on their bum I hope it's the latter one.

Eva

Posted on: 2007/3/5 21:39
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I'm always more the happy to help but being a complete newbie to Bujinkan I really don't think I know enough at this point to add any benefit (material-wise). I can offer my computer services if that's any help ?!? I work in operating system and application/software deployment - specialise in the automation and deployment of these things for large corporates.

However, time at this point in my life is really limited resource. I work ful-time, have Uni part-time, Bujinkan three days a week and dancing on my only other free night (girlfriend's hobby). I'm also the webmaster for our dojo and then add in study time and trying to get assignments done and WOAH there goes the week!

Anyway, if you can think of where I may be helpful feel free to PM me, I'll always do my best to help. Cheers.

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well
i have a server maybe i can help with the storage
and i have some friends in the programming and web design stuff ....

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I do Web Design, Graphic Design professionally, and can do some basic audio in Garageband and Adobe Audition. Let me know if you'd like me to help out. I can make some "plugs" for upcoming events, perhaps a “New Dojos” audio listing, where we can call out new Dojo training areas that didn't have a place to train before. I don't mind helping at all.

Perhaps in the future we should setup a FTP site that we can add files to and would allow contributors and Shawn instant access to mp3, images, and archived episodes. ( something to works towards)

Maybe a Kutaki Podcast Picasa Web Album (what a mouth full) off of Google services, where listeners and mods can post training pics from dojos around the world, or maybe for Rob’s training section he could post “snap shots” of some of the exercises he’s describing. Shawn maybe you could share images from your trip up to the mountains that you take yearly. Plus maybe we could use some google videos into the Podcast. Like the Video cast you did before, but this time have users submit a set time amount of video on a particular topic say a kata from the theme of the year with a different weapon for each person, say 5 minutes a piece. We get 10 submissions and you can just make a compilation of the videos.

I can help out with the compilation video using my Mac if it helps. We can put it in iMovie and drop it down to Pod. If Google video isn't to good of a medium.

Actually, I'll keep thinking of some new things we can add to the Podcast and ways to make it more accessible and easier to put together so we’re not just creating more work, but a better workflow and way of piecing it all together. So its easier for Shawn.

Kind Regards,
Jayson
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Right after I posted, I thought of another segment we could work towards. How about a Training Weapons Review section. We can look at materials made by fellow Bujinkan practioners and we can review ones that are available at other vendors.

Ok, back to the Matrix....

Kind Regards,
Jayson

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Those are all really good ideas, and would serve to enhance the podcast significantly, I think. I'm not so sure that adding new stuff would decrease my workload - no matter how much I like to add new cool stuff.

I think in the short term the easiest of the above to implement would be the new weapons review segment. Are you volunteering for that?

I'll keep all of the other options above in mind. March is really insane for me, so I can't really do anything until at least the beginning of April. Maybe after that we can get some of those other options going. A mailing list for people interested in contributing to the podcast might be a good idea as well.

Shawn

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Hey Shawn,

Count me in!

Kind Regards,
Jayson

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