In 2015, I started a site called Podnose. The concept was to create a community of creative, like-minded people.
The US was already at least 10 years ahead - and it was already an industry (of sorts). Either way, it was listening to shows such as Comedy Bang Bang, WTF with Marc Maron, Never Not Funny and The Dollop that I realised I wanted to do the same thing. I wanted to be a part of this conversation of joy. There was, and is, a freedom to the concept of podcasting. That was, and is, the greatest appeal to me.
Then I started to selectively listen to more podcasts. The ones I pursued in transit to work or while at home proved to be a great comfort. My anxiety and depression for hours at a time would be distracted. Laughter. Conversation. Candidness. Truth. Freedom.
On the Podnose Network, which began 4 years ago this month, we have an abundance of different types of shows. Comedy, nostalgia, music, sport, television, film, gaming. Some shows joined us already with a growing following (Strange Times, CheapShow, Sweet Feathery Jesus, Worst Foot Forward), some shows continue to evolve independently with great success (The All Seeing Guys, The LiL Show, The Awesome Comics Podcast, First Player Token, My Classic Album, You Know What I Like?). Some shows were born from the idea of having a space to thrive (Are You Movie Mad?, Cinema Limbo, The Sitcom Club, Looks Unfamiliar, Jaffa Cakes For Proust, Words with Cris & Drew). Others have come and gone, and may very well come back one day.
Ultimately, Podnose was a good incentive for me to try and meet my heroes. The show Podpit was created at the right time for me to feel like I could meet the people I wanted to meet. On most occasions it was a glorious experience. I recorded 10 episodes and I would love to record at least 10 more. The recordings of Podpit variated from restaurants to homes of my icons in Los Angeles, to cafes and bars in London. Some interviews took place via Skype. I loved every minute of every moment I had in the presence of people I respected. Those moments will never leave me.
People always ask me what money I make from Podnose. How does it work with advertising? How do I make money from this?
The truth is, I don’t. For the last 4 years, it has always been a struggle but I choose to do this still because I truly believe in the concept and the power of building a creative community.
So what do I want from Podnose now? I want to build it further, but not alone. There are those who add their own episodes and those who can’t or don’t have the time to, which is fine. I can state however that I manually added those first 4000 episodes myself over 2.5 years. There are now over 8000 episodes on the network. I need help.
I want to build a community. There are all of these wonderful talented people and I hope for more dialogue between them. People from other shows guesting on each other’s shows. People making contact with one another to expand outwards. People making friends.
Advertising, sponsorship, merchandise, donations. The four ways of making money from podcasting. I have never asked for a penny until now.
I work and have worked full time for almost 20 years, separate from Podnose which is outside of that time. Some folks have reached out to me and have then shot me down when I never offered anything more than what I can offer. Truth is, that’s on them: not me. I am one person. There are those who help and I am eternally grateful, but I’ve never pretended to be anything more than who I am. I will help if I can. Podnose is an open door which only asks for a little back in terms of support. Very little by comparison to other networks.
All I ask from those who are involved and from those who listen is they enjoy it. Enjoy the process, enjoy listening. Take comfort. Be happy from the conversation not limited by anything. Laugh, cry, Be Honest, Be True.
The future of Podnose is in the air. I reach out to you for help to make it better. I honestly don’t know how but that doesn’t mean I won’t stop trying.
The base level costs are currently are £110 a month, and so I’m looking to cover the site for the next two years while I work on site developments to make the community bigger and better.
I’ve debated about reaching out for some time, but I feel that now is the time to at least ask and see that if there are those who have enjoyed Podnose out there who can donate anything to keep us going, I will be eternally grateful.