An update on upcoming podcasts and podcast plans:
I am currently working on LibriVox: The Pioneer Days
, about the early days of the project, from that fateful day when Hugh started the LibriVox blog and sent out the first email asking for help recording The Secret Agent in August 2005 to the last day of 2006 or thereabouts, about the time when a good number of the procedures were in place that we know now. I wanted to know and publish what it was like to be a part of LibriVox in those days, what it felt like, how big the community was, what exciting projects people were working on in those days, etc.
But while I am gathering material for that podcast and putting it together, I want to put out a call for a couple ideas I have for future podcasts. These could be themes for an entire podcast or simply segments within a larger podcast. Podcasts don't have to be themed at all. They could just be an eclectic collection of random segments, so please everyone, feel free to contribute anything you like that in some way relates to the things we do at LibriVox and anything that binds our community together. It is a combination of what we do here and how we relate to one another that makes LibriVox the most unique and attractive online community there is.
Anyway, here are some ideas for segments or shows entire:Me and My Microphone(s)
- tell us about your microphone(s), what mic you use, why you like it, how you found it, why you would recommend it, etc. You might extend your comments to your whole recording set up: computer, audio software, digital recorder, recording room/studio. The microphone is to the voice artist/editor/producer what the guitar is to the rock 'n' roller, the camera is to the photographer, the horse is to the cowboy. Take this opportunity to wax eloquent about one or more of your microphones. Those of you who contributed to Algy Pug's Microphone Showdown
project, here's your chance to sing the praises of your portal to digital audio posterity.LibriVox Burnout - What it is, how it happens, and how to avoid it
- We've lost some people because they became overwhelmed with LibriVox commitments, maybe had a hard time giving back sections or whole projects, and then ended up leaving altogether. Some of us start to feel burned out and are able to do what is necessary to pull out so that we can still remain contributing to LibriVox. Some of us are heedless of the warning signs of burnout and keep signing up for projects, heading downstream only to be engulfed by the enormity of work we did not anticipate. Share stories of burnout and near burnout, what tends to burn you out, what's your limit, what's your strategy for avoiding claiming section after section impulsively, what is your remedy for healing first, second, or third degree burnout? I imagine that long time LV veterans would have some great advice here.Going Solo
- LibriVox was started as a collective and the very first projects were all collaborative, with volunteers claiming one or a few chapters of each book project. Then the first solo was recorded by Kara, I believe. Now it seems there a ton of solo projects going up compared to group projects. My catalog search shows 3025 solo recordings to 2085 group recordings. So, OK, not a TON in comparison, but definitely more. Why on earth are people motivated to record solos? All that work? Why? The glory? The challenge? Total creative control? But what about the isolation? How do you stay motivated? How do you persevere? What are the hardest challenges you face? How do you overcome them? What word count is tiny for you? What's challenging but manageable? What's a real mountain to climb? What is Mt. Everest (Moby Dick? War and Peace?)? Soloists, take a break from chapter 32 and narrate your own tale of going it alone with just your script and your microphone.Anonymity and Disclosure
- How secretive are you on the forums and the community? Some people have a cool pseudonym or "handle" that has only a veiled reference to who they are while others register with their full names. Some reveal their true names in their signatures even though they use an artful forum name. Some leave their profiles empty while others disclose lots of information about themselves, including links to their very copiously maintained blogs and websites. What level of anonymity do you like to maintain on LibriVox? Why? What degree of disclosure are you comfortable with? Why? How did you come up with your forum name, if it is one that is hard to figure out (unlike initials, full names, etc.)? It may be ironic or pardoxical to ask people who value their anonymity to contribute podcasts sections discussing their need for anonymity, but you could submit anonymously.
Those who are OK with disclosure may have more to say on this topic but I am as interested in the shy and anonymous LibriVoxers as well..If any or all of these ideas for podcast material inspire you
and you want to produce a segment, PM me or post in this thread. If you have contributed before to the podcast, you know what to do. If you are new to the podcast, I will help you through every stage of your segment, if you need me to. But if you have contributed any section successfully to LibriVox, you already have all the technical skills you need to record a podcast segment. And if you have the desire to create a podcast segment, you can write your own script to read or even talk spontaneously and edit out your "ums," "ahs," and "like"s later. Listen to some past podcasts for ideas on how to produce a segment.A Call for Roving Reporters and Correspondents:
I am interested in cultivating a BULLPEN
(Baseball metaphor) of audio correspondents and roving reporters for the podcasts
. What do you need to qualify? Curiosity, a flair for talking, the chutzpah to PM people, and the energy to get segments recorded and uploaded to Cori's folder. You can follow your own nose for segment ideas or correspond with me or other podcast team members for ideas. No need to concern yourself with podcast themes. Your features segments can be a part of ANY podcast! Do you like to interview people?
Search out interesting LibriVox volunteers, send them a list of questions and either interview them real time over Skype or the telephone or let them send you a file of the answered questions and then record and edit in the questions. Voila! You have an interview to upload for a podcast. It's just that simple.Do you like to talk about things that interest you or puzzle you about LibriVox?
Write and record a segment where you give advice, tell a story, report on hot topics currently on the forums, talk off the top of your head about a subject of interest and entertaining to the LibriVox community. Promote your slow-moving project.Do you like to edit?
Make a collage of bloopers, a collage of a weekly poetry project, combine some clips of LibriVox performances with music and sound effects or otherwise create mashups of our public domain works.Do you like numbers?
Compile (or ask an admin to compile) some interesting LV statistics and report on them.Are you persuasive?
Devise ways to promote the LibriVox podcasts and increase the numbers of people who listen to and respond to them.Are you creative?
Come up with other ways to make the podcasts interesting, informative and entertaining to the LibriVox community.
So, come and join our current podcast team - Martin Geeson, Lars Rolander, Algy Pug, Ruth Golding, TriciaG, Lucy Perry, Piotrek81, Kristingj, Nadine Eckert-Boulet, Availle, Leni, Andy Minter, Elizabeth Klett, Arielle Lipshaw, Linny, Carol Box, Denny Sayers, Leonard Wilson, Rhonda Federman, Timothy Ferguson, Phil Chenevert, Leonard Wilson, David Barnes, Cori Samuel, and Esther (Starlite). All these have recorded one or more segments for the most recent podcasts and several have hosted podcasts themselves. And you can, too!