The Sprocket Podcast needs your help
Hey folks! I'm excited about the upcoming season of the Sprocket Podcast, because there's nothing I like better than drinking beer with awesome people and talking about bicycles, transit, and simpler living. It's been a great year and a half of producing the show, and I love doing it. There's just a small catch...
Brock & his wife are going to be paring down their budgets for the coming year due to education expenses, which will make paying for the show more difficuly. In order to keep providing the shows on a consistent basis, we'll need some help from the outside to keep covering the costs of beer for our guests, hosting for the podcast files & website, and some small but important upgrades to the studio gear. Up until now, these expenses have been out-of-pocket, but with slimmer times coming it will be far more difficult to deliver the experience we prefer to our listeners and guests unless the generosity of our listeners makes it possible.
Our Basic Needs
$500 almost seems like too much to ask of our listeners since we've been able to run the show out of our house and keep our expenses low for the time that we've been hosting the show. However, there are a few upgrades that we've been hoping to make to our audio gear to improve the quality of the shows we record and the professionalism we bring to the process (don't worry, it will still be "slightly irreverent").
About $180 will go towards our new server for the website and audio file hosting. The company we've used up until now provides little to no customer service communication when problems keep the site or audio from being accessible to the public. Our new host that we plan to switch to in the late fall of 2012, in addition to being less expensive, is run by a real human being that communicates with his clients in plain English with the goal of solving any unresolved issues and keeping the show live on the internet.
At $3.50 a beer, we can buy 52 beers in a year from our local corner store for about $185, or also some fine beer in a growler from the many taprooms around the Portland area. Brock & Brandon can afford to grab their own drinks if they choose to have them, but funding three or more per show will add up; your contribution can make this a reasonable expense.
The headphones we use in the studio right now are total crap – one pair came from a garage sale in eastern Washington on one of Brock's bicycle trips, one pair was purchased from Radio Shack, and the other two came from thrift stores or free boxes. All of them are substandard for the task, but at $25 apeice we could purchase 4 brand new over-the-ear Sennheiser headphones to class up the joint at a total of $100.
The last bit of cash goes towards the kind folks at Indiegogo for their hard-earned (and mandatory) share for hosting the campaign.
In the event that we don't raise the entire $500 goal, indiegogo will still let us keep the pledged contributions, which we will spend in the order listed above: hosting first, guest beverages next, and studio equipment if we can afford to.
Perks!Brock will work to create a suite of tantalizing perks to say "thank you" to our contributors. The show is for the listeners, and as such all of our rewards for participating in our fundraising efforts will be focused on honoring our audience in some fun and hopefully meaningful way.
What You Get
The Sprocket Podcast is the only long-form talk show we know of that focuses on bicycling as a lifestyle rather than a sport or a hobby; we aim to make conversations about how we live, how we get around, and how we discover the truly important parts of life accessible to as many people as possible. We do this both to convince the devoted simplifiers that they're not crazy as well as to demonstrate an avenue into a better world and life that we believe is not simply possible, but doable and fun!
With your help, we will produce 52 more episodes this next year that will be free to the public and chock full of the personality, irreverence, and ideas you've grown to know and love each week. We hope to continue to build a community of like minded thinking and joking listeners that can contribute to the ongoing conversation about how simple doesn't have to mean somber. We look forward to talking your ears off.
Thanks for your time and your attention! We appreciate any exposure you can give us to the people who listen to you!
See you on thesprocketpodcast.com!