What makes us different? We almost always have at least one person on the panel who's reading the work for the first time, so you get a fresh perspective without falling too far down any rabbit holes. The core of the group is me and Ryan (the founders) and Kenn and Todd (the regulars). We've been podcasting together since February 2014.
It takes (no) money to make (no) moneyFirst things first: You should know that when Ryan and I started The Legendarium Podcast, we were under no delusions that we would get rich off this thing. That continues today, and we aren't starting a Patreon page for the wealth or fame. HOWEVER, we never wanted to get poor from podcasting, either.
There are a lot of ways to produce a podcast, and we never wanted to do it the easy way. So together we've spent thousands (no, seriously) of dollars to make this thing as good as possible.
We spend for a reasonWe spend all that money because as long as you're going to pipe our voices through your headphones or your car speakers, we want to give you the best audio quality we can. Microphones, mixers, headphones, cords, adapters, speakers, acoustic foam ... I could go on, but you get the idea: recording well doesn't come cheap.
As for the content of the podcast itself, it's not free either. Four panelists purchasing a single book in preparation for an episode, it can run anywhere from $30-70, depending on the format of the book. Spread that over about 35 books, and you can see, the costs add up fast.
And I haven't even gotten to the costs of hosting our content online.
3 ways we want to get betterLike I said, as long as we were going to produce a podcast, we wanted to make it sound great. So far, I think we've done a good job there. We can do even better, but it's getting harder to justify the costs coming from our own pockets. Your patronage will help make the Legendarium better in several ways as we move forward:
- You'll help us acquire better equipment and better software to bring you the best sound we can.
- You'll help us book more and better guests by offering a modest stipend for time and travel. More guests means more perspectives.
- You'll help us host more events, both in-person and online, that will allow us to meet and hear from more of you in more personal ways.