Updated on 07.31.14

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Experiments in Podcasting Edition

Trent Hamm

So, I’ve recorded six test episodes of my podcast over the last few weeks as I try to figure out my “voice” and how exactly I want the podcast to go. I recorded one, sent it to a small handful of readers, got some feedback, and moved on.

The first four or so were awful and left me doubting whether I even wanted to do this. By awful, I don’t mean that the recording or material was bad – I mean that they were really boring. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t listen to them.

With the last two, though, I think I’m starting to really hit my stride. I moved it in a very conversational direction and suddenly, somehow, it’s clicking well. It’s almost turning into an audio version of the reader mailbags, to be honest, with a lot of anecdotes mixed in.

Don’t worry, it’s coming. This is called a “teaser.”

Beware of Pretty Things: 4 Reasons I’m Keeping My Ugly, Old Stuff This is passive frugality at its best. Hold on to your old stuff and you might just find that it’s better than you think. (@ wisebread)

Your Recession Budget What was interesting about this article was the list of what people are dumping from their budget. I find it amazing that the most common thing people were dumping was GameFly (basically, Netflix for video games). (@ consumerism commentary)

The Cost of Watching Television As I’ve said before, if our cable service wasn’t basically a nearly-free add-on to our internet bill, we probably wouldn’t have it at all and just enjoy Hulu.com and what we can get over the air. It really is expensive. (@ frugal dad)

Accused of Being a Spendthrift This is a great response to my article on being accused of being a cheapskate. (@ make love, not debt)

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  1. Glad to see the podcast coming along. I’ve been a big supporter of this for some time now.

    Many of my favorite podcasts started off with very short versions. 5-10 minutes. Once we have the earbuds in you can keep our attention for that long no matter how boring it is. Are you starting with shorter podcasts or is your length something more extensive?

  2. Erin says:

    Looking forward to it! I write podcast reviews and do interviews with podcasters at my blog, Atomic Podcasts (www.atomicpodcasts.com), and because of my interest in personal fianance and economics, many of my reviews and interviews tend to lean in that direction. Interesting, informative personal finance podcasts are challenging to find, so I’ll definitely be on the lookout for yours.

  3. onaclov says:

    I would definitely like to hear some podcasts….

    Another idea to add to the “concept” would maybe do it like a radio show and have a “co-host” or guest’s for additional perspective on issues you bring up?

    Have fun,
    Venturing into the podcast arena sounds like a good idea to me!!

  4. “By awful, I don’t mean that the recording or material was bad – I mean that they were really boring. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t listen to them.”

    Trent, you’re killing me. I busted up laughing.

    Anybody who reads this blog certainly knows you are your own most effective critic and you will do what’s necessary to present us accurate information in the most interesting manner possible. Don’t worry, buddy, you’ll figure it out and we’ll all benefit.

  5. Kevin says:

    Is there anything you can’t do?

  6. Lauren says:

    An audio version of your mailbags sounds like a fantastic idea!

  7. Gabriel says:

    Love these! Thanks!

  8. bethh says:

    I assume you have listened to a wide range of podcasts while looking for your voice. I recommend you listen outside your usual areas of interest, just to shake it up a bit. One podcast I’m quite fond of is for male knitters, of all things, called Y Knit. It’s entertaining and clever, and could be a good example from outside your usual box. I’m sure you can find it easily. Good luck!

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