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For some reason this didn't show up on my "New" list.  I'm sorry the reply is so long in coming.I'm glad you're enjoying the show!  And the subscriber content is already live.  We've got some on this forum, and as of right now we've got 11 bonus episodes for members.  And soon I'll be putting together an Anglo Saxon cooking thing, which should be fun.  :)So advice, huh... HmmmmWell, first of all.  Good for you!  Podcasting is a ton of fun.  :)  But it's also a lot of work.  Well, I suppose that it doesn't have to be a lot of work, but in Podcasting you get out of it what you put into it.  For example, I put around 20+ hours into every 20-30 minute episode I produce.  That's how much time I spend writing, researching, recording, editing, etc.  Now what I do is basically lecturing.  So I need to be much more prepared that, say, a talk show format because I have to fill in every second of empty space on my own.  There's no opportunity for banter, etc.  So if you're putting together a talk show format, you might not have to spend as much time as I do writing, but it'll still involve a lot of work because you'll want the conversation to flow naturally and you'll want to be well educated in your subject.  So the moral of the story is that this is a labor of love and be prepared to work your butt off.  Heh.Another bit of advice is that you should use feedburner or another sort of analytic site to run your podcast through.  The advantage of that is that if you switch hosting providers, which you probably will at some point, your feed address wont change.  I switched providers in late June, and that was before I started using feedburner, and I lost some listeners who weren't automatically redirected to the new feed.  So that's something to keep in mind.Know your audience, and speak to them.  And if you don't, be prepared to pay the price for it.  Take, for example, my podcast.  If you've been listening for a while you probably know I'm liberal and that comes out from time to time.  It's part of my personality and is tied up into my sense of humor as well.  But anytime I've strayed too close to politics, I've taken a hit.  I've gotten negative reviews, I've gotten ridiculous amount of hatemail, etc.  It's just a fact of life in American politics, some people get emotional about it (for example, one guy sent me a 5 page long screed about how evil I am and how evil the Democratic party is).  The irony here, of course, is that in my podcast I'm mocking people who've been dead for over 1000 years.  But nonetheless, I'm straying into politics (politics of the dead?) and that riles up some people.  It's a risk I take, and one I continue to take because I don't like the idea of being silenced by a few people who are taking my thoughts on history far too personally.  But I know it's cost me listeners and gained me negative reviews.  And thankfully, I think most people appreciate my irreverent tone, so that's the group I speak to.  So the point is, know your audience and speak to them... and actually that plays into another lesson...Expect hatred.  The only people who don't get hatemail are the ones who either don't have many listeners or who are rather bland.  Everyone else on the net gets hatemail at one point or another.  Expect it and let it roll off your shoulder.  Ultimately, you just need to remember that this is the internet.  People are assholes on the internet and will say things that they would never dream of saying to your face.  So don't let the occasional email or negative review get you down.I guess the last bit of advice is only podcast on a topic your passionate about.  People like to listen to podcasts where the speaker is exciting about his or her subject.  Be that person and you'll probably get a boost in listeners.  But on the same token, don't expect to be an overnight success and be able to quit your job.  Most people don't make money at podcasting, and actually most people don't get many listeners either.  It's a pretty flooded field out there and it's hard to get noticed.  So don't do it for fame or fortune, because their both pretty elusive in the podcast arena.  Do it for fun.  It's a hobby, after all!  And it really is fun and worth all the hard work!  :)

Jamie, if you are getting hatemail now, I can't imagine what will happen when you get to Richard III.  :)  None from me, I love your podcast and respect the effort you put into it.

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