This is a race between YouTube subscribers and Patreon patrons. Who can establish the best foothold first?
Don’t get me wrong, the real reason I am doing this is for both a custom channel address for the YouTube account (requires 100 subscribers) and to pay the bills I’m accumulating by doing these podcasts while also aiming to start building Freya’s college fund. I admit it, I am just greedy that way.
Now you might wonder why podcasting could cost so much to begin with, that that’s a legitimate question. Consider the following based on my previous experiences as well as what I just went through in Cortez, Colorado:
1) Everyone needs to be able to hear what I am saying. That, I have found, takes more than an iPhone headset’s microphone or even a gaming headset mike. It takes professional quality to come out sounding decent. So, I have already spent on a good pair of headphones, a microphone, and a mike stand and fully intend to get a mixer at some point and more mikes to do full-out “radio dramas” with a small group of Denver Star Citizen fanatics.
2) A good Internet connection is not cheap and is worth every penny. DSL typically has a bad reputation and for a reason that is not as well known. It takes good phone line to get good DSL. Even at Colorado’s main fiber hub, Boulder, DSL is just plain bad because the telephone lines in the area are that bad. Cortez is even worse. I use Comcast, but I also know the NorthWest, a relatively recent purchase of Comcast, has bad cable lines as well. You get the picture. I can only broadcast if the Net is up and that costs money.
3) Software/Hardware: I have discovered the free software on my Mac has huge limitations. While it is free and Macs tend to be a lot better at A/V than Windows computers, the free stuff is limited in flexibility. We’ve been given Adove Creative Cloud Suite to work with, but that takes both time to learn and one thing I need more of, memory.
So please do not think I am being greedy. I want to give you guys a good show and my daughter a good education and those are my only motivations.
Let the games begin.