Behind today’s 5min of content is about Five hours of work, and about 4.5k words. 3.5k of which I threw away.
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This Week’s Podcast
As this show has evolved and grown I’ve added more formats and ways it can reach people. As an audio podcast, a text post and most recently on Youtube.
Speaking of people, I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone that is reading, listening or watching. I really do appreciate your continued time and attention. It is the most valuable thing you have, and that some choose to spend some of it on me is humbling.
15 episodes ago I introduced the video version of this podcast. And I think it’s just beginning to turn into ‘the thing’ I had in mind when I thought ‘Let’s add a video version’.
When I started this whole endeavour back in 2018, I had a clear mission: Write it, record it and edit it in one hour. It wasn’t that easy, but it forced me to take something from zero to done every week. After a while I was encouraged to post the transcript to my blog. Then after 100 episodes, I decided to pack in making it in one hour altogether.
With every change in approach and format. New and different challenges have presented themselves.
Most recently, the new video version has required a complete rethink of the show’s production workflow. In turn influencing the writing and editing and tone of the script.
This is a good line to cut in on, I’ll think.
Also of course, there is my slowly dawning, but entirely obvious surprise at just how quickly working with video weekly eats up hard drive space.
But I’m enjoying making it week in week out and that’s what’s important.
This week I’ve been thinking about how things go out into the world as a singular unit of quote unquote ‘content’.
You see, from week to week, I know how much time I’ve spent working on an episode. I know how happy I am about each one, and I know how much effort went into making it.
The show of course regardless of how you consume it arrives to you the subscriber every week. 301 seconds in length written, edited and recorded by me. Hahah. But the content that gets published is the same shape.
There is, behind a metaphorical curtain, a whole bunch of effort hidden out of sight. And it’s this curtain that I’ve been thinking about this week.
I said this week, I actually mean all morning. Yesterday I sat down to write the first draft of today’s episode as usual. But ended up writing three drafts on three different subjects. And not liking any of them. It took me all day. So behind today’s 5min of content is about four hours of work, and about 3.5k words. Not inducing the time it took to write, record and edit today’s show.
So weirdly this episode of Permanently Moved might be the one that I’ve put the most effort into. Ever. Yet it will arrive, to you, in the same shape as any other episode.
The sensible thing to do of course would be to place a call to action here.
Direct the audience toward www.thejaymo.net/support. And mention that they can support the show from as little as £30 a year. The equivalent of just .57p an episode.
But I’m not often sensible and can only really bring myself to mention this every 5 episodes or so.
On the bright side. The moment I press publish after I get done editing. The memory of the effort expended to get the show out this week will get deleted from my brain. I’ll forget the whole day of writing scripts that might never make it online.
Then I will get on with my day. Because the moment I hit upload, it restarts the clock giving me the maximum amount of time before hitting that button again.
I’m easy about individual episodes and how they turn out. As there is of course always an opportunity to do it again next week. This is after all a personal podcast, and I’ll make whatever I want to make.
The most important thing for me is the whole show taken in aggregate. A body of work that I’m proud of.
I don’t want to seem like I’m moaning – far from it. I love making this podcast. It brings me joy. I bring it up simply as I had arrived into Saturday this morning without a fixed idea about what I wanted to talk about this week.
One of the ironic things about having written 3 whole shows yesterday and not liking any of them, is that one of them was called ‘I Haven’t Pressed Publish’.
A reflection on why I haven’t completed any of the personal creative projects I set myself in 2021 and offered some possible reasons as to why. In the end I didn’t like how I’d written up those other reasons.
So I thought I’d talk about making the show. ‘Stick with what you know’ as they say.
To pull back the curtain a little, I do think that since I was sick in July I’ve made some good episodes recently. I was pleased with how the show on straight razor shaving turned out.
The one on Margate history and Friend to All Nations was fun to write. Much of the detail in that episode came from research for my Solarpunk novel. And I also think the last three episodes have contributed something. Thoughts that have been rattling around for a long time and I’m pleased to have them out in the world.
Anyways, before I go. I also wanted to mention that I just published an hour long video interview with the RPG designer Paul Cezge whom I’ve mentioned multiple times on this show.
It was a really fun conversation and I hope you check it out.
Be well, and I’ll speak to you next week.
The script above is the original script I wrote for the episode. It may differ from what ended up in the audio due to time constraints.
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