In January 2012, I blogged about plans, and asked what you thought.
Let’s look at how those plans have gone, mention some ideas and plans for upcoming shows, and find out what resonates.
What happened in 2012
Last January, I blogged about four ideas for shows:
- Veganism in the Information Age – which became Digital Vegans
- Making the Pledge – was dropped, because we didn’t think it would be interesting to non-activists
- So you want to run a vegan restaurant – I’d still like to make, but haven’t found the right contributors
- The Vegan Tax – I’d also still like to make, but the research will take time.
We did not manage to put out a show a month. But some really popular shows covered other really interesting topics – like Born Vegan, Olympics, and – with over 1100 downloads not including Stitcher – “Judgemental”.
Life outside the show got particularly busy towards the end of the year. The last quarter of 2012 saw only one episode, and even that was a recut of my previous Verdant Reports.
I think it would have been better to admit we were too busy and take a break. Which brings me to …
Monthly shows are a goal, but not a priority
To quote the show’s first value:
Your time is precious, and I’d rather miss a month than put out something that has you say “well, that’s twenty minutes I won’t get back”.
This goes beyond simply saving time. Interesting topics – like The Vegan Tax – get pushed back in favour of ones that aren’t as time-consuming (or as motivating). And having chalked up a bit of broadcast radio experience (e.g. this radio talk), I’m keen to produce things that could be good enough to show to potential employers.
So monthly will still be a goal, but it won’t be a priority.
Ideas for 2013
So these are the topics I’d be interested to cover:
- Subsidy – how your taxes end up paying for animal agriculture
- Tigers and other animals – Changing attitudes to animals in developing Asia
- Animal Minds (2-4 episodes)
- History of Vegetarianism (3+ episodes)
- What’s it like to be a right-wing vegan?
- How has science fiction considered animal issues?
I’ve also been considering meeting different vegan subcultures – from anarchism to Seventh Day Adventists.
I’d be interested to hear what you think.
Particular thanks to Daisy on UK iTunes for the review and the suggestion – of interviews with vegan activists in the UK. Have you heard Our Hen House and Animal Voices, who focus on activist interviews as their core topics? They’re based in the USA and Canada, but do also interview UK activists. I’d like to complement shows like that by doing something different.
Please spread the word
I know I’m a bit of a stuck record on this but …
Please do let folk know about The Vegan Option. This is a high quality show that I’d like to think anyone who listens to vegan podcasts (and quite a few who don’t) would enjoy. It also asks for less of listeners time, so it’s not as if you need to drop another show to make room for tVO.
Positive reviews on iTunes and other providers really do keep me motivated and help more people to find the show and – I’d like to think – associate veganism with interesting speech radio.
Alas, I’ll only see the reviews on the UK & US iTunes; if it’s a different country, or a different podcast provider, it would be nice to know. (Many folk listen to this show in Canada and Australia, but there are no reviews on those iTunes stores: if you listen there, why not be the first?).
Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear back in the comments below :).