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Runaway Dogs and Thirsty Bitches

by Suzanne

Last week’s episode told the story of my dog on his wild adventure to the neighboring farm. I shared my thoughts and opinions regarding happiness in the workplace/playing well with others. I shared some incidents I had with a former co-worker without too much detail. In short, she was threatened by me and my position in the company. She probably figured out that her position was still in place as a courtesy to delay layoffs. Ultimately her hunch was proven to be true, but in no way had anything to do with me. I did not want her to lose her job however I did want her to keep her distance. I still stick to my position, that you should never let someone bully, harass, interfere with your dreams, or stand in the way of you doing your job.

 

Click here: Runaway Dogs and Thirsty Bitches

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Besties by Chance, Sisters by Choice Part 2

Hey y’all! Part 2 of Besties by Chance, Sisters by Choice is live. If you were falling asleep in Part 1, I promise this episode will be a lot more captivating. This episode is told by my long time friend, Michelle LaMendola. She tells the story of the hours leading up to the event that changed all of our lives forever. You won’t want to miss this 2 part series, Besties by Chance, Sisters by Choice!

Click to Listen Episode 6 Part 2 Besties by Chance, Sisters by Choice

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Starting a Podcast for Free?

by Suzanne Riley

Hey y’all!! I thought I would elaborate on the misconception that producing a podcast is free. I suppose it can be free if you don’t think that time is money. There are potential expenses associated with producing a podcast beyond the many, many podcast hosting sites that offer up their platforms for free.

The hosting sites that I have looked into do have a minimum level access point with limited capability that are free. However, they offer tiers that expand on the quality of features you may or may not need. I have seen them range from $5-$150+ per month after the basic free entry level tier. That is only the beginning in choosing a host that best suits your vision for your podcast.

Once you have chosen a host for your dream podcast, you will then make some decisions on the equipment you need and want. You can keep it as simple as recording directly on your phone using the built in mic and earbuds or you can build a sound studio in your garage or basement. Either way, it is not technically free factoring in the cost of a decent smart phone.

You need a branding label to be accepted into iTunes so you will need some artistic ability to create one to avoid copyright infringements or pay someone to do it for you. You can expect to pay at least $50 on the low end for a logo.

Music, in my mind, is an absolute must. There are sites on the web that you can pay a yearly fee to access royalty free music. You can also pay a musician to write a melody for you however if you are a musician you can certainly write one for yourself.

Now for the extremely dull aspect of orchestrating your podcast… business… do you want to monetize your podcast? If so, you will be busy, busy campaigning for listeners. Rumor has it, advertisers expect your podcast to have a minimum of 10,000 downloads per episode prior to them investing their advertising dollars on your podcast. It appears that celebrities are able to achieve listeners automatically using their fan base. Celebrities that podcast seemingly are maximizing their opportunities for exposure. They likely are not depending on the podcast hour to feed their children.

I decided to establish an LLC for my podcast which is officially a business and my trademark is following. I recommend you talk to a tax professional or attorney to see if your best interests are being protected either with or without incorporating or establishing a trademark.

A podcasting duo that began their podcast without any expectations 3 years ago actually soared into the ranks and before they knew it, people not associated with their podcast were making merchandise (t-shirts etc) with their name and slogans etc and selling them across the internet. Their trademark filing took a long time (6 months minimum on average) and people are still capitalizing on their name. It probably isn’t much in the grand scheme of things so just beware, you are probably more fabulous than you think and this would annoy you too.

It is important to do your research and check your purse to make sure you have the resources to put your dream in motion. You seldom see bloggers/podcast experts bringing some of these things up because they are likely more interested in signing you up for their online course on the ins and outs of podcasting. That has been my experience meeting people and getting DM’s in my IG account pretty steadily.

Do everything you possibly can on purpose! ❤

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Besties By Chance, Sisters By Choice Part 1

Best Friends

Hey Y’all!  Episode 6 is up and ready for your listening pleasure!  This story is going to be at least a 2 part series and a tiny piece of me thinks it will expand into a 3rd episode.  This is a story about me and my best friend that I met when I was 20ish.  This episode provides the background of where it all started and explains the dynamics of our friendship that we built through our 20’s.  Cheers!!

Click to Listen: Episode 6 Part 1 Besties By Chance, Sisters By Choice Part 1

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No Small Talk Please!! Ride Share or Ride Scare?!?!

Last week’s episode was about some of my experiences ride sharing. An intoxicated passenger fell asleep on his way “home”. Adult entertainer on the way to work, adult entertainment consumer on his way home from the club didn’t quite make it home. At least not by me… Flashbacks to driving my children around and being a total buzz kill to the college kids just wanting to pub crawl without being driven by “their” mom. If you have not tuned in to this episode, you are missing out. Tune in via your favorite podcast app. Cheers!!

To Listen Click Here: No Small Talk Please