27 July, 2006

Who wants to do a podcast?

You all seem to have a lot to say...

So how about really 'saying it' for a change?

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Let me know...


28 comments:

samuraisam said...

It'd be helpful if you left contact information for people to get in touch with you...

For anyone interested their URL is www.podme.org

samuraisam said...

PS: the Middle East - in my opinion - is a very technologically naive area; it'd probably be beneficial to briefly explain what a podcast is also

secretdubai said...

I have to remain secret, so sadly can't take past.

Someone might recognise my thick Martian accent otherwise.

podme said...

Oh come on SD! We can disguise your voice - we have the technology!

BD said...

Let us know the details.

urbanite82 said...

how does it work?

podme said...

We have a recording studio in Jumeirah and you come to Jumeirah once a week, fortnight or month but ideally weekly... You can bring guests if you want and we give you the recording studio for 2 hours to record your show (title, content, etc is entirely up to you).

We then add music and/or edit as required and post the show to a secret location on the internet...

We then send you a link for final approval and on approval we publish the audio file on podme.org on a weekly basis.

Have a look at the website (thank you samuraisam) www.podme.org, and read the about us, get involved and podjocks sections and then go and download a show or 2...

If you have your own recording equipment you don't even have to come to the studio you would just upload via ftp to one of our other sites and we download and post to podme - easy.

Finally there is a show called Speakers Corner for one-off shows so if you just want to do say 1 or 5 shows you can do it there.

pod-me but not where I'm sensitive please said...

So where's the money for us? Blogging takes enough time if you're serious about it, so now we shoudl podcast too? So what do you pay? If you don't pay what's the benefit? Post what you pay and we may be intersted. We could wing it with Audacity and a mic, right? So why go to your "studio"?

And whats' with "a secret location on the internet"? Huh?

trailingspouse said...

Well now that's a 'very Dubai' response isn't it?

Doesn't anybody do anything just for fun or personal satisfaction any more?

BD said...

Pod-me not where... (please get a better moniker!)

Are you kidding, asking to get paid for someone doing you the favor or recording you in their studio! If it's too much trouble to drive to Jumeirah then DON'T. Don't ask someone to pay you.

My question to Podme is how much we, the bloggers, need to pay for this wonderful service.

podme said...

pod-me but not where I'm sensitive please

I don't see your name on the list so I don't think you're invited...

trailingspouse

You're absolutely right, this has to be for fun and personal satisfaction first and foremost, however the good news is that there is also a real opportunity to make money...

bd

Thanks for the message of support and to answer your question the service is free of charge, we have a producer and we do all post production as required and host everything.

The objective of the studio is to ensure that you as show host can devote all your time and energy to the content of the show...

I have to say so far we're having a blast...

samuraisam said...

I'm by no means agreeing with "pod-me but not where I'm sensitive please", but you're expecting people to give a lot of time to this; not only do they have to write material for 1-2 shows a week, they also have to sit around for 1-2 hours a week speaking it all out.

Of course there are benefits, such as advertisers.

I was going to personally create a podcast/bodcast of my blog using the speech talents of a fellow a few thousand miles away but never got around to putting effort into writing so someone could speak it; maybe I'll do it when I'm in Dubai next.

podme said...

hey samuraisam

It's an offer that's all...

And as far as your next visit to Dubai is concerned you are welcome to visit us in Jumeirah anytime - salam.

BuJ said...

why wasn't i included in that list? i feel so ashamed to be called a blogger....

Hesham said...

Thought about podcasting...then I realized i really had nothing to say...

BD said...

Once again, I think it's a great idea--because for some people (like those who spend a lot of time stuck in traffic or bus/train commutes), listening to podcasts is the way to go.

I'm sure anyone can do-it-himslef with a mic at the computer and some simple software to create an MP3 file, but the benefit of this offer is to give it a professional sound.

efatima said...

Its a fab idea... the voice of the ME. Go for it and yea, sure i'll sign up.

MD said...

it's such a pity that people are thinking about financial benefits in exchange for podcasting. i don't think we blog as a favour to anyone.

consider this a 'next step' for UAE bloggers. like trailingspouse said, do it for 'fun or personal satisfaction'!

podme said...

Hi Fatima,

I have sent private emails to several people but couldn't find an email address for you - please send your contact details to info@podme.org and I will be in touch later today - to eveyone else - thank you and salam.

Tainted Female said...

HAHAHAHA!

You're the SAME guy who contacted me, telling me that you were being VERY selective with the people you were choosing! In fact, I still have the emails where you said you'd only asked SD and myself! And now, it's a public request of ALL these bloggers?

What a joke...

I checked into this - and had someone else check into podcasting in general for me before I refused. This is a scam of some sort. (And note that this guy uses a fake email address and name until you've semi-committed)

Bloggers, don't buy into it. To do pod casting, you DON'T need a studio. And you DON'T need to commit to some entity.

podme said...

Wow Tainted!

Why the hostility?

I still think it's a great shame you declined my offer.

As I said at the time I think you really do have some interesting things to say...

It's not a scam but you must believe what you believe...

All the best

BD said...

To come to tainted female's defence, I suppose she is reacting to what appears to be an a telling inconsistncy, and what in some ways appears to be an offer too good to be true--that is a chance to go professional as a blogger, without spending any money.

On the other hand, I think if one looks at the offer more carefully it isn't a freebie. It speaks of a level of comittment that one would expect from a professional.

In other words, yes, the guys are offering a service, but it will take a lot of work on the receiver's end. And in the end, I think they'll only settle for people who can make the concept work.

It doesn't look like a scam to me. The website actually tries to disuade people from signing up without careful thought. And the podcasts are already there online, available for free--so it doesn't look like they're making money from it.

I say give it a chance tainted female if it's something you'd feel inclined to do.

podme said...

I got your private email bd - thank you... I will respond once I've had a chance to reflect but in the meantime - don't waste your time with TF - it's done.

Some people will always only ever see what they want to see...

Or wait.

I know.

How about this...

I hereby invite TF to come and do a one-off podcast to explain the elaborate podme.org scam.

We'll record it, edit it only as instructed by the host (TF), then we'll post and host the show on Speakers Corner.

The only condition is content - you have to explain the podme scam.

Once the show is uploaded but before it is published, the content will be judged by your peers - ie fellow UAE bloggers and if you clearly identify just how we are scamming everyone - we'll publish to the world...

Tell you what TF, if successful, I’ll even include the show on our next emailer to 1.6 million addresses and I'll feature your blog address.

You think you have a voice - well now - here's a chance to use it!

Tainted Female said...

rofl...

I believe I clearly said in the first comment I made - a 'scam of some sort'; which would mean I don't know what you’re trying to get out of these people. But I do know you lied a number of times in our email conversations.

It's hard to explain the most prominent lie you told me without disclosing the name of someone whose truths I tend to respect - though if they want to speak up, I'm sure it'd help make this a little clearer. In any sense, it would have to do with your selective invites and general information.

My intent wasn't meant to sound hostile in my first post. If you missed it, I was laughing because I find the whole thing rather amusing. I apologize for the way that may have come off.

As for your 'some people will only see what they want to see' comment, I suppose you're right.

Here's what I see for the record:

*Something very unclear and very devious about this whole offer of yours.

*A guy promoting an entity using fake email addresses and names (very unprofessional in any case).

*Possible abuse of the general lack of technical information in the UAE (including my own, prior to me asking about podcasting in response to your invite). Podcasting only requires one or two components for recording to be added to your computer; not a whole studio and podcasting requires commitment parallel to normal blogging.

*A very persistent guy who I initially rejected (and I can only assume whoever else that was invited rejected as well), prior to this desperate looking request of multiple users. Since SD declined here, I can't help but wonder if she's repeating herself, since you told me you'd asked her alone with me at the same time you initially contacted me? Hell, you’re persistent enough to try and tempt or challenge me into recording something for you long after I’ve not only refused but also suggested others refused.

I also know that UAE is a hotspot for scam artists of all sorts. Whether your scam is simply to make money off other people’s original voices and thoughts, without paying them directly (won’t these voices help increase traffic to your site sort of like a model posing in an add increases consumer purchases– which I’m confident sooner or later will be used for advertising, etc? Just because it’s in it’s infancy doesn’t mean that these people aren’t working for you in some way – imagine a model working and not getting paid! Except of course the possibility of future Adsense type advertisement placed on the personal blog – a tattoo on the models ass!), or whether it’s something bigger doesn’t make a difference; there’s something very fishy about this. And I wouldn’t take part if you paid me for the first cast. I also wouldn’t recommend anyone else take this up.

BD, I you mentioned a ‘professional’ blogging status through Podme. Let me go back to the professional model thought – how many professional models do you think did their shows for free, even at the conception of this profession? If you don’t wish to think along those lines, please explain to me what professional podcasting is and why it requires something like this guy’s studio, because I just can’t see it.

And podme… You’re implication that BD had something nasty (or even anything at all), to say about me in that ‘private email’ was rather childish of you and even insulting to BD, wouldn’t you say?

podme said...

Regarding my email comment to BD - stop being so paranoid - not everything is about you...

Second is Tainted Female your real name or is it 'fake'?

and finally - was that a no?

podme said...

Sorry TF,

My mistake - I re-read your post, of course it’s a no.

That's a shame – I am truly sorry – I said it then and I’ll say it again podme is interested in interesting people…

I have no doubt that in the coming weeks one of your fellow blogers will visit podme and see what we’re up to and then report back to everyone - watch this space.

In the meantime I wish you health and happiness.

Tainted Female said...

For a moment, I thought you might be right and I might just be full of myself thinking that something was said in that email about me...

But I re-read your initial comment and it seems you're the one who's full of it:

'I got your private email bd - thank you... I will respond once I've had a chance to reflect but in the meantime - don't waste your time with TF - it's done.'

If this doesn't imply that something was said about me... I seriously need to start questioning my comprehension skills.

Just so this isn't read as me actually caring what you all had to say about me, I'll point out the fact that I only brought it up to highlight your glowing personality, and I'm pretty certain that's been accomplished now.

podme said...

With respect Tainted,

I was referring to bd's last comment in his last post above...

I say give it a chance tainted female if it's something you'd feel inclined to do.

I apologize if that wasn't clear.

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