This week on the Inside Running Podcast (Ep25) we spoke about launching our Patreon Page.
Patreon is used by many creators around the world as a way of sourcing some income for the content being created. It isn't a new thing, it has been around for a while and many creators are already using it. We've been familiar with it for quite some time and have had a number of discussions (off air) about the possibility of setting one up for Inside Running Podcast.
We've also been approached by a number of listeners via email and social media informing us of their engagement in the show and that if we had a page set up they'd be willing to contribute, so we finally got it sorted and pushed launch last week. (Thanks Mel B who was our first Patron, getting in quick before we could even announce it!)
Patreon is a subscription based service where you can choose how much you wish to contribute. We have 3 options at Inside Running Podcast those being, $5, $10 or $20 per month. With each different option, there are rewards associated.
We tried to make it clear on episode 25 that we wouldn't be using the money for ourselves. This ain't about putting cash into our own pockets! We love putting the show together every week as a hobby and are still amazed how much it has grown and the impact it has had in the running community, however, although podcasts are free to listen to, they are not free to create. Researching, organising guests, recording and editing each week takes some time for a show that regularly goes for 2 hours each week.
We're looking to put ALL the money back into the show to create better content for you, the listener. Firstly, we're in the red with some hosting fees and wouldn't mind getting out of it! Then we really need to get some better recording gear to ensure a smoother listen. We also have some great ideas organised for some live shows and possibly merch going forward that have a few setup costs.
The way we see it is, a lot of small financial contributions can make a huge difference at our end for your listening experience.
And we think some of our rewards are pretty cool. Patrons who chip in $10 or $20 per month, for example, will get the show released to them in private a day earlier each week. $20 per month also receives a bonus show each month, this may include a special Q&A episode, some interesting uncut chats with guests or exclusive interviews.
We're excited about the future of Inside Running Podcast. In ep 25 Brad announces that we'll have exclusive interviews with Michael Shelley and Jake Robertson, we have an exciting next live show being planned and we're proud of the content we've created for the Road to Berlin and Inside Running so far in the journey which amounts to over 80 hours of content. If you think it's worth a few bucks we'd love to have you in our corner.
I personally contribute on Patreon to the Marathon Talk and Rob Watson Show Podcast, they're both great. Each month a small amount comes out of my bank account that I hardly notice (not because I'm cashed up because it's car console loose change). I contribute because they bring me value. I spend more on one take away coffee than I do for both those shows each week and they provide me with 8-12 hours worth of authentic running content each month. It is money very well spent in my opinion.
There will no doubt be some listeners who embrace and welcome this and others who will not, some will sit back and say 'why would I pay for it when it's free', we feel that says more about them than us. By no means do we want people to contribute if you are financially stretched. Use that extra couple of bucks to pay your bills. We do think we've got some legend listeners out there though that can help us, help you with some decent running content. (Well I'm hoping at least 50 of you as I've got a bet going with Brad who reckons most people are tight like him and won't contribute. Help me to prove him wrong!)
Thanks for taking the time to read this. For more details on our Patreon page you can click here or wherever is says Inside Running Podcast above.
We have also set up a Paypal account for 1 off donations if going through Patreon is not your thing. It's quick and easy and can be accessed here. A big thanks to Richard Parasram who kicked off the donations on this stream last week.
Cheers, Brady, on behalf of Julian and Brad.