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Dandy Cast 020: Set your internet dials to this week’s newsletter!

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on April 14, 2020.

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I’ve been listening to podcasts nearly since they became a thing so many years ago. I’m a huge fan, but that’s also had the unfortunate side effect of making me pretty opinionated about them. But hey, I can speak at great length about them, at least.

I believe they’re an important medium, so I’m not too keen on what Spotify’s been doing. They’re starting to become “the man” in the podcast world, although I’d bet they would disagree. What’s to be done about this sort of thing? Well, I want to encourage everyone to listen to more actually free podcasts. Heck, even make one of your own. Stick it to the man by creating something new!

There’s also a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, How To Save Time by Making a Squarespace Blog Post Template.

If you’ve got a blog going, you should also have a blog post template. Seriously, you’re probably wasting huge amounts of time if you don’t have a nice template to use every time you make a post. Learn how to make an excellent Squarespace blog post template by giving this one a read today!

We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.

Links to stuff that was mentioned:

More Movies Please! - Apple Podcasts

Steven Reyes

SModcast

Serial

This American Life

Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend - Earwolf

David Tenant Does a Podcast

LeVar Burton Reads

RSS - Wikipedia

Apple Podcasts

Pocket Casts

How To Save Time by Making a Squarespace Blog Post Template - Dandy Cat Design

Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates - Netflix

Diviner | Hayden Thorpe - YouTube

The Stand | Stephen King - Goodreads


The full text

The Dandy Newsletter - 04/14/20

I’ve been recording a movie appreciation podcast, More Movies Please!, with my good friend, Steven Reyes, for the last several months. I’ve written about it before, but it’s been on my mind more than usual lately. I’ve had a wonderful and creatively fulfilling time working on it. As I’ve said before, I feel it’s been good for me to have a creative endeavor in my life that doesn’t have to come with an expectation of money or a following. If either of those things happen, then it’ll be a wonderful byproduct of our hard work, but whether or not I consider this project a success isn’t tied to the usual metrics of success.

I just want to watch some good movies and talk about them with my friend.

Finding a creative activity to devote some of your free time to is something I encourage everybody to pursue. Not only are you putting something new out into the world, you’re also giving yourself a well-earned reason to pat yourself on the back. You did something creative because you wanted to do it. Great job!

Podcasts are a form of media that I’ve loved with a fiery passion for over a decade. I find the diversity of personalities, viewpoints, and interests available for anyone to enjoy to be a good thing in this world. As a collective whole, we always need more opportunities to hear from and understand how people in the world live. Sometimes, we also just need an hour or so to listen to something hilarious.

Podcasts as a medium has seen the success it has for a number of reasons:

  • Shows like Serial and This American Life have elevated the form with great productions of captivating stories.
  • It’s attracted the considerable talents of well-known people like Conan O’Brien, David Tennant, and LeVar Burton, among many others.
  • It’s built on RSS, a web feed format that can be aggregated to form a collection of subscriptions in a podcast player. It’s also a free format, and always will be, which helps democratize the medium.

That last point is important to me. I encourage everybody in the world to work on something that doesn’t harm others and will provide them the money they need to live. However, files that do not exist as an accessible RSS feed straight from the servers of their creators are not something I would consider a podcast. This means shows that are exclusive to a single platform, e.g. Spotify, Stitcher, and Luminary, and especially a single platform that hides its shows behind a paywall, are simply “audio shows.” Calling them podcasts is a leap I’m not willing to make.

I believe podcasts should always only be an open format and ad- or listener-supported. Nothing else.

It’s this communal support of the art form that’s important to me. Creating a podcast is something that anybody with a microphone, a computer, and a hosting service should be able to accomplish. The barrier to entry should not be insurmountable. I shouldn’t need to have a degree in journalism, deep connections in the terrestrial radio world, or millions of social media followers to create and host my own podcast.

I’m thankful that, so far, this continues to be the case for podcasts. It’s allowed me to have that creative outlet that I spoke about at the beginning of this dispatch. Even if no one were to ever listen to my podcast, I’m glad to know that I’m able to publish one every week, though I do think it’s cool that there are people who listen to it. I’ll never stop being grateful for everyone who’s tuned in or subscribed.

I encourage you to, at the very least, start listening to podcasts. They’re easy to find and, like I said, free to play. If you have an Apple device, Apple’s own Podcasts app is always available and free to use. If you have an Android device, then consider using Pocket Casts. It’s a wonderful and beautiful podcast player.

What I’d really like to do is encourage you to consider recording your own podcast. The process is not that difficult (believe me, doing something like video production is sooo much harder) and it’s a fun activity to pass time with. To help people get started, I’m planning on writing a series of posts or newsletters about the process of podcasting in the near future.

It’s kind of the perfect time to do something creative, don’t you think?

Why do something multiple times when you can just do it once?

There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Huzzah! 🎉

It’s called: How To Save Time by Making a Squarespace Blog Post Template.

So you’ve got a Squarespace blog going, your backlog of publishable posts is looking mighty impressive, and you’ve got all the reason in the world to feel proud of the hard work you’re doing. But it is some dang hard and tedious work. A new blog entry every day or week is a serious thing. Finding any way to make the process even a little easier is something anyone would jump on.

Hey, I’ve got something that can help make your blogging a little easier! It’s a blog post template!

Making a blog post template can help you save gobs of time with every single post you create. Imagine not having to repeat the same process of adding in text blocks, image blocks, and spacer blocks for styling whenever it’s time to write a new post. Think of what you could do instead of adding in yet another newsletter block at the end of your post for the hundredth time. You could record a podcast instead!

Click through the link above to learn how to set up a powerful, handy, and time-saving blog post template in Squarespace. We’ll also go into how you can continue to use it every single time you have a new post you need to write. Give it a read today!

If you ever want to throw some suggestions my way, then send me a reply to this email. They’re always wonderful to receive.

Seriously friend, I'd love to hear from you.

Until next time, stay dandy, cat.

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Lover of productivity tips, Apple devices, and vegan ice cream. Mostly, I'm busy petting cats 🐱 and dogs 🐶


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