In this thread, Paul expresses his frustration with the podcast and how he does not have time to thinker with the files to convert them, compress them, equalize the volume, etc. He also mentions that it is hard to get people to help him reliably, because many of us have day jobs or other projects going on. I REALLY like Paul's podcasts and feel like it would be unfortunate that he cannot continue putting them up. While I would be willing to contribute in a fund to keep the podcast going, it seems like unless many people follow suit, that would not be enough to pay an assistant.
So, I suggest that few people get together an form the Podcast Rescue Team . I think it could work with 4-5 people that are computer savvy. Here's what I have in mind:
Paul records a podcast (in AMR format)
Paul uploads the file on a drop box (I could set one up) and notifies the Podcast Team on this thread
Someone steps up and says: "I'll do that one"
That person converts, compresses and adjusts the audio file
The processed podcast is uploaded back on the drop box for Paul or someone else to publish
I know I left out the podcast summary part. That could be done by whoever processes the file or by someone else from the team.
Hopefully with such a team, if one is too busy this week to process the file, someone else can step up and do it. If the quality in unsatisfactory, someone can try to reprocess the file. If that does not work, well we put a warning in the summary.
I don't know if this is a good idea, but it seems like it could remove a burden from Paul's shoulder and allow him to only have to start the recorder.
Right now we have something like that coming together.
John Eikert is getting ramped up on posting things to wordpress and getting it into all of the feeds.
Tim Brogan has been working on processing the podcasts and is very audio file savvy. But Tim prefers to work in batches.
Eivind (the navigator) is going to start doing the writeups for each podcast.
John is doing more and more to sorta be the coordinator between several different things to make my life easier. So it sounds like I will send raw files to these three, and then John will make sure that everything comes out in a timely fashion.