Let me start this out by saying that we have the best job in the world, we are very lucky to be in the position that we are in and couldn't be happier. In saying that, today is going to be a longgggggg one. Production can be very difficult to do consistently, especially when the entire staff has to work full time in separate jobs to support the passion project. So today we are recording 10 separate productions and taking new photos for the website, all of this being a record long day in terms of quantity of content produced.
A day in my crocs
I thought it would be fun if this week I walked you through what a week in our companies shoes looked like. Unfortunately Fritz doesn't wear shoes, he wears crocs. I don't need to tell you why exactly that makes him lame, but I will. The team behind Crocs should be imprisoned and tortured. These criminals decided to make a shoe so comfortable that is doesn't matter what you look like. It's like wearing the spirit of Florida on your feet. Solid choice idiots.
Before I start this I want to talk about how lucky I am. When most creators look for help they are met with resistance. Whether it's creative differences, a lack of productivity, or just laziness in general finding good help is hard. I was somehow able to find four uniquely talented individuals who are hard working and earnest.
Now to be clear I didn't know what Earnest meant. I just really wanted to use it. Coincidentally the wording was appropriate and i was very smart. **Pats own back
Currently our network puts on 3 major podcasts, with 2 in the Comedy category and 1 in the Games and Hobbies category. Below I will detail the process for each of these productions.
To start out we are always super stoked to record, it's not just a job its an outlet for expression. We typically meet in the studio four or so days a week to work on various projects. There is actually a good amount of not production work that goes into our work week. In addition to just recording we have to research, write, edit, work on our website, communicate with our sponsors, and do bookkeeping. Don't get me wrong I love every second but there is certainly more work off mic than on.
Recording the content is obviously the most fun so when we get to sit down and do that we are all stoked. We push our desks together and position our mic stands and get to work! Below are some links to our current audio setup.
Following that we transfer all of our separate audio files from three computers to one. We make an attempt to edit every podcast immediately after recording to stay consistent. Our next purchase will likely be an XLR interface to streamline the syncing process so if anybody has any recommendations please email me.
I attempt to work on the website for at least 1.5-2 hours per day. We are rebuilding from the ground up, so it takes a lot of work to build graphics, design layouts, and custom code certain sections of the site. It is very much a learn as we go process. As advice to any creators out there thinking of starting something, Just start. You will never be prepared fully. In our experience it is quicker to just start and refine as you go. In our industry a lot of people stress themselves out over the small details so much that they never even get to start. Seriously just work hard, review your work, then work even harder to improve.
Youtube, I Tube, We All Tube
To finish off this weeks blog I want to announce that we are making a shift to produce more visual content. We have been putting out some shorts on a weeklyish basis. They are super silly but we have a lot of fun making them. I will link a few of them below, watch Ian and I change shirts and eat cinnamon in weird ways.
A Proper Thank You
It's a new year! (And new month i guess but that's less cool) This is the time where we get to reflect back on the last year and everything good and bad that happened within it. 2017 was the year where we were lucky enough to find some really amazing members of our audience. It was the year we were able to put a focus on content production and that showed with the increase in quality and consistency of our shows. Listed below are some of the achievements that we as a community can feel most proud of.
Things that make you go pride.
Orange You Glad I didn't say we should be better? because we should be better.
While we did make many strides toward being better this year it is important to talk about what we didn't as well. There were many times this past year where we were not consistent with releasing episodes and this year we aim to improve in that department. In 2017 we also had some major trouble with keeping our audio quality consistent. For this we have invested hundreds of dollars into new equipment for the studio to help solve all our our audio based woes. Another major issue we will be addressing is website aesthetic and functionality. To better serve our content we have recently done an overhaul on our site to add or change how everything works. We are still in the early stages but we plan to continually make improvements as we work through the new year.
Now I am well aware that these three things are not ALL of the issues that we have. To put it simply we want your feedback. About our site, about our content, about the direction of the company. Please email me at Morgan@DriveByDogs.com and I will personally respond to every critique i receive.
Who's ready for 2018?
This is a HUGE year for our community. We actually have a lot of things going on behind closed doors this year. The guys will kill me if I say too much but expect BIG things from us this year. Expect us to address a lot of the issues we had last year, expect more professionalism and centralization of community efforts, and expect way more video based content. My goal is to put an even larger focus on creating content that is fun to make and fun to watch. We think that we have been successful nailing that formula so look forward to seeing more of us than ever over the next 300 or so moons.
As we progressively roll out new and exciting content, we are also refreshing our release schedule and focusing on consistency with our current production slate. Below is our new production schedule.
Drive By Blog
To start out the New Year Rylee and I will be writing for the site to give y'all some insight on what goes on behind the scenes here at the studio. This will now be the main place to get updates about our production so be sure to tune in weekly. Today is the first blog of the year, and come the 12th Rylee will post his first blog of the year, and then that pattern will continue for the foreseeable future.
To make things simple we could not thank you guys enough for the amazing 2017 you have given us. There have been plenty of highs and lows for us as a company but your persistence as an audience member has helped us push through the tough times. We are going into 2018 with a lot of ambition and energy. We are going to be trying some new things that may not be for everybody so please just continue to stick with us and give us feedback along the way. my inbox is always open for feedback.
Can't wait to kick ass with y'all this year,