As part of my COVID-19 sanity survival strategy, I started up a podcast/Youtube channel with a co-worker called Beyond The Pixel. We wanted to see if we could commit to running a show every week where we would cover various topics while leveraging our experience in the video game and film industry.
For a while we were gradually improving the show and we are pretty happy with the product we were making but it ended up being a lot of work for very little return. We eventually scaled back to only two shows a month, moved away from live recordings, and then took away the video component. Now we just have an audio podcast as our main source of content, but it's less splashy.
From my perspective, it was worth getting into since I was learning more about production and recording equipment (I ended up buying a number of lights, and a proper mixer and XLR microphone set up), but now I feel we are at a turning point. I'm getting the feeling that the podcast isn't going to move the needle for us, and I've been wanting to get more into making discrete video essays that more directly leverage what I've learned in the industry, covering topics such as common game mechanics and their implementations, content streaming pipelines, and maybe even dip into some scripting strategies with Unreal Engine.
I feel this sort of content would be easier to share and promote, especially with Youtube's algorithms as more people are likely to click on a video from someone they don't know if it's 10 or so minutes on a discrete topic, rather than 1.5-2 hour long podcast with strangers. However, I don't think I'd be able to balance both editing a podcast twice a week AND making a video essay as well.
How have your experiences been in the Youtube/Podcast scene? Any lessons that any of you have learned that you could share? Please also share any of your Channels and Podcasts as well! I'm interested in seeing what else the talented userbase of GB have come up with! :D
I'll also leave some links here to the youtube channel and the podcast if you are interested in leaving more specific feedback! Thanks in advance!
The podcast is also available on Apple Podcasts, as well as also several other apps like Castbox which use Apple Podcast as a reference point.
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