Friday, June 24

The #NN11 Double Album Podcast from The Professional Left

It's a long one this week! The end is a segment recorded on the drive home that didn't make it on to any other podcast.

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  1. I have to admit, I was a little shocked by the sharp tone you took, Fran, in this most recent podcast, when you slammed people who express gratitude and excitement at longer-than-usual podcasts. You somehow twisted my comment into "people complaining like they are not getting enough," and in so doing you expressed an attitude that absolutely baffles me. To be honest, I thought I was complimenting you by making this statement, and I thought, if anything, you'd be flattered. Never in a million years did I suspect you'd take it as "complaining," and the last thing I thought was that I'd get slammed because of it.

  2. Did you specifically comment about length of podcasts? I don't remember any one individual doing so, ever, just occasional general comments. I did not mean you specifically, ever, Jack, so please don't take my comment personally. Also, hey, I was suggesting that there are other podcasts to listen to, as well as ours. Liberal Oasis considered that a generous act and thanked me. :D

    One thing it is important for all listeners to remember is that I do all the producing of our podcast, all 81 episodes, by myself without pay. Depending on how "ON" we are with staying on topic, not rambling, and not having any other sound problems, a half hour podcast can take two hours to produce. The one podcast we had with a guest took six hours. I was in tears by the end of the day on that one. The 60 minute one last week took about three hours to produce.

    Those who have contributed financially are AMAZINGLY generous, and it still doesn't pay me a living or even minimum wage to the amount of work that goes into producing a weekly show. I keep doing it because I love our listeners and I love doing it. But I don't think people who say "oh goody a long one" are really thinking about how much more work that took to put out. "Oh goody a long one" doesn't say thank you for the extra 90 minutes of your time. That said, no one owes me a thank you. If I didn't want to do a podcast, I wouldn't.

    I guess we all need to be a little less sensitive and not take comments personally. I take it personally when people want changes or "improvements" to what we have put out.

    In any event I know I didn't mention anyone's name and I know I wasn't talking about you, at all. Thanks though for writing, it teaches me I need to be more careful in my discourse. - BG

  3. Okay Jack after checking and checking I figured out where you left a "longer is better" comment, duh, it was here on this blog. There are many more comments about longer podcasts etc on the Facebook page. Again it wasn't about you. Thanks for listening here! (you're a peach!)

  4. Hi Fran,
    Thanks very much for responding and the explanation. It sounds like you already found it, but my comment was left in the comments on the post for the June 3 podcast.

    For the record, I do listen to a number of other podcasts and programs, but none are as enjoyable as yours. Incidentally, I used to be a reader of, and occasional commenter at, Steve Gilliard's blog. That's where I first encountered Driftglass. But after Steve died, I lost track of DG and it wasn't until January of this year that a friend alerted me to your podcast. I listened to the one he sent me, and I've been hooked ever since. To give you some idea of how good you guys are, and how much people like you (because I think my own reaction is generalizable, at least to an extent), I've listened to every single podcast in your archives since January -- many of them twice.

    What I really wish is that you guys had a daily show. But I do realize it's a lot of work doing it even once a week. You have my eternal gratitude for your efforts. If we are going to have any chance saving this country, we're going to need people like you and Drifty.

    Cheers, and thanks again.


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