(I know this is one of the first questions on people's mind)
But, I barely have time for my podcast, how will I have time for this?
No worries, there isn't much in the way of additional tasks, in fact, this will save you time. Need help editing your podcast, the network can help. Short one person for your show? The network can help. Need help lining up sponsors? The network can help. The Security Podcasters Network should ultimately save you time, with a little investment here and there, you will come out ahead. If nothing else, it creates a brand that will help your podcast.
What is the security podcasters network?
The Security Podcasters Network is a collection of established, information security related, podcasts who all focus on providing freely available content to the security community.
Why create a security podcasters network?
The goal is to give listeners a recognizable symbol of security podcasts that provide quality content and are working towards the same goal.
What are the requirements to join the Security Podcasters Network?
1. Provide regular, free, quality information about computer security and hacking in the form of a podcast.
2. Must have at least 50 episodes or be in production for more than one year. Exceptions will be made for podcasts that do not meet the requirements, but members vote 50% +.
What are the benefits to joining the Security Podcasters Network?
1. Cross-Promotion - Each podcast reaches a slightly different audience, and by joining together listeners are more likely to cross-over and listen to all of the shows in the network.
2. Filling Slots - All shows have their weeks where it seems impossible to pull off a show, we've all been there. Being part of a group allows you to pull from a reliable source of experienced and talented podcasters that can help you by appearing on the show and filling in for an absent member.
3. Branding - By establishing a brand new listeners of one podcast will most likely listen to several, if not all, of the podcasts in the network. This means increased listenership for all. Also, it validates your podcast as having a minimum quality standard.
4. Collaboration - By collaborating we can work together to come up with new ideas, occasional joint shows, drink beer at conferences and write it off on our taxes, etc... Collaboration is the key to surviving and standing out from the rest.
5. Sponsors - Sponsors have a tough time understand the "niche" market that we reach out to on a regular basis. A network of podcasts can reach an even wider audience and open up the doors for new sponsorship opportunities to keep our podcasts running.
6. Interviews - Getting interviews, discussing who to interview, avoiding or planning overlapping interviews is all possible, and much easier, when part of a network.
7. Technical Help - Many of us are security engineers and professionals, not audio engineers. The group can very openly and easily help each other with audio editing, setup, streaming, and all of those technical challenges to improve both audio quality and shorten the time spent producing the podcast, allowing you to focus more on content.
The goal is to keep it very simple and low-overhead in communication:
1) Web Site & Logo - A very simple, free blog site to sport a logo and blog about latest happenings.
2) Email List of podcast members - A Google group mailing list to communicate.
3) Audio Sweepers - Audio sweepers to play on podcasts to indicate your podcast is part of the network "This podcast is a proud member of the security podcasters network, where hacking meets the airwaves...."