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‘Guests Off the Leash’ – a new way to hear our guest contributions

Yeah, okay, we probably should have done this right from the start, but when you set up a podcast and have all these dreams about having ‘guests’ you never know whether anyone will actually answer your emails. As it has quickly turned out, though, not only have our emails been answered we’ve been getting some fantastic contributions already…in fact, several guests have said how much they enjoyed being allowed ‘off the leash’ too….So, thinking about it, we figured that the easiest way for them NOT to disappear would be to give them a page of their own – which is why we’ve added ‘Guests Off the Leash’ to the Menu at the top of the page.

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Bulletin Board FAQs

A couple of days ago we wrote the following: “We’re really excited about the reception the ‘Off the Leash’ podcast has received, but we’re only just getting started! There’s a reason we called the site ‘Off the Leash Podcasts’ (‘podcasts’ plural) and that’s because we always saw the site as more than simply a place where Dominic and I can talk about the issues that matter to us. We want it to be a hub – a sort of community bulletin board if you like – where you can talk about the issues that matter to you as well. Yes, of course many campaigners and activists have their own websites – and in some cases their own podcasts – but we also know that many other people don’t. Having a platform of some sort is a huge advantage in getting your voice heard, but NOT having one shouldn’t mean you are silenced. And that’s where we think we can help…” We also said that we’d post some FAQs because what we wrote was just an introductory post and – to be honest – we hadn’t really got as far as figuring out all the details. Well, we’ve done that now (we hope) so here we go…

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750 downloads…time to celebrate

It might seem a bit of a random number for our hosts Buzzsprout to prompt us to celebrate, but having been involved with – er, ‘niche’ podcasts for a number of years (discussing animal welfare, wildlife crime, pesticide abuse, and taking aim at the shooting industry etc is hardly mainstream, right?) I can say with some certainty that while it will be nice when ‘Off the Leash’ is seeing at least 500 downloads each episode, after less than a month to see 750 downloads in total of our first four episodes is really gratifying.

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A community bulletin board…?

We’re really excited about the reception the ‘Off the Leash’ podcast has received, but we’re only just getting started! There’s a reason we called the site ‘Off the Leash Podcasts’ (‘podcasts’ plural) and that’s because we always saw the site as more than simply a place where Dominic and I can talk about the issues that matter to us. We want it to be a hub – a sort of community bulletin board if you like – where you can talk about the issues that matter to you as well. Yes, of course many campaigners and activists have their own websites – and in some cases their own podcasts – but we also know that many other people don’t. Having a platform of some sort is a huge advantage in getting your voice heard, but NOT having one shouldn’t mean you are silenced. And that’s where we think we can help…

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We have branding…

All podcasts need (so we’re reliably informed) a visually striking ‘brand identity’. Well, we’ve been working with Jonathan Shortt of Shortt Designs on branding and social media for Off The Leash and we’re absolutely delighted with the result. Jonathan mocked up several colour schemes and designs, and we suggested the three-word ‘hook’ and supplied the photographs that he then drew the caricatures from (which have shaved a few years off our admittedly more ‘lived-in’ faces but that’s artistic licence and we’re not complaining). We think it’s visually engaging and makes it very clear (in the space available) what the podcast is all about. Any comments or thoughts?

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