Starting a podcast is harder than it looks
Griffin McElroy is the co-host of Popular Podcasts My brother, my brother and me and The adventure zone. Along with his brothers (and fellow co-hosts) Justin and Travis, he recently wrote a podcasting guide called Everyone has a podcast (except you).
“We’ve been doing podcasts for 11 years and found that there are so many ways people can do it, and I think we have accumulated enough experience in this area without formal training, and – starting with the least. – on a shoestring budget, and it’s not something everyone can do, ”Griffin says in episode 458 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast.
Since the McElroys are known for their comedy, they’ve worked hard to make the book funny and informative. The pages are filled with sidebars that the brothers mock back and forth. “I think trying to work with the publisher to find the tone of the book was the trickiest part,” Griffin says, “trying to strike a balance between just becoming a simple self-teaching resource. assistance in relation to something that would have minimal entertainment value to someone who doesn’t care about that sort of thing. “
The McElroys hope the book will help newcomers avoid some of the mistakes they made early on. In fact, they recommend listeners to skip the first 150 episodes of My brother, my brother and me entirely.
“In 2010, we all had a pretty sheltered upbringing, and we were telling a lot of doggy jokes that were deeply problematic, and were things our audience heard and graciously told us, ‘That really hurts,’” Griffin says. “So we realized that we should listen to our audience, and we have to realize that a lot of what we are saying is pretty reprehensible.”
The thought of talking to strangers might turn many people away from podcasting, but Griffin points out that he has built a successful career talking almost exclusively to members of his own family. “It’s a beautiful life doing it with your brothers,” he says, “because then you can just talk about the normal BS you’ve been talking about for decades now.”
Listen to Griffin McElroy’s full interview in Episode 458 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
Griffin McElroy on The adventure zone:
“With The adventure zone, one person is running the campaign – right now it’s Travis – and the others are gamers, and it’s unclear how the gamers will react to what the [game master] throws at their feet. … I feel like the pressure is a bit higher when you sit down at the table to record an actual playing podcast than when you sit down to record a podcast [talk show]. The stakes are raised by the fact that things could really go wrong – you have a series of really bad dice rolls, and all of a sudden the story doesn’t turn out the way you thought it would, and now you have to correct it a bit. . There is a lot of chaos in making a podcast like this which can be very intimidating. “
Griffin McElroy on Chick Leaflets:
“It was really terrible, and drawn in this weird, hyper-realistic way where everyone looks really busted – the people who were filled with Dungeons and dragons demons look so crazy and sickly. These are grotesque little things. … I remember a sermon that referred obliquely to Pokemon – not the way you saw in the news of a preacher stabbing a knife through a stuffed Pikachu belly, but just in the sense of “Hey, you better watch out for that. And I, sitting in the audience, playing Pokémon on the Game Boy Color, very quietly tried to stay below bench level. But I think [my family] was all on the same page on the Chick fliers. They have always been new to us more than they were in any way prescriptive. “
Griffin McElroy on fantasy fiction:
“My brother was big in Xanth, and daddy was really big in Discworld. When we went on vacation my dad would always make a detour in the directions of Mapquest to a paperback shop we went to – not an exaggeration – maybe an hour and a half or two hours while he was doing it. just refuel, then he would take it all home, and had a new treasure to last him until next summer when we could go on vacation somewhere with the big pocket shop. … I’m sure if you ask my father Drizzt, he could probably conjure up the correct answer from who it is – probably more than I could, as I’m just a budding fantasy fiction reader.
Griffin McElroy on fame:
“If I go to dragon’s lair or any other hobby shop in town, I’m much more likely to be recognized by someone there, but that differs, I guess, from one place I go. But it’s still great. Even though I’m not the most gregarious person, I’d say it’s always great talking to someone who loves what you do, and we don’t have a lot of real shit fans who disregard them. limits. There have been many times that I’ve been with my son and had to say, “Sorry, I can’t take a picture right now,” and no one has ever been a jerk about it. Then yes, [being recognized] It does happen sometimes, but it hasn’t happened in over a year, since the pandemic, so yes my ego could really use a boost.