Last year we ran some market research about the Mayo News football podcast, to test the waters about ideas we were tossing around about developing more content for our listeners and how best to do this. This is a topic we’ve thought long and hard about over several months and we’re now delighted to unveil our plans for 2022.
Our aim all along has been to develop the podcast so that we can make it a better and more varied experience for our listeners and to do this in a way that’s sustainable for us into the future. The only way to do this is to secure funding to support the work we need to do and much of our thinking over the last while has revolved around this important issue.
We’ve now decided – as so many others who produce podcasts have too – that a monthly subscription model based on the Patreon platform is the best way to go. That doesn’t mean we’re simply retreating behind a paywall, as podcast episodes will still continue to be available for free, but it does mean that those who choose to support us by becoming club members via Patreon will gain access to a whole swathe of new services.
Members of our Patreon podcast club will get early access (typically up to 24 hours in advance) to those podcast episodes that will remain free to access for everyone else but club members will also get access to exclusive subscription-only podcast episodes.
Club membership will also get you access to our match-day Discord chats – which we trialled successfully with a number of friendly users for the Galway game last week – in which you’ll be able to message directly with the podcast team and get up-to-the-minute match-day information as it comes available to us.
We’re also looking at other services that we have on our ‘to do’ list and we hope to be unveiling details of these to our club members over the next while.
Tomorrow sees us take the first step along this road. We’ll be releasing our Colm Boyle special episode of the podcast and, at the same time, we’ll also be releasing an extended interview with Colm which will be exclusively available to Patreon club members. You’ll be able to sign up for club membership tomorrow too, at a cost of €5 per month.
Further details will be posted here and on our podcast social media channels tomorrow ahead of the release of these two podcast episodes telling you all you need to know about becoming a club member of our Patreon service.
Where, you might ask, does all this leave the blog? For now, it remains where it always was but it’s still worth pointing out that it’s heading on this journey too and there will also be changes to how the blog operates over the next while. These changes will be well flagged in advance and there’s nothing in the works in that regard over the short-term.
Realistically, I’m not going to be able to keep the blog going myself indefinitely. I started it when I was in my mid-forties and I’m due to hit sixty later this year. My aim now is to keep the best elements of the blog in place into the future on a sustainable basis and any changes to the blog as it currently exists will be made with this aim in mind.
For now, the changes all relate to the podcast and tomorrow is the start of an exciting new direction for us. We hope as many of you as possible will join us on this journey as club members and we look forward to welcoming our new club members on board over the coming weeks.