Sunday, December 05, 2004

Homespun Bloggers Radio, Program #1 released!

One of the new projects here at Homespun Bloggers, in addition to the weekly Symposium questions, is a new audio stream program called (coincidentally enough) "Homespun Bloggers Radio". The first show is being officially released today, so listen in on some of our group. Over on the right sidebar, you'll see the Homespun Bloggers Radio button. Click it or the link beneath it ("Current Show(s)"), and you'll be hooked up via MP3 stream. The show loops, so if you catch it in the middle of the show, just hang in there, and you'll get back to the beginning.

As we start out, the format will pretty much be doing via audio stream what we do via web page; comment on issues of the day from our own perspectives. However, I'm hoping that as we get more comfortable with it (and with our sound hardware), we'll branch out a bit and throw in a few surprises.

Current Homespun Bloggers: If you want to be a part of this, E-mail me (Doug) at "frodo at thepaytons dot org". If you've got a sound card and microphone, you can get in on this. (Also see here and here for further information.)

Also, you can link to the current show from your own web page, to get the most exposure for the program. Copy the HBR button to your web site and use the following HTML to create the link:
<a href="">

<img border="0" src="[YOUR PICTURE FILE HERE]">

I have an example of this button and its functionality on "Considerettes".

Visitors: If you'd like to join Homespun Bloggers, just click on "What we're all about" over on the right, and you're just an E-mail away from joining. Then you, too, can be a part of this project.

The "Current Show(s)" stream will have the most recent 1 or 2 shows. In the future, there will be a second link, "Previous Programs", that will feature the 3-5 previous shows, so you can catch up if you missed any. In addition, you can download a high-quality version of the show, suitable for burning on CD. >grin< These links will be on the right-hand sidebar, below the "Best Of" archive. Not only are the downloadable shows of a higher quality than the audio stream, but there's a limit of 7 simultaneous streams on the server (sorry, bandwidth considerations) and no such limit on downloads.

We're always open to suggestions, so let us know what you think and how we can make it better. (Of course, the more contributors, the better, too!)

So click on the link, and listen to the first broadcast of Homespun Blogger Radio!