Dear Valued Ted Talk Sports Followers,
Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” The Ted Talk Sports Podcast has thus far been an exhibition in how Murphy’s Law can be applied to a new website. I’ve had issues with uploading content from my computer to the website. I’ve seen entire segments that I’ve recorded for the podcast come up as either incomplete or invalid, causing hours of hard work and voice recording to be useless. Even in writing this note, my computer is slow to respond, and occasionally freezing as I try to type multiple sentences at a time.
Today on the Ted Talk Sports Podcast, I was going to talk about the ridiculousness from the Monday Night Football game between the Steelers and the Bengals. I was going to congratulate Baker Mayfield on winning the Heisman Trophy, one of the highest honors to be awarded in American sports. I wanted to discuss national embarrassment as the Russian Olympic Committee was officially banned from the upcoming Pyongchang Winter Olympics due to widespread doping and systematic manipulation of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
I wanted to say all of that. However, due to complications with my computer and the audio recording software, I am unable to do so today. I was able to load the program, but due to my busy schedule for the day, I do not have adequate time to record and produce the podcast.
To help you better understand the way my website works, allow me to take you inside the studio of Ted Talk Sports. Actually, it’s more like a spare bedroom that has been repurposed as a studio and office.
The entire website emanates from a small bedroom in our house. Eileen and I moved into this house at the end of June, and just two weeks later, we were building a website. I had never done it before, and neither had Eileen. We had no sponsors and no financial backing. We were, and are, using our own personal computers, a WordPress domain that we spent our own money to purchase, and free audio software that anyone can download from the internet to produce the content necessary for Ted Talk Sports. My entire High School Football was done on my own time and out of my own pocket. The pictures you saw from the events were taken from my phone, and the audio recorded from the games was taken from a voice recorder I purchased off Amazon. To say the least, Ted Talk Sports is brought to you by free stuff, sale items, and hand me downs.
We still do not make a dime off the website, but that’s ok. I am producing the content not for the money, but for the love of sports and broadcasting. I would love to be making money off of my endeavors, but when you are doing what you love, the passion and joy you get from what you do is worth more than money ever could be. My goal in the end is to make my website profitable and/or use my website as a launching pad for my career in broadcasting. I know that won’t happen overnight, but that just means I have something to work towards and something to which I can aspire.
I would love to be able to produce my podcast for you today, but I must apologize that it will not happen today. All I can say to all of you is thank you for being a part of my website. The fact that so many of you listen to my podcast and read my blog posts every week makes producing content even more enjoyable and fulfilling. I cannot express in words how thankful I am to have an audience that enjoys consuming what I put up on Ted Talk Sports, you have been so powerful and encouraging to both Eileen and I.
As far as the podcast goes moving forward, I have an advantage of having Friday through Sunday off work this week. I intend to use the time to produce new bumpers and sound effects, and hopefully streamline the process of how and when my podcast can be produced. The best-case scenario is that we will have had our final hiccup with this week’s podcast mess.
Again, thank you for being a part of Ted Talk Sports. I will always be proud to have you as a follower. Thursday will be the final new blog post of the year, but fear not, as the final two blog posts in 2017 will be blasts from the past as I showcase content from older blogs of mine on other websites. Next week on the podcast, I will be discussing the Columbus Blue Jackets continued success, the expansion of the MLS and the potential that FC Cincinnati will become a part of it, and much more!
Until then, as Marty Brenneman says, and as I have adopted as my radio sign off, “So long, everyone!”