October 12th, 2006


Paid For Podcasting

J. R. Blackwell

The school I work at has been working on a new marketing campaign. This means we spent a lot of money on a new website (more than I’m paid in a year), and designs for new brochures and logos. As a part of all this, I convinced my work that they need a blog (we have no place on our expensive website where we talk about current events at the school) and a podcast (because podcasts are sexy) to make our website complete.

The blog and the podcast together cost them a total of eighty dollars for a mic which broke after a month (I’m now recording on my laptop). I recorded ten episodes and have released three so far. On top of this my work is adding on some new responsibilities dealing with admissions. Of course, I’m supposed to do all this when I am being constantly interrupted (and this isn’t just for work, most people just want to chat) and in addition to my regular workload. No, I’m not getting paid any more money; I am just getting the added privilege of doing more work. As soon as I get my masters degree, I’m out of here.

I know that people talk a lot about keeping your day job, and maybe this is just the acceptance letter I got for the paid gig this morning talking, but I’m thinking that maybe I should just quit my job and go freelance, or get a part time job and go freelance. I know it’s a little crazy, but it’s not like I can’t just jump right back into being a secretary. Could I jump right back into being paid for podcasting? I don’t know, and maybe that’s something to really think about.

The fact is, this job is a dead end. It’s great for going to school because I don’t have long hours or take-home work, but that doesn’t stop it from having a firm glass ceiling. I like being where I am, I’m happy here, but I know that soon it will be time to move on. I’m keeping my options open to where I’ll go. Is anybody hiring a contortionist with a masters degree and podcasting skills?

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