►Tell us about you and your podcast
We are a full spoiler reread podcast of George Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series. Co-hosted by 2 brothers, Nate and Zach. They are massive Game of Thrones fans, everything from the books, the show, and every little thing in between.
Our listeners tend to be fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series, however we focus anybody who wants to read, or reread the series. As fans of the show as well, we have begun releasing a weekly episode dedicated to that specifically. We welcome any fans of reading, or current television to have a listen. We like to think we are hilarious, so if you like a touch of comedy thrown into your podcasts you have found the right one for you!
►Why & how did you start this podcast?
We had been discussing making a podcast for close to 10 years. As massive fans of the Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series', we were always on the look out for places and people to discuss one of our favorite hobbies with. Since both brothers had a variety of podcasts both on the topic and off that they enjoyed, so they decided to make one themselves.
We started the podcast in January of 2019 and have released an episode to start each week, increasing to 2 episodes a week shortly after.
After years of research, and a few months to collect the equipment releasing our first episode only took a week or so. From the time we had everything as well as the vision we saw for the podcast, we recorded, edited and released the episode fairly quickly.
►How'd you find the time and funding to do this podcast?
We released 2 episodes per week. One on Mondays, and one on Thursdays. Each episode runs roughly 35 minutes to about an hour long. On top of recording, we also reread each chapter so we can take notes on discussion points beyond the read thru. Each episode usually takes about an hour and a half to two hours to edit and produce.
As a father of two and a full time funeral director, Nate has been using his free time to work on the podcast. He has given up a few other hobbies in order to pursue this one more heavily. (he is happy to do so.)
Zach, who works part time, has also given up a bit of time in his other hobbies to invest more heavily into the podcast. There is definitely a trade of time, but we find it highly rewarding and 100% worth the effort.
We are fully self funded, however we manage to keep production costs down due to producing the entire series themselves. At this time, we have spent less than $30 dollars on everything. We received most of our equipment second hand, and only had to pay to replace one of the cables we had.
►What do you gain from podcasting?
For the most part, we do this podcast for the enjoyment of discussing something we are truly passionate about. We enjoy bringing this thing that brings us happiness to others who may not have found it otherwise.
We did manage to land a "Sponsorhip" with a company that was involved with our niche of Game of Thrones. However the sponsorhip was them providing us with some of their product as opposed to actual money. We landed the sponsorship after about 6 episodes.
All that we had to do was send out some emails to the companies we had hoped would be willing to sponsor us. We did not expect anyone at all to be willing to provide us with sponsorship so early on, but we figured the worst that would happen is they would tell us no. And we did receive alot of those. lol
I think at the time of receiving that first sponsor we had maybe 100 downloads per month.
At this time we are no longer focusing on acquiring a new sponsorship, since we did this podcast as a hobby we wanted to ensure that is why we remained doing it. Eventually we will start looking into sponsorship again, but first we want to focus on growing a community of people who enjoy our content.
It's funny because in the 2 months since we stopped that sponsorship we have grown from 100 downloads a month, to over 1,000 per month. Throughout these last few months, we have been accepted into the Game of Thrones Fandom with open arms, and have made a bunch of new friends. Again, that was the reason we started the podcast, to have more people to talk to! And here we are fulfilling each goal as we set it, and it just keeps growing and growing!
►How does your podcasting process look like?
At the moment, we record on Nate's very old, barely usable laptop. We connect a Snowball Yeti mic (soon to be replaced) directly to the laptop, and record on the free Audacity software.
At this time we have not had any guests, nor interviews on the show. We have been slowly planning that as well, but we do attempt to be as prepared as possible prior to setting something like that up.
Our "studio" is one of our bedrooms. We hang a bunch of blankets on the walls, drag an extra mattress in, and barricade ourselves into a corner. It might seem tacky, but again we are keeping production costs way down.
Each episode has quite a bit of work put into it. Both hosts begin by reading the chapter that will be the focus of discussion. They take their own individual notes, so they can contribute the points they each find interesting. Our main goal is to stay on topic as best we can. While it can be fun to listen to a podcaster ranting, if it goes too far off topic we feel we could lose our audience's attention. The only things we have in front of us during each recording session are our notebooks, and our planner with the schedule readily available to reference.
►How do you market your show?
For the most part, it is all self marketing. We post on the various social media outlets, Twitter currently reigning supreme for this type of thing. We do have a facebook group, and page. Since we are on a large number of sites and apps it can be a bit hard to give exact percentages, however we do notice that a majority of our listens do come from Apple Podcasts (iTunes). We do receive many that listen directly from our Host page as well.
►What advice would you share with aspiring (new) podcasters?
One of the main things I would say to new podcasters is, Just hit record! It took us years of hesitate and questioning ourselves. Once we hit that record button though, everything just flowed naturally.
The other thing I wish I had known prior to starting is, the more effort you put into your sound quality BEFORE hitting record, the easier after recording production is. Watch as many videos and read as many articles as you can to learn about mic technique and fixing your recording area up to prevent outside noises.
►Where can we learn more about you & your podcasts?
We are all over the internet but our most prominent spots are
twitter - @mannerswithout
facebook - facebook.com/brotherhoodpodcast
Stitcher - stitcher.com/podcast/brotherhood-without-manners
iTunes - podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/brotherhood-without-manners-game-thrones-reread-podcast/id1449879005
Updated: 5 months ago