As you can tell by searching this site, I’ve been a big fan all this time.
Many poetry related podcasts came on the scene after his 2005 debut with big dreams and aspirations–I was one of them. I have seen many come and go. Some of them I missed.
So, what was the secret in the success of Slam Idol? Simplicity. A simple concept. A great idea that rose above the technology. Too many of us poetry podcasters were more focused on the tools rather than the art we were supposed to be representing.
The main focus of those of us with this gift, this ability to take a poem that very few have ever heard and share it with hundreds of people from around the world, should be remembered in its simplest form.
Don’t worry about getting the best microphone. Don’t worry about having the nicest looking blog. Don’t worry about monetizing the art.
That’s what Simon did so well. He consistently put the poet before the technology. He then followed that with the slow tweaking of the medium.
Before he purchased his own hosting he was at SlamIdol.tripod.com (free). Then he bought his own domain name, SlamIdolPodcast.com, which he hosted at GoDaddy for free as well I believe. Eventually he moved over to Podshow, now Mevio, and now is hosting his site on a full domain. All over the course of five years.
All this while, rather than constantly playing with the tech, he shared. Poets from around the world received listens and votes from poetry lovers from around the world.
Well done, Simon!
Simon is taking a bold step and totally revamping what Slam Idol is be begetting the Slam Stream. If you haven’t followed his discussion listen to Slam Idol #297 and my interview with him to hear where he’s going.
It has that same feel of the early Slam Idol experience for me. A new experience in waters where few have tread before.
I’m going for a swim. How about you?