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Disaster Area is a podcast about disasters throughout history: what caused them, how people survived, and the changes which followed.
Disaster Area is a podcast about disasters throughout history: what caused them, how people survived, and the changes which followed.
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Hello, listeners! I'm setting up this Kickstarter with the intention of improving the podcast and trying to make it easier to get out episodes of the podcast a bit quicker. The purpose of this Kickstarter is to replace my current laptop (specifically with a Lenovo Yoga Book, which has a stylus feature which will allow me to save written notes to it and therefore make it easier to organize and outline episodes) and get a better recording set-up to clean up the sound on the episodes. I'm currently using a five-dollar clip-on microphone and my iPhone to record episodes, and while it's working out I'd love to improve everything to sound more professional.

I'd also like to put any remaining money towards things such as the Soundcloud subscription for the podcast, finally setting up a website for the podcast, and buying resources such as books I need for future episodes. I'd really like to make this podcast the best it possibly can be.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I have with making the podcast is a combination of money and time. I work a full-time day job and also write with the intent of hopefully being traditionally published (right now, I'm self-publishing), and money is always tight. Due to an issue with my previous employer, I needed to quit my job at the beginning of October and only got a new job a few weeks ago. Therefore, money has been tighter than usual.

I've been intending to replace my laptop to something lighter and more portable to make it easier for me to take notes for the podcast on the go. My current laptop is a cheap bulky replacement I picked up on the fly and it's not realistic for me to bring it with me every night to my factory job. This presents a challenge in that I end up handwriting notes, which I then have to transfer to my computer, all of which adds more time to the research and preparation process.

I also would prefer to record under better conditions. As of right now, I do so in my living room with a cheap microphone using an app on my iPhone. The challenge here is that I live on a main street, and there's plenty of street noise to try and work around. As it is, I try to record in the middle of the night on my days off to try to cut down on the noise.

Your donation will go directly into improving the podcast. Since it's just me doing all the work, I'll be able to immediately put the money toward putting out a better production.

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