Thought

Things are calming down. I’m contemplating a one-per-month podcast on the traditions. Fully produced on each with a bunch of comments from different people.

Not committed yet, considering.

Feedback


I set up a Google Voice number and would like to get some feedback. This number simply recevies a message. You don’t need to leave your name.

Solving the problems of what to do about the Sponsor magazine project has had several possible alternatives mentioned in private communications.

So far, they are:

  • Put ads on the site to generate income;
  • Get 2-3 ‘patrons’ to put up $5 per month to cover the basic costs;
  • Sell “Sponsor” chotchkies thru Zazzle or CafePress;
  • Let the project die with grace

Or you may have your own idea.

Please call and leave your information on the Google Voice number:  (919) 926-8237

I don’t know what the limit is on the message, so plan on making your brief comment. If you want to make a longer respect, do it in an email to sponsormagazine@gmail.com.

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Two Things

It is the first Sunday of the month and the next podcast in the Sponsorship series. Part four of the five part talk on Inventory as a Life Long process with Scott R. This has become one of my favorite series from XA-Speakers.org because it is personal and specific. It may help your sponsees, but it definitely offers the sponsor something worth sharing. Podcast here.

Secondly, there is a special announcement on the future of the Sponsor project. My realities has changed – mostly medical issues – and if the prod cast, magazine or book cannot at least coer its own costs, I will have to give it up. Details here.

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One eMail?

Just because I’m not as focused on the podcasts does not mean I’ve abandoned the Sponsor Magazine project.

We’ve come to a point where we need your feedback to proceed.

We have be re-thinking the magazine. It has been an effort to reach a new audience through flashy graphics and layout (check http://sponsormagazine.org) and have noticed the submissions have been getting more scholarly, researched with serious discussion of the topics around recovery, program history and the sponsorship process.

We consider the free-download absolute bedrock for our Tradition based publishing effort. Always. But for the hard copy offer, we have founda cheaper way of bringing out a 64-page digest or ‘half-page’ format without raising the price.

SPONSOR MAGAZINE #4 was going to be the biggest to date, and was going to increase the price by about a dollar in printed form. Going to the digest means we can lock in a $4.50 price, focus on meaningful content, and keep.

We might even be so old fashioned as to publish the content on the cover – or maybe the back cover, like the old Reader’s Digests.

#4 has two very good articles on the Pre-History of AA and the development of the Narcotics Anonymous program. Several short articles as well.

#5 is coming together.

We can re-present the first three issues into the new format and possibly add new material to what was published before.

But we really need your input on the move from magazine to digest/journal. We aren’t asking too much. You don’t have to post your identity on facebook. One email. What do you say about a less ‘modern’ look in favor of a ‘journal’ presentation?¬† Send one email with a yes/no on the format change, and provide whatever addition comment you miht be willing to make.

Send email to sponsormagazine at gmail dot com.

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Changing to a 5, maybe a 4.

Later tonight I will post the next Sponsor Magazine Podcast and a change will follow.

I have new realities I have to deal with and am possibly dellusional in this project. Only two people respond to the posts, no one has commented to the blog and despite the subscription information that says x number of hits to the page or blog, I’m working in a vaccuum.

So I will step back. I will post a new podcast for Sponsorship on the first Sunday of each month starting in April (so there will be a post next week), and a new podcast for Speaker in a Box on the third Sunday of each month.

This will free me for projects that more clearly reaching an audience and will be tracked through this blog.

But it is my nature that I don’t like change. Of any kind. Even when it means things may imrpove within my new realities. That has not changed. What has changed is I am willing to take the action, make an attempt, but I also review what is happening and make changes that are appropriate. Not 1 or 10 on the scale, but somehwere between the extremes.

If you have gotten anything out of the original Anonymous Review Podcast, the first three issues of Sponsor Magazine, the Recovery Reader, or the other podcasts, I’d like to hear your thoughts on what you get from them, or how they can change.

RSS – Sort of…

These feeds will work to access the RSS feed directly in Firefox. They can be entered manually into iTunes podcast aggregator. They do NOT work in Chrome or Safari. Don’t know why. I don’t have the knowledge necessary to debug the RSS. Anyone who has that knowledge who would be willing to help out please check the help page.

iTunes will display ALL of the podcasts, BUT NOT IN THE RIGHT ORDER. Very frustrating.

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SPONSOR PODCAST FEED
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SPEAKER IN A BOX PODCAST FEED
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Losing Jack

I was excited and writing to a few friends to share the good news for the Sponsor Magazine project with someone who encouraged me in the beginning. Jack McCarthy was the author of “Drunks” which sets the tone for Recovery Reader. And was heard in the first volume of the podcast, Anonymous Review (#8). And published again in Sponsor Magazine #1.

I mised him by three days. I knew he wasn’t well, he had cancelled travel plans and we hadn’t exchanged emails for a while. He had a large circle of people – friend, family and fellowship – around Puget Sound. I was barely a distant satellite.

He would have been happy. He told me to just do my work and give up the result.

When I found someone publishing his poem as “Anonymous” (and one where the guy with the website was claiming it as his own) I dropped him a line so he could protect what was his.

This is a different poem. But like many of his works, just some simple truth that sneaks up on you.

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Thanks, Jack. You are already missed.

http://youtu.be/xsTZohyFFJE

The New Website

When I post podcast #9 this coming Sunday I will also launch a complete remake of the website with easier access to the podcasts-to-date and heralding a hot update to the 87 previous podcasts. ‘Hot’ meaning you will not have to go to Archive.org to nab the pdocasts – they will be linked hot to their web page.

At the same time I’m able to continue work on Sponsor Magazine #4.

So it all just chug chug chugs along. Trudge trudge trudge. :o)

ALSO: I have several thousand files (literally) of little pictures from sites on the web and from Facebook. I don’t know where what came from, but I can put the what here. So I’ll start now:

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Podcast #8 is up

Part 4 of 8, Karen C and Chris S “Working the Steps thru Sponsorship” continues.

So far the podcast has gone up every Sunday night/Monday morning since #1. I am produced several weeks ahead and will go back to correct the opening of the first four to reflect new and corrected information.

Next week the web page will be updated with a new format and a complete set of links to other sites. And there is a new page up for collaboration.

http://podcast.sponsormagazine.org/podcast.html

A Benefit of Persistence

I just archived my 108th Podcast. And I have learned to use the sound editor “Audacity” much better. I had to clean up a poor recording for broadcast in the new Sponsor Magazine Podcast.

And I remembered a podcast from the first series of AA History podcasts (ANONYMOUS REVIEW) with Dr. Bob. The sound was dreadful. I applied the same Audacity tricks and now have Dr. Bob’s talk from Michigan, in 1948, and the last recorded talk from the first International in Cleveland in 1950. And they are easy to listen to.

I will go back and re-produce that podcast and replace the old, muffled recording with the new and improved (“Now with Sparkles”) Dr. Bob talks.

But I want to share it here first. If anyone cares to hear it.

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The Re-Engineered Dr. Bob Talks

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