When I started Colorado Tech Weekly over 5 years ago, I did it to stay up to date on the Colorado tech industry. I also did it so that I would have weekly content on my website that would be timely, relevant and show that I was still paying attention to this site. I started it to get my name known while I was looking for my first software development job.
I’d like to be able to pass the torch to someone else to help them get their name known while looking for their first software development job but having someone write blog posts on a site with my name does not seem like it would be a good deal so I created ColoradoTechWeekly.com.
I also created a Patreon account for Colorado Tech Weekly so that I can see that people are reading it and encourage you, the audience, and me to continue to add cool new things to Colorado Tech Weekly to further promote the Colorado tech community.
This could be the change that turns Colorado Tech Weekly into an even better resource for us.
Before I start, I just want to say a huge THANK YOU for reading these posts and listening to the podcast. It’s great to be a part of the Colorado technology community.
What should be the future of Colorado Tech Weekly? I am coming up on 3 years of posting a Colorado Tech Weekly post every single week. That’s a huge deal and it’s something I’m immensely proud of. However I’ve run into a few issues lately that have made me consider how to continue.
The Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast
It turns out that producing a podcast, even with one person and no editing or sound effects, doubles the amount of time I work on Colorado Tech Weekly. The thing is, I want a podcast with more than one person with co-hosts and guests, music and sound effects, and a better production but I don’t want to neglect my work towards working to be a developer to produce the blog and the podcast.
I could either stop doing to podcast and focus on the blog posts OR I could focus more on the podcast and make the blog posts more like show notes for the podcast. I’m tempted to do the second option and put more of my focus on the podcast. I’m curious what you think.
Issues With Article Access
I love using Colorado Tech Weekly to share news about Colorado tech and to share the great Colorado tech news sources. Unfortunately, some of those great Colorado tech news sources have decided to add monthly article limits or paywalls in order to make money. I completely get the need for news publications to make money. I want reporters to be compensated so they can spend time digging into stories. However article limits and paywalls make it really difficult to share stories with others because I don’t want to send my readers to articles they can’t read because they’re not subscribers to those sites.
I NEED Your Feedback!
I’m not good at asking for feedback. I’ve gotten some good feedback about the podcast and whenever I go to events I hear that the blog posts are a great resource. Do you want Colorado Tech Weekly to continue? How do you want it to continue? Would you be OK with it being more of a podcast? Do you want less headlines with more in depth stories? A bi-weekly podcast with more discussions?
All Colorado Tech Weekly Patrons will be thanked on the show and get the ability to make announcements on the show.
$5/month – Early Access
Early access supporters get the content of my Colorado Tech Weekly posts as soon as they are finished. I usually create the post on Sunday but I don’t publish it until Monday morning. You will get it as soon as it’s done!
$10/month – Let’s “Hangout”
By giving over $10 per month you will be invited to the Google Hangout that I will run while setting up, recording and broadcasting the podcast.
$50/month – Sponsor
As a Sponsor, you or your organization will be mentioned during every podcast as a supporter of Colorado Tech Weekly. I will also announce any upcoming events or promotions for you or your organization as long as you tell me about them.
Give as much or as little as you like. Your support ensures that the podcast continues. Thank you!
Ever since I started Colorado Tech Weekly in 2013 I always wanted to turn it into a podcast. In fact I originally meant for Colorado Tech Weekly to be a podcast, I was just too intimidated by the process. I’ve thought about it, dreamed about it and now I’m FINALLY DOING IT! I’m super excited… and nervous… but still excited!
So how is it going to work? Each Monday afternoon I will record a Colorado Tech Weekly podcast episode and use the Monday morning post as my show notes. The episode will be posted to SoundCloud and a link will be added to the Colorado Tech Weekly post.
I want to have a quality sounding podcast, but to do that I need your help! I’ve set up a Patreon account and a PayPal button to support the podcast. There is no minimum and it’s purely a value-for-value model. If you want the podcast to continue and to continue to improve, support the show!
I am coming up on Colorado Tech Weekly #100. That will be 100 straight weeks of consistency! I am highly impressed and very surprised by this. I didn’t know I had it in me. I give the Colorado technology community a lot of credit for my consistency. I’ve been told on LinkedIn that CTW is considered a valuable news source and I was recognized by BuiltinColorado because of CTW. I also get a lot of enjoyment out of sharing the successes of the people, organizations and companies that make up the Colorado tech community. It’s turned into a labor of love.
As with any project there are things I’d like to do better or change. Here are some of my dreams for Colorado Tech Weekly:
A Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast: I’m a big fan of technology podcasts. I started listening to This Week in Tech about 10 years ago and now I listen to the Daily Tech News Show, Coder Radio, Ruby Rogues and The Code Newbies Podcast on a regular basis. The Colorado Tech Weekly Podcast would be a slightly deeper discussion on the 10 articles with a format similar to the Daily Tech News Show. I’d like to have a co-host and/or guests to help make the show more interesting.
Generate Some Revenue: As a hobby, CTW has been a success. It makes me wonder if I could add some advertising to make it a successful side business. However I don’t want to just stick some Google Ads in the posts. That’s lame. I’d like to talk to the people I am advertising for and I’d like them to be Colorado companies and organizations. I’m also considering starting up a Patreon account for CTW.
Giving CTW it’s own site: I’m not sure how much I like this idea, but I’ll talk it out anyway. I made sure to get the www.coloradotechweekly.com URL and right now it just points to my Colorado Tech Weekly category page. Giving CTW it’s own site would give me more opportunity to modify the newsletter. The only downside is that one of the reasons I started CTW was to get people to visit my site so giving CTW its own site could be counterproductive.
Original content: CTW is simply a news aggregator. I like the idea of doing some actual journalism. I’m not sure if I ever will, but I like the idea.
Adding contributors: If I do the podcast, create a site just for CTW and/or start producing original stories I’m not going to be able to do it alone. Finding other people to help contribute to CTW sounds like fun. Although I’m not sure how to manage that either.
Only time will tell if these dreams and ideas happen. As of now they’re just ideas. No plans yet.