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Author:  HeadOfSection [ Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:19 am ]
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Hey all,

So as I mentioned at the end of our last podcast (Sailing: Jan 11, 2016), I am looking for feedback on what people would like to see from Being James Bond in 2016 and beyond, both in terms of format (audio, video) as well as content, (how to, clothing, cocktails, travel, movie reviews, etc.).

Any input would be well appreciated! Many thanks guys!

HoS

Author:  jimmyolsen007 [ Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:31 pm ]
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Ideas:

- Comparisons between books and corresponding films, where applicable
- psychology: why Bond is the way he is
- nutrition: various types/philosophies
- more travel episodes highlighting things to do in locales
- cuisines: Fleming wrote as much if not more about food as he did drinks

Author:  advancedrebel [ Fri Jan 15, 2016 9:36 am ]
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I'm curious. Feel free to answer privately. But without counting your man hours (which must be astronomical) Do you run "Being James Bond" at a loss. By that I mean: after all the webhosting fees, software, hardware, research material. is BJB paying for itself with the miniam publicity. Or do you lose a bit of money each year?

Author:  Mithel [ Fri Jan 15, 2016 10:26 am ]
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jimmyolsen007 wrote:
Ideas:

- Comparisons between books and corresponding films, where applicable
- psychology: why Bond is the way he is
- nutrition: various types/philosophies
- more travel episodes highlighting things to do in locales
- cuisines: Fleming wrote as much if not more about food as he did drinks
I agree, these are excellent ideas. I'd focus on the "good" aspects of Bond, why the character can be inspiring (ignore the drinking, etc).

Author:  Mithel [ Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:08 pm ]
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Paul Kyriazi's paragraph:
Quote:
But from that time on, I watched James Bond on screen with more than just enjoyment in mind. I watched him for the answers. Answers to questions like, why is he so cool? Why do both men and women like him? How can I have his excitement without the danger of actually going on a mission? Why does he always seem to win at gambling? Where does his self-confidence come from?
This sums up the essence of what this website and podcast should deliver. Just study the books, the movies and life and answer those questions with ways to enjoy life like that.

Almost any single topic could make for a dedicated website (stylish clothing?) but combine them all with references to Bond and you have "Being James Bond". Don't worry about "repeating" subjects. There are a million nuances of clothing choices, vacation locations, music, fitness, nutrition all just waiting to be commented on.

Author:  Sark [ Sat Jan 16, 2016 1:06 am ]
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Quote:
- nutrition: various types/philosophies
If he endorses one particular counterculture diet (pescatroian, paleo, vegan, south beach, blah blah blah) HoS would just piss everyone off. He he endorses the mainstream dietitian advice he'll be lambasted by the followers of the aforementioned diets. Frankly, I don't think there's any particular Bond diet or nutrition advice. It doesn't seem like a Bond topic.

HoS: is it possible to make the forums accessible on tapatalk?

Author:  Mithel [ Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:54 am ]
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Sark wrote:
If he endorses one particular counterculture diet (pescatroian, paleo, vegan, south beach, blah blah blah) HoS would just piss everyone off. He he endorses the mainstream dietitian advice he'll be lambasted by the followers of the aforementioned diets. Frankly, I don't think there's any particular Bond diet or nutrition advice. It doesn't seem like a Bond topic.
True, endorsing any one particular approach to nutrition or health will draw criticism and controversy. Ian Fleming's Bond certainly didn't follow a healthy diet (in fact Connery grumbles about it quite a bit in Thunderball). But if you are going to live a real James Bond lifestyle then paying attention to health is extremely on topic!

Just look at the garbage most people are eating as "food" and it's clear that this is a topic very much in need of discussing. Any forum, website, podcast promoting a better lifestyle certainly should give some attention to diet and nutrition.

We don't need to agree, but we should should discuss and think about what we consume!

Any topic that doesn't interest someone can easily be ignored by that person. In my opinion, Being James Bond should cover a variety of topics and this should include nutrition.

Author:  HeadOfSection [ Sat Jan 16, 2016 12:25 pm ]
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advancedrebel wrote:
I'm curious. Feel free to answer privately. But without counting your man hours (which must be astronomical) Do you run "Being James Bond" at a loss. By that I mean: after all the webhosting fees, software, hardware, research material. is BJB paying for itself with the minimum publicity. Or do you lose a bit of money each year?
Great question!

At this stage of the game, it breaks about even. The only genuine income stream that BJB generates is sales from BJBV1, which is about enough to pay for web hosting, etc. I have a few Google ads and Amazon links, but that's minimal.

That's why I'm sending out feelers, to see if there's enough interest/support to make the leap to actual substantial income generation, to see if I can go from a weekend hobby, to a full time job generating serious content, etc.

Author:  Sark [ Sun Jan 17, 2016 3:24 am ]
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Many of the subforums have zero or very few posts. It may give the forums a sleeker look to combine some of those subforums. For instance, Gambling has several different subs, but only one with any posts.

Author:  Mithel [ Mon Jan 18, 2016 11:12 am ]
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Topic idea: "How to safely carry and use your finances on a trip"

For example, how much cash should you bring, should you bring two or three credit cards, where is it best to use cash vs credit, what are the best ways to exchange for local currency, etc. Should you keep all your cash in your wallet? Where should you carry your wallet? (Back pocket? Jacket pocket?)

How should you avoid trouble? (For example I was on foot in Calais right after the migrants stormed the port and there were roaming bands of migrants, no doubt many were wonderful good people but I was careful to avoid letting a group of them close the distance on me in a fairly isolated location.)

Pros and cons of these various ideas.

Author:  advancedrebel [ Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:16 pm ]
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Well at least the site pays for itself.

In the short term making money out of content is hard. It takes passion and consistency.

You have passion. Consistency. I'll be blunt. But you don't have it. Yet.

Now that your troubles are behind you. You can go full steam ahead.

Of course a youtube channel is a no brainer. But to generate revenue on youtube takes alot. alot. of views. and it will take time to build your brand on that platform.

The way I see it. Ideally weekly content should be inter-linked and constant. (a podcast episode should have a youtube video, a pinterest graphic, a tweet, a tumblr post) There are ways to also automize your social media presence. I use personally use https://ifttt.com/ you create "recipes" that react to the content that is shared by you or the people you follow. It's free!

i assume that you keep track of the content you share and ahve an idea of what content is more popular and consumed. I'm no expert, but it seems like getting you stats (whcih episodes are the most downloaded) will be key in order for you to generate content that will be consumed and re-consumed.

In short play to your audience.

Also get some sponsors from the likes of audible, stamps.com (if possible)

Author:  Mithel [ Mon Jan 18, 2016 7:24 pm ]
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One of the primary driving factors for advertising revenue would be how high you rank on search engines and that is largely driven by how many sites link to you. Thus I'd suggest some swapping of links. In other words I could put a link to your website on my website and you could put a link to my website on your website. Do that with several others and it should improve things.

Author:  HeadOfSection [ Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:59 am ]
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advancedrebel wrote:
You have passion. Consistency. I'll be blunt. But you don't have it. Yet. Now that your troubles are behind you. You can go full steam ahead.
Guilty as charged!

This is definitely the crux of the whole reason I'm putting out feelers and trying to gauge interest in Being James Bond. When I did Volume One, I was a bachelor living in my own apartment. Since those days, my time gets sucked in a million directions. The guys I'm seeing who are killing it online, are either A. young single guys, or B. able to crank out content as a full time job.

I HATE when I hear my old podcasts and I'm apologizing for delays, but in my defense, I'm NEVER sitting around watching Netflix when I could be working on podcasts.

But like you said, that was then. This is now.
advancedrebel wrote:
Of course a youtube channel is a no brainer. But to generate revenue on youtube takes alot. alot. of views. and it will take time to build your brand on that platform.

The way I see it. Ideally weekly content should be inter-linked and constant. (a podcast episode should have a youtube video, a pinterest graphic, a tweet, a tumblr post) There are ways to also automize your social media presence. I use personally use https://ifttt.com/ you create "recipes" that react to the content that is shared by you or the people you follow. It's free!
All good suggestions! I'm trying to do that now - by which I mean, when I post a podcast, I send out an email blast, post on Facebook, which then sends a Tweet. I also now do Instagram, so I design a graphic which I now post on Instagram and Pinterest.

Oh, and I'm ALSO definitely in the planning stages of trying to get my podcasts onto YouTube. I'm watching a Lynda.com video on the newer iMovie software as we speak. Debating on how much effort to put into the videos. Just slap a graphic on screen and let it play, or put some work into them? Considering how much time I'm already putting into editing a podcast (the 'Top 5 Rejected Bond Songs' was already an all-nighter) I'm pretty terrified at how long posting a video would mean.

Thanks for the suggestion! (https://ifttt.com/) i will definitely check it out.
advancedrebel wrote:
Also get some sponsors from the likes of audible, stamps.com (if possible)
Have considered this. But I don't know that brands would really be a good for for BJB.

Author:  advancedrebel [ Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:57 am ]
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I wasn't making accusation. I know how long it takes to create content. Even something like amovie review. you need to research the movie. watch ité Maybe watch bonus feature and do some reading. This takes time. Some of your episodes are so well researched and made. They could count as audio books by themselves.

Since you aren't a review show (most of the time) You don't need to comment on news. There are so many "geek news" shows. You don't have to worry abouthaving to keep up with the latest news. You can actually allow yourself teh luxury of building up a catalog. And release them at a specific time of your choosing. (Personallyh I use http://postfity.com/ you can schedule posts with your facebook, twitter and google + accounts so that they "launch" at the optimal time of release. Meaning they are published the time in the day that they will most likely become viral.

Good job with the new instagram graphics,. But you should look definitively get audible as a sponsor. they promote a ton of podcasts alread. So does stamps.com and even https://www.blueapron.com/ All of these are somewhat Bond like services. make your life easier and help improve your life.

I really like your graphics on your instagram account good job! For the video.Maybe you don't need to do complete shows. Maybe edit existing audio in smaller portions add a feew related graphics and boom. you got it.

Author:  spartanRK [ Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:26 pm ]
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I know he does not post here much, but I would reach out to your friend Dave Z. I imagine he would have some invaluable advice about taking these next steps.

My thoughts? you have a niche here. Dave Z has his clothes/merchandise/memorabilia. I'm a big fan of both sites, but I think you could be sitting on a very successful future here. Keep pushing the lifestyle because it is limited only by lifestyle topics. It is potentially never ending as compared to other, specific topic sites.

Besides... how cool would it be to successfully support yourself and the family with the world of Bond

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