In February 2018, The Earful Tower podcast had 23,000 downloads. Meanwhile, The Earful Tower’s Facebook videos had 240,000 hits. I’m no mathematician, but that’s a hard stat to ignore.
So while I’m going to keep the podcast exactly the same – and exactly the same price (free!), I’m going to essentially do the videos in a slightly different way. I am now encouraging the podcast guests to come on a bonus video Walk Show with me.
In case this is confusing, I figured I’d spell out the plan a bit so you know how to watch these videos and support The Earful Tower at the same time.
But first, if you’re absolutely lost, watch the 90-second supercut of a recent Live Walk with author John Baxter below to get an idea of the concept.
So what’s a Walk Show?
Well, you’ve heard of a talk show – and you’ve heard of a walk, right? Well it’s just the two combined. Me and a guest, a camera, a stabilizer, and the streets of Paris. That’s about it. I did the first one in April 2017 (see pic below) – and thanks to better equipment from generous subscribers to this show, these Walk Shows are getting better each time.
Essentially, me, the guest, and the viewer at home are all flaneurs walking around Paris, finding interesting things and hopefully having interesting chats.
How often do you do these Walk Shows?
For the ‘Flaneur Club’ on Patreon, I do one walk a week, rain, hail, or snow. This group costs US$10 a month to join (the price of two Paris cappuccinos). There are loads of other bonuses if you sign up at that level, like, you get access to The Paris Guide and extra audio content, for example.
I also do less regular walks, on the Friends of the Show group, which is $5 a month (about the cost of one flat white coffee in Paris). Loads of extra bonuses there, but fewer Walk Shows 🙂
There are also subscriber tiers that are higher and lower to suit your taste and wallet.
Anyhow, in the past two weeks I’ve done four walks, three of them with guests. The other all alone. And yes, as you can see below, sometimes they are gonna be on bikes. So I guess they’re not always strictly ‘Walk’ Shows.
So how can I watch the shows?
If you sign up as a subscriber on Patreon (as explained above), then you get access to closed Facebook groups where all the live action happens. And if you miss them live, they’re available for replay forever more. Once you sign up, you get the link for the group, depending on what level you sign up for.
Why should I pay for something that’s been free for so long?
Good question. I can only hope you’ll pay because you value the show and the work that goes into it, and because you want to see it continue and succeed.
What if I don’t want to pay?
While access to the live videos is reserved for subscribers, you can still watch the supercut 90-second versions on Facebook here. Or, if you’re not on Facebook, subscribe to my new YouTube channel here.
And, every now and again, I’ll do a Walk Show for free for everyone on Facebook, just for the heck of it.
In case everything above has been very confusing, take a look at the 60-second supercut of all my videos. That’ll give you a good idea of what’s going on.
Lastly, what do the other subscribers think?
Here’s a recent YouTube comment from a listener in Australia – Brian – who, for full disclosure, I’ve never met before.
“I am a supporter of The Earful Tower on Patreon. It is one of my favorite expenses of the month. Instead of buying magazines, newspapers and books on Paris, Oliver takes me on real live walks around Paris with interesting people which I usually watch as I eat mon petit déjeuner. Don’t delay. Go support Oliver on Patreon. You won’t regret it.”
You heard the man! What are you waiting for? And a million thanks in advance if you join the club – you’re helping secure the future of this show!
The link to become a member: https://www.patreon.com/theearfultower