A podcast present

As it is Christmas we thought it was a good time to announce the return of the Boagworld podcast. In this special episode we introduce the new format being used when the show returns in January.

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As you probably already know the Boagworld Podcast has been on hiatus for the last six months. However with the relaunch scheduled for January, a Christmas special seemed like the perfect way to introduce its return.

As is the tradition our christmas special is long and rambling with lots of christmas gift ideas and reading material. However instead of boring you with all of our inane prattling I thought a simple blog post outlining what the new show will be like would be much more useful. For everything else you can listen to the show.

When is the show returning?

The date you need to mark in your diary is Thursday, 27 January. This is when we will launch the first show of what we are now calling season one. However you may also wish to make a note of Thursday, 20 January. This is when the I will be launching season one with a 40 min free video webinar that will provide an overview of what the season will contain. Places for this webinar will be limited so be sure to sign up below if you wish to attend.

What is a season?

You will notice that I referred to season one. This is because we have decided to move away from the continual weekly format. Instead we are going to introduce seasons much as you find with TV programmes. Each season will consist of six weekly episodes as well as the webinar introduction and a live episode at the end of the season.

Each season will tackle a single topic. Each episode will deal with one aspect of that topic. Together all of the episodes in a season will provide a comprehensive view of a particular subject area. We will also be releasing an e-book and video to accompany each season.

What’s this about a book/video?

Much like many TV programmes we intend to release a book to accompany each season. The idea is that the book will go into more detail on the subjects we cover in the show. With each episode only lasting 30 minutes we will be limited on how much depth we can go into. However each episode will have an accompanying chapter in the book that will delve deeper into the subject being discussed.

Sample pages from book

In order to keep costs down we will be releasing the books in electronic format only. They will be available both as a PDF and epub. This means it should be viewable on everything from an iPad to an Android phone.

Finally we also intend to release a video of the webinar as well as all the slides used in the presentation. Although this presentation will only give a top level overview of a season, it is perfect for showing clients, internal stakeholders or senior management. These are the kind of people who will never listen to a six week podcast but who could really do with hearing about the topics we cover.

What will the first season cover?

The first season is going to look at the subject of “building websites the return on investment”. We believe that both website owners and web designers need to look more closely at the financial justification for their websites. This is especially true in the current economy and this season will look at tangible ways you can judge whether your website is successful or not. The season will also recommend ways that your website can generate a greater return on investment and justify further development in the future.

What will future seasons cover?

Our aim is to release 3 to 4 seasons per year. Some seasons will be primarily aimed at website owners while others will be aimed at web designers. For example building websites for return on investment is a topic of particular interest to website owners. However our second season is going to tackle the working relationship between clients and web designers. This is probably of more interest to freelancers who struggle working with their clients.

How do I sign up for the webinar?

To attend the introduction webinar please complete our signup form. Only sign up if you are sure you can attend as places are limited.

Signup to attend the season one webinar

Can I still listen to old episodes?

Yes, you will be able to listen to all 215 original episodes of the podcast. These will be available both on the Boagworld website and via iTunes. These original episodes have been renamed “Classic Boagworld” in order to differentiate them from the seasons (Think Classic Doctor Who vs the revamped show).

Boagworld Classic

Also do not forget the daily web design tips I record using AudioBoo. these are available both by following me on Twitter and through iTunes.

Other stuff mentioned in the show

Because we discussed so many links and great websites during the show I thought you might appreciate the quick roundup below:

  • 24 Ways: 24 ways is the advent calendar for web geeks. Each day throughout December we publish a daily dose of web design and development goodness to bring you all a little Christmas cheer.
  • Lanyrd: Lanyrd helps you get more out of conferences including what to attend and catching up on everything you missed.
  • PInterest: Pinterest is a place to catalog the things you love. Its currently in closed beta but we have 75 invites to give away. Get them quick.
  • Firebox: Firebox has a great selection of weird and wonderful gifts for the geek in your life (or yourself!).
  • Not on the Highstreet: Not on the Highstreet is a collection of hundreds of small retailers.
  • Etsy: Etsy is a wonderful collection of handmade products from a range of artists and crafts people. It even has a geek category.
  • Think Geek: If you haven’t already bought something from Think Geek then shame on you ;-)
  • Damn you autocorrect: Damn you autocorrect is a hilarious collection of iphone txt messages where the autocorrect has changed the meaning.
  • Regretsy: Regretsy is the fail blog of hand crafts. Enough said!
  • Relly’s Christmas Gift List

Enjoy and have a wonderful christmas!

  • Len

    Welcome back :-)
    I do love a Christmas special.

  • I like the idea of the book/video at the end of each season – will be interesting to see what the pricing is though

    • At the moment I am going for £9.95 for the book or video and £13.95 for the two combined. How does that sound?

    • Sounds reasonable :)

  • Well it’s bloody well time! I’ve literally been pining for you guys to come back. Looking forward to the new concept.

  • Thanks for coming back – we all missed you SO much!

    Can’t wait to buy the book. Not a designer by any stretch, but I love supporting fantastic podcasts and great minds.

    Again, great to have you back. Have a fantastic Christmas!

  • Oh, and if the wordplay in the title of this episode was intentional; I applaud you. Brilliant.

  • Yeah! Finally :D Welcome back! Is there still some room for Marcus his jokes and interruptions? :D I really loved that part ;)

    • With ‘interruptions’ I mean the pointless rambling, I love his sense of humor :)

    • Well this episode did have a “joke” at the end, so we can only assume that they will return.

  • I don’t know if you’re aware of this or not, Paul, but the podcast is not available to US iTunes subscribers.

    • A the moment the new show doesn’t appear in iTunes at all. Should appear in the next few days.

  • Glad you’re back.

    Not sure about this new concept as I very much liked the old show, but I’m open minded, and working in radio I’ve heard crazier concepts for shows.

    My own podcast started and stop temporarily. I’ve found building a start-up, running and consultancy, and supporting a radio station leaves me with very little time, and some of that is already taken up producing my brothers political podcast called “Lennies Place Podcast”.

    Looking forward to the first season.

  • Welcome back! But, you never really left! Keep pushing the medium.


  • Lovely jubbly! :) Good to see you’re back. Strange that no one else took the gap to take your crown though.

    • andymarshall

      I don’t know about that – there are some other brilliant podcasts out there, such as The Big Web Show.

  • Glad to have the world back!

  • Sebastian Crump

    Great to have you back.

    Anyone else looking at Pinterest? I’m really not sure how it will work after examining the Terms and Conditions (I am that geek). It makes it quite clear that when you pin “you guarantee us that you have the right to make this content available for use” – at the same time pinterest says you shouldn’t use for self-promotion (the content you do have that right for). As far as I can see most of the content on there is copyright – I doubt pinned by the rights holder… certainly all the flickr photos I wanted to pin were ‘All rights reserved’, so couldn’t.

    While there certainly is an argument that IP rules are out-of-date and need reform, currently there is no ‘fair-use’ actually legally permitted in this country.

    Anyone else concerned about this or am I just fussing?

  • Awesome! Been eagerly waiting for the return of the podcast.

  • andymarshall

    Glad to hear the show is returning. Personally I’m not sure six weeks on one topic is the best approach, as the scope becomes more limited which will switch some listeners off, but good luck with the new format.

  • Wooooohooo!

    This is soo great.
    I just wanted to complain somewhere cause i miss the boagworld podcast,
    and what treat do i get? You’re back!

    Awesome :) Very glad!

    Can’t wait to hear you on a regular basis.
    Thanks a lot!

  • So glad you guys are coming back! You’ve been missed!

    Love it that the intro for the 1/2 hour show lasts 45 minutes as well, now THAT is classic boagworld. Looking very forward to the new format, but I do enjoy the waffling, I have to admit.

    Cheers all!

  • And here I am at episode 42. July will be a great month to listen to a Christmas show.


  • Ed

    Ahh Paul,

    Fantastic to hear you are back podcasting! I’ve missed the weekly dose of banter over the past 6 months. New format sounds very interesting and innovative.

    I look forward to tuning in.


  • While there certainly is an argument that IP rules are out-of-date and need reform, currently there is no ‘fair-use’ actually legally permitted in this country.

    Anyone else concerned about this or am I just fussing?
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  • Emily

    So happy you guys are coming back soon.

    I’m definitely interested in Pinterest. Looks like something I could use often.
    Probably for the same reason as Paul, Moodboards and idea generation!

    I’ve asked for an invite for fingers crossed :)

  • Welcome back Boagworld Father Christmas has come early this year with lots of web developer goodness and toys. Is that enough crawling to qualify for an invite to pinterest.com?

  • I love Christmas. One next year I’ll try to do some podcast present.
    If next year, I did not forget.

  • Did you manage to sort out any of those Pinterest invites you mentioned?

    I’m really interested in it.