Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Podcasting TpT

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post, and some of you may have thought that I had given up on my mission to produce a podcast for and about TeachersPayTeachers. WRONG! As a matter of fact, I have been securing another domain name and branding option that will be free of the trademark concerns I discussed on my last post, "Thumbs Up."

Soon, the home of this blog and the show notes for the podcast will move from TeachersPayTeachersPodcast.com to another shorter domain with a similar, but trademark-free brand. If you're interested in following the progress of my work, and you want to be involved in the growth of a new podcast, please direct your browser to PodcastingTpT.com in the future.

Why did I select PodcastingTpT as the new name for the show? Here are a few reasons:
  1. Podcasting TpT describes exactly what I'll be doing on the show. I will podcast (publish, broadcast, etc.) the best free products and their sellers as well as news and tech tips relative to TeachersPayTeachers.
  2. "Podcasting" and "TpT" are both search engine-friendly keywords. Over three million people search Google for the word "podcasting" every month.
  3. TpT is a much easier way to refer to TeachersPayTeachers, and it makes the url shorter as well.
  4. "Podcasting TpT" will be part of my lead-in for the show. For example, "This is Ash Kizer, and I'm podcasting TpT."
My next step will be designing a logo for the podcast as I continue to work on the branding for the site and the podcast. I hope you'll leave a comment below with any ideas you might have. Also I'd like to know what you think about the new name. Until then, this is Ash Kizer, and I'm "PodcastingTpT"!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Thumbs Up

The other day, I was excited to receive the following email from TpT's community manager, Amy Borrell Berner. She generously allowed me to share it with you in this blog post:

"Hi Ash,

Thank you for your email. This is a really great idea and it's terrific that you've taken it on. It's a wonderful thing when TpT teachers are passionate enough about what's happening here to share it in such positive ways. Thumbs up.

We do have a couple of small requests: First, please don't use 'teacherspayteachers' in your URL or in the name of the Podcast. Teachers Pay Teachers is a trademarked name and although we support your endeavor, it's important to make it clear that this is something that you are doing, not something that TpT is doing. You could use something like 'One TpT Seller' 'Insights From a TpT Seller' or 'One TpT Podcast,' and I'm sure as such a creative person you'll come up with lots of other great names. Along those same lines, we ask you to include a brief disclaimer that states that this your content and it may not reflect the viewpoint of TeachersPayTeachers.

That being said, once you've clarified the branding and established some podcasts, we'd love to take a look and possibly feature it and you in the newsletter or elsewhere. We can't commit to publicizing it before seeing the actual product, but it really sounds exciting and we certainly support your giving it a go. Thanks again for reaching out and good luck with your project.

Best,

Amy
TpT Community Manager"

At first glance, it might seem like a polite rejection. Obviously, I will have to change the domain name that I have already purchased, and I can't use my chosen name for the podcast. However, if you look closely, you'll see that she has more in mind than I ever asked for: "...we'd love to take a look and possibly feature it and you in the newsletter or elsewhere." Wow! That's a very generous thought! Being featured in the newsletter would mean instant subscribers and a public validation from the company itself. I would never be so bold as to ask for such a thing, especially at this stage. 

Possibly the most exciting aspect of the email from Ms. Berner is the enthusiasm she seems to have for an idea that apparently hasn't been realized yet. I honestly cannot believe that no one has been podcasting about TeachersPayTeachers. This just seems like something that has to be done!

Even so, I will gladly respect the wishes of TeachersPayTeachers, and move this blog to a new url. I will also be changing the name of The Teachers Pay Teachers Podcast to something that does not include the company's trademark. If you have any ideas, please include your thoughts in a comment below. In my next post, I'll announce the new name and tell you where to go for the future of this teacher's podcasting adventure.