I found this old logo from the SportsPodcasts.com website, and it put me in a mood for writing.
Late in 2004 I read a two line blip in a newsletter about a new technology that was coming out called podcasting.
I thought it sounded interesting so I put my team on it right away. I told them that podcasting was new, and we needed to get on it now.
I did not realize how new it was. I had no idea that there were not even one hundred people in the world podcasting yet.
Well after a week or so we were in the podcasting business. Since our main business was selling sporting goods, it made sense to have a podcast about sports. Like I asked they set up a page for the podcast about sports, but what I did not expect they made an entire directory for sport podcasts called SportPodcasts.com of course.
Thats right, after we recorded the podcast there really wasn't anyplace great to put it so they made any entire directory.
The directory was really nice, and a great tool. You see there were no such thing as podcasts in iTunes at the time, and there were only one or two directories of any kind in existence. Out of the existing podcast none of them were for a single niche, much less just sports.
The Original Logo 2004
I soon found out why. With there being such a small amount of podcasts in the world it took forever to get any podcasts in the directory. We were watching the internet everyday for people that may of created a sports related podcast. I think after a month we had maybe ten or so in the directory.
It was such slow going, and we were so excited about podcasting that we decided to make a second podcast directory. Next we created The Podcast Pickle Directory which became popular very quickly.
It made a big difference going after podcasts in general instead of a small niche.
After a year or so we realized it was a hopeless effort at the time to work and build out SportPodcast.com any more, and we soon retired the site.
So that is the basic story of how I became involved in podcasting, and the ancient history of SportsPodcasting.com