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  1. Unlock the secrets of thriving online communities as we traverse the evolving digital landscape, contrasting the enduring value of forums with the dynamic nature of Discord. Discover why forums like SMF remain essential archives of knowledge, while Discord's fleeting conversations risk losing decades of community wisdom. We delve into the RuneScape community's shift from forums to Discord, probing the broader implications of such a move on content preservation and accessibility. Moreover, we dissect the intricacies of various forum software, evaluating their design and functionality to reveal how each shapes the user experience and community engagement. Journey with us through the nostalgic pathways of internet forums and their transformation over time, guided by the steadfast dedication of volunteer developers. We scrutinize popular platforms such as MyBB, SMF, Discourse, and Invision Community, each with its unique fingerprint on the web. The discussion further illuminates the latest updates to phpBB, the accessibility of one-click installs, and the challenges of theme installation, all while comparing the communal support structures that underpin these platforms. Our conversation extends to modern forum systems like Discourse and Flarum, spotlighting their integrations with blogging platforms and the allure of customizable themes and plugins. In our pursuit of the cutting edge, we examine the premium offerings of ZenForo and Envision Community, which boast media galleries, resource management, and a hybrid posting model. Sharing personal experiences with these paid software solutions, we highlight their frequent updates and integrated services such as e-commerce and custom CMS. As we wrap up, we cordially invite you to partake in the live recording of our next episode, where your insights will enrich the narrative. Catch the continued dialogue on your preferred podcast platform or YouTube, and join us as we navigate the fascinating world of online forums and community-building.
  2. Welcome to the first podcast of the year, where we navigate the turbulent waters of live-streaming platforms. The tides are shifting, and content creators are actively seeking new harbors away from the likes of Twitch, with its growing ad demands, and YouTube, which often sidelines live streamers. Remember the fleeting success of platforms like Mixer and Glimmish? As history cycles, we're now turning our gaze to the new kids on the block: SharePlay and LiveSpace. Listen in as we explore what these emerging services are bringing to the table in their beta phases, and how they might just become the sanctuaries streamers are searching for. In our journey through the digital sea, we cast our net on SharePlay, scrutinizing the features that have become the bedrock of live streaming. Striking the right chord between the comfort of the familiar and the allure of innovation is a balancing act, and it's one that Trovo has played well, but what about SharePlay? I share my first-hand experience with their beta testing, tackling the non-OBS streaming challenges, and the importance of a platform's quick response to user feedback. Discover how analytics tools and payment system integrations like Stripe are crucial for creators who are charting their course through these international waters. But the expedition doesn't end there. LiveSpace beckons with its unique fusion of streaming and social networking, creating a tapestry of interaction that rivals Twitter. For those who prioritize stability and a robust community feed, this might just be your port of call. We'll navigate through their various content categories, subscriber perks, and the implications of the shift from PayPal to Stripe for transactions. Anchoring our discussion is the user-friendly dashboard, which sets a course for essential streaming analytics without the stringent targets set by giants like Twitch. So hoist your sails, join the conversation, and let's set sail towards the horizons of SharePlay and LiveSpace, the potential new stars in the streaming constellation.
  3. Navigating the labyrinth of content creation and community building can feel akin to orchestrating a symphony with a hundred instruments, each vying for attention. I've walked this path, grappling with self-promotion and the dizzying array of skills it demands, and today I'm peeling back the curtain to share the raw truths of this journey. We take a hard look at the fallacy of a universal blueprint for success, shattering the illusion that virality is just a catchy hashtag away. Instead, we advocate for embracing a tailored, realistic approach, one that honors the unique trials and victories of every independent creator. As we steer the conversation toward the realm of streaming platforms, the episode becomes a testament to the art of perseverance. Finding a home for your content isn't about hopping from one platform to another at the first sign of struggle. It's about setting roots, nurturing your space, and giving it time to flourish. Whether it's dissecting the significance of Twitch's multi-streaming policy or reflecting on my odyssey from Twitch to Mixer and the subsequent shifts that followed, this episode is a reminder that the quest for the right fit is as personal as the content itself. Ending on a note of celebration and solidarity, the episode zooms out to the broader picture of fostering an indie creator community. I recount the technical tribulations and triumphs of integrating disparate platforms like PeerTube with S3 storage, and the joy of watching a community come alive, connecting creators from game developers to animators. I also discuss the personal challenge of juggling multiple domains, before expressing heartfelt gratitude to you, our listeners, for joining us on this adventure. The conversation isn't over; it's just getting started, and I can't wait for you to tune in to the next bi-weekly broadcast. 00:00 Lessons Learned in Building a Community 11:57 Explore Streaming Platforms, Find What Works 17:39 Content Creation and Finding Your Platform 32:40 Reflections on Trying Different Streaming Platforms 39:44 Building an Indie Creator Community 56:06 Multiple Domains and Future Episodes
  4. As we venture deeper into the digital age, the evolution of online communities has been nothing short of a marvel. From the humble beginnings of internet forums to the rapid-fire exchanges of modern chat apps like Discord, the landscape of digital interaction is in a constant state of flux. In the latest episode of our podcast, we dive into this transformation, examining the enduring appeal of forums, the surge of platforms like Discord, and what the future holds for community building in the virtual realm. The Forum: An Archive of Collective Wisdom For decades, forums have served as a cornerstone of the online community, acting as a repository of knowledge and a haven for like-minded individuals to discuss and document their interests. They offer a level of searchability and preservation unmatched by their more ephemeral counterparts. Forums such as SMF (Simple Machines Forum) have become crucial archives, standing the test of time and technological shifts. The Discord Effect: Ephemeral Chats and the Risk of Lost Knowledge In stark contrast, Discord represents the new wave of online interactionβ€”a platform where conversations are quick and transient. This shift has raised concerns about the loss of valuable content, as seen in the RuneScape community's move from forums to Discord. Such changes pose significant questions about content preservation and the accessibility of community wisdom accumulated over the years. The Software Spectrum: From Open-Source to Premium Solutions Our episode delves into the intricacies of various forum software, assessing how they shape user experiences and community engagement. We journey through the features and challenges of open-source options like MyBB, SMF, and phpBB, and explore the innovative approaches of modern systems like Discourse and Flarum. We also turn our attention to premium offerings such as ZenForo and Envision Community, which come with advanced functionalities like media galleries, resource management, and integrated services, including e-commerce and custom CMS. The Human Element: The Role of Volunteer Developers and Community Support Behind every successful forum software lies the dedication of volunteer developers and community supporters. These individuals work tirelessly to maintain, update, and improve these platforms, ensuring they continue to meet the needs of their users. We pay homage to their efforts and explore the dynamics of community support structures that keep these platforms thriving. Looking Ahead: The Next Episode and Beyond As we wrap up our exploration, we extend an invitation to our audience to join the live recording of our next episode, promising an even richer dialogue with their contributions. We tease the continued discussion of online forums and community-building, encouraging listeners to join us on their preferred podcast platform or YouTube to witness the unfolding narrative of digital interaction. In Conclusion: The Forum vs. Discord Debate The debate between the traditional forum and modern chat apps like Discord is more than a matter of preference; it's a discussion about the future of our digital heritage. While Discord offers immediacy and convenience, forums provide depth and longevity. As we advance, it's crucial to consider how we can blend the best of both worlds, ensuring that the essence of community interaction is not only preserved but also evolves to meet the needs of future generations. Join us as we continue to explore this fascinating topic, and share your thoughts on how you see the future of online communities shaping up. Will forums reclaim their throne, or will chat apps like Discord redefine the rules of digital engagement? The conversation is just beginning, and we can't wait to hear your voice in it.
  5. In this insightful episode, we dive into the world of free open-source software tailor-made for passionate community builders. Our focus is on providing a comprehensive overview of tools designed to foster engaging online communities without breaking the bank. Key Highlights: MyBB: We kick things off with MyBB, a user-friendly forum software that's been around for quite some time. MyBB is known for its traditional bulletin board structure, giving users a sense of nostalgia coupled with robust functionality and customizable features. Discourse: Next, we discuss Discourse, a modern forum software that's perfect for creating vibrant communities. It's mobile-responsive, comes with built-in moderation tools, and promotes civilized discourse among members. Flarum: We also explore Flarum, the lightweight and sleek forum software that's gaining traction for its simplicity and extensibility. Its minimalistic design and easy-to-use interface make it ideal for communities of all sizes. Throughout this episode, we delve into the pros and cons of each platform, share tips on how to choose the right one for your community and highlight the importance of an active support ecosystem for these open-source projects. We wrap up by encouraging listeners to experiment with these free resources and reminding them of the incredible value that open-source software brings to the tableβ€”empowering individuals to create and manage online spaces where ideas flourish and connections are made. Don't miss out on this episode if you're on the lookout for cost-effective, powerful tools to build your online community from the ground up!
  6. After moving hosts around a few times, settled in on a host I've used in the past, Transistor.fm. I've never had an issue with their service and that's not to say Captivate was any lesser, both Transistor and Captivate are on equal footing in my opinion. There are a few features one has over the other but, in my use case, I don't need them. Trying out Castopod was a good experience hampered only by a limit on how many episodes or file size is possible to be stored depending on the account type you pay for. It's true in that I could self-host it, as it is possible to do so and is FOSS but, I'm trying to minimize the amount of things and systems I need to keep up on, while also creating content and a 9-5 as well. Going back to a podcast hoster that allows multiple shows for a reasonable price was the smart choice for me. Nothing has changed on your end as I simply redirected the RSS feed to Transistor and your subscription via whichever podcast player of choice won't change. You'll still receive The Independent Creator Podcast every other week like normal, the only difference is the sharing site. Which is going to be at the following address https://indiecreator.transistor.fm/ It is a nicely designed place for people to see all the episodes, read the transcripts, find handy links to wherever they would like to listen as well as listen right within the site itself. All in all, I'm continuing to try to make my workflow as streamlined as I can, while also providing the best production value to you all.
  7. As the digital world continuously evolves, the live-streaming industry isn't left behind. In the latest episode of the Independent Creator podcast, we delve into the new horizons of live-streaming platforms, particularly spotlighting the emergence of SharePlay and LiveSpace. These platforms promise to shake up the status quo established by Twitch and YouTube and offer content creators fresh ground to plant their creative flags. Twitch has long been the kingpin of live streaming, a platform synonymous with gaming, IRL content, and an assortment of diverse streaming categories. However, growing concerns about increased ad requirements and content tailored around monetization tactics have caused unrest among creators. YouTube, although improving its live streaming tools, still prioritizes short-form content, often leaving streamers feeling like an afterthought. Enter SharePlay and LiveSpaceβ€”two platforms currently in their beta phases, ready to stir the pot and potentially provide sanctuary to disenchanted streamers. The podcast episode meticulously analyzes these new kids on the block, offering insights that are not just surface-level observations but come from the host's personal beta-testing experiences. SharePlay's goal is to hit that sweet spot between innovation and the comfort of the familiar. The platform is dissecting the specifics to ensure they can support a creator's journey effectively. With a quick response to user feedback and a focus on integrating comprehensive analytics and payment systems like Stripe, SharePlay aims to chart a new course in live streaming. LiveSpace, on the other hand, is carving out its niche by blending streaming with social networking. It offers a community-driven landscape where streamers can engage with their audience through a social feed reminiscent of Twitter, posting updates, sharing links, and creating a community beyond the stream. The podcast doesn't shy away from the technical details, offering chapter after chapter of rich comparisons and explorations of these platforms' features. Listeners will find themselves learning about the nuances of VOD systems, the integration of Streamlabs and Fourthwall, and the pros and cons of emerging platforms. A transcript excerpt from the podcast's first chapter captures the host's perspective on the state of Twitch and YouTube, setting the stage for the in-depth discussion that follows. This sneak peek into the podcast's content illustrates the thoughtful approach taken to dissect the subject matter. In essence, this episode is a treasure map for streamers looking to navigate the future of live streaming. It provides a comprehensive look at the potential of SharePlay and LiveSpace and how they could shape the streaming landscape. Whether you're a seasoned streamer or a newcomer looking for alternatives to the major players, this episode offers a glimpse into what could be the next big thing for digital broadcasters. For content creators searching for a new digital territory to express their streaming passion and innovation, the Independent Creator podcast's latest episode is a must-listen. It not only informs but inspires a dialogue about the future of live streaming and the role creators will play in shaping it. So, tune in, and perhaps you'll discover your next streaming platform haven.
  8. πŸ”΄ Looking Back at Alternative Platforms of 2023 🟩 Sometimes change is a quiet revolution, humming along in the world of technology while we carry on with our daily tweets and scrolls. But have you stopped to consider the digital exodus from mainstream social media to pioneering platforms? Our year-end retrospective takes you through the leaps in alternative platform technology made in 2023, with a special focus on the rise of federated networks like Mastodon and the innovative strides of platforms like Blue Sky and OwnCast. We marvel at OwnCast's evolution, from 1.0's transformative features to the nifty 0.1.2 updates, all aiming to craft a more personal and engaging online haven. Do mainstream platforms leave you longing for more control over your content and how you connect with your audience? Our latest chat delves into the game-changing PeerTube 6.0 release, which brings a suite of features set to empower creators like never before, including password-protected videos and video file replacement sans the re-upload hassle. We unpack the intricacies of setting up a PeerTube instance and discuss how this and other platforms are reimagining monetization, breaking away from traditional ads and towards direct fan support and diverse payment models. And amidst our exploration, we offer tips for creators and viewers navigating these new waters, with an emphasis on community building and the richness of an ad-free experience. As we peer into the crystal ball towards 2024 and beyond, we find ourselves at the precipice of a new era for independent content creation. We share our experiences with platforms that prioritize creator autonomy and discuss the importance of diversifying content to attract and sustain a wider audience. The conversation turns to the promising future of federated services and our role in nurturing a varied and dynamic content landscape. All this while pondering the evolving ethos of platforms like Live Space and SharePlay, and approaching new contenders with a mindful balance of curiosity and caution. Join us as we map out a path through the evolving ecosystem of digital connection and creation. πŸ—“οΈβ° **BE SURE TO CLICK "REMIND ME" TO GET NOTIFIED WHEN WE'RE LIVE Join us every Tuesday at 9:30 pm Eastern on our Owncast server https://indiebasement.live. Don't forget to subscribe and tune in on your preferred podcast platform. Note that audio-only podcast episodes are released the day after (Wednesday) Find all episodes & show notes: https://podcast.indiecreatorhub.com ⏱ Timestamps: (00:00) Reflection on Alternative Platform Updates (12:50) PeerTube 6.0 Update and Benefits (20:31) Monetization and Alternative Social Media Platforms (27:45) Navigating Alternative Social Media Platforms (38:23) Future of Independent Content Creation β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” πŸ‘‹ CONNECTπŸ‘‹ β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” 🎯 Subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ8eUT8gVfjCTorVoYrJlBg?sub_confirmation=1 Main Site: https://thisindiecreator.com Threads: https://www.threads.net/@joshbaileyindie Mastodon: https://twit.social/@joshb My Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-independent-creator/id1702347999?itsct=podcast_box&itscg=30200&ls=1 β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” 🀝 SUPPORT THE CHANNEL 🀝 β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” β˜•οΈ Support The Channel: https://shop.indiecreatorhub.com Nerd or Die: https://nerdordie.com/shop/ref/indiecreator/ Ecamm Live: https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=indiecreator Join the This Indie Creator Community: https://thisindiecreator.com/ Get a 10% discount when you sign up for Beepbot Pro with the code β€œ2TonWaffle” https://beepbot.app/ β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” 🎧 MUSIC AND SOFTWARE 🎧 β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” β€’Epidemic Sound (30 Day Free Trial): https://share.epidemicsound.com/q1miqk β€’Ecamm Live for Streaming: https://www.ecamm.com/mac/ecammlive/?fp_ref=indiecreator β€’Streambeats by Harris Heller - https://www.senpai.tv/ β€’Streamsight - https://streamsight.net/ β€’Backing Track - https://backingtrack.gg/ β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” 🎬 VIDEO GEAR 🎬 β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” β€’Elgato FaceCam (Main Cam) β€’Elgato Streamdeck+ β€’Elgato Streamdeck β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” πŸŽ™οΈ AUDIO GEAR πŸŽ™οΈ β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” β€’Beacn Mic (White) β€’Elgato Low Profile Mic Arm β€’Elgato Wave XLR β€’Beacn Mix Create (White) β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€” πŸ“š Disclaimer: This video and description contain affiliate links. Some links go to my website or are affiliate links where I'll earn free stuff, a small commission, or good mojo if you make a purchase. There is no additional cost to you for using these links, but it does help support me, and this content...and (sometimes) gives you discounts, too!
  9. As the digital landscape evolves, so does our social media approach. The year 2023 has been a monumental one, with seismic shifts in the world of online communication and content creation. In the latest episode of our podcast, "Exploring the New Horizon of Social Media," we delve into the alternative platforms setting the stage for a revolution in digital independence. These emerging platforms are not merely a response to the status quo but a full-fledged movement toward user-driven ecosystems. As mainstream platforms become increasingly saturated with ads and algorithms that dictate content reach, creators and users alike are seeking refuge in spaces that prioritize autonomy and direct engagement. In this episode, we engage with industry insiders and platform developers to unpack the developments that have defined 2023. We witness Mastodon's user swell, OwnCast's sleek updates, and PeerTube's game-changing 6.0 release. Each platform brings something unique to the table, from customizable chat interfaces to robust video management tools that put control back in the hands of users and creators. The journey to digital autonomy isn't without its challenges. Our podcast discusses the migration from familiar platforms to these new frontiers, shedding light on the adaptation process and the crucial role of the community in supporting new users. For creators, platforms like TILVids and PeerTube can redefine monetization by allowing direct fan support and seamless integration with various payment processors, circumventing the constraints of traditional media outlets. One of the standout chapters of the podcast is a deep dive into OwnCast's updates, where we learn how version 1.0 has revolutionized live streaming with features that allow for a more personalized experience. Similarly, PeerTube's 6.0 release enhances video hosting capabilities, ensuring content creators have the tools to manage their work effectively. We also explore the monetary aspect of content creation on alternative platforms. Flexibility is key, with various monetization options such as Patreon, Ko-fi, and Lever Pay integrating smoothly into these user-controlled spaces. This provides an alternative to the ad-driven revenue models of corporate platforms and empowers creators to dictate their financial paths. The future of content creation is bright, and this episode does not shy away from envisioning it. We share firsthand experiences of leveraging OwnCast for its simplicity in live streaming and discuss the importance of diversifying content to ensure these platforms can thrive in the mainstream. In summary, our podcast episode not only charts the evolution of alternative social media platforms but also serves as a guide for those seeking to explore these new horizons. The rise of digital autonomy is upon us, and with it comes the promise of a social media landscape where independence and control are not just aspirations but realities. As we bid farewell to 2023 and look forward to the developments of 2024, we invite you to tune in and join us on this insightful journey through the transformative world of social media and streaming. Discover the future of user-driven social media ecosystems where your voice and vision can flourish, free from the constraints of traditional platforms. Welcome to the dawn of digital autonomy. Listen to the full episode to catch all the insights, anecdotes, and discussions that will equip you with the knowledge to navigate tomorrow's social media landscape confidently. Whether you're a content creator, a platform developer, or simply a user yearning for a more authentic online experience, this episode is for you.
  10. πŸ”΄ Holiday Gift Ideas for Creators and Essentials of Livestreaming 🟩 Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the content creator in your life? Or maybe, you're the creative genius yearning for new equipment to boost your production value! Either way, we've got you covered! We journey through a plethora of microphone options suitable for every budget, from the affordable Fifine USB microphone to the top-tier Shure SM7B. We dispel the myth that great audio quality equals a hefty price tag and discuss the trap of "gear acquisition syndrome" that plagues many creators. For those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of content creation and live streaming, we break it all down to the basics for you. Start small, be patient, and manage your expectations - that's our mantra. A phone, with its built-in camera, can be a great starting point. But beware, you wouldn't want to damage your precious device! We also touch on the perks of an audio control interface, assuring you it isn't paramount for a successful stream. And we don't stop there - we give you the lowdown on some super user-friendly software options too. Finally, we move on to the visual side of things - the webcams. We traverse through options for everyone, from beginners to seasoned pros. But hey, why not think outside the box? We introduce the idea of using retro tech like old camcorders for a unique streaming aesthetic. Remember, finding your niche and enjoying the process is key. To sum it up, this episode is packed with insights about the joys of tinkering with equipment and patience, vital traits for every content creator. So, tune in, whether you're a veteran, a newcomer, or shopping for one, we've got something for everyone.
  11. Looking for the perfect holiday gift for the content creator in your life? Or maybe, you're the creative genius yearning for new equipment to boost your production value! Either way, we've got you covered! We journey through a plethora of microphone options suitable for every budget, from the affordable Fifine USB microphone to the top-tier Shure SM7B. We dispel the myth that great audio quality equals a hefty price tag and discuss the trap of "gear acquisition syndrome" that plagues many creators. For those just dipping their toes into the vast ocean of content creation and live streaming, we break it all down to the basics for you. Start small, be patient, and manage your expectations - our mantra. A phone, with its built-in camera, can be a great starting point. But beware, you wouldn't want to damage your precious device! We also touch on the perks of an audio control interface, assuring you it isn't paramount for a successful stream. And we don't stop there - we give you the lowdown on some super user-friendly software options too. Finally, we move on to the visual side of things - the webcams. We traverse through options for everyone, from beginners to seasoned pros. But hey, why not think outside the box? We introduce the idea of using retro tech like old camcorders for a unique streaming aesthetic. Remember, finding your niche and enjoying the process is key. To sum it up, this episode is packed with insights about the joys of tinkering with equipment and patience, vital traits for every content creator. So, tune in, whether you're a veteran, a newcomer, or shopping for one, we've got something for everyone.
  12. In this insightful episode of the Independent Creator Podcast, we delve into the innovative world of self-hosted live streaming with Owncast, an open-source software that's rewriting the rules of broadcasting. Host Josh Bailey demystifies Owncast's functionalities and explores its bold initiative of involving creators in the platform’s continuing growth. The episode also uncovers how Owncast users are leveraging The Fediverse, a decentralized social network, to reach a diverse audience. Engaging soundbites from users and experts lends a well-rounded perspective on Owncast's potential to revolutionize content creation. Tune in for a comprehensive understanding of how Owncast is redefining control and autonomy for live-stream broadcasters.
  13. Welcome back to another episode of the Independent Creator Podcast. I'm your host, Josh, inviting you to join us tonight for an exciting discussion on Owncast, an ongoing community initiative that kicked off today. Owncast is on the minds of many today. And why shouldn't it be? It's an open-source, free platform β€” perfect for anyone seeking a space for their content. What's more, it's user-friendly; a simple, plug-and-play solution. All you need to consider is the hardware or server it will be hosted on. If you're joining us via our own Owncast server, we're thrilled to have you. This platform is an innovative way to regain control of your live-streamed content. Reminiscent of our previous discussions on the platform, and our advocacy for content ownership, Owncast champions a similar ethos. It provides a hub for creators to host their live-streaming content. Once hosted on your site, you're then able to share it across social networks like Mastodon, Twitter, or Blue Sky, amplifying your reach. One exciting aspect of owning your content is live streaming, and this is where platforms like Owncast, Twitch, YouTube Live, Facebook gaming, and upcoming SharePlay come into play. Undeniably, Owncast has fantastic potential, as discussed in a previous episode where we demoed setting up an Owncast server with a web hosting company. And while it is free, the success of your Owncast server hinges on powerful hardware infrastructure or a reliable web hosting service. Today, I'm enthusiastic to share news about a community initiative that's just been launched to involve more contributors to the Owncast community, particularly, those proficient in theming and customization. As often noticed, many users stick with the default theme when launching their Owncast server. Take us, for example; our theme is far from default. We encourage those fluent in CSS to experiment with theming for your Owncast server. For instance, the 'Twitchy' theme by Tainted Cipher gives your Owncast server a Twitch-like look, a refreshing departure from the default theme. Let's briefly cover how easy it is to change themes: within your Owncast admin, simply navigate to the configuration in general, then select 'Appearance.' Here, you can play with colors and other aspects of your Owncast Server layout. And if by any chance you want to revert to the default settings, the reset button is waiting to be clicked. The great thing about this community initiative is that it brings together people of diverse skills and interests. As we approach 2024, I, alongside the creators of platforms, see this as an opportunity to grow communities around these alternative platforms, standing apart from mainstream ones like Facebook and Twitter. It feels like a breath of fresh air. To wrap up today, I'd like to share some updates. As part of a housekeeping exercise, we're centralizing all our live streams to Owncast. Furthermore, we're also migrating all the content from the Indie Creator Hub to our main site, thisindiecreator.com. This consolidates all our blog posts, game reviews, and other resources. We're confident this move will simplify the experience for our followers. I sincerely thank each and every one of you for being with us tonight. The audio podcast version of this episode will be available from tomorrow morning on your choice of platform, be it Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Podcasts, or others. Remember, only two more episodes remain for this year. Keep checking our website at thisindiecreator.com for updates. Until next time, have a good night!
  14. Going over some Owncast discussions, new community outreach initiative for the greater Owncast community, and several things about the fediverse of interest.
  15. In the recent blog post, "Reimaging an Independent Creator's Podcast: A Journey towards Evolution," written by Josh Bailey on November 8, 2023, he discusses the substantial changes in store for the Independent Creator's Podcast. The podcast intends to evolve its structure by focusing more on a single topic per episode to provide a more in-depth and insightful exploration than the traditional three-story format. This change ensures to benefit the audience with richer discussion and enhanced learning experience. Simultaneously, they plan on inviting personalities from the independent and alternative platform spaces occasionally. These special sessions promise to add diversity to the podcast content, maintaining the element of surprise for the audience. To bridge the gap between digital platforms and end-users, a newfound emphasis will be placed on platforms like Mastodon, Blue Sky, and Guilded. The intention is to provide listeners with a comprehensive understanding of these platforms' functionalities, offerings, and potential challenges. Moreover, the podcast episodes will be biweekly, allowing for more meaningful storytelling and discovering new platforms to introduce to the listeners. Bailey encourages the audience to join their growing community at thisindiecreator.com, which provides a platform for content creators to expand into areas like indie game development and more. Updates on their activities can be found on top podcast platforms, Bluesky, and their dedicated forums. These changes are envisioned to nurture the growth of the Independent Creator's Podcast and build a strong community of content creators. The aim is to make the podcast not just about listening, but also about experiencing, learning, and evolving together in the realm of independent creation.
  16. In this episode, we're going to look into the future of the show. Some upcoming changes and discussions about the alternative platform space.
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