In February of 2022, I asked for the Community Strategy Podcast listeners (formerly the Find Calm Here Podcast) to write me a love letter showing their support for the show.
The goal of the letters were to secure some funding through a program hosted by Racket, which awarded between $250 and $5,000 in sponsorship money to new and noteworthy podcasters who are just starting to build an audience.
‘“In podcasting, the rich tend to get richer,” said Racket founder and CEO Austin Petersmith.
“We wanted to limit this campaign to people who have yet to make significant revenue for their podcasts. We also didn’t want to exclude those who have been at this for a while and are making, say, a few hundred dollars a month.”
A panel of judges determined the recipients includes Jason Calacanis (This Week in Startups), Skye Pillsbury (Inside Podcasting/Timber), and our very own Dan Franks.
Nearly 3,000 applicants recorded over 7,000 love letters and more than 250 winners were announced with over $100K in sponsorships.
The Community Strategy Podcast was not a winner of the cash, but we are calling it a win thanks to the support of the people who took time to write a love letter.
CSP Love Letters to Deb
“Deb and her podcast have already helped me clarify my ideas, and I can’t wait to see what she does next!”
“Deb is one of the most driven people I know. She doesn’t ever quit and always seems to be looking for the positives, willing to pivot through any challenges she faces. Rock on, Deb!”
“I love the FCH podcast (CSP). Deb does a fantastic job showcasing experiences, tools, ideas, tips, and strategies from community builders and creatives with her expertise as a consultant in strategizing, building, and growing online communities.”