SPN Pulse Check

The new SPN team has been at it for six months now. We’d like to think the results of our labor have been successful, but it’s always good to take a pulse of the listeners, gauge interest, and make sure we remain humble enough to listen to what you think.

For example, we’ve taken a hard look at our coverage of technology. As more mainstream products become accessible to blind persons, you can look beyond the current slate of excellent blindness podcasts to a broader landscape of tech journalists reporting on news and development on a daily basis; therefore, does it make sense for us to echo the stories you’re already hearing elsewhere?

So, where does that leave us? Internally we’ve kicked around the thought of moving more squarely into lifestyle topics. The Real World Fitness and What’s Up were the first steps in moving in this direction. Now we’re thinking of turning the ship more fully onto this course, pulling back from technology and blindness as a focus and carving out our own niche in popular culture in a way that integrates our community with the mainstream market.

We want to hear from you. What kind of stories and interviews outside of technology would you like to hear in our podcasts? What kind of articles would you like to read in our blog? We’ve received a number of suggestions pointing us to more instructional materials. We’ve also heard requests to concentrate tech coverage on household products.

All your suggestions are welcomed as we prepare for the next phase of our growth. There are definite plans in the works, but before moving full throttle on executing any of them, we want to know if you’re ready for a change, or frankly, if you think SPN should be put to rest. Either way, talk to us. Leave a comment here, or if you’d like to submit something private, please send it to resources@SeroTalk.com.

Thank you for being a part of SPN!

About Joe Orozco

Joe Orozco is the Communications Director for Serotek Corp. He is also Managing Director for AlphaComm Strategies. When he isn't writing web pages, proposals, and online marketing materials for social and commercial entrepreneurs, he enjoys reading and writing about technology, financial management, and strategic planning. Follow Joe on Twitter @ScribblingJoe
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13 Responses to SPN Pulse Check

  1. Joe, I am interested in as much computer technology as possible. Things are changing rapidly in the industry; and we need all the information we can get. Blogs on things outside of computer information doesn’t interest me at all. Oh, please don’t be to hard on us on the users form. Please remember that it is because of loyal customers that you guys have jobs. Wallace Brame

  2. Joe Orozco says:

    Hi Wallace,

    Thanks for the comment. And thanks to everyone else who has e-mailed and sent iReports. I haven’t been in the user forums for a while, so I’ll have to look into this other business for you.

  3. Brandon Misch says:

    I think the current stuff is great. I do however miss the android podcasts that you guys used to do and my opinion is this since triple click home is still around, why not either get a new android show or see if you guys can carry other android podcasts. just an idea from one such android user.

  4. Beth says:

    I miss regular tech podcasts: Triple Click Home, That Android Show, Serotalk Podcast. I do enjoy BBQ. Please bring tech back to the forefront. Thanks. Beth

  5. Matthew says:

    Only problem I see so far, is all the latest pod cast sound quality is so bassy and hard to understand, it like somebody reverb the whole pod cast, it wasn’t like this with the old shows. So I just skip the audio and read the show notes.

    I for one would like mjore in house hold stuff, such as cooking and better ways to keep your house clean up with less fustration.

    As a single member in my house that is over 1400 squar feet, its a lot to keep it all clean up by your self.

    Plus I love cooking, I do a lot of cooking, going total blind never stop me cooking.

  6. KimKelly says:

    I would like to see things geared for us blind folks that have Ben blind sense birth.
    Such as, self defense topics, up to date information for totally blind persons.
    I am finding lots of things geared toward people who are loosing there sight or have lost it.
    Just my opinion.

  7. Scott V says:

    Hi Joe. I think as long as you stay covering tech stuff, you may go wherever else you wish to go with this.
    I do enjoy the podcasts, especially the whats up podcast and the regular tech podcast every week.
    Thank you


  8. Daniel Macdonald says:

    I’d like to see podcasts on group home placements, vintage technology, independent living skills, programming , and the return of end of line. and other stuff. I am back home with my parents, having been sub a L’Arche community in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, where i’m from. independent living skills would be good as when I get a placement offer and when I take one, the staff will want me to be more independent. and podcasts on mental illness, what to say and not to a person who is blind, regarding their condition for self-esteem, and a podcasts series on windows phone and blackberry accessibility. also, podcasts devoted to beta testing all available betas which affect the accessibility market. vintage technology will be a fun trip down memory lane. and who can forget that awful braille light voice? also programming from a blindness perspective would be awesome, as am learning python 2. Xcode podcasts would be invaluable for my success, as I use a mac. also, the apple watch and the android M preview. and a rumers podcast to hash through WWDC, and Google IO, and other tech events before they happen. and a mental leith support created upon Samnet would be awesome tool.

  9. Josh Andrews says:

    The main reason why I listen to the Serotalk podcast is technology related information. I have learned a lot from all the technology coverage you all have provided. To be honest, I have no interest what so ever in any outside topics, such as fitness or household maintanence. I have a deep passion for all things tech, and it’s nice to know about all the mainstream and blindness specific tech developments. Thanks for doing a great job.

  10. Tina says:

    Hi. I also like the podcasts on household tech and how to keep/make things accessible. I miss chatting about tech and agree about android. Would be great to have a new podcast from a blindness prospective or carry one that’s already out there on android. And also more on what might be down the road for Serotek products.

  11. Tony Sohl says:

    Hi Je, I like the contentthat you aredoing and the only thingisthe rundown. It’s ok.

    Also,k I would liketo see more tech stuff and the what’sup podcast is very informitive.

  12. Linda says:

    i too would prefer that spn stick to what it has always done best, access technology.
    I want buttons, not tap and slide, and as a senior, I’m feeling as though I’ve entered the category of expendable senior.
    I haven’t been interested in anything on spn, except what’s up, which I love, but it may be that I feel that a younger staff are catering to a younger crowd.
    think I’ll stop now, but would like to hear more from folks over sixty on this topic.

  13. jan brown says:

    I used to listen to SPN during the former time and listened to a few of the podcasts after the change. I do not listen to the fitness podcast because I’m doing okay in that sphere. I still listen to BBQ and believe it and the main stream podcasts I listen to keep me up with the news.
    I really miss the past podcasters. I know things must change, but the way they changed makes me feel less warm about Serotek in general, almost but not quite ready to unsubscribe. The Email keeps me and the ease of working with twitter. It is not the podcasts, but it used to be.

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