Hey all just a quick update – I hope everyone’s well out there. I’m back with some new content on July 28th. First up is a podcast/blog episode on the guy I dropped a few months back – Baron Roman von Ungern-Sternberg.
In the first script – the one I binned – I played the Tale like Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. A western saga following groups of irredeemable bad men facing off against other irredeemable bad men … well, except the Wild West was in fact the Wild East – Russia’s untamed frontier. Beyond the comparison, nowhere did I put a tin badge on Ungern, or make him out to be – keeping with movie comparisons – Will Munny in Eastwood’s The Unforgiven.
But, well you know, we’re conditioned to look at Westerns as binary – men in ‘white hats’ vs men in ‘black hats’. I didn’t wants to put a white hat on a monster, especially one who killed thousands of Chinese invaders (Xu and Duan’s army). Not at a time, especially when violence against Chinese is up in many places.
So… my revised Ungern is a very different tale. Same facts, very clear perspective on what he was. Stripped of all that fun cowboy stuff. Yeah, maybe a little preachy at times – I am very careful to point out the guy is a monster, and should not be idolised. I’m hoping I’ve hit the right tone for it this time…
Now, on 28 July I’m dropping my first Patreon only bonus podcast also … It’s just the extended version of the ‘Puyi’ tale I told on my (for now abandoned) personal blog. I’ve set the Patreon to $2 US a month. If some of you wish to support the show, and can spare the change, I’d love to have you onboard. If not, again – I won’t be offended… I appreciate you all for taking the time to read my diatribes.
But it does bring up a question. Most of the bonus episodes will be new material. I’m currently working through bonus tales on Ozti the Iceman, Jorgen Jorgensen (a man who fascinates me endlessly)… a wild tale on the last days of Idi Amin’s rule in Uganda. The beginnings of an on-again-off again series on Hollywood’s Hays Code and the scandals which led to it…
Is there an appetite here for the blog posts of those episodes? If so, what feels a fair price (per month/year/episode?) for those pieces as ‘premium content’?
Surely it has to be less than the podcast versions right? I’m providing less with a blog only post.
I’d love your thoughts on that, if anyone has any to share. Either shout out on the social links, or the contact form on the About/Contact page… Or below.
Now, all that said – From the 28th, till I’ve completed my proposed ‘Today in History’ videos, I’m going to be taking those ‘blog post only’ weeks off to work on those. I’m less active on social media than I’d like to be at the moment, and those pages are beginning to feel like nothing more than episode spam. Some people also just want some quick factoid or other from their pop-history sites. This, hopefully kills two birds with one stone. To give you a sense of time spent on those – I spend maybe 10 – 15 hours producing a podcast episode (on top of writing etc). The one minute Today in History pilot I made took me 20 minutes to record, mix and cobble together – so I’m hoping to have that project up and running in a few months’ time.
I’ll be back soon – Simone.