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Podcacher Interview

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We were lucky enough to be able to interview Sonny & Sandy, the geocaching couple behind the Podcacher Podcast. Here's that interview - [caption id="attachment_150" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Sonny & Sandy in the PodCacher studio"][/caption] 101geo: Sonny & Sandy, many of our readers will be familiar with you through your podcast, but for anyone who isn't, tell us how and when you got started caching, and why you started the podcast? Sandy:  Sonny started caching back in Nov 2002 after reading about the hobby in Wired magazine. He introduced me to geocaching in January 2004 on our first date and I was hooked (on both him and the new hobby). In the summer of 2005, Sonny started learning about podcasting and realized it was something we could do from home, with just a small recorder and a microphone, so he suggested it to me. We talked about what topic we might cover and I suggested geocaching. We started off recording literally sitting on our couch and passing a microphone back and forth. We sounded pretty horrible! Back then we never dreamed that we would still be doing this almost 7 years later. 101geo: How many subscribers/listeners do you have now, and how many countries listen in? How many Australian listeners do you have? Sonny:  It's a bit difficult to estimate exactly how many listeners we have, but we can share some stats with you. This year, we've averaged almost 27,000 downloads per month, and our all time download count is over 1.5 million! Again - we don't have detailed stats, but we hear from listeners in dozens of countries and many in Australia. 101geo: Those are pretty impressive numbers! The 101geo team (aka TheChops) grew an additional member last year. With Sean's arrival in 2008, and the commitment to the Podcast, do you still find much time to go caching? Sandy:  Our caching has certainly slowed down since Sean's arrival, and we've had to adjust to a different way of caching with a baby / toddler / little boy. As he grows older, we are able to go on longer hikes and do more caching. 101geo: You obviously still find time to do the podcast, and it's beautifully put together - how long does it take you each week to go through the whole process? Sandy:  We've tried to estimate this before, and it's difficult. I spend several hours throughout the week working on ideas / plans for the show. We typically record on Friday night or on Saturday during Sean's nap time, and that typically takes about an hour. Then it takes Sonny 2 hours to edit the show, and it takes me another hour to put the show notes together. Of course, this doesn't include the many hours we spend on email, research, and other things related to keeping the podcast going. 101geo: That's a pretty big commitment! We’ve just celebrated our 2nd mega event here in Australia. I think everyone who was involved would agree it was a huge success. Do you think you might make it out to Australia, either to a future mega event or for a visit at another time? SonnyWe'd love to visit Australia sometime. We actually considered it for the first mega at Wagga Wagga, but the realities of International travel with a toddler finally brought us to our senses. We'll have to wait until Sean is a bit older. 101geo: Do you spend any time playing any of the geocaching 'spin-offs', challenges, whereigos, etc? Sonny:  We've created a few challenges, but haven't done much with that. We found an "unofficial" wherigo that was created by a listener for us to talk about on the show, but no official ones yet. We have located a couple of Munzee's. But mostly we stick to "standard" geocaching with our limited time. 101geo: Talking about 'non-standard' geocaching, when I was in the US last year, I managed to grab a benchmark, just to make sure I had the icon on my profile page. We don't hear much about them, and I know they're a US only feature of the game. Do they get much attention in the US? Sandy:  We're not the right people to ask because we have only found 2 - but we interviewed Redlights about hunting benchmarks on show 307. I think there is a subset of geocachers who really enjoy them, but probably not the majority, would be my guess. 101geo: Something we’re only just starting to see in this part of the world, but seem to be increasingly popular overseas are power trails. What do you think think about this element of the game personally? Sonny:  We are on the side of "to each their own". We probably would never do a huge power trail, but we have heard from many people who enjoy them and don't think it's a problem when they are hidden (and found) responsibly. 101geo: Do you think you'll ever be able to turn PodCacher Enterprises  into a full time venture? Sonny:  Plans are already underway to turn PodCacher into a multi-billion dollar global enterprise. Construction has already begun on our secret volcanic underground lair. At this time we're merely pacing ourselves for the inevitable world wide domination known as PodCacher. Seriously, it a joy to watch our business and listener base continue to grow. We love Geocaching and truly enjoy the connections we continue to make with Geocachers all around the world.  101geo: Are there any upcoming features in the podcast you can give us a sneak preview of? Sandy:  Insider interviews / coverage at MOGA 2012 and Geowoodstock X 101geo: Thanks guys, it was a pleasure to talk to you. Keep up the good work on the podcast, and keep on caching! 

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