Podchat #4: Mignon Fogarty of Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips

This episode of Podchat is with Mignon Fogarty – Grammar Girl from Quick and Dirty Tips. We talk about turning a podcast into a network and how Mignon scripts her shows for recording.

GrammarGirl @RecordAPodcast Thanks! #podchat -8:21 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl Any last questions. Sorry, but I have to run soon. Family is trying to drag me out the door! #podchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast I think we’ll wrap it up for tonight. Thanks to@grammargirl for being a part of tonight’s show! #podchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
themariadawn Exciting! “@GrammarGirl: I’m actually working on an iPad game and a board game, but the iPad game is farther along. #podchat”-8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
sciEditor @grammargirl Well, longer show = longer prep. Big commitment for you – and for the listener. Good idea to do time you like. #podchat -8:20 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GabbyTangassi RT @GrammarGirl: I welcome corrections. I do appreciate it when people are polite about it. @RecordAPodcast#podchat -8:19 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl your shorter shows take a long time to produce anyway… #podchat -8:19 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I believe some advertisers like longer shows. @sciEditor#podchat -8:18 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
WilliamsWrite RT @GrammarGirl: I welcome corrections. I do appreciate it when people are polite about it. @RecordAPodcast #podchat -8:18 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
WilliamsWrite RT @GrammarGirl: Nobody has ever asked me how to turn their podcast into a network. #podchat @RecordAPodcast -8:18 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I’ve never done longer shows, so I can’t say which is more popular. I personally like shorter shows. @sciEditor #podchat -8:18 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I’m actually working on an iPad game and a board game, but the iPad game is farther along. @RecordAPodcast #podchat -8:16 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
sciEditor @grammargirl Is there an ideal podcast length? Do you get more interest in 9 min shows than an hour, for eg? #podchat -8:15 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I can’t answer every question I get, but I try to answer as many as I can. I have an assistant who helps (@Ash_Dodge). @sciEditor#podchat -8:14 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
Rancorr @GrammarGirl Thank you for answering! #podchat -8:14 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I think networks that are centrally run do a better job of maintaining that cross-promotion. @RecordAPodcast #podchat -8:13 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl what’s the name of the game? Is it an iPad game or board game? #podchat -8:13 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I believe the cross-promotion opportunities of a network have great value though. @RecordAPodcast #podchat -8:12 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl Nobody has ever asked me how to turn their podcast into a network. #podchat @RecordAPodcast -8:11 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl I used to script my 5 minute show (word for word). I can understand the work that is involved. #podchat -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
artlikebread @GrammarGirl #podchat Yay! You’ve made a huge difference in my classroom! -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I’m also always doing new things. The books were new for a while, and now I’m working on a game. @Rancorr #podchat -8:10 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl More than anything, listener feedback keeps me happy and continuing. I never stop being moved when people say I’ve helped.@Rancorr #podchat -8:09 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I can’t lie and say that it hasn’t sometimes been tedious putting out a new show every week for 6+ years. #podchat @Rancorr-8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
sciEditor @grammargirl Sometimes I’m asked questions I’m not interested in. Do you feel obliged to dig deeper & answer it all? Or is it fun? #podchat -8:08 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl Do you talk with other people that are looking to turn their podcast into a network? #podchat -8:07 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I read a script because people expect my language to be perfect, but for other kinds of shows, I think talking points can work.#podchat -8:07 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
Rancorr @GrammarGirl Does it ever become tedious to churn out articles and, if so, how do you unfunkify yourself? #podchat -8:07 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
ossirfz RT @GrammarGirl: I’m FASCINATED by language change. I never get tired of hearing about how and why things change.@podcastsquared #podchat -8:06 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl Yes! One great thing about guest writers is that they often come up with topics I wouldn’t have thought of. @MichelleDLowery#podchat -8:06 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I might find that one section was confusing or that people had more questions about the topic. This week’s show is one of those.#podchat -8:04 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
sciEditor @grammargirl Would you advise reading a script, or speaking more spontaneously from key points? #podchat -8:04 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I do a lot of shows now that are revisions of older shows, and I go through the comments to see how I can make them better.#podchat -8:03 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl has a correction ever turned into a new episode? #podchat -8:03 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
jon_rogers RT @GrammarGirl: I welcome corrections. I do appreciate it when people are polite about it. @RecordAPodcast #podchat -8:02 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl you once told me you liked re-recording shows because you can make corrections or updates.#podchat -8:02 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
artlikebread @GrammarGirl #podchat It just goes to show you that grammar is relevant and also that your show is top notch. 🙂 -8:02 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
MichLampinen RT @GrammarGirl: I welcome corrections. I do appreciate it when people are polite about it. @RecordAPodcast#podchat -8:01 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I welcome corrections. I do appreciate it when people are polite about it. @RecordAPodcast #podchat -8:01 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I’ve never claimed to be perfect. In fact, there was a big error in today’s GG e-mail newsletter. @RecordAPodcast #podchat -8:00 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
sciEditor @GrammarGirl Sorry about that grammar… Editing error. 😉#podchat -8:00 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl People correct me and try to correct me ALL THE TIME. Sometimes they’re right and sometimes they’re wrong.@RecordAPodcast #podchat -7:59 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @artlikebread I know that my grammar has improved from listening to @grammargirl shows. #podchat -7:58 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl @artlikebread Amazingly, the podcast caught on really fast. #podchat -7:58 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
sciEditor @grammargirl I’m often say easily 10:1 time to develop teaching materials. You’re saying 10 hrs for a 9 min podcast? #podchat-7:58 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl One problem with having things in the can though is that our ads often change at the last minute. Redoing it is no fun!@sciEditor #podchat -7:57 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
artlikebread @GrammarGirl I think that proper grammar is incredibly important. The structure allows me to enjoy the language more.#podchat -7:57 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I’m good at planning topics 6 weeks out, but the writing & editing is harder. Like I said, couldn’t do it without help! @sciEditor#podchat -7:57 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl do you get a lot of people that try to correct your show? #podchat -7:56 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I try to be 2 or 3 episodes ahead, but far too often I’m only a few days ahead. @sciEditor #podchat -7:56 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
prettypinkpro RT @RecordAPodcast: If anyone has a question for@grammargirl feel free to ask #podchat -7:55 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
artlikebread #podchat @GrammarGirl, Did it take a lot of time for your podcast to catch on? -7:54 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl Proper grammar has a place though. People are still judged by the more traditional rules at work and at school.@podcastsquared #podchat -7:54 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
sciEditor @GrammarGirl Can podcasts be planned & produced one episode in advance or must a season be planned beforehand? #podchat-7:53 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I’m FASCINATED by language change. I never get tired of hearing about how and why things change. @podcastsquared #podchat-7:52 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
podcastsquared @GrammarGirl what are your thoughts on the idea that english is a living language and grammar is maybe not so important#podchat -7:50 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl What was the hardest episode to write?#podchat -7:50 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl If I’m writing it from scratch, it can take 8 to 10 hours from the beginning to having a finished podcast. @podcastsquared#podchat -7:49 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
podcastsquared RT @RecordAPodcast: If anyone has a question for@grammargirl feel free to ask #podchat -7:48 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl When my former assistant applied for a corporate job, the person interviewing her knew of GG and was impressed. She got the job! #podchat -7:48 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
podcastsquared @GrammarGirl how much time goes into a sub 10 minute episode? #podchat -7:48 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast If anyone has a question for @grammargirl feel free to ask #podchat -7:47 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl One author told me that her guest post on GG brought more traffic to her blog than her appearance on national NPR. #podchat-7:46 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl Guest writing has definitely brought business to at least some of my writers. I know Bonnie have gotten some editing work.#podchat -7:46 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl any one ever let you know if their scripts have brought any business their way? #podchat -7:44 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl It’s a mix. I’ve approached some of the writers and some of them have approached me. #podchat -7:42 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl Having guest writers has been a wonderful thing. I don’t think I could have kept GG going every week without them all these years. #podchat -7:42 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl Maybe I should be more clear…Macmillan is the exclusive licensee of the Quick and Dirty Tips brand. #podchat -7:41 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @Grammargirl You have people write for you – do you ask them or do they volunteer? #podchat -7:40 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl but if it wasn’t for you the QDT wouldn’t be around. #podchat -7:40 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
MichLampinen @GrammarGirl but you still have an edge and dry humor, which is my favorite way to learn. (I’m generally a big fan of snark.) 🙂 #podchat -7:39 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I’m a terrible manager; I’m extremely impatient. Plus, I wrote 7 books in the last 6 years or so. People want me to be GG.#podchat -7:39 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl A first I was very involved in all the day-to-day management, but as GG grew even more, I couldn’t do it all. #podchat-7:38 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I own GG and have varying rights in other shows depending on when they were launched. The partnership has evolved over the years. #podchat -7:37 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl . @MichLampinen Thanks! The tone is especially important. There’s a lot of snarky grammar advice; I aim to be fun and helpful. #podchat -7:35 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl Does Macmillan own QDT or do you have controlling interest? #podchat -7:34 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
BarbaraKB RT @GrammarGirl@GrammarGirl: I’m doing a #podchattonight–now. Bring me your podcasting questions. @RecordAPodcast-7:33 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I knew I couldn’t do it alone, so I grew QDT to ~5 shows and partnered with Macmillan in 2007 to help the network grow.#podchat -7:33 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl Modern Manners Guy was the first QDT show besides mine, and the host had been my co-host on the science podcast.#podchat -7:31 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl #podchat Quick and Dirt Tips came a few months later. I worked at start-ups in Silicon Valley, so I knew I could build on the success of GG. -7:31 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl I don’t know what contributed to the success except that I heard a lot of stories about people telling their friends early on.#podchat -7:29 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl when did Quick and Dirty Tips come into play? #podchat -7:29 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl . @RecordAPodcast GG was popular from almost the beginning. I believe it made it to the iTunes to 100 within 2 or 3 weeks.#podchat -7:28 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl . @RecordAPodcast I’ve been podcasting since 2006. I did a science podcast first, and launched Grammar Girl in the summer of 2006. #podchat -7:27 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
lashawnb RT @GrammarGirl@GrammarGirl: I’m doing a #podchattonight–now. Bring me your podcasting questions. @RecordAPodcast-7:26 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
cadorette RT @GrammarGirl@GrammarGirl: I’m doing a #podchattonight–now. Bring me your podcasting questions. @RecordAPodcast-7:25 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
cadoredit RT @GrammarGirl@GrammarGirl: I’m doing a #podchattonight–now. Bring me your podcasting questions. @RecordAPodcast-7:25 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammargirl How long have you been doing your podcast and when did it begin to gain popularity? #podchat -7:25 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
GrammarGirl @GrammarGirl: I’m doing a #podchat tonight–now. Bring me your podcasting questions. @RecordAPodcast -7:24 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @grammarGirl has arrived. Let’s begin. Remember to add the hashtag to your tweet. #podchat -7:24 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast I’ll answer any #Podcast questions if you have any while we wait. #podchat -7:18 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast @GrammarGirl – Are you ready? #podchat -7:02 PM Dec 11th, 2012

  
RecordAPodcast Welcome to podchat. Tonight we have @GrammarGirlMignon Fogarty talking about building the Quick & Dirty Tips empire#podchat -7:00 PM Dec 11th, 2012

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