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The Crossroads of Podcasting
10 minutes | Nov 22, 2015
Back from Break!
This post will not teach you how to do something, or give you the reasons why you do certain things in podcasting. This post is an explanation of where I have been. Today is all about taking a break, why you take a break, and what should and should not be done while on break. You know when I started coming back to write and do a show for The Crossroads of Podcasting, I realized that I had nothing to write. I had taken a whole month to revamp the Let's Talk Herd! podcast and to ensure it was on track to become a great podcast for our local community and University. I then decided to come back to The Crossroads of Podcasting and found out I couldn't think of anything to write. I would write stuff that was just crap, or write something that looked good and when I read it aloud it sounded awful. I was stuck, and had nowhere to go but down. So I realized that my few faithful listeners would start asking questions (which they already had), and I decided that I needed to post something to social media to let them know what was going on. I was so appreciative of the support I received from listeners and other podcasters. I was receiving messages giving me ideas for shows (I will have them out soon), and some messages were from other podcasters that don't even know me telling me to just do it. I finally came to the realization that I needed to do something and so I took the advice of a fellow podcaster, and just got on the mic and started talking. You will hear in this episode that I say "I didn't write a script for this one, so I am winging it." I felt that this was probably the best way of doing an episode coming back from an unexpected break. So why do we take a break away from podcasting? Well there are a few answers to this question. Sometimes we take a break because of life. We have to remember that real life takes precedence over podcasting. Our lives are a complex journey of happenings and events that cause us to divert our attention from our hobbies or jobs. When something in our lives causes us to address it with most of our focus, we will let certain aspects of our lives to slide and maybe be on hiatus for a bit. Another reason we take a break is because we get burn out. Some of you wonder at this stage of your podcasting how anyone could get burned out, but I am here to tell you it is very possible. I have been hosting or helping host 3 shows for about 6 months now, and I have burn out a couple of times already. Th
21 minutes | Aug 25, 2015
Using Social Media
SOCIAL MEDIA When I began podcasting, I thought about some ways to get the word out there about my show. I knew that word of mouth would be huge, but I also knew that technology had evolved to give us social media. I made the decision at that point that I was going to use Twitter as my platform of choice to put the word out. What I didn’t realize at the time, was how important that decision was going to be later down the road. There are so many different types of social media and we all are good at one of two of them. I know that I am not well versed in Facebook which tends to push me towards Twitter, but there are some podcasters out there that have social media on lock. They seem to know every type of social media out there and are completely efficient at using them all as a strong platform of communication. When I made the decision to use Twitter, it was based on the fact that I knew how to use it. I had other Twitter accounts and have been a user for a long time so it was natural for me to want to make it my mainstay. The first thing I did was created a new account for the show and started following other podcasters. I then started to promote my podcast, to no followers. That is right, I had no followers, but I was promoting the hell out of my show. This did not improve my followers at all and to be honest, I almost started thinking it might have been a bad idea, but then I started thinking about the purpose of using social media, and why we as podcasters need it. Some podcasters will tell you that social media is merely a tool to promote and advertise their podcasts, and if you scroll through your time line, you can almost pick those podcasters out. I am not saying that I am not one of those podcasters, because I have used my social media accounts to promote my shows across the board. I use it to the extreme where I re-tweet from each show on the other show’s account to ensure maximum coverage. I am sure that some of you do the same thing, and to be honest, why wouldn’t you? I feel that it is a smart way to maybe gain new listeners and to get the show out to everyone that may be looking for the type of podcast you are doing. This reality does pose a better question though. Are we using our social media for the right reasons. Remember I said that making the decision to use Twitter as my platform of choice was an important decision? Well it was, and it occurred to me when I started questionin
25 minutes | Aug 1, 2015
Headphones, Co-Hosts, and Stitcher...
Hey folks, I am your host Ray and as always I am glad you are here with me today. I appreciate you taking time out of your day to listen to my podcast. I have a fantastic show for you today because we are going to talk about if we should use headphones or not, then we are going to discuss picking co-hosts, and last but not least we are going to talk about a lesson learned with Stitcher. As always I will wrap the show up with some shoutouts to my fellow podcasters and any final notes that I may have. Before we get to all of that, I want to tell you about my podcast host. I recently moved this show and The Adam and Ray show over to Zencast.FM and I gotta tell you, it was the easiest thing I have done so far with my podcasts. They did all the heavy lifting for me and all I had to do was give the supplied redirect to my former hosting site. Being on a budget I am always looking for a way to get the most for my dollar and ZenCast.FM gives me that. I get up to date, detailed stats every day and great customer service when I need it. I would suggest to any podcaster that may be looking for a hosting change, or a future podcaster looking for that first podcast host, to go to ZenCast. FM and let them take the hard work out of podcasting for you. HEADPHONES OR NO HEADPHONES Sometimes I get asked the question if I use headphones to monitor or not. I like this question, because it gives me some room to talk about how I setup for each show that I do. I have three shows, but the setup for each show is different, due to type of show or geographical location. Let me start by saying, that for this show, I do not monitor my own voice while recording. I figure that some experienced podcasters may say that this is probably not the best thing, because if you monitor you can hear problems up front. I agree with that and surely can appreciate the reasoning that someone would monitor, but it’s something I just do not like to do because I find that I raise my voice too much when I have something on or in my ears. If I raise my voice, I am either clipping really bad, or there is this horrible room echo that I can’t get rid of in post. Of course the fix would be to buy some sound dampening and bass traps for the room, but my budget does not allow me to afford this yet. So until I can either afford a studio or sound dampening a room, I will leave my headphones off for this show. Now notice I say this show. When I am recording an episode of Let’s Talk Herd with my dad, I wea
14 minutes | Jul 26, 2015
Podcasters Helping Each Other...
Ray discusses how podcasters can help each other by promoting their shows. He closes out the show with a shout out to BTT.
20 minutes | Jul 23, 2015
Is Podcasting Worth It?
Ray discusses the worth of podcasting to the podcaster. He also mentions iTunes new category and gives a couple of shout outs to other podcasts.
30 minutes | Jul 21, 2015
Zoom H1 Recorder
Ray sits down and discusses his Zoom H1 Handy Recorder and gives his notes on what he is hearing in some of the podcasts he listens too.
11 minutes | Jul 18, 2015
Lesson Learned in Post Production
Quick episode on an post production failure on episode 5!
24 minutes | Jul 18, 2015
Topics and Content
I discuss topics and content and give my 5 basic rules for podcasting.
25 minutes | Jul 6, 2015
In this episode we discuss the sound that you may be looking for in your podcast along with audio quality. Some tips are given out on Audacity, and there is some talk on how I use my mixer.
19 minutes | Jun 16, 2015
Budget vs Equipment
Ray tells the new and future podcasters how he came up with his "podcast budget" for buying equipment. He also gives tips and tricks along the way to help new and future podcasters come up with their own "podcast budget".
12 minutes | Jun 10, 2015
The Idea of Podcasting
Ray addresses the questions you should ask yourself when deciding to do a podcast.
11 minutes | Jun 4, 2015
The introductory episode of The Crossroads of Podcasting.
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