Yearly Archive: 2015

Podcaster's Prayer 0

The Podcaster’s Prayer

As I continue through this Podcaster’s life, help me to speak clearly into the mic Help me to gain one more fan and to ignore those trolls that I continue to ban. Remind me when I look in an empty room, to see a crowd that cheers and swoons And if I make a horrible mistake, it becomes the best highlight blooper reel take. Never let me forget that someone listens for more than those first 30 seconds Keep faith that person will eventually write and tell you this show is “alright” Capture that podcast twinkle in my eye and show...

Podcast Hack #9 - Hang Canvas Frames for Sound Control 0

Hang a Picture for Sound Control in #Podcasting

Most rooms in our houses consist of drywall or paneling. Some floors are even wood and that can cause some very interesting audio bounces when you are podcasting. If you don’t want to put up sound foam or egg cartons, Try a canvas frame! You can get these at the craft store for only a few dollars and they will stop the bounce just as easy as the expensive foam. Canvas paintings can also be found at places like Goodwill or your local Re-Store. That is, if you don’t want to paint anything. If you have windows, put curtains around...

One thing in podcasting you absolutely need 0

The One Thing in Podcasting You Absolutely Need

In the last few months, you might have seen a lot of “Why you should be podcasting now” type titles on the web. It’s true – you should be podcasting your message.  There are many ways to do it and you can make it as easy or hard as you want. But out of all, there is one thing in podcasting that you cannot live without. If you don’t have this thing, then podcasting won’t work. You Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you! -Dr. Seuss Desire Over...

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Tube Buddy Tutorials: Help Automate and Improve Your YouTube Experience

I am very happy with YouTube. It’s a great service that not only hosts my videos, but pays me monthly for them! Further, if you really work the channels, you can easily get people to come back and consume more. I spend 5-10 hours a month simply communicating and it always pays off. I find there are a few places where YouTube feels a little bit antiquated. One area is Annotations and Cards – I really wanted a way to copy the basic cards and annotations across the 1,100 videos I’ve already created. That is how I started my search...

6 steps to make your podcast audio sound awesome 2

6 Steps to Make Your Podcast Audio Sound Awesome

Want people to listen to your podcast? To do that, you not only need good content, but also a good sounding podcast. Even in video podcasts it’s more about the audio. And using a program like “Levelator” might work OK, there are going to be times your audio suffers, even if you don’t hear it. So I put together 6 steps to making your audio sound its best. Ready for the fun and some learning? Let’s go! 1. Vocal Track EQ Get it done right the first time and you will have great audio every time. Equalizing your audio and...

Reducing Plosives in Podcasting 2

Reduce the Plosives in Podcasting

Do you hear some weird popping coming from your audio? B’s and P’s sound like someone has lobbed a baseball into the microphone and S sounds make you look for snakes in the room. These are called “Plosives”. They make the microphone embouchure push together so hard it technically “Clips” the sound. Here are two ways you can solve that. First, get further away from the microphone. A windscreen or microphone foam helps slow down the wind of your breath so it doesn’t plosive into the capsule. I made a windscreen using a crochet hoop and this screen material. Some...

Podcast Hacks - OnTab 0

OneTab: Browser Extension to Hold Show Note Tabs

When I do my show, I pull all the web pages up in advance so they are in order. That can cause major slowdown of not only your internet connection but also the computer. With a little chrome extention called “One Tab”, I can press a button and have all tabs taken off and put in a list to be opened when I want. I can even pre-set a list a couple days in advance, then just pull it up when I’m ready to podcast. I have my email, Facebook, Google+, Hootsuite and YouTube tabs set in a locked group...

State of Hashtag #Podcast Social Media 1

The State of #Podcast Hashtag Social Media

With all this talk of Twitter bombing, and how we really use the term “Podcast” in our social media, I was curious how the hashtags in our profession are getting used. I wanted to know if I use #Podcast, will my post be seen more or less in today’s social universe.  Further, I wanted to know if there was a way to spot those who might be abusing the term. The Use of Podcast Hashtags I utilized a free trial of Talkwalker to get an understanding of how hashtags are used. I monitored 30 days of the four important hashtags –...

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Using a Metronome to Pace Your Speaking in Your Podcast

If you feel you talk too fast when you are podcasting, here is a great way to slow your speaking down. Get a metronome – one that either has a headphone jack or can pulse a LED light. There are even iPhone and Android Metronome apps out there you can install and use. A normal talking pace is 110-115 words a minute. However, some speakers tend to rush, so instead think about 120-130 wpm. That is not beats per minute, which the metronome will be pulsing at. Nonetheless, if you start at 110 bpm on the metronome, then let it...

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Could Your Podcast Get You Fired From Your Job?

You love what you do so much that you decide to either podcast about or get on other podcasts to talk about, your passion. It’s a great gig until you make one little slip-up. Next thing you know, you’re in the HR office as someone else is clearing your desk. It happens in Social Media – Situations where someone is fired for saying or doing something that works against their job. A couple cases where the person is fired even before their first day of work. The First Podcaster Ever to Get Fired For It? In the book: Tricks of the...