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This Week's Featured Podcasts: April 15

the libsyn directory featuring podcasters

We’re always looking for ways to get your podcasts out in the world. We hope to get a little bit of promotional love to podcasters and podcasting through our Libsyn Directory.

How do get your podcast featured? Like us on Facebook and make sure that you comment when we ask if you’d like to be featured! That’s it!

We will feature up to 25 podcasts every other week :)

If you didn’t get featured this time, hold on tight, you will be. We won’t feature the same podcasts week to week, that way we’ll get the most love to everybody!


This week’s featured podcasts


Check out all of these podcasts on the Libsyn Directory!

1. 5 Gallon Podcast
2. The Mouse Castle Lounge
3. Ad Astral Podcast
4. DiHard Podcast
5. Ms. Ileane Speaks Podcast
6. Believe The Hype - NBA Podcast
7. The Pox & Puss Podcast
8. IAP Podcasts
9. The Uncomfortable Truth
10. The Other Commentary
11. The One With Podcast
12. story4all podcast
13. Bad Wilf
14. The Delicate Sauce Podcast
15. The Politics and Guns Podcast
16. Gather Around Me
17. The Dead Air Horror & Genre Podcast
18. The Double D Podcast
19. Pittsburgh Radio: Burghseyeview
20. Surrounded in Pittsburgh: Steel City Resistance
21. The Show Radio Media
22. On Air Podcast Show Experience
23. The Debatable Podcast
24. Voices of Wrestling
25. Geek Therapy Podcast

REMEMBER: If your podcast is hosted with Libsyn, all you have to do to be featured is comment on our Facebook Page when we post and update requesting if you’d like to be featured :)

At this point and time those that host their media elsewhere are not able to be featured in the Libsyn Directory at this time.

Wanna host your podcast with us? Get started here.


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: BirthPlan Radio

birthplan radio hosts their podcast with libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Roanna Rosewood from BirthPlan Radio


When did you start podcasting?

November 2012

Why did you start podcasting? 

There is so much misinformation about childbirth. Even with advancements in medicine, its becoming less safe to give birth.

We started podcasting because we want to save babies, mamas, and birth! By tuning in to hear the brightest international birth experts, you will learn how to protect yourself and your family. 

What’s your show about? 

Through podcasting, BirthPlan Radio connects you with leading childbirth experts from around the world. Together we unravel the most important issues surrounding childbirth.

We also promote and advocate for evidence based care and maternal rights in birth. Together, with our listeners, we take quick, simple, and free focused grassroots action. 

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

To best connect with international birth luminaries, we’ve found that Skype is a great method of recording. We use Callgraph to record audio and Audacity to edit it. 

How have you promoted your podcast? 

People hear about us through social media and also from our guests themselves. We have been honored to interview some of the brightest luminaries of birth. 

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I think we are still starting. There is so much we would like to know more about. We would like to know how to make editing less time consuming and the best way to find qualified sponsors to cover some of our out of pocket expenses. 


If you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant or are simply interested in the world of birth and birth advocacy this podcast is a must listen. Make sure you subscribe


Do you have a passion or a cause? Podcasting is the way to get your voice out there. Host your podcast with us and level-up your voice!


When Your Podcast Artwork Should Be 300 x 300

Let’s quickly talk about the different types of artwork that you have for your podcast. I’m going to get all pre-school teacher on you and color code the types of artwork to make absolutely sure that you are clear.

1. Show Level Podcast Artwork

This is the lovely artwork that most people see prominently displayed in any podcast directory, such as iTunes.

This is also the artwork that is prominently displayed within any of the podcasting smartphone apps.

Recently the size requirements for show level artwork have been changed by apple to be 1400 x 1400. You can read all about it here. At this point and time most podcast producers have upgraded their show level artwork specs to this new size.

2. Episode Level Podcast Artwork

This is the artwork that is usually embedded into the episode MP3 file itself.

This artwork is primarily added to the MP3 via an ID3 tag editor or via a program like iTunes.

This is the artwork that shows up when someone is listening to your specific episode. It can be seen easily while playing a podcast episode using a podcast smartphone app such as iCatcher on iOS. It’s the image you see on the screen.

Some podcasters choose a different image for every episode that they publish. Other producers choose to have the episode artwork simply be their show artwork.

3. Chapter Level Episode Artwork

This specific artwork only comes into play when you are creating enhanced podcasts with chapters. These files are M4As and often have more than one image embedded within them.

The image changes depending on what chapter the listener is on while listening to the podcast. These type of podcasts are not very common and are almost always created using Garageband for the Mac.

The Episode Level Podcast Artwork Should Be 300 x 300

Our awesome devs have been doing some testing do to the fact that some producers had been reporting issues with their podcast episodes being downloaded to certain iOS and Android podcast apps.

It seems that there are times that conflict is occurring between the pod catcher itself and the file that it’s reaching out - do to the fact that the artwork within the episode itself is 1400 x 1400.

Errors are occurring while downloading podcast episodes when the Episode Level Artwork is 1400 x 1400

That means that in order to make sure that no errors occur while people are attempting to download your episodes you should choose to use artwork that is 300 x 300 for your Episode Level Artwork and your Chapter Level Artwork

You do not need to do anything different with your Show Level Artwork - Show Level Artwork stays at 1400 x 1400

Does that make sense? Please refer back to the top of this article to make sure you distinguish between the different kinds of artwork!

If you are totally confused, please leave a comment below OR email support(at)libsyn(dot)com to help them clarify this for you!


Podcast Consumption as easy as Angry Birds

Consuming Podcasts on mobile devices has come a long way since Libsyn started 8 ½ Years ago (Nov 2004). In the early days consuming a podcast on a mobile device took a lot of work by the end users.

First listeners needed to download a special program like iPodderX - then they manually entered in the RSS feed of the show they wanted to listen to (don’t even ask about finding shows back in the day). Then once the files downloaded to their computer - they had to manually connect their iPod or other MP3 player to the computer and sync. And if they commuted - they had to remember to do that every morning before they left for work.

Fun Times.

Sure Apple released iTunes with Podcast support in June 2005 - and that helped a lot to grow podcasting - but fundamentally the issue of download and sync to iPod did not change just the application people were using. People still had to remember to sync the mobile device. Actually some people still do that to this day.

However things started to change in June 2007 - with the release of the iPhone and the new Smartphone world. The iPad kicked in another important segment in early 2010.

Smartphones and Tablets now make it possible to download directly to the mobile device - for instant access to a listeners podcasts and no need to sync.

While the iPhone was released in 2007 - it has taken until 2013 for Podcasting to reach a very important milestone.

Today more podcasts are downloaded directly to Mobile devices than to computers.

This is a huge deal.

In March 2013 for all the downloads from all the 13,000+ shows hosted with Libsyn - we saw the following stats for where podcasts were directly downloaded to:


Mobile = 51.37%

Computer = 48.58%

Set Top Box = 0.05%

 

If you want to geek out in stats a little bit more: on the mobile side there was a 4.76:1 ratio for downloads to iOS devices directly vs downloads to Android devices.

Of course given Apples long and strong history of supporting Podcasting and Google’s generally apathy towards Podcasting - that ratio is not surprising. But is important in pointing out - that getting Android users engaged in podcast consumption is the low hanging fruit out there.

There are a lot of people that even today say consuming podcasts is too difficult.

Really?

Based on What?

Today podcasting is as easy to consume as Angry birds is to play.

You open your mobile device - you tap on the app and you consume. It really is that easy.

Maybe people are saying “THEIR” podcast is tough to consume. And that might be because they don’t have their own smartphone app.

Looking at the Libsyn stats for March over 7.5% of mobile downloads happened directly to Podcasters own stand alone smartphone apps - not the generic apps - but their own branded apps. And that percentage is growing every month.

If you don’t have your own smartphone app in the iTunes store, Amazon Store and Google play store - then maybe your podcast is not as easy to find and consume as your peers.

If you are hosting with Libsyn - you now can have your own stand alone - free to the end user - smartphone app for iOS and Android. If you want more details - email me - rob (at) libsyn (dot) com - we are doing a special beta program until May 10th. So email me soon.

The other advantage of having a stand alone app in the apps stores is discoverability.  People searching for a subject matter may stumble upon your show - while not looking specifically for a podcast - and decide to give your app a try.  

Rob Walch
VP Podcaster Relations
libsyn


Libsyn Podcasters Get Featured On Our Facebook Cover Page!

gamertag radio hosts their podcast on libsyn

How would you like to be featured on our Facebook Page’s cover photo like the amazing Gamertag Radio?

The podcasting community is one of the biggest strengths of podcasting.

Part of building up podcasting is reinforcing and augmenting the podcasting community.

One powerful way to do that is to at minimum, see each other and begin to know the human beings behind the microphone.

We thought, sharing your faces and your podcasts would facilitate more connection between the community and help propel podcasting to continue to grow as a collective. (Tweet This)

Are you up for it?

The only pre-requisite is that you host your podcast with Libsyn.

It is the Libsyn Facebook Page after all. :)

Here’s what we need from you. Send an email with ALL of the following information to elsie@libsyn.com:

  • Like our Facebook Page- if you have a Facebook Page for your podcast give us your link.
  • An image of you holding something that says: “we host with libsyn.” (you can get as creative as you like with the Libsyn theme.)
  • Send us the best image that you have, high resolution rocks! Remember it’s going to be the Facebook cover image!
  • Your name(s) and the name of your podcast- we will overlay this information on the cover image so everyone gets to know your podcast.
  • Your podcast artwork

We would love to see you behind the mic and showcasing your podcasting gear, in an interview session, on location….share your creative space and inspire others!

SPECIAL NOTES

**Please note that the lower left hand side of the image will be covered by the Page’s avatar, so anything of importance to you should be on another part of the image.

**Images infringing on someone else’s copyright, or going against the Facebook Pages Terms will not be used.

**Keep it clean please.

That’s it!

We look forward to hearing from you!


Are you ready to host your podcast with Libsyn? You can start here!


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Bloody Good Horror

Bloody Good Horror is hosted on libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Eric from Bloody Good Horror


When did you start podcasting?

Bloody Good Horror started back in 2007, I believe our first episode went live right around Halloween.  

Why did you start podcasting? 

Bloody Good Horror, as a brand, has existed since 2001, mostly as a website that posts reviews of horror films and interviews with the people that bring them to life. 

I was inspired to start a show by another horror themed show on Libsyn, Night of the Living Podcast.  Theirs is a show about horror films where everyone records in the same room, but since our writers are all over the country, I decided to bring some of our writers together over Skype to bring the show to life.  

What’s your show about? 

We review new, mostly theatrical horror films, and try to stay as up to date on new releases as we can.  That goes for movies that look incredible as well as ones that we dread having to pay to see.

The fans seem to express gratitude that we’re taking the bullet for them in those cases, and a lot of our listeners will say that they wait for our review before making a choice whether or not to go out to the theater.   

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

As mentioned before, we record over Skype.  Most of us use Yeti USB podcasting mic’s, which can be found on Amazon for around 100$.  It’s a pretty good all purpose mic, and having us all use the same mic has done wonders for our sound quality. 

I record the Skype call on my end on my Mac, with a program called “Audio Hijack Pro” in uncompressed AIF, then I bring that into Final Cut Pro (I’m a video editor by trade) where I add all of the music and bumpers in post production.

I then export it back to AIF with the newly added effects, and import it into Audacity (a free online audio program for Windows and Mac), where I run the audio through filters to balance the levels. Recording with Skype, it’s very hard to get consistent levels, which is why we do this extra step.

It’s then exported from Audacity, again as an uncompressed AIF, and imported into iTunes for the final step, exporting as an MP3 at 96 kbps.  An average show then comes to between 50–60 megabytes, perfect for uploading to Libsyn. 

Our process is a little more convoluted than shows that are done “live to tape”, and it took YEARS to nail all these steps down.  Believe it or not, if I’m focused I can get all of this done in around an hour.   

How have you promoted your podcast? 

To be honest we don’t do a lot of outside promotion, for us the thing that has helped the most are iTunes reviews and word of mouth. 

There are lots of other horror movie themed podcasts, and because of the large amount of 4 and 5 star reviews we have we always tend to pop up on the “Recommended” page when you’re looking at other horror shows. 

Also, having the words “Good Horror” in our name has done wonders when it comes to google searches.  I can assure you that was unplanned, but it’s been a real boon to our show.    

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

It’s hard to say exactly what I would have liked to know before I started podcasting, but I can certainly give advice to those wanting to jump in, or trying to improve their shows.  Mainly it’s about being willing to go through a long, protracted growing process. 

Your first show is probably going to be terrible, as a general rule. I know ours was, I refuse to listen to anything back farther than episode 20 (we’re in the 230’s now). 

Always listen back to your show in its entirety after it hits iTunes, in fact download it straight from there and listen to it the way you would any other show.

It’s the only way to truly hear it the way your listeners will, so you can pick out the flaws. Then, trace those back and hit Google to learn how to fix them. 

You always want to start with the highest quality raw file, so record in an uncompressed format like WAV or AIF, then do the conversion to MP3 at the end, that should ensure a good sound. 

More than anything though, just jump in and have fun with it, and remember that there are no rules when it comes to podcasting.  This is a new medium for a new century and every time you turn the mic on, you’re helping to write its future. 


All you horror fans, you know where to go now when you wanna know all about the GOOD horror films! So go ahead and subscribe. If you have any feedback, comments or questions for Eric go ahead and email info(at)bloodygoodhorror(dot)com


If you’ve ever been inspired to start a podcast because of another podcast, DO IT! And come on and host it with us.

   


Featured Podcasts on the Libsyn Directory This Week

showcasing libsyn podcasters in the podcast directory

We’re always looking for ways to get your podcasts out in the world. We hope to get a little bit of promotional love to podcasters and podcasting through our Libsyn Directory.

How do get your podcast featured? Like us on Facebook and make sure that you comment when we ask if you’d like to be featured! That’s it!

We will feature up to 25 podcasts a week :)


This week’s featured podcasts


Check out all of these podcasts on the Libsyn Directory!

1. The Artist Connection Podcast
2. Bigg Success
3. The Podcache Show
4. Bad Dice Podcast
5. The Sweetest Plum
6. Dave’s Lounge
7. Deedlecast
8. Howell Creek Radio
9. Inverse Delirium
10. A Podcast and A Movie
11. The Nick Brown Show
12. Everything Sounds
13. The TAG cast Podcast
14. Lifeway Podcast
15. The Manley Woman Skatecast
16. Music Radio Creative
17. Nothing Serious Podcast
18. Paperkeg
19. Plain Ketchup
20. Shonky Lab
21. Spanglish Noise
22. The Connie G Show
23. Reality Check with Craig Price
24. Two Guys, One Podcast

REMEMBER: If your podcast is hosted with Libsyn, all you have to do to be featured is comment on our Facebook Page when we post and update requesting if you’d like to be featured :)

Wanna host your podcast with us? Get started here.


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Retsutalk

retsutalk is hosted on libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with the guys from Retsutalk


When did you start podcasting?

June 2012

Why did you start podcasting?

Our fan base from YouTube sent us requests to begin doing a podcast show to supplement our videos and allow us to talk more in-depth on a variety of topics.

What’s your show about?

Our show is focused on the Internet sensation known as “Let’s Play” which fuses video game interactivity by proxy with the personalities, whether informative or humorous, of the people who do them.

In other words, we talk about people who talk over video games. Also, we talk about video games, too. The show is very loosely structured though, and conversations tend to go just about anywhere.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We talk remotely via Skype and each record our audio independently using Audacity. We use Blue Yeti microphones to capture our audio. We then edit/sync the audio files in Audacity and export the final product from there.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Our YouTube channel, Twitter page, and Facebook fan page.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

We had some positive feedback from our first few episodes since we got to use what we felt were some of our best topics. But after doing over a dozen episodes over a long span of time, it’s easy to unintentionally retread that ground or go into less interesting derails.

Repeating content can be frustrating for listeners who want newer content. So what we’ve learned is that while it’s fun to just go in without a gameplan, it’s really better to stay at least a little organized, focused, and have a feel for what we want to talk about before hitting record.


If any of guys are interested in a great entry video for their channel, check out the first of this four part series where they make fun of the 1992 DOS game Darkseed.

Of course you can also subscribe to their podcast.


Do you have a YouTube Channel and want to step into the world of podcasting? We’re here for you to make the leap!


Rockin' New Podcasts: The Plasma Master

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Brian Rushton from The Plasma Master


When did you start podcasting?

I recorded and edited The Plasma Master from about July 2011 - September 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

A friend suggested I make a recording of an e-book I had written, and it sounded like a good idea - not only for exposure, but because I have a few family members who might listen to an audiobook but would never read a book on a digitial device. Plus, reading out loud helped me find a bunch of errors in the text.

I wrote the story itself years ago, just after high school. I was frustrated with how difficult it was to find science ficiton books that were interesting and “appropriate” - most sci-fi writers seem to feel the need to throw goriness and chastity issues into their books.

I also spent a lot of time wondering why characters in Star Trek or Star Wars didn’t respond to their situations in more logical ways. So I set out to throw all these ideas bouncing around inside my head into a cohesive story. Plus I had a lot of weird-sounding character name ideas that needed a home.

What’s your show about?

The Plasma Master is a space adventure story about a guy named Nedward, who discovers a strange crystal - a lost artifact from an alien civilization, which gives him protective powers.

Eventually the aliens themselves arrive and tell him that they are waging a war against others with similar powers to his, so Ned decides to leave Earth and use his abilities to help them.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Pretty low-budget: a Vista-era PC with Windows 7, Audacity, Levelator, and the microphone from my webcam. I did most of the editing on my laptop while riding the bus to work.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Actually, the only thing I’ve done was a quick post to my blog and Facebook when it was finished. I’m always a little surprised to find that people have listened to it :)

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I had known about Audacity’s noise removal functionality - I wasted a lot of time early on trying to remove noise that the software could have taken care of for me.


Looking to get into some interesting science fiction inspired by Star Trek and Star Wars? Well then, you really must subscribe


If you’ve got an ebook that you’ve been meaning to record and turn into a podcast then let us be your podcast hosting solution! Go ahead and check out our plans!


The Power of Audio Podcasting

We know the power of audio

Although we host audio and video podcasters, we do have a special place in our hearts for audio.

There is something about an audio podcast that is quite special - and it seems that the good people at CrazyEgg are also sharing a bit of the audio magic via this killer infographic.

Why is audio so powerful?

According to the info graphic below:

  • Audio is eyes free content- so you can keep doing what you are doing you multi-tasker you.
  • Audio is portable- your favorite content can follow you wherever you desire, no matter what you are doing.
  • 200 Million devices are now running iOS6 and are one touch away from accessing podcasts!

Is Audio The Next Big Thing In Digital Marketing? Infographic Infographic brought to you by Crazy Egg Analytics


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Not Ready For Primetime

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Ryan Mcgee from Not Ready For Primetime Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting back in 2010.  

Why did you start podcasting? 

I was writing about the show “Lost” on a weekly basis, and another critic and I decided it would be fun to record DVD-esque audio commentaries for each episode of the sixth season.

We’d cue up our respective DVRs, pressed play, and then would offer up analysis of what was onscreen so people to watch along with us after it initially aired.   That eventually turned into “Talking TV With Ryan And Ryan”, another podcast that Libsyn hosts. We still do DVD-style commentaries of classic episodes of television, but also a weekly installment dedicated to the latest and greatest shows to premiere.  

What's your show about? 

The Not Ready For Primetime Podcast” was a natural extension of both “Talking TV With Ryan And Ryan” but also a long-running collaboration with The Huffington Post’s Senior Entertainment Writer Mike Ryan. (I only seem to talk to people with “Ryan” in the name somehow.)

We had co-written some pieces about Saturday Night Live for our respective sites (I cover it for HitFix, he covers it for HuffPo), and I suggested that we meet online each Sunday to record some thoughts about the show.

We both cover what is in our weekly recaps, but also go into greater depth about things that amused or displeased us.  

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

For podcasting, we connect via Skype. I use a Samson C01U microphone, record through Skype’s “Call Recorder” software, covert to AIFF, run that through Levelator, then mix everything in GarageBand. I export the whole piece (with intro/outro music added) as an MP3, and then upload that inside Libsyn.  

How have you promoted your podcast? 

Mike and I both promote the podcast through Twitter, but we get the majority of the traffic from embedding the show inside his recaps on HuffPo.

While many subscribe, far more simply are curious enough to click on the player inside the recap to see what will unfold.  

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I was mostly afraid of leaving my previous podcasting host. But when MobileMe closed up shop, I knew I needed a new home for all future podcasting.

After asking around, nearly everyone recommended Libsyn for both quality and ease of use.

Given how much more flexibility I have with producing, embedded, and sharing my work, I wish I had jumped ship a long time before circumstances forced me to do so.


If you want to dive deep into entertainment insight and conversation about SNL then you need so subscribe to Not Ready For Primetime!


We think that you are ready for primetime. Why don't you host your podcast with us?  


From Feedburner to Libsyn and Google Reader Woes

streaming and podcast apps Just in case you hadn’t heard, it seems that Google is doing away with Google Reader.

Yep.

It’s totally true.

And it’s a bummer. I personally use Google Reader a lot and it’s got me very sad.

The word out in the interwebs is that “Google doesn’t believe in RSS.”, that RSS suffers from a lack of consumer appeal and that getting rid of Feedburner is next.

Libsyn believes in RSS!

We believe in podcasting and RSS.

Yes, it is a challenge to explain what it is - and most consumers know pretty much nothing about RSS. 

But RSS is still vitally important to Podcasters - and the services we rely on to get our shows out to listeners like - iTunes, Stitcher, Zune and many of the Smartphone Podcatching Apps like ShiftJelly’s PocketCast, Instacast, Podkicker, iCatcher, RSSRadio, PodTrapper, Downcasts… and more.

Podcast consumption has never been easier then it is today thanks to smartphones and all the Podcatching apps - and they all rely on RSS.

If someone tells you it is too difficult to listen to podcasts - tell them 2006 is calling and it wants them back.  In 2013 Podcast consumption is as easy as consuming content from Netflix or Hulu. 

Here is a great example of a podcaster taking responsibility and doing something about it.

*getting off soapbox*

Moving your Feedburner feed to the Libsyn feed

Getting back to the Feedburner issue, if you are a Libsyn podcaster and are worried about Feedburner disappearing then here’s how to take care of that situation STAT. (Well at least for those subscribed via iTunes)

redirecting your feedburner feed to the libsyn feed

  1. Go to Destinations
  2. Click on Libsyn Classic Feed
  3. Go to the bottom of the page and click on Advanced Options
  4. In the box below Extra RSS Tags type in: <itunes:new-feed-url>http://YOURSHOWSLUG.libsyn.com/rss </itunes:new-feed-url> 
  5. Save!

NOTE: This is ONLY for those of you that have your Feedburner feed pointing at your Libsyn feed.

Very VERY important: The feed URL in the iTunes new feed tag must be your correct Libsyn feed. You do not want to the wrong feed URL in there.

If you have any questions about your feed or concerns pertaining to the above please PLEASE email support@libsynsupport.com.

They are more than happy to help!

Afraid of not having control of your RSS feed?

Here’s the thing, we don’t hijack your feed. If you have your feed with us you can easily go elsewhere when and if that day comes.

We help you get your itunes re-direct all set up so that you can go to your new podcasting host as you will, but while you are with us we will take care of all the details for you so you can relax and just do what you do best, which is producing your content :)

If you have any questions about the above please email support(at)libsynsupport(dot)com. Support is always ready to help!


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Shop Talk Live

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Ed Pirnik from Shop Talk Live


When did you start podcasting?

We launched Shop Talk Live in February of 2012. Since day one, our goal has been to continue increasing the quality of the show – both technical and topical issues – with every episode.

After about the first six months, we really hit our stride, having invested in better mixers, better microphones, and better preparation ahead of each show.

Why did you start podcasting? 

The Taunton Press, publishers of  Fine Woodworking magazine, are constantly in search of new avenues to reach a wider audience. By expanding our audience through a variety of new media outlets, we strengthen our brand, maintain our place as thought leaders in the woodworking industry, and have a great deal of fun while doing it.

What's your show about? 

First published in 1975, Fine Woodworking was one of – if not the -- first magazines ever dedicated exclusively to the craft of fine furniture construction.

Our podcast, Shop Talk Live, allows us to answer technical questions from readers, interview legends of the craft, and have a bit of fun at the same time.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

Our podcast is recorded in a small studio outfitted with AKG microphones and a three-channel mixer. The show is recorded on a digital MP3 recorder and edited using Audacity, a free sound editing software available online.

How have you promoted your podcast?

  We promote our podcast in a variety of ways: within the pages of Fine Woodworking magazine, through regular posts on our Facebook fan page, and through reciprocal relationships with other bloggers and podcasters covering the craft of fine woodworking.

Our staffers often appear on the podcasts of other members of the woodworking community and from time-to-time, we invite other members of the online woodworking community to come on the show.

In addition, we are promoted through our weekly eletter. We’ve also made an effort to solicit positive comments and ratings on our iTunes page.

Our listeners seem to respond. Our podcast is now approaching 300 positive ratings and comments on its iTunes page. We feel this lends us a positive image to those who stumble upon our show while browsing online.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Since our magazine produces a great deal of video content, our earlier episodes were recorded using the same wireless lav mics we use when shooting videos. The quality just wasnt’ “up to snuff.” We soon realized it was important to make the investment in quality tabletop mics and a dedicated studio.

In addition, we relied heavily on annoying “sound effects” that really didn’t add anything to the delivery of the information we were trying to offer our listeners. Concentrate on the quality of your content and leave all those silly bells and whistles for the morning drive-time DJ’s.


If you are interested in anything woodworking this is the podcast to get you fired up. Get to know the crew and gain insight into woodworking industry! Subscribe!


Do you want to reach a wider audience and continue to stay top of mind with your market? Then you need to start podcasting. We'd be thrilled to be your podcast host.


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Angriest Trainer Podcast

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Vinnie Tortorich from the Angriest Trainer Podcast


Brightside Radio hosts their podcast on Libsyn

When did you start podcasting?

On May 1, 2012, we added five shows.

The reason I put up five at once was because I didn't want to have one show in case someone liked it and wanted more.

We recorded five shows that ranged from 55 minutes to an hour.

Why did you start podcasting?

Originally, I started a blog to talk about fitness and what was broken about it. That went well for at least a year.

One day I went to write my blog, and my site had been hacked.

Instead of writing anymore blogs, I sat down and wrote a book. I figured if I had a book in a book store, no one could hack it.

The problem was nobody knew who I was.

My nephew mentioned podcasting as a way to get my name out there. I had no idea what a podcast was at the time. I did have experience with talk radio, as I once had a show back in the 1980s.

The podcast has been going on now for nine months. I finally feel like it's big enough for the book to come out.

We have a launch date for the middle of March. Hopefully, you'll interview me again then.

What's your show about?

That's an interesting subject. The Angriest Trainer Podcast is primarily about health and fitness. Like everything I do, it's not your normal show.

I've been in the fitness game for well over 30 years. Obviously, I've seen everything come and go more than once.

My show is a no-holds-barred approach to why we're fat as a nation, and how each individual can fix it without becoming a boring zealot on some exercise program.

Every now and then, I read my iTunes comments, and I always find it interesting that some people call me the Howard Stern of fitness. I think being called the Howard Stern of anything is pretty cool.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Wow, finally a question I can't answer. I know almost zero about technology. I know that makes the popularity of my show almost an enigma.

My friends joke about how I can barely turn a computer on. They're almost right. I'm very lucky because I can do the show from an actual studio.

My co-host is a voice-over expert and comedic actress here in Hollywood. Her name is Anna Vocino. She has her own studio. I can say with certainty that without Anna's candor and wit, the show wouldn't gain anywhere near the popularity it's gained in such a short period.

How have you promoted your podcast?

The quick answer? We haven't.

We put it out there and an audience found us. It's been word of mouth. Once it started to become popular, other more popular podcast hosts started to ask me on to their shows.

I've also had celebrities on the show. We've had New York Times best-selling author Gary Taubes on the show, as well as the likes of Howie Mandel.

Just recently, I was invited on to Access Hollywood. I also recorded a piece for Oprah's OWN. That will be out in March.

What I truly think has helped the most has been the bloggers who have written about the show and sent listeners. 

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

People want to learn and be entertained at the same time. At the beginning, I gave a lot of content with a joke sprinkled in.

Now it seems to be two-thirds jokes with one-third fitness content. Let's face it, everyone likes extra icing on their muffin...but don't eat a muffin.


Is that an inspiring story or what? If you are interested in fitness why in the world wouldn't you want to get it from the "Howard Stern of fitness?" So subscribe to his podcast! Plus he's got a fabulous book coming out very soon and getting on his email list is the way to know when it's out.


Are you ready to start your own podcast? Host your media with us!


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Brightside Radio

Brightside Radio hosts their podcast on Libsyn

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with John Saunders from Brightside Radio!


When did you start podcasting?

We started our Brightside podcast in September of 2012.

Why did you start podcasting? 

Our main idea was to put out the music we think people deserve to hear, rather than the mainstream massacre that happens in the top 40 today.

What’s your show about? 

Our show illuminates the underground artist and the creative image behind any art. We strive to update our fans weekly on the best in hip hop, indie rock, and EDM.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

We use a mix of different softwares and hardware, because we treat every podcast as a piece of art. We use softwares like garageband, ableton live, Logic Pro, audacity, soundflower, and reason. Our hardware includes two shure digital mics, two MacBook pros, an ableton launch pad and a mixer.

How have you promoted your podcast? 

We are current enrolled students at SDSU so a big part of our following is there. Other than that, our content and constant updates keep people coming.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I knew the week to week “have tos” about podcasting. There’s a lot more behind the scenes then you think.


Need to dive into the heart of the underground artist and love hip hop, indie rock and EDM? Then you need to subscribe to Brightside Radio. If you want to reach out the the Brightside Radio community you can do so by emailing thegang(at)brightsidelive(dot)com.


If you are interested in showcasing an artistic community that you feel lacks a voice, then you really need to start podcast and host your podcast with us!


Libsyn Servers Are Byte Range Enabled And 100% Compliant With iTunes Requirements

Apple sent the above email out on February 22, 2013 and it has caused some of our podcasters to get worried about the second paragraph:

Server Configuration Requirement

Podcast streaming playback on iTunes requires all hosting servers to enable Byte Range Requests. Please confirm your hosting servers have this functionality enabled. If you work with a third-party hosting service, please contact them to confirm this functionality is enabled on their servers.

Libsyn servers absolutely support Byte Range requests and we are 100% iTunes compliant! Nothing has changed in that regards.

This is something Apple is sending out to all podcasters because there are some services out there that are not compliant.

We know that there are some podcasters that choose podcast hosting alternatives from solutions and services that are not meant to be podcast hosts. When you choose these options, the issues that arise from using these not-podcasting related hosting solutions might end up costing you more money, time and possibly subscribers.

If you know someone not using Libsyn that is having issues, please make sure to let them know we are here to help them out! It's what we do!

Now aren't you thankful that you chose to host your podcast with us! You can now go back to obsessing over your stats.


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Podcast History of Our World


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This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Rob from The Podcast History of Our World!


When did you start podcasting?

  I recorded my very first episode in August 2012.  

Why did you start podcasting? 

  Well, I had just completed my masters in teaching and had sent out my applications to schools, eager to get going with my new career, annnnd...nothing.

Not a bite!

A buddy of mine suggested that while I continue the search for a job, why not make a podcast about what I'd be teaching anyway? So I sat down and outlined what I wanted to do, researched recording equipment, unpacked boxes of history books and presto! I had a podcast.  

What's your show about? 

  There's two real components to my podcast: content and delivery.   For the content, the nice thing about my show is that the title isn't misleading! The Podcast History of Our World is just that - an audio tour of our shared history, starting at the beginning and working through time.

I realized early on that I couldn't decide on just one area of history to concentrate on, as other history podcasters do, so why not just tell the big story?

Each episode provides another chapter of our history, with just enough points and facts to educate, while at the same time intentionally leaving out details so that you go off and research on your own!   In terms of delivery, I knew that I wanted to create a humorous and exciting program to show those who've sworn off history that it can be fun!

Initially I envisioned a show much sillier than it is right now, and my early episodes attempt that, with lots of sound effects and jokes. But as I progressed I saw how challenging it was to keep it up with it! So while the new episodes don't have nearly the amount of sound effects, they still retain the same spirit of humor and comic style.  

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

  I started with a cheap USB microphone and a quick glance at the Audacity tutorial. After actually reading further, I learned how to better utilize the noise removal function (something I highly recommend), and eliminate all the icky noises that plague home podcasters - electronic hums, tinny sounds, echo chamber voices etc.

I also recently graduated to a Blue Snowball USB Microphone with a pop shield - an incredible and affordable piece of equipment that has made a significant difference in my recording quality! If you're serious about your show you owe it to yourself to make the investment and buy quality.  

How have you promoted your podcast? 

hosted with libsyn   I submitted my RSS feed to every single podcast directory I could find, no matter how small or big.

When my companion blog was up and running, that was submitted to every search engine I could find.

After that it was time to explore social media: twitter, soundcloud, facebook, reddit, you name it. Facebook actually has an awesome history podcast group where creators and listeners get to chat about topics and the shows in a very honest and friendly way.

If you do go the social media route, don't be a passive host - if someone took the time to write you a note of support, don't just click the like button, write back to them! After all, without the listeners you're just someone talking into a computer, right?   I've also been exploring ways to cross promote the show through other artists.

I use different theme music each episode depending on the civilization we're studying, and that ends up requiring a lot of podsafe music! Luckily there are musicians out there who are willing to share their work with you as long as you promote them - so it's a win win!  

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

  That I should have done this earlier! Getting mail from international listeners, being selected as iTunes Best New Society and Culture podcast of 2012, creating something worthwhile with my time, it's all been so incredible.   The other thing that a fellow podcaster warned me about was to steel yourself for nasty criticism.

This is being the internet and all, people love being anonymous and mean. Now, I'm fortunate to have a five star rating on iTunes but I've had some choice words sent my way because I addressed topics someone didn't like, or agree with.

Just take these misanthropes in stride and realize that as long as you're enjoying what you do, who cares what some troll thinks?


Now doesn't that make you wanna learn more about the history of your world? If you are interested in history this is the podcast to subscribe to!.

If you are interested in reaching out to Rob, you can email him at radiomonaco(at)gmail(dot)com, and we KNOW that you want to get yourself a fancy History of Our World t-shirt here!   Are you a history podcaster that wants a little community love? Check out his awesome website.


You know you want to start podcasting! Host your podcast with us!


Why You Love To Podcast: A Podcaster's Valentine

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We love podcasting.

We also know that YOU love podcasting, so we reached out to the community via our our Facebook Page and Twitter to hear from you, the community, otherwise known the heart of podcasting.

This is what you had to say

I love to podcast because...

Samuel Colunga- The Married Gamers "I love to talk"

Dave Marshal - The Scurvycast "Because it fulfills community service requirements."

Two Guys, One Podcast "It's a creator driven art form. No outside influence, no outside interference. Pure creativity."

James Harold- the Paranormal Podcast and more "I can share theories, ideas and interaction with listeners from around the world."

Dust Gatch - Sick Daddy Radio "to share poop jokes."

Adam Bies "For the same reason a dog licks his own nuts — "Because he can!""

Dave Shallbetter- Chats From the Deck "Because I get to interview some of the coolest people in the aviation world!"

Stompalina Jenkins- The Rawrcast Show "I have made some amazing friends around the world over the past 4 years, most of which I never would have met if it weren't for podcasting. I love podcasting because I get to meet new people that I have stuff in common with!"

Hijacked Headspace Podcast "Comedy!"

The Groove Radio I love curating soul music that you can't hear on regular radio.

John Lee Dumas- Entrepreneur on Fire "I want to Inspire Millions"

Diane Martin- DiHard Podcast "I love to podcast because it feels good to share what I am passionate about with equally passionate people."

Cesar Abeid- The Construction Industry Podcast "It's a great way to meet and talk to exciting guests I'd never had the opportunity to unless I had a show. I also love to podcast because it fulfills my frustrated desire to be a radio star."

David J Stoler- The Relationship Marketing and Sales Podcast "To Enrich Lives!"

Samuel Lewis- TSCN.tv "Not only does it allow me to share my thoughts but I get to have a blast with not only my friends and family but get to meet others that I would have never even known existed!"

James Caso- Crimson Cord "To talk with others around the world about faith in Jesus Christ"

Chris Bockay- SmorgShow Podcast "I love to podcast because... it has given me the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bond with my daughter who has been an amazing partner for me on the SmorgShow Podcast for the past three years.   Our show has been a great hobby for us to share together and has generated a boat load of special memories between us that will last forever.   She will have these recordings of us to cherish long after I move on."      

@bibliosk8er - Freestyle Podcast "I like attention"

@PeeDeeFoodie - Pee Dee Food Show "I meet such great people doing my shows!"

@mckeay - Network Security Podcast "I love to podcast because it gives me an excuse to talk to the movers and shakers in my industry (Security)"

@CarlosCue - Digital Branding News Podcast "I can share information"

I thought that I should join in the love :) This is why I love podcasting!

@yogeek Elsie's Yoga Class "Because it gives me freedom to do what I want, express myself, be of service and be creative. I can be myself in this medium more than in any other!"

So,

Why do YOU love to podcast?

Join in the lovefest by commenting below!

LOVE- Elsie


Rockin' New Podcasts: The David Seaman Hour!

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with David from The David Seaman Hour!


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When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting back in August or September.

Why did you start podcasting?

I started up the David Seaman Hour! podcast after going on Joe Rogan's show and seeing what a massive audience of smart, open-minded, fun people are out there who listen to these things.

It's an awesome worldwide community and a real conversation with listeners, unlike my YouTube channel, which feels more like I'm talking "to" people instead of with them.

What's your show about?

The show's about anything and everything, we've definitely gone off the reservation with speculation about time travel, UFOs, and what have you -- but mostly I stick to my interests: politics, economics, and serious news the mainstream media is not reporting adequately.

We get awesome guests, people like the creator of the Webby Awards, astrophysicists, philosophers, and famous dating coaches.

I have a lot of interests and this podcast is my weird little corner to talk about all of them and hopefully tie it together somehow.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Pretty ghetto hardware set-up, I record it using Garageband on my MacBook Air. Guests are either Skyped in, or sitting next to me on a couch. I know I need new mics and stuff, I'm getting around to it.

The show goes out over Libsyn, which means it gets picked up on iTunes, Stitcher, and other major podcast apps.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

When I first started, I wish I had kept to a more regular schedule. I still wish that.

My life is insanely busy right now so the episodes are more sporadic than I would like, eventually I want it to be a routine publishing schedule that listeners can look forward to and count on.


If you're interested in a smarter discussion about news, politics, economics and more and join an awesome community to boot, go on and subscribe to the David Seaman Hour!

You can keep up with David on Twitter or Google+


If you decide to launch your own podcast, then you really do need to host your podcast with us!


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: Kicking and Screaming by Jenna and Bodhi Elfman

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This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

This post marks our One Year Anniversary with this series! If you want to check out the rest of the Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts series you can see them all HERE.


Q & A with Bodhi from Kicking and Screaming by Jenna and Bodhi Elfman


When did you start podcasting?

Just in the last 6 months. It's brand new for me. I'm like a teenage girl having a party while her parents are out of town. 

Why did you start podcasting? 

My wife, Jenna and I had been developing a TV show idea about a relatively young couple in an old marriage. This theme was interesting to us as we've been together 23 years. We both got busy with other shows, her on NBC's 1600 Penn and me on Fox's Touch, so we had to pocket the TV show idea.

When I met Chris Hardwick and listened to his Podcast, The Nerdist, I thought, "That seems like fun!". Jenna and I can explore the topic of marriage and annoyance (they go hand in hand) while we work on our respective shows. 

What's your show about? 

Marriage and Annoyance, not in that order. Jenna and I have been together for 23 years. That's like 149 years in "actor years". 

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 

Mac Book Pro with Garageband, some cheap borrowed mics from a friend and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

How have you promoted your podcast?

Just through Twitter and then a couple of times Jenna has talked about it during press for her show, 1600 Penn.   

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Took me FOREVER to figure everything out for myself with Libsyn and Garageband. I'm still confused as hell. I'm like a drunk monkey with stuff like that. It's not funny how dim I get. 


Y'all know that life and annoyance are totally intriguing, so get on over to iTunes and subscribe to their show! Give them a warm welcome from the podcast community. Let's help the drunk monkey out ;) It's really awesome stuff.

If you want to check out Jenna's new show it's 1600 Penn over on NBC. Bodhi will be in the upcoming season of Touch!


Wanna start a podcast? Host your podcast with us, even a drunk monkey could figure it out :)


Rockin' Libsyn Podcasts: The Terrible Podcast

This series is all about showcasing Libsyn podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Dave from The Terrible Podcast


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When did you start podcasting?

Nov 22, 2010

Why did you start podcasting?

Podcasting is an extension of blogging and gives one the ability to engage readers without them even being on the site. It also gives a more personal interaction with the readership.

Let’s face it, we live in an age now where podcasting is pretty much a must if you are a leader in your field.

What’s your show about?

The Terrible Podcast is about The Pittsburgh Steelers.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Right now we still use Skype and record with Call Graph. My co-host lives in Pittsburgh while I live in Florida. We hope to use better hardware and software in season 4.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Twitter, Facebook, iTunes and of course on the site in a dedicated post.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Hosting the episodes on my own site really dragged down my server. Using a service such as Libsyn is a must and I wish I would have used it a long time ago.


Are you interested in the Pittsburgh Steelers? Then you really do need to subscribe to this podcast! These guys are committed and are steadily refining their game. You’ll get two episodes a week during offseason and get ready for three episodes per week once the season begins!

They are looking for advertisers, and with a steadily growing super passionate audience why wouldn’t you want to make a very wise investment? Go ahead and reach out to them theterriblepodcast(at)gmail(dot)com.


If you want to take your podcast to the next level, then you really do need to host with us!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Brian and Jill Show

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


A Short Q & A with The Producer of the Brian and Jill Show


When did you start podcasting?

The Brian and Jill Show launched September 10th 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

Brian Phelps (KLOS’ Mark& Brian Morning Show) has been part of the number one morning show team for 25 years and he has recently decided to take to the podcasting playground with his best friend and comedy soul mate, actress/comedian Jill Whelan.

What’s your show about?

The show is more like a traditional radio show with regular features, a wide range of guests, comedy sketches and listener phone calls and questions via Facebook and Twitter… oh, and cussing.


Want the feel of a traditional radio show? Subscribe to the Brian and Jill show! If you have any questions or feedback send it on over to showadmin(at)brianandjillshow(dot)com.

Do you want to start podcasting? Don’t wait.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Tuning in To ScifiTV

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Brent, Wendy and Kevin from Tuning in to SciFi TV


When did you start podcasting?

Kevin: I joined the crew of the “The Signal” back in the summer of 2005.  I worked on that Firefly podcast for about 5 years in several capacities.  That got me hooked on podcasting and led to me joining “The ScapeCast” in 2006 and eventually Tuning in to Scifi TV in 2008. At this point I’ve done over 500 podcast episodes across all the shows I’ve been involved in.

Wendy: In 2006 I joined the crew of the Scapecast as a writer/editor. I wrote and produced articles and occasionally voiced bits for the show.

Brent: I cut my teeth in the podcasting world in 2004 with some solo newscasts about the television show Farscape and its cast and crew. That quickly developed into a gig as part of the crew of the Parsec Award winning ScapeCast (another libsyn hosted podcast) in 2006, where I still contribute today.  My current role as one of the co-hosts and editor of the Tuning in to SciFi TV series of podcasts began in 2008, when Kevin and Wendy asked me to join in the fun of creating this new show.

Why did you start podcasting?

Kevin: It was an opportunity to connect with other genre TV fans.  I didn’t have a lot of friends in my physical area who were into scifi and fantasy TV.  Podcasting gave me an opportunity to meet and get to know similar fans from all around the world.

Wendy:   I first started podcasting to help celebrate Farscape, a show I loved, and to share it with more people.  As a writer/producer for the Scapecast I exercised my creative side in a new way.  I also learned the podcasting-related tools and to effectively collaborate online with our eclectic crew.  I moved on to Tuning in to SciFi TV to continue talking with friends about the great shows, stories and characters in genre TV currently available.  Oh, and because Kevin pushed the idea of podcasting instead of keeping up with my lengthy emails about Supernatural, Lost and BSG.

Brent: Initially, it was because I had news to share and thought that plain old text blogs were boring.  People told me that I had a good “radio” voice, so I figured I’d make use of it and share what I had. Since then, it’s more the fun of creating content with my friends and sharing with everyone who wants to listen.

What’s your show about?

Kevin:  We cover news about virtually all the genre TV shows currently airing in the US and in other countries around the world.   We also have weekly in depth discussions about the best episodes each week.

Wendy: It’s a way for folks who intensely love genre TV stories to join in conversation about the shows that are capturing our imagination in any given week.  I appreciate the different points of view we have, plus the input our listeners (who named themselves “Tuners”) bring to the community.

Brent: If you watch science fiction, fantasy, or horror on television or the web in any form, we’re probably talking about it on TIST. We’re a weekly show, so we like to discuss what happened in the last week in US, Canada and UK genre television and what we see coming up in the near future.  On top of this, we like to ask question of our listeners (called “Tuner Minutes”) where we discuss industry or genre trends, innovations, and other junk.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Kevin:  I use a standard PC along with Audacity for recording and an inexpensive USB headset.  I’m not an audiophile by any means.  I leave that kind of stuff to Brent who does an awesome job of making me and Wendy sound good.

Wendy: I record on my Dell laptop using a basic GE headset mic I got at Target.  I use Audacity to record our weekly show.  For my special bonus podcasts, I use Skype to bring together the guests and record the audio.  Brent works his magic on all of our TIST audio, which is why the show consistently sounds so good.

Brent: I record to my PC through a Behringer Eurorack UB802 mixer connected to an MXL V63M XLR microphone connected to a desktop stand with spider-mount and an adjustable pop-filter to complete the package.  I like to record to GoldWave software and mix with Multiquence.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Kevin:  I’m a big believer in the podcasting community so we exchange podcast promos with many other podcasts.  I regularly listen to many podcasts and contact them to see about cross promoting each others podcasts.  We have almost 100 podcast promos in our queue that we regularly rotate through and play on our podcasts since we release several episodes each week.

Wendy: Mostly online and through social networking - our blog, Facebook, and Twitter.  I am @WendyHembrock on Twitter. I do some bonus podcasts discussing specific shows in depth for Game of Thrones and Supernatural. I’ve been a guest on a few podcasts - SofaDogs Podcast, Fringe Benefits Inc, and the Scaper Chronicles.

Brent: The usual ways, I suppose… Twitter, Facebook, forums, conventions, and word of mouth.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Kevin:  Nothing really.  I’d just like to encourage other people who are thinking of starting a podcast to just jump in and do it.  Learn as you go.  We all did.  You might be amazed at home many people you can meet and become friends with without leaving your house!

Wendy: I wish I had known to give up my perfectionist tendencies sooner, as it’s not worth the time on things that nobody else notices but me.  I still want to learn to curb myself from using repetitious filler words like uh, ya know uh.

Brent: How much fun it is to do this thing…


Tuning into SciFi TV has a little bit for everybody, so why not subscribe? If you want to get some feedback to the show or have any questions for the threesome, send your emails off to feedback(at)tuningintoscifi(dot)com.

You heard it from Kevin, if you’re thinking of starting a podcast, just jump in and do it!

   

Ooops. We Goofed.

libsyn stats bug

Hello citizens of the libsyn world! Seems we messed up…

In a few ways actually.

At the end of last year we came across a bug within our system that had been indadvertedly giving Advanced Stats access to everyone, yes, even you lucky people that had signed up for packages that only included a Basic Stats Package or no stats at all!

When this came to our attention we:

1.   Quickly found the fix for the bug

2.   Came up with a communication and transition plan for those folks that had been getting Advanced Stats instead of the Basic Stats.

3.   Implemented our game plan: Sent an email to those who’s packages included Basic Stats and gave them options to upgrade and plenty of time to prepare before Jan 7th.

We rolled out the bug fix yesterday giving everyone a few extra days. That means that those producers that had plans that had Basic Stats now had Basic Stats. The ability to see those Advanced Stats was gone.

We know that those with the Basic Stats level (which are our classic 50 and 250 plans) who had been getting the Advanced Stats would be pretty bummed.

There would be no getting over that.

We thought we had given enough time to address everyones concerns.

We thought we had covered all the basis.

What we didn’t prepare properly for was for producers that never got our initial email that was sent before Christmas last year alerting them of this issue. We’ve been seeing some messages on twitter about not getting the email and we want to say we are sorry.

We did our best to reach out to all those affected and are also putting up this post to address the issue.

We’ve implemented a new Dashboard Widget within your account so that next time we have to make an important announcement, you’ll get an email as well as an announcement in the dashboard.

If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to email support(at)libsyn(dot)com.

We have not changed our plans or removed any features that you paid for

Please note you are not having any features removed that you have paid for - this change is just getting your account back to the features you did pay for.  

We have not made any changes to our plans or packages for years since 2010 and nothing changed for legacy customers since 2009 and when you read the description of each of the plans and the features you’ll see that Advanced Stats (geographical and user agent data) are only offered to the $20/month and larger accounts.

If you were one of those producers that never got the email and want a copy of your stats, want to know more about the difference between Basic and Advanced stats or have any other comments or concerns our support team is ready to hear from you!

Please feel free to email support(at)libsyn(dot)com.

We are very sorry for those that were surprised by the sudden change and did not receive the initial email. We in no way are taking this lightly and are diligently working so that this doesn't happen again. 

We value each and every one of you and hope to continue to serve you, your podcast and your community in the best way possible in the future.

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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Entrepreneur On Fire


This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with John Dumas from Entrepreneur on Fire


When did you start podcasting?

I started building my platform in June of 2012, launched September 20th 2012, and have been airing a daily podcast since!

Why did you start podcasting?

I saw a need for a daily podcast that interviews todays most inspiring and successful Entrepreneurs. I wanted a fresh podcast waiting for me on my commute each day, and one wasn’t out there. So I created it!

What’s your show about?

I interview successful Entrepreneurs about their journey, their Failures, AHA moments, vision for the future.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Presonus Firestudio project, Adobe Audition, Heil PR 40 Mic, mic boom, pop filter.

How have you promoted your podcast?

On all forms of social media, mostly facebook. My Website, and PR Web.  The biggest success in promoting has been being ranked #1 on iTunes business new and Noteworthy

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

How much time it took to edit each podcast after completion.


If you need daily inspiration about all things entrepreneur to get your fired up, then this is the podcast for you. Consider subscribing to get your daily dose of fired up entrepreneur.

Are you ready to start your podcast?

   

Congratulations to all the Podcast Award Winners

The Podcast Awards 2013 the majority of award winners host their podcast on libsyn

The Podcast Awards took place on the evening of January 8 during the New Media Expo 2013 in Las Vegas. The event was hosted by the amazing Leo Laporte and live streamed via Ustream.

It was an amazing night celebrating podcasting and bringing together so many talented and committed content creators in one room.

We are humbled that 14 out of the 22 winners chose to host their podcast with us!

Wowza!

There were also many high quality libsyn podcasts that were nominated.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the list, take a moment to look. You might discover a new favorite podcast!

Check out the libsyn podcasters that won a Podcast Award below.

Best Produced Podcast- Best of the Left

Best Video Podcast- Young Turks

Best Comedy Show- WTF with Marc Maron

Best Education Podcast- Grammar Girl

Best Entertainment Podcast- Rob Has a Podcast

Best Food and Drink Podcast- The Beerists

Best Gaming Podcast- The Rooster Teeth Podcast

Best General Podcast- Internet Box Podcast 

Best GLBT Podcast- Throwing Shade

The Best Health and Fitness Podcast- The Mental Illness Happy Hour 

The Best Mature Podcast- Savage Love

The Best Politics and News Podcast- The Majority Report

The Best Science Podcast- The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

The Best Technology Podcast- The Audacity to Podcast


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Social Media Marketing Podcast


This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Michael Stelzner from The Social Media Examiner


When did you start podcasting?

I only began a few months ago in August of 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

As a child I would record fake radio shows with my little brother using a cassette player.  It was a blast.  Recently I was doing some research for a few projects and noticed some of my peers doing podcasting.

Last fall I had interviewed Cliff Ravenscraft about podcasting. Finally the synapses in my brain connected and I decided I was going “all in” to podcasting.  I hired Cliff to help me get my show done right.

What’s your show about?

The show is targeted to business owners and marketers who want to discover how social media marketing works. The Social Media Marketing podcast is an interview format show.  Each Friday I tap the minds of amazing social media marketers.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I use a Heil PR-40 mic, a 1402-VLZ3 mixer, a Roland digital recorder, PylePLGI35T ground loop isolator, SoundByte to play audio effects inline and finally Adobe Audition CS6 for editing.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We make sure each day we email our 182,000 email subscribers that the podcast is mentioned.  We also have a pretty prominent ad for the podcast on each page of Social Media Examiner.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I knew how much fun it would turn out to be.  I might have started a LONG time ago :).


If you have any interest in taking your social media strategy, particularly the marketing and promotion of your podcast, then subscribing to the Social Media Marketing Podcast is a must. If you are ready to rock your world with all things marketing + the top social media experts then consider attending The Social Media Marketing World.

Time for you to start your own podcast? Just do it!

   

Podcaster Voices: Podcasting Happiness in 2013 is...

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We started by asking podcasters what was the hardest podcasting related thing that they had to overcome in 2012. We got answers.

We continued by asking podcasters to share a few lessons learned about podcasting in 2012. We got some amazing responses.

We now finish up our first series of collaborative blog posts with the answers to the question:

What has to happen in 2013 for you to feel happy about your progress with your podcast and podcasting both professionally and personally?

As always, you podcasters are awesome.

See below.

For podcasters, podcasting happiness equals…

Ken Burgin from Profitable Hospitality

In 12 months time I will have recorded and published more than 30 podcasts and have a whole new stream of connections and comments from people in my industry.


Rob Walch from Today in iOS

I think having put in place a better social media presence for the show - where I am bringing in more new listeners not just from iTunes and Stitcher - where traditionally my new listeners have come from - but also from Facebook, twitter and blogger and other social media outlets.

Nick Seuberling from Who-Dey Weekly

In one year I’d hope that in some sort of fashion I would have made my podcasting profitable. I am not looking to make podcasting my full time job in 2013, but I do have that goal in mind. I would like for sponsors to come on board and support what we do at our network.

In 2013 I have plans for a redesigned studio with some possible equipment upgrades. I am becoming more and more intrigued with the video side of podcasting and would like to learn more about editing video as well.

Danny Pena from Gamertag Radio

There’s several things that would need to have happened. I would like to see our community continue to grow, I would like to see the amount of downloads continue to increase, I’d like to host more local events for our fans, I would like to participate in more business opportunities, and most importantly, I want to still have fun recording episodes with my staff.

Spider Mann from Overheard Podcast

Getting an episode in the iTunes charts, visibly, to which we’d have more listeners, which then leads to paid advertisers, which leads to eventually being able to chuck the day job and doing this semi-pro.

Or getting Alice Cooper and/or Kevin Smith to guest.

John Harrer from DUH Podcast About Horses and Horsemanship

I would feel good about our podcast if a) Guests in the horse industry were willing to come on the show and talk with us, b) we have a thousand downloads per episode, and c) pick up a little revenue (or at least be heading in that direction)

Scott Fremont from The Delicate Sauce Podcast

I’m working on producing and hosting a second podcast with the intention of expanding into my own podcast network so if I’m able to do that I’ll be happy. Honestly, as long as I’m able to keep producing content I’m proud of, I’ll be extremely pleased.

David Jackson from The School of Podcasting Morning Announcements

I do my podcast because I love my subject. I don’t do it for the money, or fame, etc. I would love to see more interaction with my audience, and by the end of the year next year I’m going to look for a 10% increase in downloads per episode.


Ashley Milne-Tyte from The Broad Experience

I have to get a lot more listeners! I want thousands of downloads a month. Promoting this is the toughest part of all.


Kate Macdonald from Why I Really Like This Book

Lots more listeners, more external publicity and referrals, leaps in the download ratings, invitations to participate in other podcasts, and generally greater world dominance in the field of podcasting about literature. Not much to ask, really.

Johnny Dertien from iBoardcast Video Podcast

Easy one stop publishing. Libsyn is doing a great job right now but I don’t know it’s the right way for my shows….

Cross promotion with other Dutch podcast.

Still…. the general public have to know how easy it is to watch and subscribe to a podcast. Way easier than going on facebook/youtube. It’s right there in you computer / smart TV / Phone

Someone to stand up and integrate podcasting like Apple did with iTunes 4 years ago

Matthew Cutler-Welsh from If Only They’d Told Me

Getting listeners all over the world, and being able to see this clearly in Libsyn.



Steve Michael from Mancave Movie Review

I’d like to get more exposure to the show and find some additional methods for increasing our audience.

Matthew Kane from Intrepid Audio Productions - IAP Podcast

In one year from now, I would like to improve my recording space, which will hopefully provide me with the opportunity to add and master some new equipment. Personally, I would like to grow my listener interaction. I would love to hear from them more regularly regarding show topics, quality of the show and what I can do to make my show better. My dream would be to get paid to do what I truly enjoy!

David Leedy from Notes in 9

I would be happiest if I can finally improve some of the backend pieces of the podcast publishing part. Other then that I’m in a good groove of putting out content that people seem to really like and find helpful and I want to keep it going.

Robert Bailie from Surrounded in Pittsburgh Steel City Resistance and Pittsburgh Radio: Burghseyeview

As little negative feedback on Burghseyeview. Steel City Resistance is a controversy magnet so it’s fine there. The audience must continue to grow for both shows and I have to continue to enjoy getting behind the microphone and in front of the camera. I enjoy both and as I said earlier “working” with some great folks and having the best interactive fans keeps the trains rolling down the track. I could only list one url for this blog so here is Burghseyeview http://burghseyeview.com

Elsie Escobar from Elsie’s Yoga Class

I need consistency and follow through. If I can consistently produce my podcast and offer my audience at least half of what I’m inspired to offer them, I’d be beyond ecstatic. Last year I barely published 5 episodes. I’m completely embarrassed about that. I started in 2006 publishing weekly!

I know if I publish consistently everything else will fall into place. If I cannot commit to my own podcast there is no way I can grow in the ways that I’d like to and no reason for my audience to commit to me.

We’ll check back sooner than later to see how all those intentions/goals/wishes are going. May we commit to podcasting and may we get the support that we desire in 2013!

How about you?

What would rock your podcasting world in 2013? Share below!


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Libsyn Will Be At The New Media Expo 2013!

libsyn will be attendin the New Media Expo in Las Vegas in January 2012

Guess what?

We’re going to be going to the New Media Expo!!!!

We can’t wait to meet those of you that are going :)

Here are the details:

We will be at Booth 517.

Make sure you connect with us via twitter- @libsyn

Here’s a little bit about the New Media Expo from their website:

The World’s Largest Conference and Trade Show for Bloggers, Podcasters, Web TV & Video Creators, and Social Business Pros…a who’s-who line up of content creators, global influencers, niche experts and business icons dedicated to educating you with the latest knowledge, technology and techniques for online success. You’ll learn from latest case studies and the most effective methods these innovators have used in their own businesses and online properties to rise above the rest.

Rob Walch gives his amazing session all about podcasting with your iPad

One niche expert and global influencer that will be speaking at NMX is our very own Rob Walch.

His session is all about Podcasting 100% from the iPad!

Given the fact that Apple has now sold more than 100 million iPads, content producers or potential content producers are likely to have an iPad. This device could be another opportunity to grow podcasting even more, making the barrier of entry into the world of podcast production less daunting for some.

Attend his session. It’s gonna be a good one!


The Best Podcasting Posts on The Libsyn Blog for 2012

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Looking back at the year we’ve gathered up all the best posts all about podcasting that have been the most popular, contain tons of podcasting tips or were simply moments in the podcasting space that started to shift something within the industry in 2012

It’s great reading to start your podcasting year off right!

Welcome 2013 with podcasting on the brain

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Podcaster Voices: 19 Podcasters Share Podcasting Lessons Learned in 2012

This was the second of our first collaborative series of blog posts featuring podcasters. It was such a wonderful mix of voices of old and new podcasters, each with unique lessons that can apply to all podcasters out there.

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Where are all the women at? Part 2

An insightful commentary which includes some pretty powerful statistics regarding women, blogging, podcasting and possible reasons about why there aren’t more women podcasting.

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Podcaster Panic Fueled by Feedburner Broken Counting Code

Feedburner had a bad year this past year, or perhaps to clarify, podcasters and feedburner had a bad year in 2012. The old trusted reliable use of Feedburner came into question in 2012 and some podcasters began to let go of the use of feedburner or consider other options. The article above came after Feedburner stopped updating some of its data in September which seemed to fuel some already existing fear.

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Rockin’ New libsyn Podcasts: Mission Log Podcast with Ken Ray

One of most prolific and very talented podcasters Ken Ray was part of our series Rockin’ New Libsyn Podcasts. Ken has been podcasting almost daily since 2005 and now he’s part of another incredible podcast called Mission Log. The wisdom he imparts in this article is short, sweet and powerful.

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Updated Podcast Artwork 1400 x 1400

Podcast artwork specs had not been updated for years. This year Apple updated their specs to 1200 x 1200 and soon after to 1400 x 1400. This was another step Apple took to prepping podcasting toward a bit more of a spotlight.

Simple tips to find Out Where Your Audience Is So You Stop Wasting Your Time

An article that provides the first steps to take to refine your podcast promotion. This is not about promoting your podcast, but making sure that you first and foremost find out about your audience and find out if what you are already doing is working. These steps are necessary toward growing your audience size in the most effective way.

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Break Through Roadblocks To Increase Your Listeners

A conversation starter about the all coveted dream of a increasing your audience. This article starts to address the obstacles that we as podcasters face that are not related to tips, tricks or how-tos about podcasting, but the medium itself and what we have to do to overcome those obstacles.

Do Not Use Apple Product Imagery In Your Podcast Artwork…Or Else

As podcasting is being thrust more prominently in iTunes, Apple is getting more pro-active in making sure that their brand stays pure. They are going after those that are in any way using product imagery in their podcast artwork.

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Podcasting Wisdom From The Very Best

This short article gives you quick access to the depth and insight from our Podcast Luminaries, those that have been podcasting for over 6 years or more all about podcasting, production and longevity.

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Podcasting Advice From Mom

We asked just a few female podcasters, that happen to be mothers to share some of their voices with us and offer some motherly advice and insight into the podcasting world. Powerful stuff, and no it’s not just for mothers.

Ready, Set, Boom! There it is Apple’s Standalone App

The great podcast spotlight has been released, at least in the Apple Universe. In 2012, Apple finally released a stand alone podcast app, that has quietly and consistently been getting better and better. An influential force in the world of podcasting indeed.

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Rockin’ New libsyn Podcasts: The Shows of New Mommy Media

If you’ve considered launching a podcast or even more than one and you’re doing it with a clear target audience, precise branding and a full commitment, this is a key article to read. Sunny Gault has some creative and actionable podcasting tips that are worth a note.

What do you think? Did you have a favorite podcasting article in 2012? Did you find any of these useful? Let us know in the comments!

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Libsyn Round-Up 2012

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We cannot believe how fast this year has gone by! As we took the time to look back at what we’ve accomplished this year we realize how far we’ve come.

This year we started on the path to take podcasting everywhere. The podcast audience is not only in one place. People don’t consume podcasts in one place.

For the podcast producer this is exciting and at the same time a little overwhelming because that means being in more places and getting your podcast out in a myriad of ways.

This year we provided a handful of tools to make this entire process a lot easier for producers, right from within the Libsyn dashboard through our OnPublish feature which easily cross-posts your content to Twitter, Facebook, Blogger and Wordpress as well as our fantastic Podcast Player App for Facebook.

Not only were we right in there with helping you be ubiquitous with your podcast through easy sharing, but have also continued to iterate our amazing Android and iOS smartphone apps and provide our producers with an even greater advantage to discovery via the estimated 786 million smartphone devices sold in 2012.

Take a look below at the awesome accomplishments from the Libsyn Team in 2012.

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MyLibsyn The Easy Way To Make Your Podcast Premium

even better stats for you podcast

Libsyn Stats are Changing For The Better

Libsyn OnPublish Now For Facebook Pages

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Your Own Customized Podcast Player Right Within Facebook!

Publish Your Episodes Directly To Wordpress

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Libsyn Stats Got A Little Love

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Publish Your Podcast Episodes Straight to Blogger

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Cross-post Your Podcast Episode To Twitter With A Custom Message

iCloud Support and 4 different ways to publish content on the app

eight years of supporting podcasters by providing the best hosting platform

Libsyn turns 8 years old!

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A New Way To Get Important Info: Announcements Widget

We are so excited for 2013!

Our team is chomping at the bit as we get ready for some more greatness coming up this year. We sense podcasting growing and becoming more embedded in the ever changing world of media consumption.

We look forward to another incredible of year in service of podcasting. Thank you so much to all of you for supporting us this year!


Podcaster Voices: 19 Podcasters Share Podcasting Lessons Learned in 2012

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This is the second installment of an ongoing collaborative blog series featuring podcasters and their insights. We’ve found that the more we can connect and share our knowledge about podcasting, the more the medium shines and the more we can catapult podcasting into the spotlight.

Our first post all about the hardest podcasting related thing to overcome in 2012 was a big hit. You should definitely check it out.

The voices shared are not only from seasoned podcasters but also from those that just stepped into the medium.


Adapt, learn, and be willing to embrace change, that seems to be the way that podcasters will continue to succeed and inspire in the world of podcasting.

If you think once you know how to podcast you won’t ever need to change the way that you do what you do then you’re in for a world of frustration, and perhaps defeat.

Another fantastic perception about these lessons is that there is no one way to podcast and there is no one workflow. The more podcasters produce and the more open they stay to new technologies the clearer and more individual their workflow becomes. That’s gold.

Ken Burgin from Profitable Hospitality

  1. Using a proper digital recorder essential to get high quality sound - computer and garageband are not sufficient.
  2. Worth doing a course to get guidance on technical details.
  3. Lots to learn from the numerous podcasts on podcasting (!)
  4. Outsourcing the final production of the podcast (combining files, setting volume level etc) is fast and very inexpensive with odesk.com and saves me learning one more bit of complex software (eg Audition)

Rob Walch from Today in iOS

  1. First lesson is promoting out to social media - specifically setting up a facebook fan page - is one of the biggest lessons learned.  I kind of had my head in the sand when it comes to social media.  I am still learning this lesson.
  2. Second lesson is better management of listener feedback - I think going with evernote for my show notes has made it easier for me to better organize where I place listener feedback into the show and more importantly reorganize where the feedback goes in the show so that it makes more sense.
  3. Third lesson - Has to do with “mailing it in” I finished one episode back in the spring where I felt at the end of the episode that it was just not a good episode and that I had not put my heart into - that I kind of just “mailed it in” well the episode was done so I just posted it anyway.  And well the listeners let me know what I had felt - to the tune of a couple of dozen listeners emailing me asking what was up with that episode.  So next time I feel that way - I am just going to delay the episode and start over.  
  4. Fourth - With libsyn’s on-publish tools - there is no excuse for me not to get a better presence in Social media and at a min at least get word out to Facebook and Twitter as soon as a new episode goes out.  

Nick Seuberling from Who-Dey Weekly

  1. One lesson I have learned over the past year is that video does NOT necessarily make your show better (its still the same content). However if you’re recording the video LIVE it allows you a chance to connect with your community more easily.
  2. It pays to listen. Listen to other podcasts in your field/niche. I used to get upset or angry when people would start “rival” shows, but in reality I think its great to hear other peoples perspectives. You can become a better podcaster just by listening.
  3. Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Don’t try to be Johnny Radio Voice. People will see through this. Be genuine and you’ll find your community will grow.

Danny Pena from Gamertag Radio

  1. Always try your best to engage your audience.  It’s important to make them feel that they’re part of your journey.
  2. Take the time to learn about the latest technology that will help your podcast.  I feel it’s important to stay up to date and not get left behind.  For example, Smartphones weren’t  big when I started podcasting.  Now almost everyone has one and can download a show from anywhere.  This has helped increase our downloads.
  3. Think outside of the box.  To get your name out there always start from your local area.  Then think about promoting worldwide.
  4. Think about longevity, instead of short term.  New listeners will search for your old content via Google and other search engines.  Always try your best to keep the content fresh and entertaining.  One episode can make it or break it for you.  Imagine people listening to your podcast 5-10 years from now.
  5. Take your time editing.  No one likes listening to episodes that sounds bad.

Spider Mann from Overheard Podcast

  1. Audio quality counts. We went through three to four mic setups before we landed on Blue Yetis.
  2. Cool people help. Sometimes you want to pod and not do any work; having cool guests you can pull in to heft the load makes great episodes.
  3. Never be afraid to ask famous or semi-famous people on Twitter to guest. You’d be surprised who you can get.

John Harrer from DUH Podcast About Horses and Horsemanship

  1.  Audiences don’t necessarily come flocking to our podcast.  5 billion people on the planet, 4.6 million people in the United States alone involved in the horse industry.  Is it too much to ask that 1,000 of them download my podcast each week?
  2. To do it right, this shit costs money!  I initially thought it would be a fun way to connect with people about horses and horsemanship.  Because it was a hobby, I wanted to do it on the cheap.  Now, I am looking at totally revamping our podcast, getting an official website, and even changing the name of the podcast, all because I did not take a realistic, careful view, of where I wanted to go.  Now, I want to earn a little cash to buy more and better equipment and I am going to have to find ways to get my “hobby” to fund itself.
  3. Producing is hard work.  The longer the podcast the longer it takes to produce.  We are not good enough to just “roll tape” and send it out there.  Each podcast needs to be edited, then have some production elements added, and be preped for distribution.  That takes the most precious commodity – time.

Scott Fremont from The Delicate Sauce Podcast

I learned to never doubt yourself.  You can never predict what your audience will latch on to and what they won’t so it’s best to never pander or do what you think someone wants to hear.  As a podcaster it’s your duty to be honest.  The thing people love (and I love) about the podcast medium is there isn’t the normal bullsh*t associated with terrestrial radio.  The host doesn’t have a program director to think about or what this sponsor or that sponsor thinks about what they’re saying.  It’s pure, unfiltered honesty and it’s becoming a rare thing to find in our culture but it’s the best thing about podcasts.

David Jackson from The School of Podcasting Morning Announcements

  1. As fun as podcasting is, there are only 24 hours in a day. With this in mind, its probably best to stick with one podcast and fill it with great content instead of doing three podcasts that are mediocre.
  2. As much as we all want a flame thrower that we can switch on and increase our downloads by 100%, in the end building your audience is done one person at a time. It takes time, but every person is a seed that can grow and then tell others about your podcast.
  3. Quit obsessing over your audio quality. While bad quality is a sin, if you’ve spent at least $50 on a microphone you are probably in the “listenable” category. Complaining about your sound is not good content for the audience.

Ashley Milne-Tyte from The Broad Experience

  1. It’s not as hard as I thought it would be to produce a show.
  2. Keep them short (my original idea was a 20 to 30 minute show, but listeners really seem to like a shorter length, around 12 minutes).
  3. Building an audience for the podcast is tough. It’s happening very slowly, and I’m impatient.
  4. It’s incredibly rewarding when you get positive feedback from listeners. It makes all the (free) hard work seem worthwhile.

Kate Macdonald from Why I Really Like This Book

  1. Prepare the script, and be comfortable with what you’re going to say.
  2. Eat before recording; tummy rumbles are LOUD.
  3. Write up the podcast and post it immediately after editing, because your enthusiasm for what you’ve just created produces a great write-up.
  4. Podcasts should be digestible, snappy, and have a tangible takeaway.
  5. When you have a cold or a sore throat but have no other time to record, your voice might sound rough to you, but digitised, and on a mic, it sounds pretty good.

Johnny Dertien from iBoardcast Video Podcast

  1. Smart TV users are the new podcast users.
  2. People watch the latest video on mobile devices and don’t use podcast clients to download a series of video’s anymore.
  3. Podcasting isn’t production, shooting video, editing, publishing, updating website and promoting. You also have to take care of all the social media and make sure you label your YouTube video’s right. Podcasting is way more time consuming now.
  4. Step back and think “Why did I start podcasting?” Than take a look at your shows and you will see that you have to go back to the roots.

Matthew Cutler-Welsh from If Only They’d Told Me

  1. Back up. If you copy and paste a track from Garage Band, then delete the original, the copy also disappears. I stayed up a whole night trying to recover a day’s recording early on in my editing. Now I make multiple copies of a recording before starting editing.
  2. Tweet and retweet. We do a weekly show. I find it’s not enough to just promote the show at the beginning of the week. Re-tweeting the same message during the week helps.
  3. Lots of people still don’t know about podcasts. Here in New Zealand, many our podcast ‘If Only They’d Told Me’, is often a Mum’s very first podcast.

Steve Michael from Mancave Movie Review

  1. Consistency in getting shows uploaded on a regular basis. We do a weekly podcast and have been online since last February and have only missed two shows due to scheduling conflicts.
  2. We keep the show moving by creating an agenda and sticking with it and keep getting sidetracked at a minimum.
  3. Setting up each episode several weeks in advance and also recording a ‘backup’ show in the event we are unable to record a show.

Matthew Kane from Intrepid Audio Productions - IAP Podcast

What lessons have I learned?

  1. Use social media.
  2. There will be road bumps – co-hosts / friends come and go, technical problems can ruin a recording session, life happens, you name it, it can and will happen.
  3. Take chances. Expand your horizons and listen to shows that wouldn’t normally be on your radar.

David Leedy from Notes in 9

  1. The first is to just relax and be yourself.  You want to have good production values but you want to stay approachable.  Don’t be afraid to say something unexpected or “less then polished” if that’s who you are.  Don’t let your show become so clean it’s sterile.
  2. Another lesson I learned is to engage your audience and even your peers.  Bring unexpected people on the show.  Go outside your community and try and pull others into it.  For example, I ran a 90 day “event” on my show called “DriveTo99”.  It was a big push to go from 72 episodes to 99 in 90 days. I invited contributors to come on and share content.  It was a huge success.  I met my goal and got a lot of content and new contributors that I would not have if I didn’t create the event.  It was a win/win/win.  I got more shows.  The contributors got exposure and the community got much more content.
  3. 3rd lesson is always check your sound ahead of time. On My Mac the audio input levels seems to randomly change when I first plug in my microphone.  Make a little checklist of the settings you like to have and verify it before you start recording.

Robert Bailie from Surrounded in Pittsburgh Steel City Resistance and Pittsburgh Radio: Burghseyeview

  1. Our listeners/viewers wait for us to publish material and when we get held up for whatever reason they get pissed, and that is very humbling. This causes us to put in the extra time needed to produce a decent product.
  2. Pre checking your equipment is imperative, especially if you produce a show while imbibing (Burghseyeview). It’s a bear trying to troubleshoot electronics after a few meisters.
  3. Audio quality or the lack thereof will drive people from your audience. Nobody wants crackling choppy, overdriven audio in their earbuds.

William J. Meyer from Fire on the Mound

  1. The biggest podcasting lesson that I learned would be that promoting and finding an audience for FIRE ON THE MOUND is more work than producing the podcast itself. As a serial narrative, our show is heavy on post-production, so I don’t have as much time as I would like to spread the word. But, once the series is complete, I’ll spend my weekly allotted time for editing on reaching out to an audience.
  2. Another lesson I learned is that the social media worlds do not necessarily cohabitate. Our followers on Twitter generally do not engage us on Facebook, and likewise those that have liked our Facebook page tend not to tweet about us. That was an eye-opener; engaging each of these audiences on their own terms is essential.
  3. And a third lesson learned is that our audience has wildly different preferences for episode length. Some think the weekly half-hour episodes are just right in duration, either for a commute in the morning, or a walk during their lunch hour. But we also receive a number of requests to compile several hours of the story into a single audio file, which we might do once the series is complete.

Elsie Escobar from Elsie’s Yoga Class

  1. Plan ahead. My production this year was in no way close to what my intentions of production were. I know in hindsght, if I would have crafted a production calendar and even batch produced episodes, I would have done much better.
  2. Let go of expectations. When I began podcasting I had a very open schedule and a lot of time to produce. I enjoyed improvising when I recorded and wanted to do it only when I was inspired. My life is completely different than it was 6 years ago. I don’t have that kind of time nor the luxury to record when I’m inspired to do so. I had to let go of expectations of the right time and just do it! Seems simple to do, but not very easy. I’m still fightng this mindset.
  3. Podcast listeners are loyal. Since I have been incredibly inconsistent in producing I thought that I lost a lot of my subscribers. Lo and behold, every time I finally posted an episode, they were right there with me. I’m in awe and very humbled by it. Now if I could get myself together and publish a little more consistently, that would be a great thank you to them.

What do you guys think?

Good stuff no?

We are really loving this amazing collaborative mind think.

How about you? What were some lessons you learned this year as a podcaster?

   

A New Way To Get Important Info: Announcements Widget

new announcement widget in the libsyn dashboard

We’ve been doing some upgrades under the hood, and will soon implement more refinements and upgrades and want to make sure that you get the information.

Currently we send emails, and post on our social media properties, such as our Facebook Page, Twitter and Google Plus, but we know that there are a lot of you that don’t use these services and are not connected to us.

Introducing Dashboard Alerts

Now whenever we have important information we have to get out to you, you’ll see an announcements widget right within your dashboard.

Once you have seen the message you will immediately be able to close out the message and it will disappear.

If you want to check out a prior announcement you can click onto past announcements right from within the same widget.

We hope this helps all of you stay up to date on our latest changes, support information and relevant account updates.

Let us know how it’s working for you!


Image credit via CC Megaphone man at the Metro 4 by Hazzat


Holiday Support 2012

podcasting how to and advice

That lovely race to the end of the year is upon us!

We are sure you’ve got your share of last minute shopping, planning and of course podcast recording to do!

As do we!

We are looking forward to spending time with our families and delighting that we are so very lucky to hug and love them. This will be a much needed pause to reconnect with that which means the most to us.

Expectations of Libsyn Support in the last two weeks of December

We wanted to make sure that you are taken care of, as well as be informed of what you can expect from Libsyn Support in these last couple of weeks of the year!

Please take a moment to check out this Support Blog post about the Libsyn Holiday Hours for 2012.

Due to the Holidays both this weekend and next, our support staffing will be scaled back so that everyone may spend time with family and friends. So please be understanding if ticket response times are higher than normal. Members of our admin team will be on-call to handle any urgent system-wide issues.

We look forward to provide a stable and reliable platform for your work to abundantly grow in 2013!

Many blessings to you and yours, stay safe!


Podcaster Voices: What's the Hardest Podcasting Related Thing You've Overcome in 2012

what were the hardest podcasting related challenges in 2012

This is the first installment of an ongoing collaborative blog series featuring podcasters and their insights.

We’ve found that the more we can connect and share our knowledge about podcasting, the more the medium shines and the more we can catapult podcasting into the spotlight.

The voices shared are not only from seasoned podcasters but also from those that just stepped into the medium.


No matter what, as a podcaster, part of what helps us stay on our game and refine our offerings is to be willing to problem solve and adapt to both the industry and our every day podcasting workflow.

What worked then will not necessarily work now.

What wasn’t an issue might develop into a problem.

What you thought was a problem, might not be a problem at all.

We must be willing to step in, define and take action.

Although podcasting might seem intimidating and overwhelming, its in the doing that you reap the most rewards.

Check out what your fellow podcasters did in light of overcoming challenges and dealing with the hardest podcasting related things that popped up in 2012.

Ken Burgin from Profitable Hospitality

Understanding the intricacies of hosting and links.



Rob Walch from Today in iOS

Trying to keep my show notes pithy.  I went from using delicious which limited me to 1,000 characters to Evernote that lets you put in as many characters as you want.  In hindsite - as much as I wanted - was sometimes too much.  

Nick Seuberling from Who-Dey Weekly

The hardest part I’ve had to overcome over the last year in my podcasting is accepting the fact that just because people aren’t emailing you or leaving you feedback, doesn’t mean they don’t like your show or what you’re doing. Keep producing great content, and the feedback will eventually come.

Danny Pena from Gamertag Radio

The hardest thing I’ve had to overcome happened during 2012.  I was fortunate enough to work on two shows at the same time.   One was for my personal podcast, Gamertag Radio, and the other was a new webisode series for Discovery Channel Latin America, Yo Soy Danny Pena. A lot of work went into setting up interviews, traveling and editing content for two shows.  It has been a really busy year but, definitely one of the most rewarding.

Spider Mann from Overheard Podcast

Finding new software to record shows with. The awesome software package we had been using was not updated in time for our new OS and we had to find something new that we’d be comfortable with. We’re just now getting into the new groove.

John Harrer from DUH Podcast About Horses and Horsemanship

Sound quality.  It’s difficult trying to get good sound in a variety of situations and environments.  Our podcast has to do with horses and horsemanship and we like to “be out in the field”.  Sometimes our recordings were so bad we could not air them.  Thanks to online resources (and Libsyn) we found some answers on how to improve or recordings and equipment.

Scott Fremont from The Delicate Sauce Podcast

Doing my second episode.  I was really just jumping into the whole podcasting world without a life preserver but I felt like if I didn’t do it this way, I never would.  So after my first episode, I was left feeling really insecure about my abilities as a podcaster and if perhaps I had made a huge mistake but I told myself it would be silly to quit after just one episode so I plowed ahead and had a fantastic second episode experience and I’ve never looked back since.

Ashley Milne-Tyte from The Broad Experience

Just putting the podcast together was intimidating for me. I’m a radio reporter but I’d never mixed before. There was always a staff of engineers to do that. So for me simply putting a coherent show together and producing it myself was a huge challenge.

Kate Macdonald from Why I Really Like This Book

The technical language! I’ve just spent three days fretting over what a nameserver and  DNS have to do with each other, and why a host is not actually a host. Should I get ‘Podcasting for Dummies’? The Helpdesk replies I received on my journey around the podcasting community’s providers and servers and whatnot were less than helpful, because all assumed I was a techie nerd like they were. But (I think) I made it to an answer, and a solution, in the end, by doggedly refusing to accept ignorance and to learn.

Johnny Dertien from iBoardcast Video Podcast

People still don’t understand podcasting and moving away from it. Finding more and more time to make sure your well presented on social media. Losing the fun of podcasting. Running around to make shows.

Matthew Cutler-Welsh from If Only They’d Told Me

Getting started. The initial set up makes sense now after doing it a couple of times, but I was surprised at the number of steps involved before seeing my name in iTunes.

I did a bunch of research. Pat Flynn and Podcaster Answer Man were valuable resources to help me get started.

Steve Michael from Mancave Movie Review

Reducing the amount of time doing post-show editing. Obviously as we have become more comfortable doing the show, editing has been easier.

Matthew Kane from Intrepid Audio Productions - IAP Podcast

The hardest aspect of podcasting I had to overcome was becoming comfortable with my own voice. It’s very easy to get discouraged and think “does my voice matter or why should I keep doing this?”, but being happy with the work I do at the end of the day is what’s important. Did I have fun recording, editing and building post-production materials and when I answer yes, than I’m happy.

David Leedy from Notes in 9

The most difficult part of podcasting to me is just the backend publishing and site management.  Uploading to Libsyn, then getting the show out to my Wordpress blog and feed.  The next big challenge is in indexing the shows. My Podcast is more educational rather then topical.  So the shows have a much longer “shelf life” and shows from 2 years ago are as relevant today as they were back then. Actually I’ve not really “Overcome” these issues but I have high hopes of doing so in 2013.

Robert Bailie from Surrounded in Pittsburgh Steel City Resistance and Pittsburgh Radio: Burghseyeview

Along with a few of the best co hosts in the business, I produce two audio/video podcasts. One is Steel City Resistance which is a conservative political podcast. During such an intense political year it was tough to do all of the behind the scenes topic gathering and refining for Burghseyeview my Pittsburgh centric nonsense podcast developed for Pittsburghers in exile. We manage to produce around monthly though and SCR is weekly.

Jason Conley from not given

I was doing a show for a nonprofit org (I volunteered for about 2.5 years by this point) and was about 26 monthly shows in when things had to change because I was moving house and the org, a tiny org with just a few souls working at it, incorporated a guy who had more ambition than ability. We probably gave him too many keys to the kingdom, too quickly.

Anyhow, he was remote in another state and not able to take part in local work. All the kinds of things he had to learn about our various digital publishing outlets (blog, social, podcast, YouTube) amounted to a growing mountain of email, Skype, and other tutorial effort on my part to basically explain what had usually been my work to do. And yet, either he wasn’t able to get it or was a bit strong willed in his own way, I had to do extensive work to fix his stuff in our established presentation. Ugh.

As far as the podcast goes, the matter of getting him a mic yielded no more than a Samson Go Mic and Hindenburg software to record what originally would have been thought of as his side of a double end recording done with me and the other host in my place on good gear. But after just one episode of moving into this house in a far noisier (and hotter) environment, trying to get this guy’s rig and abilities up to speed, it all started to unravel. I had to start making an escape plan not just from the show but from the entire org!

That completely ruined my summer. I mean, I’d done a lot to build this whole thing up for the benefit of the org, but it got harder to spend so much time and feel it was backtracking with his inattention to details or seeming stubbornness. So I had to throw in the towel and get out.

The task of properly handing off responsibility would have been even larger than maintaining the role I was in, so I’m sure there are some big gaps left behind. Since no one but me understood the entire nexus of how the various components fit together, with me gone, no one is likely to ever figure it out. But I got so sick of butting heads with this newcomer, and had to admit it might be time to quit volunteering and get on with a paying job if I could find one, or return to making music like I brushed aside for much of the time I was doing all this.

He and I had done a demo of a show that I spent time editing (Hindenburg and the double ended conversation model were both new to me so I used it as practice) but then when I pulled out from the project, he became the de facto replacement. He has some funny ways of using material. After I transferred things back to the org and announced I did not want that material going out with my name or voice on it, what did he do? He took his track in isolation and made other connecting talk and presented it as if he were talking to someone else at some conference or something. It was the oddest thing. Why he did not just simply make his list of points and speak it all in one live pass, I have no idea. His ideas for how to do the interview or co-hosting that would constitute normal work in that show has been odd too, but not quite so odd as this.

Because he does not have gear I told him to get and is a newb at Hindenburg and the Skype/audio clip playback, he has a hard time getting a guest in and making it sound like there is any single conversation going while talking with his co-host, the man who used to sit in the same room as I did, often with a local guest.

Hearing how it’s all changed is bewildering and annoying.

And you? What were your podcasting challenges?

If you didn’t have a chance to share your hardest challenges, share below in the comments!

Also, come on back next Friday for when podcasters share their 3-5 lessons they learned over the last year about podcasting!


Genealogy Gems Celebrates A Million Dowloads in Style!

Congratulations to Podcast Luminary Lisa Louise Cooke and Genealogy Gems Podcast for crossing the amazing mark of 1 million downloads!

In early 2007 when the first episode was published by Lisa Louise Cooke, podcasting was in its infancy, having just come into being in mid-2005. “It was like being part of a new Wild West of technology,” says Cooke, a genealogist since the age of about 10. “For the first time anyone with an interesting idea, a computer, and a willingness to work long hours could produce a worldwide ‘radio’ show. The day I listened to a podcast for the first time, I knew this medium was what I had been waiting for to reach genealogists.

lisa louise cooke amazing podcaster

Apparently a lot of other folks were also anxiously waiting for Cooke’s discovery. From long time genealogists to dabbling family history newbies, they flocked to the free podcast available through Apple’s iTunes Store and the Genealogy Gems website. Over the next five years they listened in to soak up genealogy research strategies, expert interviews, tips on harnessing the power of technology in their research, and creative ideas for sharing their findings.

“There’s a lot of noise out there online that can be overwhelming,” says Cooke. “My goal has always been to spend my time sifting through all of that information, and chiseling out the gems – the items that are really worthwhile – so that my listeners can have faster and greater success . Ultimately the genealogy gems I provide on the show lead to my listener’s genealogy gems: their precious ancestors!”

From Press Release

We are proud to have Lisa as part of the Libsyn podcasting family, and look forward from so much more from her to come!

If you’re interested in why you should listen to Geneology Gems, Lisa has put together a fantastic image to help get the word out about podcasting!

Pretty creative :)

why listen to podcasts

   

Libsyn Podcasts iTunes Best of 2012 And Stitcher Award Winners

Huge congratulations to all the amazingly talented Libsyn podcasters getting some well deserved praise!

Take a look below!

libsyn podcasters are the best in itunes for 2012

Libsyn iTunes Best of 2012

adam carolla hosts his podcast on libsyn

Best Audio Podcast: Adam Carolla

minute physics podcast is hosted with libsyn

Best New Video Podcast: Minute Physics

joe rogan is hosted with libsynthe nerdist is hosted with libsyn

Best Comedy: Joe Rogan, Nerdist

Penn hosts his podcast with libsyn

Best New Comedy: Penn’s Sunday School

the podcast history of our world is hosted on libsyn

Best New Society & Culture: The Podcast history of our world

draft tracker podcast is hosted on libsyndavey mac sports is hosted on iTunes

Best New Sports & Recreation: Draft Tracker Podcast, Davey Mac Sports

DiveFilm HD Video is hosted on libsyn

Best Sports & Recreation: DiveFilm HD

The Truth is hosted on libsyn

Best New Arts: The Truth

the stitcher awards with a ton of libsyn podcasters

Libsyn Podcasters Winners of the Stitcher Awards 2012

WTF is hosted on Libsyn

Best Episode of the Year: WTF with Marc Maron Podcast 8/23/12

The Nerdist is hosted on libsyn

Best Comedy: The Nerdist

good job brain is hosted on libsyn

Best Album Art: Good Job, Brain!

go fork yourself is hosted on libsyn

Best Food & Cooking: Go Fork Yourself

Skeptoid is hosted on libsyn

Best Science: Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomena

The dave dameshek show is hosted with libsyn

Best Sports Commentary: The Dave Dameshek Football Program

savage love is hosted on libsyn

Best Health & Lifestyle: Savage Love

mohr stories is hosted on libsyn

Best New Show: Mohr Stories

the smodcast is hosted on libsyn

Best Film and TV: Smodcast: Hollywood Bable-On

Smodcast is hosted on libsyn

Best Entertainment and Pop Culture: Smodcast: Tell ‘em Steve-Dave

How to do everything is hosted on libsyn

Most Original Show: How To Do Everything

Penn's Sunday School is hosted on libsyn

Best Social Commentary: Penn’s Sunday School

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Unleash The Fanboy Podcast

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with the crew from Unleash The Fanboy


When did you start podcasting?

We started experimenting with podcasts in late June, and after 2 or 3 practice episodes, we dove straight in.

Why did you start podcasting?

Unleash The Fanboy is quickly becoming one of the bigger sources for news regarding indie comics, super hero movies, and general fandom, and we wanted to expand how we interact with our audience. What better way than a podcast?

What’s your show about?

We’re a bunch of fanboys sitting by the proverbial fireplace, sipping our favorite swill, discussing the latest geek news from the week.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We promote our podcast through our social media accounts, but really, the best tactic we’ve ever employed is to embed the podcast player in our website’s header. It loads on every page, in a convenient place, and after long enough, even the most uninterested visitor will think “Hey, I wonder what they’re talking about”

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I knew that we didn’t have to bend over backwards to edit the show. In the beginning, we spent about 6 hours an episode editing everyone’s individual recordings, removing all of the dead air and embarrassing guttural coughs, but that’s not really necessary. The advantage of podcasting is that it is NOT a massive corporate radio show. At its best, podcasts are a conversation between you and your listeners.


It’s time to keep up to date on your latest geek news of the week! subscribe! If you have any feedback for the UTF crew send it over to editor(at)unleashthefanboy(dot)com.

Do you want to share the latest news in your industry? Time to start podcasting!

   

What Podcasters Want For Christmas 2012: More Listeners and More

This past month, we asked podcasters what they wanted to Christmas. What you see below is what we got.

There were equal amount of requests for tangible and non-tangible goods.

Hope you enjoy!

Thanks to all of you that participated!!!

By the way, if you want to drop some hints to your audience about how to give you exactly what you want aka more listeners and feedback, share this post with them. We did it for you!

what podcasters want most for Christmas 2012

   

Where are all the women at? Part 2

statistics about women in podcasting

Below is an article I wrote for Blogger and Podcaster Magazine back in Sept 2007 called - Hey where are all the Women at? The article went over the lack of women in podcasting at that time.  

I thought it would be interesting to follow up on this article to see where women are percentage-wise in podcasting five years later. 


September 2007

Hey where are all the Women at?

Surely someone will get their nose out of joint by the title of this article.

“What does he mean by it?” 

Well, back in late 2004 I remember reading an article that talked about how 42% of bloggers were women and the author felt that statistic was more important to mainstream acceptance of blogs than the publicity blogs were getting from their coverage of the US presidential election. 

The author of the article, and for the life of me I can not remember who wrote it, made the point that passing that 40% mark was somehow a magical event and at that point there would be content available that all could enjoy, not just the techies and political pundits.

This author felt the content would reflect the image of the audience and this would be more inviting to the general population. Word of mouth outside of the internet would then help fuel blog growth even higher.

I have often thought about the message in that article, and as podcasting came into being in late 2004 and as we moved into 2005, I wondered what percentage females made up in the podcasting ranks.

How did Podcasting match up against Blogging? 

Then in late 2005 I did not have to wonder anymore. 

Monash University released a survey of podcasters in the Fall of 2005 that found only 14.2% of Podcasters were female.

I wish I could say I was shocked, but I figured we were in the early adopter stage and things would work themselves out over time and the number of females would start to rise.

Fast forward to early 2007 and Jacobs University along with the University of Technology Berlin conducted a survey of podcasters, this time with over four times the number surveyed back in 2005.

What they found was that females now represented 13.8% of the podcasting community

This time I was shocked, I was hoping for 25% and thought it might even be as lows as 20%.  But to see a decline (albeit a very small decline) was not even something I remotely thinking was an option. 

I have always made a conscious effort on Podcast411 to get more women on the show as guests. For the life of the Podcast411 - 22.8% of my guests have been female, with 34.3% of my guests in 2007 being female.

I hope someday to not have to make a conscious effort to interview more women and that simply by statistics my interviews will work out to close to 50/50 male to female guests.  But based on the most recent survey we are not just a long way off – there has been no improvement in the situation in the past two years.  

Please do not get the message wrong - there are some great individual women in the podcasting world that have been extremely influential and instrumental in helping grow this community, they include.  Mur Lafferty (Geek Fu Action Grip, I Should Be Writing, and co-author of Tricks of the Podcasting Masters) Colette Vogel (Podcasting Legal Guide), Shelly Brisbin (Shelly’s Podcast, Editor Blogger and Podcaster Magazine)  Nicole Simon (Useful Sounds, and lots of other credits), Cali Lewis (GeekBrief.TV, iCali), Violet Blue (Open Source Sex, San Fran Chronicle), Mignon Fogarty (Grammar Girl, QDNow Network), Carmen Van Kerckhove (Addicted to Race), Gretchen and Paige (The MommyCast), Denise Howell (This Week in Law, Sound Policy) and many others I do not have the space to mention here.  

I think the key in the list of women above (beyond me leaving someone out you think I am an idiot for leaving out) is that they for the most part did not come from a media background or a hyper-marketing background.

They are all just everyday people, some have a blogging background, for others podcasting was their first foray into the internet world. In other words, they represent most of the women in the general population and they show that there is no real X chromosome barrier to entry in podcasting. 

So like I asked in the title - where are all the women at?  What is it about podcasting that makes it not so attractive or interesting if you are a female? 

Honestly I want to know. 

I would like to hear what your thoughts are on what I consider to be one of the biggest issues in podcasting.  


So where are we at today?  

On the blogging side in 2012 there are more women bloggers 50.9% vs Men 49.1%.  This according to Sysomos -

But for Podcasting - we just have not seen that increase that blogging has seen - actually we have seen a decrease from the numbers of 2005 and 2007.  

In 2012 just 12.5% of Podcasters are Women.  

This from info of podcasters using libsyn.com . The data comes from over 10,000 podcasters using our service - so it is more than statistically significant.  

Maybe the issue has been all the added tools you need to podcast?  

If that is the case - good news - I am doing a presentation at NMX titled - Audio Podcasting - Doing it all from your iPad.  Maybe by showing how easy it is to actually podcast and that you can do it all from your iPad this will help get more women interested in podcasting. 

Who knows with a little luck maybe in 2017 I will be able to put up an article titled - Hey were are all the Men at?

Rob Walch


Image credit via CC Women standing in a picket line reading the newspaper PM. by Kheel Center, Cornell University

   

If You Have A Favorite Podcast, Give Them This

what to give your favorite podcaster?

Free Gifts For Your Favorite Podcaster!

You know that favorite podcast that always gives you exactly what you need, information about something, how-tos of your latest passion, a ton of laughter, great conversation, or simply time to virtually be part of an online virtual community…why not give them a little something for the holidays.

Having been an avid podcast listener and podcast producer since 2006 and then having worked in podcasting for the past 5 years, I can say that all podcasters love two things the most: feedback and more listeners.

Here are the tried and true ways to rock your favorite podcaster’s world. (Click To Tweet)

The best thing about these gifts, they won’t cost you a thing!

Leave a positive review in iTunes

This is perhaps one of the most surefire ways to offer something of value to your favorite podcast. Of course to get a positive review always gives the ego a boost, but it’s not only the ego that it affects.

The more positive reviews a podcast has, the more visibility it get in iTunes, and if the podcast gets more visibility, it gets more listeners.

Bam.

Another wonderful bonus about leaving a review is that it also provides your podcaster with a nice testimonial for their work, which can lead not only grow their audience, but even landing sponsors and advertisers.

Leave an iTunes rating

Writing and iTunes review does take a bit of time, especially if you want to offer something of value to the podcast. If you don’t have the time nor the energy to do something like that a simple iTunes rating will do.

That only takes a few seconds.

Feedback!

The longer a podcast goes on, they more effective the producer gets at requesting and getting feedback.

  • Leave a voice feedback

Not only does the power of your voice have a profound effect on the podcaster, but it also affects the other listeners to the podcast.

It’s a direct connection uniting a virtual community.

What? You haven’t ever done it? Get a little wild, call the feedback line or send an MP3 attached to an email.

  • Leave a comment on their website

We are aware that most podcast listenters don’t go to the podcasts’ website very much, as most podcasts are consumed on the go, but, if there’s an episode that completely rocks your world, leave a comment.

  • Send them a thank you email

A simple thank-you email into the podcast is perhaps one of the best and often overlooked, easiest way to give back to the producer.

It fuels the fire.

Buy what they are selling

Some ways that podcasters generate revenue are to 1) have a sponsor 2) have an advertiser 3) sell affiliate products or 4) sell their own products or services.

How does a podcaster know that what they are doing is working? Through sales!

An easy way to support your favorite podcaster is to buy what they are selling.

It could be purchasing from the sponsor, advertiser or podcaster or even an easier thing, thanking the sponsor for supporting the show.

The more we can collectively show the power of podcasting to relevant sponsors, the more that the entire medium will benefit, including podcast audiences, as they’ll receive more relevant and more quality products forging relationships with their favorite show.

Share their podcast on social media

Here’s another really easy way to give back: share your podcast on twitter, facebook, G+ or any other relevant social network.

One of the key ways that we human beings choose is based on advice, or insight from our peers. You never know who you might be helping out by sharing a podcast.

So how about it?

Give to Podcasting this holiday season. (Click To Tweet)

Podcasting will be deeply thankful, as without you, we wouldn’t be here.

Elsie Escobar

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The SilverTowne Podcast

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Shawn Ozbun from The SilverTowne Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

I actually started podcasting a little over 2 years ago. I have always spent a lot of time in my car and after listening to dozens of podcast I just fell in love with the idea of podcasting in general. So when I came over to SilverTowne it was only natural for me to create a podcast about precious metals.

Why did you start podcasting?

Podcasting is a great way to reach out to your audience and customers in order to build a relationship with them. Millions of podcast are consumed every month in the USA. People are busy, or commuting to work, or working out at the gym and a podcast allows them to get the information they want without taking time away from their already busy day.

What’s your show about?

The SilverTowne Vault Cast is about the precious metals market. I address the concerns about the inflating American dollar and how people can protect their wealth by owning precious metals like gold and silver. I cover news articles and share my thoughts on these issues.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

One of the great things about podcasting is you don’t need a fancy studio or thousands of dollars worth of equipment to create one. If you have a microphone and a computer then your on your way. I use a Yeti microphone and record directly into my macbook pro using Garageband.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We initially promoted our podcast via social media, on our website, with a press release and on iTunes. We continue to promote our podcast heavily through social media on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and YouTube. We are present on all of these platforms because we believe in being everywhere our customers are.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

One mistake that people make when they begin is not writing up a script before they start recording their show. This is something I learned the hard way in my early days of podcasting. That’s a mistake I made sure to avoid when starting “The SilverTowne Vault Cast”. When you have a script it’s easy to stay focused and make sure you cover everything you wanted to include in the show. I write down everything that I need to say in advance. I often add more thoughts to the show then I write down but at least I’m not forgetting to tell the listeners where they can find the podcast or how they can contact SilverTowne. All the most important things are written down.


If you have any interest in the precious metals market this is the podcast for you! Subscribe! Do you have any feedback for Shawn and his show, send it over to vaultcast(at)silvertowne(dot)com.

If you are ready to start your own podcast addressing a particular niche, we are ready for you to start your own podcast!

   

We Will Miss You Zig Ziglar

zig ziglar's words of encouragement podcast

Zig Ziglar prolific speaker and motivator extraordinnaire, passed away almost a week ago. The world has lost a great man.

In case you didn’t know him, listen to him.


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: RealSG Strongcast


This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Anthony Accinelli from The RealSG Strongcast


When did you start podcasting?

We started podcasting in the beginning of July. Our first episode was July 3rd, 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

Voice is a very strong medium. While we do write articles for StrengthGamer.com, we really wanted our readers to be able to hear what we have to say. That and the fact that we love to hear ourselves talk haha.

What’s your show about?

Video games. Everything from news and reviews to the latest hot topic. We aren’t afraid to say how we feel so the hot topic can be very… controversial.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I record through Garageband on my iMac. We each have a set of Turtle Beach headsets we use to record our voices. That’s really it to be honest. Very simple, but we love the sound so far.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We honestly haven’t. Every week I place the latest episode on RealSG.com (StrengthGamer) and let our friends know about it. We of course use social networks to advertise the Strongcast but it’s nothing extraordinary. I suppose we just promote it by having legitimate, real conversations between ourselves regarding current topics.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish we would have known that recording on headsets worked so well. We spent a lot of time and money on different microphones only to realize the equipment we had worked better than anything.


We’re looking at you gamers! You ready to delve into another awesome gaming podcast? You should, and subscribe, it’s good for you ;) If you wanna do the feedback thing, follow @strengthgamer or email anthonyaccinelli(at)strengthgamer(dot)com

Time to start podcasting!

   

How to manually subscribe to a Podcast RSS feed in iTunes 11

And it’s out!

Just like that!

iTunes 11 is here!

Notable change for podcasters to make sure you know, as you will be asked by your potential audience, there is a new way to manually subscribe to a podcast RSS feed.

The way to manually subscribe to a podcast RSS pre iTunes 11

On navigation menu, go to Advanced => Subscribe to Podcast

old way to manually subscribe to a podcast on iTunes 10

New way to manually subscribe to a podcast RSS feed in iTunes 11

On navigation menu, go to File => Subscribe to Podcast

new way to manually subscribe to a podcast on iTunes 11

As we discover new things related to podcast within iTunes 11 we’ll let y’all know!

Have you found anything new? We’d love to hear it from you :)


From Podcaster to Podcaster Collaborative Blog Series

share your podcasting insights for 2012 with other podcasters

Hello Podcasters!

We are always looking for innovative ways to share valuable podcasting information as well as help you grow your own audience.

Here’s our newest endeavor!

We’re doing a 3 part blog series to celebrate the end of this year called Podcaster Voices: Key Podcasting Insights of 2012 and we would LOVE to have you be a part of it!

(Click To Tweet!)

Here’s how you can participate:

  1. Before Dec. 16, 2012 – via the easy online form below – write 50-200 words for each topic below you want to be part of. You can fill out one, or you can fill out all three!
  2. Submissions will be compiled into three separate articles, going live Dec. 21, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4, respectively.
  3. You’ll get an email from me before your article(s) go live on the blog. Share your article(s) with your community as your schedule allows.

EXTRA CREDIT: In addition to filling out the form below, you can also record your 50 to 200 words and share the link to your recording…we might just compile them into one awesome audio piece.

By participating you’ll share valuable content with podcasters and your own podcast will get some extra visibility over Christmas holidays and New Year!

(Click To Tweet)

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Share away with any podcaster you think would love to be a part of it! The more the merrier!

-Elsie

Share Your Insight and Expand Your Podcasting Reach


Find Libsyn At Booth 517 At The New Media Expo 2013

Libsyn will be at the New Media Expo on January 2012

We are getting ready for the New Media Expo!!!

Are you?

If you’re a Libsyn Podcaster please make sure you come on by and see us at Booth 517! We'd love to take your picture and promote your podcast :) 

We look forward to seeing you!

Here’s more info about NMX in case you want to come join us!


Libsyn Podcast hosting Deals on Cyber Monday!

We know you’ve been wanting to move your podcast over to libsyn! Here is your chance!

Get your first month FREE and start your podcast TODAY! Use coupon code cyberpod until November 28 when you sign up! 

NOTE: New users only


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Tiny Odd Conversations


This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Travis from Tiny Odd Conversations


When did you start podcasting?

We released our first episode of Tiny Odd Conversations on June 12, 2011. We’d talked about doing a podcast for several months before that and recorded some test shows in May of that year – most of which got thrown out.

My opinion / advice: DO NOT JUST AUTOMATICALLY RELEASE THE FIRST THING YOU RECORD. The odds of you hitting it out of the park on your first try are stacked against you.

You could make an awesome show right out of the gate, but that’s pretty rare. It takes a while to figure out the flow and format. Heck, I’m married to and live with my co-host and we were still awkward together the first few times we recorded.

It’s best to work out as many kinks as you can ahead of time before you unleash your inaugural episode into the world.

Fun fact about my show: Episode 004 is really the first test show of ours that I didn’t hate. No one had really heard it so eventually I put it out. So technically that’s our “pilot episode.”

Why did you start podcasting?

I was recovering from a gnarly back surgery when I decided to do a podcast. I was literally in a brace, popping pain pills and unable to do much. Basically I couldn’t go out and perform any more as a comic or an actor but I still wanted an outlet. So I decided to build a show based on the assets I had around me.

I had a bunch of sound equipment left over from several failed bands. Gear: check.

Thanks to a life long curmudgeonly attitude I had strong opinions on pretty much everything I encountered. POV: check.

My wife is one of the most entertaining and naturally / unintentionally funny people I’ve ever met. Co-host: check.

The basics were covered so we put it all together and eventually Tiny Odd Conversations was born.

Another fun show fact: I was still on heavy pain medication for the first 4 months of the show so I will often listen back to the early episodes to try and remember what was happening back then.

What’s your show about?

This is always a tough question for me. I usually give a smart-ass answer like, “Our show is about an hour… give or take a few minutes.” Some people laugh, others will ask, “No seriously, what’s it about?” I’ve tried to come up a quick summation. Sometimes I say, “Imagine if Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington were a married couple.” I’ve heard others say we’re like a filthy George Burns and Gracie Allen for the 21st century.

That’s very high praise in my book.

Basically the show is a snap shot of those weird, funny, personal and of course odd conversations that you’ve had with friends or your significant other.

We try and tackle three different topics or conversations per episode. They can range from the seemingly mundane like bug problems at our new home to the surprisingly candid where I come to the realization that I might actually want to be a father.

In fact, those two subjects were part of one segment on a recent show. The topics we start off with are never where we end up and that’s part of the fun. That’s why our main tagline for the show is “Bridging The Gap From Inane To Insane.”

Although a new one I came up with recently is pretty accurate too… “It’s like eavesdropping on your crazy neighbors without having to get dangerously close to them.”

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We use Heil PR-40 mics into a Mackie 1402 VLZ-Pro board into an Apogee Duet into an iMac. We record into GarageBand but we do each segment individually.

Then I mix each segment down into MP3’s and put them on an episode timeline that I created a template for. It took me a few episodes before I realize I could save a lot of time by creating the template.

That way all our tracks are always laid out the same for each episode. I try to do weekly recording sessions with our announcer (AKA Eric The Announcer) to record taglines that correspond with each segment. That doesn’t always happen so sometimes I reuse old ones that are just funny but not topic specific.

As far as other equipment goes we also use a Samson C Que 8 for a headphone amp. That way we (and our occasional guests) can all hear each other. I try to make our podcast sound as professional as possible, but if you saw the actual set up it’s just a bunch of stuff piled up on a kitchen table.

We look like audio equipment hoarders.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I have emailed, tweeted and Facebooked just about anyone I have ever met to repeatedly tell them about my show.

Granted this has resulted in at least 90% of my friends and family blocking me on social media, but such is life.

I’ve also found ways to seamlessly mention the fact that I have a podcast into any conversation. “Oh I’m sorry your uncle has kidney stones. You know what’s a great way to relax while he’s passing them? Listening to my podcast!”

See? Seamless.

One of the best ways I’ve found to increase your “circle of influence” and get your show heard by different people is getting involved with other podcasters.

Towards the end of last year I joined an awesome Facebook group called the IPA (Independent Podcast Alliance) and it really has been a great resource.

It’s a very supportive group where other members will answer podcast related questions and we all do our best to help promote one another. And people who help me promote myself are my favorite kind of people.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I knew not to get so stat obsessed. For over a year I would literally check the stats at least every half hour.

No joke. I’d take it personally if the show wasn’t being downloaded. I’d pout and drive myself crazy trying to figure out why some shows got a lot of listens and some didn’t.

But I’m much better now. Now I only check the stats every hour.

That’s progress, right?


With a killer interview like that why are you NOT wanting to go SUBSCRIBE to their show? You really should. If you want to engage in conversation with Travis…at your own risk, please reach out to tocpod(at)gmail(dot)com.

Any of you confined to your home in some way and are wanting to step into the podcasting world? You really should get your podcast going with us!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Tom Barnard Podcast

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A About The Tom Barnard Podcast


libsyn hosts the Tom Barnard Podcast

When did Tom Barnard start podcasting?

8/15/12

Why did he start podcasting?

Tom Barnard has had the number one radio morning show compared to his nearest competitor for the last 27 years. He is a Marconi award winner for large market personality of the year, (2006). He wanted to do a podcast with his family and to do long-form interviews with radio guests and other guests.

What’s the show about?

Tom Barnard and his family, wife (Kathryn Brandt), daughter, (Alex Brandt-Barnard), son, (Andy Barnard), nephew, (Sean Barnard) and former producer and talent on the KQRS Morning Show, (Tony Lee). It is an interview-intensive show, with a high focus on laughter.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We have a Yamaha board with Sennheiser microphones, a telos audio interface for phone calls, etc.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Through Twitter, Facebook, and major events, (like the Chris Kluwe debate.)

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

We went through three board changes before we found the Yamaha, we were also told that Skype works well for phone interviews, (NOT TRUE)


You want humor, interviews, discussion and current events? Then you must subscribe to the Tom Barnard Podcast! Wanna reach out to the show? show(at)tombarnardpodcast.com

Are you ready to get your own podcast going? Then you really should start podcasting now.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Shows of New Mommy Media

new mommy media hosts their great online radio programs on libsyn

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Sunny Gault from Preggie Pals and more


When did you start podcasting?

I produced my first podcast in 2005. My background was in creating and producing content, but I really had no idea what "podcasting" really was.

I literally went to the bookstore and bought a book about it. That's how I learned about RSS feeds and how to properly format and upload files. From there, I had to create the content.

I was once told you should always create shows based on something you're passionate about or an area where you're considered an expert.

preggie pals hosts their online radio program on libsyn

The one thing I'm really passionate about is telling people's stories. That's what I did previously as a television news anchor and reporter- I told stories and updated people on what was happening in their community.

Knowing there was little need for another boring newscast, I decided to spice things up a bit. My first podcast was a daily videoblog called "Anchor in PJs". I wore PJs, sat in my backyard and told funny news stories. I'm sure you can still find old episodes online.

Anchor in PJs caught the attention of executives at Veoh Networks, who hired me to produce a show called "Viral" that went behind the scenes of people creating online video series. Through that show, I eventually interviewed all the people I originally read about in the first book I bought about podcasting. I've been producing online content ever since.

Why did you start podcasting?

As I previously mentioned, my background is in journalism. I've worked at television news stations across the country. My experience working in smaller television markets taught me how to produce content from start to finish, including story selection, scheduling interviews, writing scripts, shooting videos, voiceovers, editing and presenting all the information to our viewers on-air.

The one thing I couldn't do was reach an audience outside my market. Local television is limited to specific markets, or cities. The ability to produce content online means anyone can benefit from it, regardless of location.

That was very exciting to me.

Not having these boundaries also means we have access to more information. Television has to appeal to a wide demographic, but podcasts can be very niche which allows you to create a more intimate relationship with your audience, so they feel more connected to your content.

It's also great for advertisers who want to focus their marketing efforts.

What are your shows about?

I took the same advice and created shows about something I'm passionate about; my children.

My company currently produces three online radio shows focused on new and expecting parents.   Our format is unique because each episode features a host, expert and panel of parents discussing issues relating to pregnancy, new parents and breastfeeding.

  • Preggie Pals- educating and entertaining expectant mothers
  • Parent Savers- providing new parents with practical information to help preserve their sanity.
  • The Boob Group- Supporting mothers who breastfeed their babies

So much of my life as been focused on my career and I really didn't know anything about parenting until I became pregnant with our first child. I created these shows for people, like me, who are passionate about becoming the best parent possible, even if they have to start from scratch.

boob group hosts their online radio program on libsyn

How are your shows set-up?

To be honest, it's a tough set-up and I had to learn a lot of things the hard way.

Even though my background is in video, I knew these shows needed to be audio because new parents don't have time to sit down for long periods of time and watch videos.

They need something they can listen to while they're cooking dinner, folding the laundry or pushing their stroller at the park.

We record our shows at The Birth Education Center of San Diego, which is important to mention because it's closely-related to the content we're producing, so there's some natural cross-promotion between our two businesses.

Our episodes feature between 5-7 people, and we record at least four episodes at a time. This saves time and money. We then release those episodes, once a week for the next month.

To encourage discussion, we have everyone sit at a large table. We have five microphones (AT2020) which work great in any studio environment. We also added metal pop filters to eliminate any unnecessary popping noises, which I highly recommend since this is something I learned the hard way.

Everyone has their own headphones (Yamaha RH3C Closed Circuit) which are connected through an amplifier (Alesis, 6 channels). Everything is then sent through to our mixer (FocusRite Sapphire Pro) and recorded through Soundtrack Pro.

Each microphone is recorded on a separate track so we can eliminate any unnecessary noise in post-production. Most of our experts and panelists travel to our studio for the tapings, however, we also interview special guests via skype. 

How have you promoted your shows?

Broadcasting from The Birth Education Center of San Diego has helped raise some awareness since our demographic is so similar. We’re also in the process of developing strong relationships with pregnancy and parenting organizations and attending relevant fairs, expos and conventions. 

Online, we’re starting to partner with popular websites and blogs who are attracting the same type of audience. Most of the time, these sites aren’t creating audio or video content, so it’s a great way to cross-promote because we’re adding value to their site.

Mommy and daddy bloggers are also a great resource for us. We give them a segment on our show in which they record their most popular blog posts and they promote the episode to their readers once it’s released. This gives them a new kind of voice and it introduces our shows to a whole new audience.

Facebook is also a huge part of our grassroots marketing efforts because so many new parents are using the site.

We always take behind-the-scene photos of our tapings. I add our show logos to the photos and upload them to facebook, tagging everyone in the photo so it appears on their timelines. I also use RSS Graffiti to automatically post all our new episodes and blog posts to our individual show pages. 

When a new episode is released, I post the episode link on the pages of everyone who participated in that episode. This creates some great buzz about each episode and it’s absolutely free! If I have an episode that’s extra special, I’ll pay $5 for a promoted post.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Nothing. I've made some big mistakes and I've been through some rough times, but that's how I learn. And through that process, I'm pretty much guaranteed to not make the same mistake again. 


So are you or your loved one an expectant mother, breastfeeding mom, or a new parent? Then you really must subscribe to any of the New Mommy Media shows. If you have any questions or feedback for Sunny, you can email sunny (at) newmommymedia (dot) com.


Start a podcast now!


Libsyn Turns Eight Years Old!

eight years of supporting podcasters by providing the best hosting platform

It’s Libsyn’s birthday today!!!!

Eight years serving the podcasting community.

We want to say thank you for all of your support. We are proud to be part of how you create and get your voice out!

If you want to know a bit more of our story, READ THIS


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Wedway NOW!

wedway now is hosted on libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Nate Parrish from Wedway NOW!


When did you start podcasting?

I podcast with my brother, and we started in March of 2009.

Why did you start podcasting?

We host a Disney history and touring podcast and we just liked to talk about the subject whenever we got together. Our family had taken many trips to Walt Disney World and Disneyland and it really became the main topic of conversation each time we talked.

After we discovered podcasts in 2007 we thought that we could probably put together a pretty good show based on our experience.

What’s your show about?

Most of our shows focus on news about the Disney company and feature a guest from the Disney online community: either a blogger, or podcaster or Twitter personality.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

For us, its real basic. We record over Skype as we live in different cities and it allows us to talk to guests easily. We use GarageBand to edit, Rogue Amoeba to record and we both use Blue Yeti USB microphones

How have you promoted your podcast?

I like to say that we ‘Built our podcast on Twitter.’ That is where we do the bulk of our promotions. We utilize as many social networks as we can but find that Twitter allows the easiest interaction

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I would have known that for listeners to feel like they are a part of a community that we needed a quality website for listeners to visit and leave feedback.


We know that there are a lot of Disney fans out there! Why don’t you give these guys a listen. If you have any feedback for Nate email podcast(at)wedwayradio(dot)com.


Are you ready to turn your interests and conversations into your own podcast?

   

Holiday App Makeover With iCloud Support and More!

We are working hard to update your app to the latest version in the next month so you can give your audience the best for the holidays!

Get excited, because these feature updates are sure to bring some holiday cheer!

Check out some of the awesome features you'll be getting in the next update.

Post Episodes to Your App in Four Different Formats

Text Posts

We know you have a podcast but there are those times when you want to offer an update, a special announcement or even a supersonic blog post you put together to your audience.

As you know It's a bit of a challenge to get your audience to go to your website sometimes, so now when you publish it to your app, your audience doesn't have to go anywhere else to get the info!

For those of you working with sponsors over the holidays, holding holiday contests or even asking for specific feedback this is the best way to do it!

PDF Posts

The simple way to post your show transcripts, extra notes, quizzes, coupons and even ebooks! You can do this right from within the app and users can download it to iBooks. Sweet.

Audio & Video Posts

Of course you continue to have the seamless publishing capability of all of your audio and/or video posts but with improved and more customized playback options!

Learn what the best formats are for Audio & Video.

iCloud Support, Sharing & More Customization Options

iCloud Support

Yeay for iCloud support!

Your app settings, Facebook login, MyLibsyn login, Continuous Playback, etc. will also be synced along devices, such as your Favorites! Great little feature particularly if you're traveling and have one of your devices stored away :)

Sharing Features

As always our sharing features support Twitter and Facebook, but now your audience can share your episode right from within the episode page! So much easier and we're sure you'll get more love.

More Customization

Users can now change what icons appear on the menu bar at the bottom of the app, customize even more playback options like playback quality.

If you want to be among the first to update your app, sign up HERE

Are you ready?


An Alternative to Premiumcast? Check out MyLibsyn

easy ways to monetize your podcast

It has come to our attention that PremiumCast.com is closing down.

Although we at this time do not have the full details of what is going on, it seems that PremiumCast might be going away, due to Nanacast “pulling the plug” as the amazing Dan Klass puts it.

If you were using PremiumCast you wanted to generate income from your content.

If you were using PremiumCast you had an audience that had chosen to pay you for your podcast.

And now you might just be stuck.

Or not…

Please consider an alternative MyLibsyn.

Mylibsyn is the power to offer your audience access to your Premium Content across all platforms in a totally simple way.

We know that you’ve had ideas to monetize your podcast. We know that you’ve been wanting to offer more value, deepen the relationships with your audience as well as make some money while you are at it.

Mylibsyn makes it easy for you and totally convenient for your audience.

Here’s the deal,

You control the premium content offering

  • You create whatever premium audio or video content you desire (no pre-approval required.)
  • You set the content subscription pricing
  • You get a premium webpage created just for you.

Your premium content can be offered across all platforms

Think of it this way, your content will be available across platforms the way that Netflix is available in multiple platforms, anytime, anywhere.

  • Premium web page
  • iOS devices via your own branded app
  • Android devices via your own branded app

Who’s Using Mylibsyn?

Here are just a few producers that are using Mylibsyn:

If you want to more crazy cool details about Mylibsyn and how you can take your podcast into the Premium realm come on by HERE and start the conversation!


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Unloading

The Unloading hosts their amazing podcast on libsyn the best podcast hosting

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Jim Ruffatto from The Unloading


When did you start podcasting?

We (Mary Sandberg, Stephanie Fallara, Pete Zimmerman and myself) started podcasting in June.

Why did you start podcasting?

We started podcasting because we all used to work together in commercial radio, and then podcasting.

Over the last year we all lost our jobs but since we were all friends for so long it was only natural that we do something together, hence our weekly podcast.

What is your show about?

The Unloading is really about whatever is going on in our lives. Whatever we’re up to socially, movies we’ve seen, TV shows we like. My wife just had a baby so there was a couple of weeks where we discussed all of that.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We broadcast on Shure microphones using a Mackie mixer. We record on an iPhone using Fire2 software and then edit in Audacity.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We’ve mainly promoted our podcast on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

We’re not just saying this because we’re being featured on the Libsyn blog, but going with Libsyn right off the bat would have been the wisest thing to do.

We had no idea how much bandwidth we’d actually be using so the other service we tried wasn’t cost prohibitive.


Take the time to check out The Unloading! If you have some feedback for these guys follow them on twitter or Facebook.


Do you have something to say? You need to start your podcast.

   

Check Out Our Sessions at Podcamp Pittsburgh 7

The Podcamp Pittsburgh kick-off party starts in just a few hours - we are super excited to get to spend the weekend talking shop with some of our favorite customers and folks who are new to podcasting. Rob and Elsie from our team have put together some great presentations for this weekend.  If you are going to be attending this weekend (you can get all of the details on Podcamp Pittsburgh 7 here) - make sure to check out these 3 great sessions!

Saturday 10 am - Podcasting – The Behind the Scenes Look

Saturday 11am - How to Audio Podcast 100% from an iPad

Sunday 10am - The ROI Of Podcasting: 9 Examples of Businesses Podcasting Successfully

Make sure to follow @Libsyn on Twitter and use the official Podcamp Pittsburgh 7 hashtag #pcpgh7 - we'll be tweeting out tips and treats all weekend long!


Some Halloween Podcast Episodes

Looking for some spooktacular things to listen to? Check out some of these goulish episodes that the Libsyn producers have put together for Halloween!


Join Us for Podcamp Pittsburgh This Weekend


This Saturday and Sunday is the 7th Annual Podcamp Pittsburgh!  Libsyn is pleased to be a sponsor and have both Rob Walch and Elsie Escobar from our team present.

What is Podcamp?

Podcamp is a low-cost (usually free) conference type event, where folks who love podcasting and social media gather to talk shop, share ideas and learn from each other. Podcamps are held in cities around the world, usually on an annual basis. Visit this website to see if there is a podcamp coming to your city.

Podcamp Pittbsurgh is This Weekend!

Podcamp Pittsburgh will be held at Point Park University on October 27 & 28, 2012. There is a Keynote speaker at 9 am each day followed by presentations and panels from 10am to 4pm. Registration is free, VIP registration is $25 which gets you a snazzy Podcamp Pittsburgh t-shirt and a swag bag.  Click here to register.

If you are planning to attend - be sure to say hello to the members of the Libsyn team who will be there - make sure to follow @Libsyn on Twitter and use the official hashtag #pcpgh7 - we'll be doing some giveaways and sharing tips all weekend long.

You can follow Podcamp Pittsburgh on Twitter @pcpgh and Facebook facebook.com/podcamppittsburgh

Let Us Know If You Are Going To Attend!

If you are planning to attend - please eave a comment below with a link to your podcast - so we can make sure to say hello to you this weekend.


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Live. Love. Eat.

live. love. eat host at the best podcast host libsyn

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Stefani Ruper from Live. Love. Eat.


When did you start podcasting?

I recorded the first episode of Live. Love. Eat. In June 2012. 


Why did you start podcasting?

Live. Love. Eat. sprung up out of work that I do at the website Paleo for Women, at which I advocate holistic health and evolutionary nutrition for women’s health issues.

These issues include hormonal imbalances and fertility problems, but they also include disordered eating and body image concerns. This is what Live. Love. Eat. speaks to.

Live. Love. Eat. is not exclusive to a paleo diet or to paleo practitioners. It is simply a means by which I and my community can communicate about and share in the joys, struggles, and triumphs of each individual’s relationship with food. 


What’s your show about?


 Each episode of Live. Love. Eat. is an interview with someone who has stepped up to share the story of her (or his) relationships with food and with her body.

She may be a disordered eater, she may be a paleo dieter, she may be totally at peace with her body, or not. He may be overweight, or he may be underweight. Guests are volunteer clients of mine as well as popular writers and bloggers.

They come in the show in order to create a sense of camaraderie within the community, as well as to inspire others in their own strengths and journeys.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc. 


We are about as low-tech as it comes. I communicate on Skype, use a Logitech headset, and record with audacity.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Via paleoforwomen.com, as well as on iTunes.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

How to be silent and wait for words rather than saying “um” every four seconds.


If you’ve been wanting to take your health more seriously then SUBSCRIBE you must. If you have any feedback for Stephanie, you can email her at stefaniruper(at)paleoforwomen(dot)com.


It’s time to start podcasting!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Chicken Thistle Farm Coopcast

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Andy Prior from The Chicken Thistle Farm CoopCast


When did you start podcasting?

We recorded our first podcast on the first of the year (2012). We kinda filled the week between the holidays with our first podcast experiment because the farm was slow and we were on “real job” vacations. But we were actually thinking about shows, segments and content for most of 2011.

Why did you start podcasting?

We had been chronicling our pasture to plate journey on our farm for a few years via our blog but found that we were posting updates less and less (the polite way of saying we were getting tired of that form of media).

We seemed to find it harder to write about the conversations we were having with farmers and customers and easier to talk about it. We also found that most content out there is always on one end of the spectrum or the other which had been a challenge for us when we were early in the farming learning curve.

We finally decided to get it together and produce our own podcast that was as transparent as how we practice farming.

We had a lot of customers that told us we should “tell the story” via a podcast so after we looked at what was out there and struggled to find decent podcasts on farming that shared our values, thought process and situation we thought “it’s time to step up and start our own” because we knew our situation was not unique!

What’s your show about?

More than just chickens in a coop - that’s for sure! It’s our take on the farming, gardening, homesteading podcast with painful attempts to inject Andy’s brand of humor (it’s bad) into the conversation.

We try to keep our topics approachable by either the avid farmer or by people who are just curious about what goes on around a farm. We talk about starting, running and maintaining a small scale, sustainable and natural farmstead (with full time day jobs too).

Since we are committed to a weekly schedule our updates start to seem like a “farming soap opera” and we find listeners wanting more of the story.

We generally break each episode up into 3-4 different sections that try and have a common theme running through all of them. “Farming”, “gardening” and “homesteading” is a surprisingly competitive / congested space in the podcast-o-sphere with a spectrum of quality and content.

We hoped our quality and content would make us a compelling download… thankfully our growing number of terrific listeners agree!

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We started our podcasts on SquareSpace and learned the hardway that’s not the RIGHT way to host a podcast.

So we left our written content over there (it’s a great platform for other content and easier to manage than constant Wordpress updates) and moved the podcasting over to libsyn.

To record an episode we put together an agenda and then we use our studio (the dinning room on the farm), a pair of Blue Yeti USB microphones and GarageBand on a MacBook (hot tea to soothe the throats when talking too).

Part of being able to produce a solid episode every week when it’s the middle of the busy farming season is the simplicity of the setup. That said, we are obsessive about clean edits and clear sound. When we change something the listeners tell us if its working or not.

How have you promoted your podcast?

iTunes is a ROUGH world. It’s a black box of ratings wonderment… so of course we started there!
We got lucky on launch and ranked in the top 2-3 slots in New and Noteworthy in our category for the first month and that got us rolling. We use social media pretty heavily too (Facebook and Twitter) and have watched as show fans from all around the world have connected with us and shared their stores and inspiration.

We now have a very regular segment called the CoopCast Community where we talk about listener feedback and try our best to answer some of the questions we get each week. For us word of mouth is how we grew the farm and how we are growing the podcasting audience (so please go give us a rating on iTunes - see how we did that).

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

With farming or podcasting? Just about everything, is that a fair answer?

We wish we knew how awesome the listeners were going to be. We have had them send us books, design and send us tools to solve farming problems we share, email us with inspirations and their own questions and certainly challenge us and our convictions.

Blogging was fun but generally impersonal. Like our reviews on iTunes say, podcasting with us feels like a friendly conversation and that goes beyond our content but to the great relationships we have been growing in our listener community!


Is farming, gardening and homesteading your thing? Well you are in luck. Subscribe to the Chicken Thistle Farm Coopcast and join their community! If you have any feedback for these guys please email andy(at)chickenthistlefarm(dot)com or follow @chickenthistle or like them on Facebook.


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A Round Up of the Last 3 Months of Rockin' New Libsyn Podcasts

Here is a round up of all of the new Libsyn podcasts we've featured on the Libsyn Blog in the past 3 months - lots of great new shows to check out.


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The War of 1812 Podcast

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Hammond and Dylan Knight from Forgotten Wars: The War of 1812


When did you start podcasting?

June 18th. It was our mom’s birthday and the 200th anniversary of the declaration of war.

Why did you start podcasting?

Hammond: For me it was a great opportunity to continue to learn and share history after college. Also, I grew up in a household without a television (I know right?) so I grew up listening Prairie Home Companion and All Things Considered and This American Life, so it has been a lot of fun to share something in a similar medium.

Dylan: I listened to history podcasts all the time. And I realized there are so many other subjects that weren’t covered. I took a class covering early American history and all the oddities surrounding the War of 1812 caught my attention.

What’s your show about?

The causes, courses, and consequences of the War of 1812. We’re hoping to expand it to other forgotten wars… But we’ve got our hands full with the War of 1812 right now.

What’s your podcasting set-up?

Ha ha a Macbook Pro, a Logitech Microphone, and a blanket fort.

Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Huh?

How have you promoted your podcast?

Facebook, Twitter, history blogs and forums.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

The amount of time it would take and how to edit sound. Our first episode was really rough and we wish we had a stronger start. But it has been worth it. We have gotten great and helpful feedback, and it’s fun.


Raring to inhale all you can about the War of 1812, this is your podcast, so you need to subscribe.


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Podcasting Support on Windows 8?

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Is it happening?

Well, it can.

It’s up to you.

Speak up and let them now ASAP that you want to have built in podcast support on Windows 8.

Do it for podcasting. Go here and leave a comment…NOW.

C’mon podcasters, this is when it counts! 

Share the link on Twitter, post on Facebook, use the image and Pin it, mention it on your podcast. Use all your resources.

Let Microsoft know we want podcasting on Windows 8!

Comment HERE and let them know you want it.


Calling All Kansas Podcasters - Our Rob Walch Is the Keynote Speaker for Podcamp Topeka

Podcamp Topeka is next week - October 13, 2012! What is Podcamp? If you haven't had the opportunity to attend a podcamp yet you are probably asking that very question.  From the podcamp Topeka website:

PodCamp Topeka is a low cost unconference dedicated to emerging web media - social networks, podcasting & videoblogging, blogging, Twitter, Facebook, photography, and web design, for starters. Our goal? To learn about social media from social media experts, to network with fellow bloggers, podcasters & social media creators ... and to have a blast!

What is an unconference?

An "unconference" is a gathering where you call the shots. You won't find a traditional speaker and an audience at Podcamp Topeka! Instead, you'll find a facilitator that starts off the discussion ... and everyone else can chime in! It's a great way to learn from each other.

Our very own Rob Walch - who is our head of all things podcaster relations here at Libsyn - is the keynote speaker for Podcamp Topeka.  Read more about Rob and his pre  When Rob isn't talking about all things Libsyn, he is the host of the podcast Today in iOs (iPhone).  Read more about Rob and his podcast here.

If you are in the Kansasa City/Topeka area - sign up to attend Podcamp Topeka on October 13.

Podcamp Topeka
October 13, 2012 8:30am-4:30pm
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

http://podcamptopeka.org @podcamptopeka


Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Hey, Get Off My Lawn

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Bryan Cox from Hey! Get Off My Lawn


When did you start podcasting?

Off and on I’ve been fooling around with podcasting for about 2 years. It was a natural progression from Radio.

Why did you start podcasting?

A few years ago, I noticed, it seemed that any kid with a “Barbie Microphone” was calling himself a podcaster. Recently major corporations and professionals from all walks of life were offering Podcasts.

This tweaked my interest because I have over 25 years in the radio business so, doing a podcast is almost identical to doing a radio show and it’s just as fun.

The only difference is that in “modern” radio you’ve got management breathing down your neck. Doing a podcast…it’s creative freedom! The way radio used to be.

What’s your show about?

Coming up with a show idea was tough. Someone once said…”talk about what you know and know about what you talk about”. As mentioned before I was in radio for a while and I also have over 15 years under my belt as a stand-up comic.

As I age I’m beginning to really understand that old guy that yells, “Hey Get Off My Lawn” thus the podcast was born and is being raised on The Sideshow Network.

Everyone has someone or something they want off their lawn, which is a metaphor for what pisses you off. Hey Get Off My Lawn was born and has been embraced by the entertainment world.

We get celebrities from all walks of entertainment venting about who they want off their lawn.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I have a home studio for my voice over business and it’s perfect for podcasting as well. It’s all Mac based and includes several Rode Mics…the NT1-A is my fav, M-Audio Studio Pro Speakers, M-Box as a Pre-Amp and I use Pro Tools or Logic Pro.

For my phone interviews theres a JK Audio phone patch and if all else fails…we’ll record off of skype…which is really pretty good. For remote interview recording I use iRig with Mic on the iPhone with great results.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I promote through Facebook and Facebook Fan Page and Twitter. FB has added a PAY feature where you can promote a post. I’ve had a lot of hits from that.

Sideshow Network also promotes it as well. The podcast is interview based so when an episode is up the person we interview gets a link and they promote it for us. And of course this interview is helping out…Thank You!

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

It’s really hard to make money off of podcasting. You have to enter by realizing that this is going to be a labour of love and believe me, it takes a ton of time to put out a great product.

This is one reason we see a lot of podcasters dropping by the wayside.

I also wish someone answered the question…Now that you have a podcast recorded…what do you do with it now? For me I have to thank Levity Entertainment and The Sideshow Network. You’ll find the one that right for you!


You know you’ve gotten that “Get-off-my-lawn” feeling, why not join in and listen? Subscribe to Hey! Get off My Lawn! And if you are interested in giving Roddy some feedback send it on over contact (at) sideshow network (dot) tv


You really do need to get started podcasting

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: SDConCast

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Jeremy Rutz from SDConCast


When did you start podcasting?

I’ve tried to start up a podcast for years and dabbled in a few pilot episodes for other sites since 2006, but nothing ever stuck.

I’ve been writing for SDCCBlog.com since last year, and the Editor-in-chief let us record a pilot episode of the SDConCast this past June. We liked doing it, and thankfully people liked to listen to it!

Why did you start podcasting?

With the SDConCast, we had a great group of folks who were passionate about San Diego Comic-Con and willing to put in the time to record weekly.

It was really fun to connect with each other on a weekly basis and talk about our common interests, knowing that we were building an audience who appreciated the time and effort we put into producing the show.

What’s your show about?

The SDConCast is a podcast which covers all the news surrounding the San Diego Comic-Con, the annual geek pilgrimage that brings together 140,000 people from all over the world to celebrate comics, movies, film, videogames and toys.

As far as I can tell, we’re the only podcast dedicated to San Diego Comic-Con, and we found there was a passionate audience just waiting for a podcast like this.

Our coverage of the 2012 event schedule was our most popular episode of the year, because there wasn’t a podcast out there that provided that kind of in-depth coverage.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

  • Behringer XENYX 1002B Premium 10-Input 2-Bus Mixer
  • Behringer C-3 Dual-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
  • Mix-Minus setup with Skype for remote guests
  • Zoom H2 digital recorder to record the mix
  • Post-Production with Audacity
  • Publish to Wordpress Blog

How have you promoted your podcast?

We use our blog, SDCCBlog.com, which already had an established and growing audience, as well as our Twitter account, @SD_Comic_Con, which has over 14,000 followers and growing.

Because our podcast is the only one dedicated to San Diego Comic-Con, word of mouth spread quickly regarding what we were doing via Twitter.

We also picked up a nice bump in listeners when we created our iTunes feed. iTunes is the leading podcatcher, so having that feed was essential for listeners to subscribe and download our episodes.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

ID3 tags, mixing and leveling - all the tricks in post-production which makes a better sounding podcast! If you listen to our first and last episodes back-to-back you’ll hear a big difference in quality.

We were also a little edit-heavy in the early episodes, but learned to leave the conversations alone later on. So what if there are a few “um”s and pause? it’s more natural that way.

We learned a lot through the first nine episodes and can’t wait for con season to resume so we can start right back where we left off.


All you Comic Con fans need to subscribe and support a great podcast! Have any feedback for SDConCast send it to sdcomiccon.blog(at)gmail(dot)com.


You know you need to start podcasting right?

   

Podcaster Panic Fueled By Feedburner Broken Counting Code

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It seems that the podcasting community has been all aflutter due to some weirdness going on with Feedburner that started this Friday September 21.

The problem as stated on their blog:

We have been encountering difficulties with our stats production pipeline for data representing Sept 19th and 20th, 2012. We are currently working to solve the issue.”

There are quite a substantial amount of podcasters that use Feedburner as the feed that they submit into iTunes, and given what seems to be an attention getting blog post by Feedburner’s competitor earlier this month, this technical issue caused quite a few podcasters to get panic attacks.

And what do podcasters (and bloggers for that matter) do when panic ensues? They take it to social media* and reach out to the podcasting experts for what should I do???

Here is a calm and well thought out response from one of the most well-known podcasting experts about the whole matter.

Very much worth a read if you are using Feedburner.

Now, you know, you could simply have avoided the anxiety and simply use the libsyn feed.

Just sayin’ ;)

Changing your iTunes Feedburner feed to your libsyn feed

Now if you do want to change your iTunes Feedburner feed to your libsyn feed follow these quick instructions.

  1. Go into your libsyn UI - and click on “Destinations”

  2. Click on “Libsyn Classic Feed” (or whatever you renamed it to) on the left.

  3. Click on “Advanced Options”

  4. Scroll down to “Extra RSS Tags” and add the following in the text box: <itunes:new-feed-url>http://ACCOUNTNAME.libsyn.com/rss</itunes:new-feed-url>

Where ACCOUNTNAME = your shows unique account name (slug) with libsyn.  

This should be the same URL as what you currently have feedburner pointing to.

By adding the above, anyone that is subscribed with iTunes or Apple Podcasts App - will automatically be switched over to your source feed.

It will also change the feed listed in iTunes to your libsyn source feed. 

This way you can at least rest assured if Feedburner does go down in the future you have at least saved all your iTunes subscribers.  

*NOTE: link above was to the twitter search #feedburner on Sept. 22, so if you are clicking through later, search results may not be relevant

   

Variety covering podcasts!

marc maron is leading the way for podcasters into mainstream media

It’s always nice when an industry publication recognizes that podcasts are moving into mainstream. Whether or not that’s a good thing or not can be debated, but regardless it’s happening.

What’s so great about this transition is that the voice of Marc Maron has maintained a great sense of groundedness and passion for the medium. This is good because whether he likes it or not he is representing podcasters.

The quote that you see above is just a little bit of the wisdom that Maron imparts in the interview.

You really should go ahead and read it. Great food for podcasting thought.

Elsie Escobar

   

Should You Upgrade To The iPhone 5? Let The Specs Lead The Way

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There is PLENTY of talk all over the blogosphere and the podosphere about the iPhone 5, and particularly whether or not you should:

  1. Get the iPhone 5
  2. Upgrade to the iPhone 5

A lot of what’s out there is good information but nothing breaks it down quite like our very own Rob Walch. He wrote a stellar post breaking down all the specs from iPhone 4 to iPhone 5.

You can see for yourself if that iPhone 5 is worth it or not.

He’s got some great charts. One of them is above.

Check out the full post. It’s so good.

Elsie Escobar

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Consequence

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Brian Thompson from Consequence


When did you start podcasting?

Consequence is a production of the James Randi Educational Foundation, which first began podcasting in January 2010 with the show For Good Reason, hosted by the JREF’s president D.J. Grothe.

Independent of the JREF, I began podcasting in 2007 by co-hosting and producing a comedy show called The Amateur Scientist Podcast, which eventually spun off into a small network of comedy podcasts I produce through AmateurScientist.org, including our current flagship show Quit It.

Why did you start podcasting?

As a kid I used to run around with a Fisher-Price tape recorder and make little comedy shows with my friends.

I’ve always enjoyed the intimacy of audio entertainment.

We watch TV or movies on a screen from a distance, but a radio show or a podcast is a voice right in our ears.

When we listen, we often create private spaces for ourselves between a pair of headphones or in the cocoons of our cars. I love making audio, and podcasting has nearly eliminated the barrier to entry for getting that kind of work to an audience.

People have to seek out podcasts, but that act of seeking builds a unique relationship between producers and consumers.

What’s your show about?

The tagline of Consequence is “true stories about false things.” Thousands and thousands of people all over the world have been harmed financially, emotionally, or even physically by believing in superstition, pseudoscience, or paranormal phenomena that turned out not to be true.

On Consequence, the James Randi Educational Foundation provides a forum for those people to share their stories.

What’s your podcasting setup?

Let’s go from the voice to the download, if you will.

I record with a Heil PR-40 microphone. In-studio guests use a Shure SM-58 with a hefty pop filter.

Both of these mics are sent through an M-Audio Fast Track Pro USB interface, which does a good job of providing enough power without breaking the bank.

It’s also very portable, which is important for field interviews. I also record guests over Skype using either Pamela (on PC) or Call Recorder (on Mac).

In-studio, I record and master in Sony Soundforge on a PC and do multi-track editing in Adobe Audition. Field recordings are done much the same way, though I use GarageBand on a MacBook Pro for the initial recording before sending the file over to Soundforge.

The finished .mp3 is sent through a freeware ID3 editing program to add all the track info and artwork, and then it’s uploaded to Libsyn. For Consequence, we use Libsyn’s standard RSS feed.

How have you promoted your podcast?

The JREF has a huge social networking and web presence, so promotion is thankfully simple. Consequence has a permanent page on our website, Randi.org, and is also recapped in blog posts there.

A link and a summary for each new episode are also posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages, which regularly reach tens of thousands of people.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I had known where best to spend my resources.

When making a podcast, there are a lot of choices to make about where to skimp or splurge, especially if you’re an independent producer whose budget is the contents of your own wallet.

If I could give my former self advice, I’d say to buy the best microphone you can afford, and just do what you can with the rest. You can make a great-sounding show with free editing software, but if the recording itself is sub-par, no amount of post-production can fix it.

Even if you don’t buy a very expensive mic, learn about recording technique. Use what you have as well as you can, and you can make something great. If you’re not at least trying to make something great, don’t bother.


You wanna get to know the truth about false things? You know where to go, subscribe. If you have any feedback for Brian, you can send along your feedback to consequence(at)randi(dot)org


Get your truth out onto the world and start podcasting

   

Podcasting Luminaries: Wayne Henderson

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Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more!

In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness

Can we say prolific? This week’s podcast Luminary is just that. Wayne Henderson has been podcasting since August 2005.

He has four podcasts: The Packers Fan Podcast - the show by, and for, fans of the 13-time world champion Green Bay Packers NFL team. FRiNGEcasting With Wayne And Dan - devoted to the Fox tv show FRiNGE. Christmas Memories Past and Present - a seasonal podcast, coincidentally focused on Christmas memories from the past and the present. Tuning In With Wayne Henderson - his first podcast, covers a variety of subjects, and was the launchpad for his other podcasts.

And that’s not all!

He’s also previously and/or periodically produced: LOSTcasting With Wayne And Dan - popular podcast devoted to the best show to ever appear on television, ABC’s LOST. The Voice-Over Journey - sharing advice found from his voice-over journey career, as well as the advice from other voice actors, in all different stages in their careers.


Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

I podcast, not only for fun, but also for the enjoyment in interacting with like-minded fans the the things I podcast about. At the same time, I do want to monetize my efforts.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Podcasting has created all kinds of opportunities for me personally and professionally. Not only has it brought additional attention to my voice-over business, but I’ve received some mind-blowing feedback from listeners around the world.

In addition, some of my shows’ raving fans have sent me care-package gifts from Comic-Con, and one fan even gave me a free ticket to see a Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field!

What advise would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

Focus on your listeners, no matter how small the audience may seem at the time. Enjoy the interactions with your listener community by every means possible: Email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

How important is podcasting to the success of other revenue generating opportunities you currently have?

Podcasting has played a very important part in the promotion of my voice-over business. It has helped create some income generating opportunities for voice-over jobs, as well as some consulting and speaking engagements for me as well.

The speaking and consulting gigs were really fun for me, and made me get out of my “comfort zone” of being behind the mic. I hope to do more of those types of things in 2013!

Did you start off podcasting and that lead into a business or did you see podcasting as a necessary support for an existing business?

After being “on the air” in broadcast radio for a number of years, working for low pay, all while not having much of a creative outlet, I came across a newspaper article in early 2005 about a man in my area doing voice-overs and podcasts from his home studio.

I was instantly struck by the idea of podcasting, and have been hooked from that moment! After a few months of research, and a few paydays of equipment investments, I started bringing my dreams of providing entertaining shows from my home to life!

At the same time, I knew that I could record quality voice-overs for other businesses and podcasts from that same home studio set-up.

Right now, I am excited for the upcoming football season and how my Packers Fan Podcast will be following the Green Bay Packers this year! In addition, with this being the final season of FRiNGE on Fox tv, it will bring additional focus to my FRiNGEcasting With Wayne And Dan podcast.


Wayne has so much amazing content + he’s a great guy, you should very much consider checking it out. If you have any feedback for him please send an email over to feedback(at)mediavoiceovers(dot)com or call (904) 469-7469


You know it’s time for you to start your own podcast!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Conversation Hub

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Marc Vaillancourt from The Conversation Hub


When did you start podcasting?

I posted my first episode in late May 2010. Save for a few weeks off here and there, I post every Tuesday morning at 7am. We just posted episode #116.

Why did you start podcasting?

I helped a former employer produce a podcast to help disseminate information to the staff and I was hooked!

I’m also a big fan of shows like This American Life and The Story with Dick Gordon – there’s just something about great stories and great conversation.

I’m also addicted to coffee and conversation – both of them go together so well and I wanted to have a platform to engage in and share great conversations with the world.

The only way I knew how to do that what to create The Conversation Hub podcast!

What’s your show about?

As you probably can tell by the name of the show and by what I shared as an answer to the previous question, I love great conversations!

I created The Conversation Hub podcast because I believe the following:

Through conversation … relationships are formed; Through conversation … knowledge is shared; and, Through conversation … life happens and finds meaning.

We engage and share meaningful conversations on topics ranging from business to life and everything in between.

I’ve stayed true to this vision and our guest list shows it. I’ve had the honor of interview New York Times best selling authors, a BNSF train conductor, a cage fighter, two contemporary Christian recording artists, National Public Radio personalities (Bob Edwards, Guy Raz, Dick Gordon & Roman Mars) and people with great stories. It’s been a ton of fun and I hope you’ll tune in next Tuesday and listen to another great conversation!

What’s your podcasting set-up?

My set up is a work in progress. I currently record using Audacity on my MacBook Pro. I’ll be up-grading to Adobe Audition soon. I use two Sure SM58 microphones (I’m also a musician and I love this mic) and an Alesis MultiMix4USB mixer.

Carrying all that stuff around is starting to be a burden and not conducive to impromptu conversations. For that reason, I be getting a field recording device – I’m debating between the Zoom H4n and a Marantz PMD661 – and getting a Rode shotgun mic.

And, it goes without saying that the folks at libsyn are awesome. Having recently joined the libsyn community all I can say is this – why did it take me so long!?!?!

How have you promoted your podcast?

I haven’t done any advertising for the show - I’m entirely dependent on word of mouth. We post episodes every Tuesday and push them out to various social networks. It’s a work in progress and every episode we get more tracking.

The fun part is that some of our episodes do have a ‘long tail’ and that’s been very exciting to see.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I wish I had a mentor to help me walk through my equipment set-up. My show quality is good but I know it can be better.

My biggest challenge – getting decent audio quality on interviews/conversations I record over the phone.

What I use currently is not really working and I need a better solution. I would love your advice!!!


Wanna get immersed into great conversation? Then you need to subscribe. If you have any feedback for Marc you can send it over to marc(at)marcvaillancourt(dot)com.


Start podcasting now.

   

Podcasting Luminaries: Hutch Jr. From Burghs Eye View

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Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more!

In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness


Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

My name is Hutch Jr. and I’ve been producing BURGHSEYEVIEW since October of 2006.

The show started out chronicling the high school football career of Hutch III but morphed into a purely Pittsburgh show. I was chased out of town in the early 80’s due to the unemployment situation at the time and became part of Steeler Nation.

I was gone for 20 years and longed for anything Pittsburgh every one of them. The show is for folks like me who are living in Nebraska yearning for a chipped ham sammich.  Yinzers in exile.

We talk history, local news and straight banter. We’ll have a beer and sometimes don’t delete the expletives. A young lady named Shell is my regular cohost as Hutch III is training to become an Army Lieutenant.

Episodes 16 - 40 were recorded on the way to or on location in Iraq. Some segments include the Pat Bus Vocabulary Moment, Things that Piss Hutch Off and earlier shows feature the Bloomfield Update.

Come get your Burgh on.

What is your most memorable feedback from a listener?

Some of the great voicemails and feedback we’ve received are from Holly who was listening and yearning from Zambia.

I actually got to meet her on a trip home (she brought Zambian beer!!), Alan from Ireland who is a great listener, but I missed him on a trip to Pittsburgh.

I always offer to send a Burghseyeview calendar to any listener who lives abroad and on his 3rd one he sent the show a picture with it mounted in his fathers office aboard an Irish Navy Vessel, pure awesome!

Getting feedback and meeting local podcasters is great too. Here’s a presentation we put on at Pittsburgh Podcamp 5 about the subject of keeping your show alive.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Facebook  and Twitter @burghseyeview have definitely increased our social media footprint and generated a lot of conversation.

I particularly enjoy the way Libsyn has been innovative lately with these venues being populated when an episode is published. Keep on experimenting with this, it cuts down on my work time!

What is your podcasting workflow?

My workflow consists of writing down goofy or great things that I see everyday on my iPhone “Notes”, then when it’s showtime I’ll sit down for a couple hours and gather more material online and from written sources and author the shownotes.

Shell will do her research, we’ll fill up the beers and head to the studio. A Ustream livestream is initiated for video and we start recording.

Shell handles the chatroom and I manage the video. The main show is audio, the video has evolved in the last year or so. 

What has changed the most in your show since you started?

Up until 2008 I would share conservative political opinions on the show, but after some negative feedback on iTunes comments we had a meeting and decided to take all non Pittsburgh related politics off the show and we did.

This created an opportunity for me to create another show with a friend Ward that I had met at a previous Podcamp.

The show is in it’s second year and if your looking for a conservative viewpoint Steel City Resistance (video) is for you.


You read it folks! If you’re up you wanna get your Burgh on, then you must SUBSCRIBE! If you wanna get your conservatism on, then try THIS. If you have any feedback for Hutch Jr please call 412-567-1460 or email burghseyeview(at)gmail(dot)com.


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcast -Alonzo Bodden: Who's Paying Attention

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Alonso Bodden from Who’s Paying Attention


When did you start podcasting?

I started recording podcasts in March. I know many comics already have a podcast, and when I realized I was late to the game I figured I better get going.

I hope someone is listening.

Why did you start podcasting?

Well, my theme is ‘Who’s Paying Attention?’ and I rant about the press using stories from the media. I feel I have a lot to say, much of which is funny.

It was too late for me to enter the Republican primaries, so I figured a podcast was the next best thing for comical opinions.

What is your show about?

The show is mainly my take on the news. I cover all topics from politics to social issues. I love talking sports, but not the scores. I like the issues and the comedy of it. I take on social topics, like celebrities and trends, but only because they are so ridiculous.

For example, what the hell was Kim Kardashian doing at the White House press dinner? Doesn’t she know every brother there is married?

Michelle Obama is not going put up with a Kardashian creeping around.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I use my iMac and a microphone. I then send what I record to Roddy and the guys at Sideshow Network.

Sideshow adds the background music, did I mention I do the podcast to jazz?

I think it enhances the cool-factor. Once it has been edited, they send it out to the masses.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Twitter , Facebook, NPR, radio appearances, other podcasts including Adam Corolla’s, and of course I’m hoping your brilliant blog brings in a few million subscribers…

What do you know now that you wish you had known when you started?

I wish I had known people were interested sooner. I guess there really are people paying attention. I have to get to work on this, and I regret not starting sooner.


Whaddaya says guys? Let’s let Alonzo know that we are very much paying attention! Subscribe and show Alonzo the power of the libsyn blog ;) If you want to contact Alonzo or have any feedback for him, you can send it on over to contact (at) sideshownetwork (dot) tv.


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Podcasting Luminaries: Jim Harold

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Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more! In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness

Jim Harold created The Paranormal Podcast in 2005! In addition to his podcasting prowess, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Communication Theory and Methodology and is accredited as a Certified Digital Media Consultant by the Radio Advertising Bureau.

He is very proud to have bootstrapped Jim Harold Media, LLC and associated projects to make them his full time profession.

If you want to learn more about Jim, read more right here


How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

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I began podcasting in 2005 out of frustration. I had gone to school for broadcasting but ended up working in media but on the business side, never in front of the mic…this always bothered me. At 35 years old, I felt that I had lost the opportunity to pursue my dream career but thought I’d try this podcast thing.

Seven years later, I am a published author and am producing content full time.

I have had the privilege to co-host podcast series with two nationally known TV personalities (Kate Botello and Clayton Morris).

No podcast, no book deal…no podcast, no second career.

Granted, I am no Leo Laporte and money is tight but this is an incredible opportunity to do what I love for a living and to explore a topic which utterly fascinates me.

The paranormal has been a lifelong interest for me going back to watching “In Search Of…” as a kid. It is ALL because of podcasting.

When I went to school in the late 80s & early 90s for broadcasting, you were at the mercy of station owners, program directors, etc., to get an opportunity.

If I had gone to a station pitching my show back in ‘05, they would have laughed at me or, at best, tried to have sold me block time for thousands of dollars to have the privilege to air my show at horrible hours reaching an audience limited to a small geographic area!

Now I produce some of the top rated paranormal-oriented podcasts in the world…podcasting has meant everything to me professionally. It saved me.

What advice would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

Look at people like Cliff Ravenscraft, Marc Maron, me (to a much lesser extent), and others who have transformed their careers and lives via podcasting. If you produce good stuff then you will be found and grow.

Some people consider me an overnight success, in terms of going full time, but it took seven years! another great podcast from Jim Harold hosted on libsyn

Don’t podcast if it is just to make money, you could probably do a lot better selling cars or real estate BUT if you love doing it, love the topic, and think you could make a business of it…go for it.

Also, podcasting as a hobby (which it was essentially for me for the first few years) is a very honorable and rewarding pursuit as well!

Most shows won’t immediately “hit”, but if you super serve a niche you can make an impact.

Produce weekly, don’t worry about having the best equipment from day one BUT make sure that you make what you have to work with sound as good as it can.

I started with a USB headset, Audacity, and a Libsyn account (of course!)…with that I was able to build a following and upgrade my equipment as I went along.

Note, things did not start to fully “catch” for me until I started to get super consistent with weekly production which wasn’t until 2008.

My tips include: CARE ABOUT YOUR AUDIENCE, produce every week, super serve a niche, produce great content, be yourself, maximize the sound quality through technique not by necessarily having thousands of dollars worth of equipment and educate yourself constantly.

Don’t be intimidated by the tech…basically other than my broadcast training everything I have learned technically to produce and distribute the shows, I taught myself. The information is all out there, most of it for free on the Net.

What is your workflow: include hardware, software, text editing, and services as necessary.

Hardware

Windows 7 Desktop (self built), Heil PR 40 with pop filter, shockmount and mic arm, Onyx Blackjack USB Interface

Software

Adobe Audition 5.5, Powergramo, WordPress, Levelator 2 (GREAT), Vodburner (to record video podcasts)

Services

Libsyn – I cannot overstate how great Libsyn has been. I continue to use them for all of my media serving needs for my free podcasts. You can’t go wrong with their plans and uptime is excellent.

I remember talking to the founders when the company first started and I really admire what they’ve done for podcasters.

Skype – I record directly to my computer using Powergramo. Some folks don’t care for recording directly into the computer but it has worked great for me for the last seven years.

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Note, I am religious about backing up my interview in case a hard drive crashes. Each recording is set to auto backup as soon as I hang up. I’ve never lost an interview (fingers crossed).

My setup is not the most sophisticated, by far. In time I may upgrade to a full blown mixer and recording “live to tape” to reduce post production time.

When I started I had a really underpowered computer, a fairly slow DSL connection, a USB headset, Audacity (FREE), and a Libsyn account.

I started by taking what little equipment I had, making it sound the best it could and then using the proceeds from my efforts to fund my upgrades. So, slowly over time I upgraded my technique and my equipment.

If you have an internet connection, $15 a month for a Libsyn account, a computer and a passion for doing an audio podcast there is no reason not to get started today.


How about it guys? Are you interested in the paranormal? You REALLY need to check out Jim’s programs over at jimharold.com and weirdnewsradio.com.


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Rockin' New Libsyn Podcast: Mission Log Podcast with Ken Ray (Part 2)

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

You heard from John Champion about The Mission Log Podcast in Part 1, now get ready to read up all about it from Ken Ray’s perspective.

Ken Ray has been podcasting since 2005, almost DAILY. Yes. Since 2005! That is A LOT of podcast episodes.

Although this series is about some of the relatively new podcasts out there, we feel Ken Ray also fits in our Podcast Luminaries series, being one of those few that have been able to podcast consistently AND offer so much to the world of podcasting in general.

We are very excited to offer you the wisdom of Ken Ray below!


Q & A with Ken Ray from Mission Log


When did you start podcasting?

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I started podcasting in 2005, doing Apple news for “Inside Mac.” Our association ended at the end of 2005, and “Mac OS Ken” started in January of 2006.

Why did you start podcasting?

Initially, because “Inside Mac” wanted a daily news show and I wanted to do something on mic.

I’d been behind the scenes on a number of audio projects and done some production for a few, but didn’t have an outlet of my own.

I first heard about podcasting in late 2004 and thought it would be awesome to have a podcast. So awesome that I kind of got “blank-canvas” syndrome.

There were so many possibilities that I didn’t know/couldn’t decide what to do. But I had done tech news a few years earlier for TechTV Radio, so when the opportunity hit with “Inside Mac,” it seemed like a good one.

When that ended, I took a couple of weeks and started under my own banner.

“Mission Log” is a whole other thing. Rod Roddenberry has been a listener to “Mac OS Ken” for a few years, which still weirds me out from time to time.

He’s a giant Apple and Mac fan and has come to the last two Macworlds in San Francisco.

At Macworld|iWorld 2012 he started talking to me about the idea for “Mission Log,” and I said “I wanna do it” almost immediately. A few months later, we were underway.

What’s your show about?

As geeky as Star Trek can be, it’s important to Rod that people take the philosophies and messages of Star Trek from the show, not just the phasers and teleporters.

One of the things I’ve always loved about Star Trek is the idea that we can get from here (1966 through 2012 “here”) to there (exploring the galaxy in the 23rd and 24th centuries) without blowing ourselves up first. It means we get to put famine, disease, sectarian violence… everything that slows humanity’s progress behind us.

John and I have been tasked with taking each episode apart and pulling out the messages, morals and themes and determining (as best we can) whether they’re still relevant today.

Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

I’d say fun and profit.

It’s definitely fun. I now have a job that REQUIRES me to watch Star Trek and talk about it.

I used to do that for no reason at all, so that’s a win.

At the same time, aiming towards monetization was important to me and to Rod, I think.

No one expects “Mission Log” to make us rich, but it is important that it be self-sustaining at the very least. And if it can be more than that, that’d be swell.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Currently using a Blue Yeti USB mic into a 13" MacBook Pro (early 2011). Capture the audio with eCamm’s Call Recorder for Skype, then edit in Adobe Audition CS 5.5 for Mac.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I have a daily podcast, already, so mentioning it there has been my biggest promotional vehicle, personally.

We timed the launch of “Mission Log” to coincide with the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Both Rod and John had panels there, so they mentioned it from a couple of stages in some pretty big rooms.

And we handed out postcards like mad men. And we just talked to people about the show.

Roddenberry Entertainment has its own promotional avenues, of course, and our association with Nerdist is amazingly huge from a promotional standpoint.

It’s very different than doing your own show. There are two established organizations behind this, plus John’s show, plus my show all working to promote a show for which Star Trek fans seems to be receptive in some cases and hungry in others.

It’s really been thrilling.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

If you hope to make a dime, have a business plan in place before you start or work with people who do.

I did a sort of “if you build it, they will come thing” when I started Mac OS Ken, figuring advertising dollars would find their way to my show.

Have I been able to make it? Yes, though I think if I’d had a clearer idea of how I wanted to do that at the start, things would have gone more smoothly.

Do download numbers matter matter to you? or is audience engagement key?

For “Mission Log” it’ll be audience engagement for me. Download numbers are a business thing on this one, and other people are handling the business end.

I haven’t asked about our numbers yet because, once I do, I’ll never stop asking. And now I’ll probably start asking tomorrow.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Simply put, “Mac OS Ken” led to “Mission Log.” More than that though, I’ve made friends in parts of the world I may never see.

So many people tell me their day does not start without me, which - six-and-a-half-years later - is still weird sometimes, but amazing as well.

What advice would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

Make sure you love what you’re talking about, or at the very least love talking about it. If it goes well, you’ll be doing it for a long time.

It can be a job, which is good news, but if you don’t like what you’re doing, it can end up a job you hate. And who wants that?

I’d also suggest trying a decent run before you ever publish.

Think you want to do a weekly show? Do it for a month first. Four weeks that you may never publish, just to make sure it’s something you can handle and enjoy.

And if you think you want to do a daily show, have your head examined.


There you have it. It’s time for you guys to step into the world of Star Trek and enjoy diving into all those things beyond the ordinary, guided by two amazing guys.

Subscribe to The Mission Log Podcast.

If you want to reach out to The Mission Log Podcast you can do so by emailing missionlog(at)roddenberry(dot)com, calling 323-522-5641 or following @missionlogpod


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Cross-post Your Podcast Episode To Twitter With A Custom Message

You asked for it. cross post to twitter from within your libsyn dashboard

It’s done.

Directly from your libsyn Dashboard, now you can customize your Twitter update as it cross-posts to whatever Twitter account you have configured with your podcast.

You can get the exact instructions on how to set this up right from this awesome tutorial.

Why use OnPublish for Twitter?

There are a ton of services out there that you can use to schedule posts to various social media channels including of course Twitter.

You are already using Buffer, or Hootsuite, or whatever other service floats your boat, why would you want to use this feature?

It’s not either or.

Just use both!

Why?

Not everyone will see your ONE twitter post.

People are not on twitter 24/7. The stream of twitter updates that comes at you at any time of the day is pretty strong.

One tweet could get lost in that stream very fast. Why not make it easier for your audience and beyond, to get your content?

You can schedule a few updates using a couple of different services if you so choose.

You can share multiple links

When you do share your latest episode there are a ton of ways to do it to spread the word.

  • You can link to your episode’s shownotes.
  • You can link to your website (with of course your latest episode front and center.)
  • You can link to your media file.

Cross-posting your podcast workflow

Here is what I do to get the word out about my show.

  1. Within the libsyn dashboard I craft a personalized update for OnPublish to my Facebook Page as well as to Twitter. I schedule only the Twitter update to cross-post 2 days after I publish the episode.

  2. I publish my episode, which immediately cross-posts to my Facebook Page. The Facebook Page immediately cross-posts to Twitter.

  3. I schedule the permalink to my latest episode’s show notes to post on my Facebook Page using Buffer, for one day after publishing. That post will immediately cross-post to twitter.

  4. I schedule my newsletter to go out the morning after I publish my episode.

  5. The twitter update that I scheduled initially using Libsyn OnPublish goes out 2 days later, sharing the link to my media file.

NOTE: All the updates above are crafted differently. I don’t just say the same thing over and over and over in every update. I craft each post, sharing different aspects about the episode.

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After that initial promotion, I just lay low and respond to anyone that’s engaged with my posts and follow up with them.

It’s an asset to be able to schedule a good portion of my workflow from right within the dashboard.

It offers me the opportunity to get the most number of eyes on my newly released content in the first few days giving me a better chance to build momentum and downloads (and sometimes even affects my iTunes ranking.)

All of this goes on automagically.

That is good.

How about it?

Wanna give the OnPublish to Twitter customized update a go?

Also, are you up for sharing your social media follow up workflow? Share and empower the community!

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Rockin New Libsyn Podcast: Mission Log Podcast with John Champion (Part 1)

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This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!

“Illogical." Not really. In fact it makes perfect sense. This latest Rockin'New Libsyn Podcast is all about delving into the world of Star Trek and it’s so full of life, excitement, intelligent conversation and humor with a couple of fabulous hosts, we had to split this feature into two!

You’ll get the first co-host John Champion on this post and tomorrow you’ll get the mighty Ken Ray, so y'all come back now ya hear?


Q & A John Champion from Mission Log


When did you start podcasting?

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About 3 years ago. I started doing (and still do!) a podcast called “DVD Geeks” which is all about new/recently released DVDs and Blu-rays and all the special features that come with them.

Rod Roddenberry and I started discussing the idea for “Mission Log” in late 2011. By February of 2012 we had brought in Ken Ray and started playing around with sample episodes to see if the show would even work.

Why did you start podcasting?

“DVD Geeks” was created as a TV show, and we had a blast doing that for a few years. Eventually, it was so expensive to carry on as a TV show not to mention having to answer to many masters and get bounced around through all the business and bureaucracy of TV when you’re a small, independent show.

Podcasting seemed like a great alternative where we could do whatever we wanted, maintain control of the show and not have the huge overhead of TV.

There’s much less pressure, and the gratification is immediate. We can post an episode and then get feedback from the audience right away.

We feel much more connected to our listeners by doing a podcast than we ever did on TV.

What’s your show about?

Mission Log” is about “Star Trek,” but more specifically it’s about the ethics, morals and messages within the “Star Trek” universe.

We figured the best structure for the show was to cover every episode - of all the various “Star Trek” series - in order, but rather than just review them, seriously investigate what the shows are about.

Every “Star Trek” fan rightfully praises the shows for being about more than just action/adventure in space, but we wanted to see if there are consistent themes and messages that are still relevant to our lives in the 21st century.

Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

First and foremost, it’s fun. Even if I think it won’t be fun, as soon as we start recording each episode I’m reminded instantly that I love doing this show.

If there’s any level of fame to come along with this show (and having the Roddenberry and Nerdist names behind us doesn’t hurt), that will only serve to make it more fun.

Again, having an audience that’s actually engaged in what you do makes the work that much more satisfying.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I use a 2011 15" MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion, Yeti Pro microphone and Bowers + Wilkins P5 headphones.

Ken is in New York, and I’m in California which means we record the show as a Skype call. Ken does the editing, and we upload all the show elements to Dropbox when it’s ready for Nerdist to distribute.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We set up the basic social media - Facebook and Twitter - a couple of weeks before we launched. More importantly, we wanted to make sure we went straight to the fans.

We all attended the most recent “Star Trek” convention in Las Vegas where we handed out 2,000 postcards and even participated in some panel discussions to get the word out.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Going back 3 or 4 years ago, I wish I had the technical confidence that I do now. I would have launched my other show as an independent podcast much sooner.

As for “Mission Log,” I don’t think it would have made any difference, but I wish I had known how much work this was truly going to take.

Ken and I will watch each episode 3 or 4 times before recording and spend a lot of time taking notes and formulating our ideas.

I wish I had sat down months ago and read books like “The Ethics of Star Trek” and started taking my notes then.

Do download numbers matter matter to you? or is audience engagement key?

I’m much more concerned about audience engagement. “Star Trek” fans love to talk about “Star Trek” more than anything else.

If they are talking to us or about us, then we’ve done at least half the job. If they are challenging themselves with the ideas we present or seeing new elements in the shows because of something we’ve discussed, then I’ll know we’ve done a great job.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

Podcasting has gotten me in front of some audiences I never thought I’d be addressing, like leading a session on ethics and humanism at Star Trek Las Vegas.

I’ve also been able to interview some really creative people and, because of my other show, I’ve been exposed to some great movies I may have otherwise missed!

What advise would you give a new podcaster so that they keep going!

First of all, bring something different. There is no subject that hasn’t already been discussed in a podcast.

We never wanted to be “just another Star Trek podcast,” and we wanted to find a specific, new angle. Know your subject, and plan to go an inch wide and a mile deep.

Your job as a podcaster is to not just record the show and publish it but also put yourself out there to the world as someone who listens to your audience and interacts with them. The audience doesn’t just find you - you have to go find them.

Did you start off podcasting and that lead into a business or did you see podcasting as a necessary support for an existing business?

When we started “DVD Geeks,” I saw that as an extension of something than already existed. Now it’s a part of my regular routine and one of my primary focuses.

“Mission Log” launched as part of a bigger, existing brand, but I would certainly say the podcast is a necessary element of staying fresh and relevant.

What piece of advice would give others looking to generate revenue from podcasting whether directly or indirectly?

Don’t be afraid to team up and cross promote. No show exists in a vacuum.

Also, take your show directly to where your fans and potential audience already is. Find conventions, trade-shows and other places where your potential audience has already gathered.


These guys are ready to take you deep into the Star Trek universe, farther than you’ve ever gone before! If you aren’t interested in Star Trek, this show will still appeal to you as the discussions are all about the depths of the human condition…and we are all human no? ;) SUBSCRIBE

If you want to reach out to The Mission Log Podcast you can do so by emailing missionlog(at)roddenberry(dot)com, calling 323-522-5641 or following @missionlogpod


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Make Shift Happen

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Dean Dwyer from Make Shift Happen


When did you start podcasting?

In my head I started about 6 months ago, but to be honest, I found it very hard to find the information needed to get up and started. I eventually bit the bullet and spent the better part of day getting all my podcast ducks in a row and finally got my first podcast out there May 18th, 2012.

Why did you start podcasting?

Well, why I started and why I plan to continue are very different.

The reason I started was because of Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income, who also hosts his podcast with Libsyn. He did a podcast (of which I am subscribed) on the effectiveness of his podcast. One of the things he mentioned was that it had become the largest driver of traffic to his site.

From a platform building standpoint, I was stunned by his statement. I was clearly missing out on an opportunity to build my platform.

I realized that a blog in and of itself is too uni-dimensional. To have the greatest impact possible on people I needed to be everywhere that people consume information and podcasts are a massive way that people do just that.

So that is the reason I started, but that is not the reason I plan to continue.

A funny thing happened after I did my first podcast.

I LOVED IT! As I thought more about it, I realized something rather profound.

Podcasting is essentially a speaking gig, and I have always wanted to be a speaker. The problem was I never knew how to launch my career.

I now consider each and every podcast I do my own little TEDX talk knowing that one day that will propel me into the world of speaking of which I am hugely passionate about.

What’s your show about?

My show is an extension of my book of the same name (Make Shift Happen).

The book teaches people who to change how they look (lose weight) by changing how they think.

But the show looks at all aspects of our life because the truth is weight gain is a symptom of how we lead our life NOT simply a result of the foods we stuff into our mouths (contrary to what conventional wisdom may tell us).

In the show I talk about shift in general and how all play a role in changing how we look, BUT more importantly, how we LIVE.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I have a pretty simple system at this point with the idea that as I learn more I will slowly build my own kick ass studio.

Right now I use a MacBook and record using Garage Band. The only major investment I made last year was to buy an awesome microphone.

I use the Yeti Blue Microphone. The price was steep ($200,) but aside from content the second most important thing I am delivering is sound quality so I want to produce something that is as crisp and clear as possible.

I post each of my podcasts on my blog which is hosted on Wordpress and of course, I host each podcast on Libsyn.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Right now I have an email list of about 5000 people and that is primarily how I promote it. I also use my Facebook fanpage and twitter to provide some social proof that the podcast has some traction.

For instance, early on I was fortunate to discover that my podcast was appearing on iTunes top 10 charts in their major category of Health in a few different countries.

I now check that chart everyday and when there is something significant I share it with my peeps. As an example, last week I was ranked number 2 behind Jillian Michaels in the US.

So I post that to let people know the podcast has substance and is providing value to people.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

The biggest thing is something I eluded to above. Podcasting is a POWERFUL medium. I had no clue just how powerful it was when I launched.

But more importantly, I now realize it is training for the speaking career that has been trying to get out for the past 20 years.

The other thing I have discovered is that it is easy to put this off because it takes a bit of work to figure everything out.

What I should have done is found someone who had a podcast up and running and pick their brain about everything needed to get started and then set a deadline for myself as to when I would have my first podcast launched.

The final thing I just learned is how to set up my notes so I can remain organized and yet not come off like I am reading a script.

My first few podcasts were done using queue cards, but I did not find that strategy allowed my podcast to flow.

I want to have a conversational tone to my podcasts and the cards would block that at times. Ironically, I discovered this when I made my biggest boo boo.

During my third podcast, I spoke for 65 minutes using my cards. When I finished I discovered to my horror that I forgot to hit the record button on Garage Band (I clicked near it but not ON it!)

While I was kicking myself for that, I realized it was a blessing in disguise because that particular podcast really lacked flow with my card system.

It was through that mishap that I discovered Free Mind, which is a free mind-mapping software. I used that instead to map out my ideas and my podcasts have been 100 times better as a result.

Advice for future podcasters?

For those who are still not sure what kind of podcast they want to produce I would suggest the following.

First, decide on the major category you will fall into on iTunes. Mine was health. That clearly defines the type of message you will be delivering. To see a list of their major categories head here and scroll through the drop-down menu on the right.

Then decide on your sub-category. While I initially started in Fitness and Nutrition I did not feel I could compete there because their were A LOT of people who knew far more about both then I did.

But I felt there was an opportunity to combine that with the mindset aspect of weight loss because NO ONE else was doing that.

I chose self-help (although I prefer the term self-empowerment) and discovered that no one was combining my ideas in that particular niche.

I knew I could dominant if I did things correctly.

My final piece of advice is to study podcasts in your niche to see what they are doing and look for ways to distinguish yourself. I would also recommend that you study other podcasts you like and see what they do that you might be able to “steal” and what you would improve on in yours.

For instance, I noticed most podcasters DO NOT give any kind of specific call to action to their listeners. I stress a few times during my podcast that change does not happen by listening alone. I also make a point of give them a few shifts to act on.

What could you do in your space to really engage your audience?


So how about it people? What could you do in your space to help your audience? Let him know in the comments below.

If you want more inspiration and great advice to make shift happen in your life go on and Subscribe, and if you have any questions or feedback for Dean, you can reach him at dean (at) makeshift happen (dot) com.


And with that, it’s time for you to start podcasting

   

Podcasting Luminary: Terry Fallis

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Our Podcasting Luminaries Series features podcasters that have been producing content for at least 6 years and sometimes more! In the world of podcasting consistency and longevity are two of the most elusive and coveted qualities. Learn tips and insight about podcasting plus get inspired by how podcasting has served as a launching point for greatness

Terry Fallis has been navigating the world of podcasting since 2006, starting off delving into the world of Public Relations and continuing by voicing his award winning and highly successful novels. He is currently in the midst of podcasting his latest novel, Up and Downwhich McClelland & Stewart will publish next month.

Terry Fallis is the author of The Best Laid Plans, and The High Road, satirical novels of Canadian politics. His debut novel (TBLP) was originally self-published in 2007 and won the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Then McClelland & Stewartpublished TBLP in September 2008.

He also won the Gold Medal in the Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Regional Fiction – Canada East category. In 2010, the Waterloo Region chose The Best Laid Plans as the One Book, One Communityselection.

In February, 2011, The Best Laid Plans was crowned the winner of CBC Canada Reads as the “essential Canadian novel of the decade.” In November 2011,CBC-Television announced that The Best Laid Plans is indevelopment as a six-part TV miniseries.


Fun, Fame or Profit? Why are you doing the show?

My first podcast, Inside PR, was really for fun and to explore the emerging world of podcasting and social media. My podcast novels were and are intended to build an audience for my writing in the hopes that satisfied listeners might actually remove their ear buds and buy the novels in their printed form.

When did you start podcasting?

I started podcasting in April 2006 when a colleague and I created the public relations podcast known as Inside PR. It was and remains a weekly podcast. I gave up the microphone in the spring of 2010 after four years and over 200 episodes, though the show continues.

In January 2007, prior to publication, I podcast my first novel, The Best Laid Plans, chapter by chapter. In the summer of 2010, I podcast my second novel, The High Road, in the same fashion. Currently, I’m in the middle of podcasting my third novel, Up and Down, chapter by chapter even though it won’t hit bookstore shelves until later in September.

Why did you start podcasting?

Initially, we started the Inside PR podcast as a way to explore the emerging world of social media while giving back to our profession.

Podcasting my novels has always been about building and sustaining an audience for my writing. I truly believe that by giving away the audio version of my novels for free and building a following behind them, I have actually sold more copies of the printed book.

What is your most memorable feedback from a listener?

It was a thrilled to receive an email sent from a listener stuck in a massive traffic jam in Shanghai who had just listened to and enjoyed Chapter 9 of my first novel podcast a mere 90 minutes after I uploaded from my Toronto home.

What’s your podcasting setup? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I record using an Apex radio-style condenser mic through a Samsung Zoom H4 digital recorder. I then edit and produce each chapter in Audacity before exporting as an mp3 for uploading to Libsyn and my blog

What has changed the most in your recording setup since you started?

At the very beginning back in 2006, we used to record through a four track board right into our computer. But eventually we discovered we get the best sound quality recording through condenser mics into a good quality digital recorder (in my case, a Samsung H4 Zoom) and then editing/producing in Audacity.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I use various social media platforms to promote the Up and Down podcast, including Facebook, Twitter, and my blog at www.terryfallis.com.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

I’m glad I figured out that when I make a mistake when recording a chapter, I should just keep the same recording going rather than stopping and then starting again, thereby ensuring that I am left with only one track to edit rather than many to piece together.

How has or has podcasting helped create opportunities for you?

The positive listener feedback to my first podcast novel gave me the resolve to self publish which led to winning one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary award, the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and then the CBC’s Canada Reads competition. So I think podcasting really helped to change my life as a writer.


What are you waiting for? Go subscribe to Terry’s UNRELEASED novel (at the time of this writing) Up and Down! If you want to reach out to Terry you can do so at tfallis(at)gmail(dot)com.


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Story Worthy

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Christine Blackburn from Story Worthy


When did you start podcasting?

I began the Story Worthy Podcast in April of 2010. The first showed aired a few months later, July 19th, with guest comedian Sharon Houston.

Why did you start podcasting?

I used to perform a lot of stand-up comedy, but it turns out, I’m not funny. However, I do have a lot of stories. I am a former flight attendant, Peace Corps Volunteer, cancer survivor, and television host.

I got my best friend Hannes Phinney to join me in starting Story Worthy. Hannes and I have been friends for years. He’s actually the second person I ever met in Los Angeles. Hannes is very low key and that seems to counter my high energy.

Also, I have to say, the MOTH, which features true stories, had a huge impact on me.

I have performed at many shows here in LA. And I must give Adam Carolla a huge amount of credit. The first time I heard his podcast, which is so much better than his old radio show, I knew I loved podcasting.

His show remains at the top of the pack and is well-deserved.

So to answer the question, I would say I started podcasting to reach and entertain the largest number of people possible, with the art of Storytelling, Comedy, and in Stephen Colbert’s word, Truthiness.

What’s your show about?

Story Worthy features true 5 minute stories from Hollywood’s most creative talents; mostly comedians, writers, musicians, and actors. Co-hosts Christine Blackburn and Hannes Phinney discuss the topic of the week

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

I use a sound engineer, Jorge Reyes. Jorge costs money, but this is an area that I would rather have an expert handle. I’ll ask him!

How have you promoted your podcast?

I perform the podcast LIVE here in Los Angeles, Facebook, Twitter, Independence Podcast Alliance and Podcast Fandom.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Like Shakespeare said “Brevity is the soul of wit!”


Are you up for the bit of truthiness? Well then you must subscribe or listen straight from Facebook. If you wanna reach out to Christine or Hannes you can do it by emailing info (at) storyworthypodcast (dot) com!


We know you wanna start podcasting.

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: The Awl- The 90 Second Morning Blast


This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Choire Sicha From The Awl: The 90-Second Morning Blast


When did you start podcasting?

I JUST returned to doing it a couple weeks ago. I’d tried podcasting years and years ago, but it was one of those projects that just didn’t make sense with my life and it was hard to sustain.

What you learn when you guest on other people’s podcasts–I just did Julie Klausner’s a couple weeks ago–or do your own is just how much work it is and how amazing it is that people make us these things for our pleasure.

People like Julie do an AMAZING job and it’s a lot of work!

Why did you start podcasting?  What’s your show about?

I really thought there was an opening in the “giving people who take the subway to work in the late morning something to listen to” market.

That might not be true! But I really wanted someone to tell me everything in the morning that I wanted to know, and no one was, so I had to do it myself.

Well we’ll see how it changes over time (if I can sustain it!), but right now, I want it to be “fun, cool, weird things for New Yorkers to know about and do.”

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Oh it’s pretty, uh… pitiful. I keep Garageband or Logic open on my computer at all times, so in the mornings I just have some coffee, talk at my laptop for two minutes, and upload it to you guys.

True confession: I don’t even listen to it before I upload it. If I make a big production out of this, then I’ll never actually get it done.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Right now we run it as the first post of the day on The Awl, at 9 a.m., so it kills two early birds with one stone. Other than that I’m not sure I really want to promote it too much, as it’s pretty… DIY lo-fi. At best.

But I can definitely say there’d be no way I’d be able to do this without Libsyn. That you guys make uploading, hosting, syndication and embedding so easy is the only way this happens at all.


You know where you need to go for your 90 second bit of DIY greatness, subscribe or listen straight from Facebook. If you want to contact the show email notes (at) theawl (dot) com


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Publish Your Podcast Episodes Straight To Blogger

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Blogger OnPublish is Out!

We’ve been asking for your feedback on Twitter and on our Facebook Page. We note everything you guys say…and you wanted Blogger support.

So here it is!

The process is the same as when you publish for Wordpress, Twitter and Facebook through OnPublish, everything is done within your libsyn Dashboard.

Those of you using Blogger, check it out and let us know how it works out! Especially since we just released our sleek new HTML5 Player!

Here is the full TUTORIAL of how to go about cross-posting your podcast directly to Blogger.

We look forward to hearing your feedback!


Want your requests to be heard? Engage with us on Twitter and Facebook! We are always asking your opinion so we can help serve you, awesome podcaster, better.

   

Libsyn's New HTML5 Player is Here!

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Sleek, Simple, Fast

  • Easy Re-start
  • Accessible Info
  • Seamless Episode Discovery
  • Effortless Sharing

Give it a go!

We are ready for you to test it out and let us know what you think!

We’ve got a great HelpDesk Article to get you going with our new HTML5 Player. We can’t wait to hear your feedback.

Don’t be shy, leave us a comment ;)

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Spilled Milk


This series is all about newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Matthew Amster-Burton From The Spilled Milk Podcast


When did you start podcasting?

The show debuted in January 2010, but it took several months of planning, false starts, terrible deleted episodes, and the like before we actually published episode one.

Why did you start podcasting?

I had been a writer for Gourmet magazine until it abruptly shut down in October 2009, so I desperately needed a new project, and I wanted to do something collaborative, which writing usually isn’t.

I’d been listening to a lot of podcasts, especially You Look Nice Today, that consisted mostly of friends trading one-liners, and I had a hunch Molly Wizenberg and I could do that pretty successfully.

What’s your show about?

It’s about the foods Molly and I like to eat, and occasionally (see our Scary Food episode) about the foods we hate. We tend to do an equal number of junk food and real food episodes.

Each episode is about 15 minutes long and covers a single food topic, like spinach, French toast, apples, or energy drinks.

The whole point of the show is to make people laugh; food just happens to be what Molly and I do professionally and therefore like to talk about.

We’ve recorded episodes that were informative but not funny, and they never aired. But it’s hard to know in advance what’s going to be funny. I mean, apples aren’t funny, right? Yet our apple episode is our best ever.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We use dynamic microphones, the smallest Mackie mixer, and a Tascam digital recorder.

I encourage everyone who is remotely serious about podcasting to avoid recording directly into your computer, which is asking for trouble.

Computers crash; dedicated recorders almost never do, and you can get a great one for under $100. The only time we’ve lost a recording, it was because we ignored this advice.

For editing and publishing, we use Rogue Amoeba Fission, GarageBand, Wordpress, and Libsyn.

How have you promoted your podcast?

These days, mostly Facebook. Shortly after our debut, we were featured on the front page of the podcast section of the iTunes store, which drew thousands of listeners, some of whom even stuck around.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

That podcasting is a skill like any other, and it takes practice.

If you like to talk, that doesn’t automatically make you a good broadcaster. Listen back to our early episodes and you will hear terrible microphone technique, missed joke opportunities, dead air, and every other rookie mistake.

Unless you’re a former NPR employee like our friends at The Sporkful, your first episode is not going to be perfect, but that’s no reason to give up.


So how about it? Are you ready to delve into the world of Spilled Milk? Subscribe or listen on Facebook! If you want to reach out to the Spilled Milk podcast you can email contact(at)spilledmilkpodcast(dot)com.


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Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Take The Red Pill

This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with David and Donald From Take The Red Pill


When did you start podcasting?

We released our first episode on May 23, 2010. This is the first podcasting project for both of us.

Why did you start podcasting?

David: I can’t speak for Donald, but I had an instant interest in one day starting up a podcast ever since I first started listening to them back in 2006.

I knew I didn’t want to do it solo, but I didn’t find a suitable fit for a cohost until I met Donald at a meetup called Belief in the Unknown. After a couple of conversations with him I began my recruitment process…

Donald: I started podcasting because David suggested we do it. I was originally a bit apprehensive about it. I didn’t see why anyone would want to sit around for an hour, listening to two guys just talk. After doing about 3 minutes of research online, I quickly realized how popular podcasting was.

Beyond that initial hesitation on my part, I had been looking for a way to best share my accumulated spiritual/metaphysical knowledge. Teaming up and podcasting with David has proven to be a better format than I could have ever hoped for.

What’s your show about?

David: We talk about all that stuff that pushes the envelope of what we think of as reality as we know it. UFOs, time travel, reincarnation, energy healing, Atlantis… stuff that would furrow James Randi’s already furrowed brow.

Donald: We “Explore The Realities Within Our Reality”.

What that basically means is we can cover any topic that might be considered on the “fringe” of science and/or metaphysics. Or smack dab in the middle.

We’ve discussed the nature of reality and time, the afterlife, reincarnation, free will and destiny, good and evil, and conspiracy theories.

At any time during a show, David and I can find ourselves talking about the mysteries of the universe, or how that movie we saw that one time about that guy that did that thing completely changed our lives.

We really give ourselves the freedom to follow where the topic wants to take us.

What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

With David in Washington State and Donald in Virginia we conduct our conversation through a Skype session.

David: I record my audio through a Sennheiser e835 mic into my MacBook through a PreSonus FireBox interface into GarageBand. From the GarageBand file I extract the .aiff file, downsample and rip it into an .mp3 then send it off to Donald via TransferBigFiles for editing.

Donald: Freetalk Everyman USB headphones and mic, laptop running Audacity (audio editing), a podcast partner with exceptional metaphysical insight.

How have you promoted your podcast?

When we first started we registered with a bunch of podcast directories… Podcast Pickle, podcastdirectory.com, podbean, etc.

Nowadays we pretty much stick to iTunes, Facebook, and Twitter (thanks to Libsyn… you guys rock!). Throughout the week we frequently post links to webpages that are relevant to the latest topic.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

David: I wish we had a better idea how to manage our schedule out of the gate. When we first started we were recording every week, but it was tough balancing our personal schedules with the time it takes to record and produce the show.

At one point we got so backlogged on episodes we would end up publishing the show months after it was recorded. We finally have a comfortable biweekly schedule that is much more manageable.

Donald: How much fun it would be. I was originally a bit hesitant about doing a podcast. I saw it as just a lot of work with little payoff. After recording that first episode, I was hooked.

The payoff was being able to converse with someone who had a similar metaphysical life experience and taking the opportunity to “compare notes”. It is our similar but slightly different perspectives that makes Take The Red Pill so engaging for us to record, and for our listeners.


You know Take The Red Pill is the best way to get into the world of the fringes of reality! No one ever has to know ;) Subscribe in iTunes or listen straight from Facebook!. If you have anything to ask Donald and David you can reach them at feedback (at) taketheredpillpodcast (dot) com


Are you up for starting your own podcast? Start HERE.

   

Rockin New libsyn Podcast: Gadget Grrl

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This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Diana Stoneberg Gadget Grrl


When did you start podcasting

I was doing stand up in LA and saw someone on the Today Show doing a product segment. I thought, "I can do that funny".

So, in 1996 I created the Gadget Grrl character to talk about tech in a fun and entertaining way. I mean, shouldn't tech be fun? It's not a root canal, right?

I trademarked the character and was the first, ever Gadget Grrl on the planet.

Started podcasting for Lexy and then jumped over to Libsyn with the Gadget Grrl Minute.

Why did you start podcasting?

I was appearing on a number of TV talk and news shows and was approached about doing a podcast.

What's your show about?

Short, reviews of new products, APPS, services. I like to add why this might be something worth taking a look at, or how it might be of use in your daily life. Most people don't care about the specs, they just want to know if it would work for them.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

  • Squeeze for editing
  • Blue Mic Yeti Pro
  • Wavepad for recording
  • iMac, iPad or iPhone hardware

How have you promoted your podcast?

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

How much fun it would be.

I recorded the Gadget Grrl theme song in 30 minutes at a local recording studio. I brought in a basic track and then sang 3 tracks to one music track to create :30, :15 and a :10 sec versions.

Doing the podcast is a great way to reach out to listeners who like to send me interesting new gadgets, electronics, APPS etc.

Back in 1996, the digital dinosaur days, when the Rio MP3 player first came out the software was so glitchy it took an hour to load one song.

Now, with all the great audio hardware/software it's super simple to create and maintain a podcast.


Now you know where to go to catch up with your gadgets and keep it real! Subscribe to Gadget Grrl ™. If you have any feedback for Gadget Grrl go ahead and send her some feedback at info (at) gadgetgrrl (dot) com


You know, you should start podcasting now

   

Podcasters At Comic Con!

Comic Con is here!!!

And podcasters are representing!

Not only are podcasters covering Comic Con, but they are also in a bunch of killer panels.

Here's a just a few of the podcasters taking over Comic Con.

Aisha Tyler

5:00-6:00 Archer: Screening and Q&A Thursday, July 12

You can find Aisha HERE, on Facebook or subscribe in iTunes

Chris Hardwick  - Nerdist

5:00-6:00 Legendary Comics Thursday, July 12

1:25-2:25 AMC's The Walking Dead Friday, July 13

12:00-1:00 Nerdist Channel— Chris Hardwick Saturday, July 14

12:30-1:30 BBC America's Doctor Who Sunday, July 15

You can find the Nerdist HERE, on Facebook or subscribe in iTunes

The 7th Annual Comics Podcasting All-Stars!

Thursday July 12 @6pm

In this killer panel there are quite a few libsyn podcasters:

FYI Folks, Cameron Hathaway will be giving some insight straight from Comic Con! check it out!

Are you going to Comic Con and podcasting about it? Are YOU in a panel and we missed it, please let us know in the comments!

   

Simple Tips To Find Out Where Your Audience Is So You Stop Wasting Your Time


This is the beginning of a series of posts aimed to demystify social media for podcasters, beginning with Facebook.


Do you often feel like Facebook is being shoved down your throat?

Seriously.

It’s everywhere, all the time…Facebook, Facebook, FACEBOOK!

And although at times it might get annoying, it really is a place that we as podcasters, as independent media creators must pay attention to, whether we like it or not.

Our job as new media pioneers is to inform ourselves and make educated choices as to how we engage with our audience, as well as refine the ways that we share our content with the world for optimal engagement and results.

We need to do it. No one else will do it for us…unless you are willing to fork out some serious cash for a killer PR person :)

The promotional lines get blurry with podcasts and podcasters

Part of the beauty of podcasting is that we are not mainstream media. We are “rebels” if you will about the way that we offer our content to the world.

We do things in a much more personal way with our audience, which includes promoting our content in the way that we want to.

I venture to say that most podcasters are not fond of hearing ads in podcasts, although at the same time we long to get some sort of sponsor…Oh the wonderful paradox!

Why I’m bringing this up is because our indie nature sometimes gets in our way of the best practices to reach our audience.

Facebook Needs To Align with Your Audience

Or any social platform for that matter.

When was the last time that you asked yourself where your audience was hanging out?

In fact, who is your audience? Have you broken it down yet?

  • male or female?
  • how old?
  • married or single?

Those are just some very easy questions to start to ask to get to know your audience better. Instead of getting caught up with To Facebook or not To Facebook, get back to your audience.

Where are they? Are they hanging out on Facebook? or maybe Twitter? or not active in social media at all.

You can create some pretty easy free surveys using Survey Monkey.

Are YOU your audience?

There are many times that as producers we feel that we know exactly what our audience is thinking.

A lot of the time this can be the case, since our audience generally is interested in the stuff that we are podcasting about.

But…

we also have to be open to the fact that this might not be the case.

Just because you personally really hate Facebook and everything that it stands for, does not mean that your audience hates it.

Just because you find Twitter so easy and accessible does not mean that your audience does as well.

As new media pioneers it is part of our job to test what works best to create some sort of results, whether it be growing your listener base, getting more comments from your audience, or even something as simple as requesting ratings or reviews in iTunes.

Test your Calls To Action

It’s rare that you, podcasting genius, do not ask your audience to do something, such as: listen to my show, review me in iTunes, subscribe to my show, or send me feedback.

Have you ever tested what works?

Try the following basic tips for a while to see where you get the most bang for your buck in social media.

  1. Use bit.ly and create different bit.ly links for each of your episodes that you are posting on social media, depending on the platform you are using ie. bit.ly/yourpodcastepisodenumber-fb, bit.ly/yourpodcastepisodenumber-twitter
  2. Create a bit.ly link for your about section in social media accounts.

In the website section in your twitter account paste a bit.ly link specific for twitter. This would mean that you create a bit.ly link for your podcast website, customize it (bit.ly.com/yourpodcastfromtwitter). You can do the same from your about page in your Facebook Page or Profile or other places like Google+ or YouTube.

Give it a go for a month and then check out the data. See how many people clicked through, and where they were coming from most consistently. This can also help you see if your social media updates are actually converting folks.

Once you see the data, it will help you clarify or completely shift your game plan, then you can begin to concentrate on the things that are working for you and letting go of all those that suck all of your time and yield no results.

Ways to gather data via your self hosted podcast website

There are quite a bit of you that have your own Wordpress installation for your podcast website. There are some really great tools you can use to check out where your audience is that are totally free!

Pretty Link (wordpress plugin): This is such a fantastic plugin to track where people are coming from, just like bit.ly but more branded for your site. You can create unique url links for almost any url that you desire that will start with your domain name.

EXAMPLES: Put in your latest episode url and create a simpler link such as http://yourgreatpodcast.com/96 or get your iTunes Podcast url and create a pretty link like http://yourgreatpodcast.com/itunes

Pretty link has great analytics which you can check from right within your WP dashboard.

Google Analytics: A great way to gather data. Totally free. Please refer to my data from Google analytics to see where my traffic comes from. It’s kinda obvious where my peeps are hanging out!

ADVANCED TIP: Create a landing page within your podcast website that is specific for people coming from social media. (You would also add this specific link to your profile in any of your social media sites)

On this page you can say things like “Hello Facebook friend! so great to have you come check out the site! Here are a few great things to do while you are here: Get to know what my podcast is about (link to your about page,) listen to my latest episode which is about xxxxxxx (link to episode) and/or subscribe to my email list where you’ll get updated whenever I publish a new episode! Thanks for coming by! “

Keep an open mind and do your podcasting marketing homework!

Are you ready to give some of this a try?

Let us know in the comments!

If you already have data, why don’t you leave us a comment and share what trends you’ve seen for your podcast.

Coming up we’ll be posting a series focusing primarily on diving deeply into Facebook promotion and offering totally simple ways to grow your audience and drive engagement…that is if your audience is hanging out there :)

Elsie Escobar


Image credit via CC The Calm After The Show by Thomas Hawk

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: Weird Medicine

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Dr. Steve from Weird Medicine


When did you start podcasting?

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PA John and I did our first "Weird Medicine" in the summer of 2007. We got picked up by SiriusXM soon thereafter and started doing exclusive content for the Opie and Anthony show and the internet-only content came out only sporadically, if at all.

SiriusXM is "serious" (yeccch) about their content, so we can't post the shows we do for them on the internet. Recently, Riotcast.com asked us to join their internet radio network; this gave us an outlet for a weekly show and we've never turned back.

Our podcasts are internet-only and exclusive to RiotCast.com.

Why did you start podcasting?

Originally the show was a service for the fans, friends, and staff of what was then XM202, "The Virus" (now XM105 and Sirius206, "The Opie and Anthony Channel"). I do a lot of work in hospice and my job can be very demanding and stressful.

The O&A channel brought me a lot of joy at a time when I really needed it. Doing "Weird Medicine" was a way to "give back" to my new friends, the listeners of the channel, many of whom had medical issues and weren't seeking (or couldn't seek) medical attention.

One day, Gregg "Opie" Hughes put the word out that he would consider putting a fan-produced show on his channel if anyone had any ideas. I pitched the idea of running our show and we got the greenlight soon thereafter. We started doing one show every 3 months, then a monthly show, then every 2 weeks, and we've been weekly for 2-3 years.

We've been looking for a way to reach even more listeners, beyond the satellite audience. We just couldn't seem to find the energy to do a regular podcast, though. The shows we did were well received, especially on Stitcher, but we just didn't have a reason to do them regularly and eventually we just stopped.

Then Rob Sprance and Robert Kelly from RiotCast called and we joined their network of comedy podcasts. The structure of the network agreement gave us the impetus we needed to do a weekly show. We're having more fun now than we've ever had doing radio.

What's your show about?

We're a serious medicine and science show that masquerades as light comedy. XM105 is an "uncensored" channel, so we took the opportunity to become the "first and still-only uncensored medical show in the history of radio."

Because we're on an "extreme language" channel, we realized we could allow the listeners to speak freely about questions they might be embarrassed to take to their regular medical providers. It soon became a show for people who would NEVER listen to a medical show on the radio.

We enjoyed the freedom, as well, as we became more comfortable in our roles. We will discuss ANY medical topic, and try to present critical reasoning in a sound but entertaining fashion. The language used on the show is "explicit", so our show is for mature audiences only.

As a matter of fact, some "mature" audiences may be offended as well, so we recommend everyone choose their podcasts wisely.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

Alesis Multimix 8 USB Mixer, CAD e100 microphones and a small room treated with ATSAcoustics.com panels.

We use callinstudio.com to take live questions from our listeners. For people who are not familiar with callinstudio, it's professional-grade call screening software.

I've used the software in the SiriusXM studios, and callinstudio as nearly as functional (and a LOT less expensive). Brian from RadioFreaks.TV is our "celebrity" call screener.

RiotCast.com simulcasts our Ustream channel, too, for that "live" experience. The vast majority of our listeners hear us by streaming from RiotCast or iTunes.

How have you promoted your podcast?

Thankfully, RiotCast does that for us, but we also take the time to mention our podcast on our SiriusXM show (and vice versa!) I plug the heck out of our show any time I'm on any other show, too, including Opie and Anthony, Ron and Fez, and the Bob Rivers Show.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Ha, when we started, PA John and I figured within a year we'd be buying a condo in Midtown Manhattan.

If I'd known that 5 years later I still wouldn't have recouped my original investment, I would have still done it, but I wouldn't have been so optimistic about quitting my day job. :-)

I do believe that internet radio is "the future"...as soon as autos roll out of the factory with the ability to play internet 3G and 4G radio, it'll be a whole new ballgame (it has already started in the high-end car market).

The winners will be the groups with the best content, and SiriusXM is poised to be a major player in that Brave New Future. I'm hoping smaller concerns like RiotCast will have a real impact as well. RiotCast has an amazing lineup and the RiotCast iPod and Android app will be a game-changer.

I'm pretty sure we'll all be using libsyn to present our content to the world, as well.


Now you know if you've been too embarrassed to address some funky weird health issue with your Doctor, you can do it via Weird Science, so subscribe in iTunes, or listen straight from Facebook!


Wanna get going with your own podcast? Start HERE

   

An Ecclectic Mix of Great Podcasts For The Summer

great podcasts for summer listening

Summer time, such a fantastic time to discover new podcasts

We asked on our Facebook Page to get some suggestions of great podcast listening for the summer. Here is a great little list for you to discover some great content, described by the podcasters themselves :)

Hope you enjoy :)

Podcast Suggestions for the Summer

Paladin Corps Book One K. Gainor

A brand new author, who’s first novel is completed and released in it’s entirety as a Podcast. It’s a fun mix of light science fiction, action and intrigue, and all available for free.

It debut’s August 1st on podiobooks, but it was out there first on Libsyn. People can check it out, and learn more about the author at kgainor.com. Subscribe RSS, iTunes

Take The Red Pill Podcast

Summer heat weighing you down, keeping you immobile? Does the heavy humid air prevent you from wanting to move?

Listen to Take The Red Pill Podcast, leave your body behind and let your mind wander to the furthest reaches of the cosmos. Beat the heat, let your consciousness retreat, subscribe to Take The Red Pill. RSS, iTunes, Facebook.

Bigg Success

These podcast episodes about living life on your own terms are short and sweet. Perfect listening during a morning walk in the sun, a rest in the shade, a swing on the hammock, or a drive to the lake.

Here’s to summertime and your BIGG Success. Subscribe iTunes, Facebook

Shoddy Radio

Shoddy Radio is funny. It is not a comedy podcast “about” comedy, every episode will make you laugh. Honestly. If you listen to two full episodes and don’t laugh once… then you’re doing it wrong! Listen some more, until you get it right.

There’s an awesome group of guests lined up for this summer so now is the perfect time to hop on board. Subscribe iTunes

The Recovery Room

Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to… 
The Recovery Room 
Join LIVE at 7pm (EST) This podcast is about everyday life. Roast Master, American Muslim with lots of opinions. Why not? Subscribe RSS, Facebook

Young PR Pros

The podcast helps students prepare themselves for a career in public relations. What better summer listening than getting tips to land a summer job or a full time career in September. Subscribe iTunes, Facebook, RSS

DUH Podcast for Horse Owners

DUH Podcast for Horse Owners is perfect summer listening. What better way to spend a lazy summer evening than on the back of your horse?

Picture this - moseying down the trail on your horse while listening to them share their horse experience. It would be like having two extra riders along. Heck, that’s almost a posse! Come on. Ride! And, with the new podcast app from Apple, our podcast is even easier to find. Subscribe iTunes, Facebook, RSS

Do you have other podcasts to share for the best summertime listening? Share in the comments below!


Image credit via CC MIAMI SUMMER 07 #16 by [le]doo (francis)

   

libsyn Stats Got a Little Love

You may now behold your beloved stats via your iOS devices

As you can see from the twitter updates above, folks think they look purty :)

And they do look quite lovely, all those charts and pretty colors…that is if you’re into stuff like that.

Now you can obsessively check your stats from your iOS device every single moment of the day.

The nasty flash has been eradicated.

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Summary of downloads added

Now you can get more granular in looking at your stats for Daily Totals, Weekly Totals and Monthly Totals.

Yipeeee!!!

Great way to check if any particular marketing strategy that you used helped you get more downloads!

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So what do you guys think?

Leave us a comment and let the devs know your thoughts! Give them some love! If you have feedback, even better!

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcasts: DIS Unplugged Roundtable Discussion About All Things Disney World

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with Pete Werner From DIS Unplugged


When did you start podcasting?

We started our show in July, 2006

Why did you start podcasting?

I was inspired by watching what Leo Laporte was doing. I loved the way he provided a wide variety of honest information about technology, and I wanted to do the same thing about Disney and Disney vacations.

What's your show about?

Our show is an unbiased resource for anyone planning a Disney vacation. We cover the gamut of Disney offerings, from Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney.

What's your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.

We record a roundtable format show, with 5 members of our team each week. We use Sennheiser mics, a Presonus StudioLive 16.4.2 board with two Mac Mini's for Skype guests and a Mac Pro running Adobe Audition for recording.

How have you promoted your podcast?

I'm the owner of a large Disney fan community, DISBoards.com and WDWinfo.com and we promote the show on our site, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

Be yourself! We were nervous about being on a podcast in the beginning and made a lot of mistakes. Your audience can tell when you're being genuine and sincere, and when you're not. Respect them by being sincere and they'll respect you with their support.


Are you getting ready to do some vacation into the Disney vacation world? Well then, you're gonna have to subscribe to this podcast :)


Are you ready to start podcasting? Come JOIN the libsyn family!

   

Publish Your Episodes Directly To Wordpress!

Wordpress OnPublish Is Out!

We know a ton of you use Wordpress for your podcast website. We wanted to make your publishing process a little bit easier by allowing you to cross-post directly to your self hosted Wordpress site from within your libsyn dashboard!

This is the first step in providing better support for you guys that use Wordpress.

The process works exactly like the cross-posting to Twitter and Facebook provided by OnPublish.

Everything is done directly from within your libsyn Dashboard. When you choose to publish your latest episode to Wordpress an audio or video player will appear as your latest post within your Wordpress site!

Here is the full TUTORIAL.

From within the libsyn dashboard you can also mark the post to be in draft mode, so that you can add all of your show notes information when you log into your Wordpress site.

*NOTE: To be absolutely clear, this feature works only for those of you that are using a self hosted Wordpress website. 

One stop for publishing

From within your libsyn account you can now publish directly to:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook (Page or Profile)
  • Wordpress
  • Smartphone app (if you happen to have one)

What’s great about this as well is that you can schedule each individual location to post at a different time if you so choose!

This can help you keep the momentum going in terms of promoting your work across the different social media sites.

Feedback Please!

The devs are working so very hard to offer up better functionality for you guys, and we need you to let us know what you think.

Does this Wordpress functionality work for you? Does it make your workflow easier? Does this not help you out at all?

Let us know in the comments! Help us help you keep podcasting!

   

Break Through Roadblocks To Increase Your Listeners

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What are the hardest roadblocks toward getting new listeners for your podcast?

The potential listeners that I’m referring to here, are not those that are familiar with podcasts. I’m talking about those people that you know would love your content but are not techy, nor do they include iTunes in their every day life.

They may not even own an iOS device

< silent gasp goes here >

Or if they do own an iOS device, they don’t quite know how to get the most out of it…including easily downloading the latest free podcast app from Apple.

In fact let’s move away from the Apple ecosystem altogether…just for fun ;)

The Biggest Roadblocks Toward Getting New Subscribers

Roadblock 1: Podcatchers

If you mention Podcatcher to the general population they would have no idea what you are talking about. If you defined podcatcher,

A podcatcher, or podcast client, is a computer program used to download various media via an RSS or XML feed- from Wikipidia.

they would look at you like you were crazy.

Then you would have to define RSS or XML and when was the last time you eloquently explained that to someone lately?

Of course there is iTunes. If they are familiar with iTunes, awesome! But if they are not, you are right back to where you started.

Roadblock 2: How to consume the content.

“You can download the episode through iTunes or subscribe in whatever Podcatcher or RSS reader you want, you can also stream it directly from my website, or even download it from there!”

The above statement makes perfect sense to us. We’ve heard it before, done it before and have said that same thing many times before.

When was the last time you said that to an entirely new person, that isn’t familiar with podcasts?

When was the last time you said the above statement and the person actually understood what you were saying AND went and did it?

Roadblock 3: Getting Too Comfortable Being in the In-crowd

I love podcasters and I love to podcast. I love to talk about podcasting. I work with podcasters. I know what podcasting is. I subscribe to a ton of podcasts. Podcasts are a very big part of my life.

But that’s not the case for a lot of people.

When I mention my podcast to people that engage with me in my ‘real life’ I inevitably get:

“I don’t have an iPod”

“Do you have a CD or a DVD?”

“Oh, that’s nice.”

And I feel completely at a loss as to how to share with them, how much amazing content there is out there FOR FREEEEEEEEE!

Where do you begin?

How do explain to someone how to subscribe to your podcast?

Can you do it without iTunes?

Is there somewhere else that you can send people so that they have the experience of having the content come to them, instead of them coming to you…

Meet your new prospects where they are

We are creatures of habit and it take a whole lot to get us to see beyond where we are.

At this moment in time, the place that the majority of people are engaging, connecting and participating is on Facebook.

How many times have you logged onto Facebook and clicked through to read something incredibly interesting, or discovered a new piece of music or new product because you saw it in your News Feed or Ticker?

I don’t think one can go into Facebook with a precise task to perform and only perform that task without in some way or another getting pulled into the newsfeed, even if it’s just liking a picture!

What if your podcast episodes appeared in your friends or friends of friends activity AND they could consume your content right there?

What if potential listeners were able to share, comment, like AND listen/watch your episodes easily, without having to click to another website and continue doing their stuff on Facebook?

Have you given the libsyn Facebook App a try?

You should because that is exactly what it does: makes consuming, sharing, liking and commenting on your podcasts and your episodes a breeze, directly from Facebook.

People don’t have to go anywhere else. The content is coming to them, especially when people start liking, sharing and commenting.

Once people start to consume your content, they will begin to be exposed to you, your website, ways to connect deeper with you, and of course participate.

The more they they listen/watch, they more they will learn about the medium.

And they will subscribe.

Get the libsyn Facebook App and customize it now.

How do you explain to people how to get your content?

What are the biggest excuses you get?

Share them below, so we can help each other grow this thing!

Elsie Escobar


Image credit via CC Road Block by PSP Photos

   

Can Facebook Help Podcasters Grow Our Audience?

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Have you guys heard of what SocialCam has been able to do in a short period of time?

According to Business Insider it looks like Facebook helped them explode to 75 million users in 15 months!

In my humble opinion, I don’t think Facebook did it.

I think Facebook helped an awful lot, but there were other very important factors that helped propel SocialCam to that huge level of growth.

Now, why am I bring this up?

Because for us as podcasters, whether we want to admit it or not, Facebook already does or will play a very big part in our ability to get our shows discovered beyond iTunes.

That’s the key phrase beyond iTunes.

Yes, we absolutely want to have presence in iTunes, but we also need to see the bigger picture.

Facebook is a must place to be for taking podcasting to whole new level

One way to reach out beyond iTunes is to have a presence on Facebook, even if it’s at minimum sharing your podcast on your profile wall.

Optimally, getting your own Podcast Facebook Page and adding a way to easily play your podcast from that Page is the way to go.

Let’s go back to SocialCam. Here is a key bit of insight from the All Things D article as to how SocialCam grew so much:

“Facebook timeline and Open Graph integration have helped make Socialcam explode. Whenever a user watches or creates a video on Socialcam, the activity appears on their Facebook feeds”.

It’s that whole Open Graph integration that makes things so sticky over there in Facebook land.

Use Facebook To Your Advantage

We are doing our best to provide tools for you guys to make it that sticky.

In our latest article giving you the down low about our Customized Tab Facebook Player, we explain that if someone happens to play any of your episode using that player they will show up on that users Activity.

Just that little posting will offer up an opportunity for your podcast to be seen in larger circles. Also, the more users authorize the Libsyn Player App, the more potential for discovery, simply because more people are using it, and more people are apt to search and browse for more content within the app.

How to get more people to authorize the app and consume more podcasts

  • Share the URL of your customized player tab.
  • Share the URL of your specific episodes from your individual podcast page within the App

It’s so nice to tell someone to listen to your podcast straight from Facebook. There’ s more of an opportunity for them to hit play than if you sent them somewhere else.

Looking for your feedback

We are continuing to refine and iterate the libsyn Player.

We will be making it more and more awesome as time goes by and are actively seeking your input and feedback to help us on this journey.

So how about it podcasters? What are your thoughts? Feedback on the Libsyn Player App?

Let us know in the comments below!

Elsie Escobar

   

Ready, Set, Boom! There it is Apple's Standalone Podcast App

Did you see it yet?

Holy bjeezus Apple just released it’s own new standalone app for Podcasts.

Key Features:

  • It’s FREE
  • Subscribe, stream or download
  • Browse and discover
  • tweet, message and email podcasts with direct link
  • The usual: Catalogue, Categories, Featured and Search
  • Manages your subscriptions
  • Streaming Radio

What do you think?

   

Rockin' New libsyn Podcast: DUH Podcast for Horse Owners

This series is all about libsyn's newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!


Q & A with John from The DUH Podcast For Horse Owners


When did you start podcasting?

Jan 3rd, 2012 was our first podcast.

Why did you start podcasting?

We have horses and have learned a lot through videos and dvd’s, but doing a search for horse podcasts one day, I did not see anything in the way of an audio podcast.

I had been a part-timer at a radio station in the 1980’s and love radio and broadcasting. I listen to a lot of Adam Carolla and he urges people to follow their instincts and just do it. I followed the tutorials on podcasting 411 and we were up and running in about a month.

What's your show about?

There are a lot of professional horse trainers out there. We learn from as many as we can, but our foundation is the Downunder Horsemanship Method of Clinton Anderson. (While not affiliated with Downunder Horsemanship, they know about our podcast.)

The use of Natural Horsemanship has helped millions of people have a safer, stronger relationship with their horses. But, it’s not a perfect education. As a student we would hit hurdles we didn’t understand. And, there were a lot of questions on horse health and nutrition and we couldn’t get hard answers.

We wanted to host a podcast that appealed to people in our situation: horse folks who have full-time jobs, family commitments, and limited budgets and have to negotiate them all in order to spend time with their horses.

What's your podcasting set-up? Podcasting hardware, software, CMS, etc

We’re still fiddling with our equipment. Currently we are using Behringer Dynamic Cardiod XM1800S microphones through an Alesis 4 Channel USB Mixer. We record to an Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM recorder and edit through Audacity.

We are experimenting with recording directly to Audacity, but we like the portability of recording directly to the digital recorder. We have recorded podcasts on the trail (a little too noisy, but it was our first try), outside with the farrier (horseshoer), and in the tack room of our horse trailer after a horse show.

How have you promoted your podcast?

We have a blogger site http://duhpodcast.blogspot.com, Facebook, and Twitter page. We also have a YouTube channel and belong to the Downunder Horsemanship No Worries Club, which is a paid club of horse owners who practice the Method. We use the club members for interviews, ideas, and even cowboy poetry. We have also signed up on most of the podcast directories.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?

How easy it was to set up, but how long it takes to produce one podcast. We definitely could have used a little more long-range planning and layout. Our podcast logo needs work, but with trying to line up guests and editing podcasts, time is at a premium.


If you are horse lover looking for a community subscribe to the DUH Podcast for Horse Owners! You can also reach out to them over at DUHPodcast (at) pacbell (dot) net or leave a voice feedback at 206 426 6484


Found a niche that is sorely lacking in representation? Start a podcast with us!

   

Top Comedy Podcasts Host On Libsyn and LibsynPRO!

We browse around iTunes periodically, you know, checking things out…

Scanning through the categories…

Checking out the featured and new and notables….

And guess what we found…

We are currently hosting 95% of the top Audio Comedy Podcasts!

That’s the coolest thing ever!

We are beyond honored to be able to help these phenomenal artists get their work out into the world. We are crazy proud that they’ve trusted us to provide them the tools to take over the world ;)

And to spread the love, we also want say thank you to all of the rest of you that have trusted us get your work out there. You guys are all so awesome :)

Look for more upcoming ‘Who’s on Libsyn’ highlights with our Podcast Luminaries, Rockin’ New Podcasts and Facebook – we are featuring and showcases our producers on our Facebook App!

Check it out and support your fellow podcast producers!

Keep creating!

Keep podcasting!

Podcasters rock!

PS

If you want to listen to some of those top comedy podcasts, you can easily check them out here.


Wanna be a part of the libsyn family? Start HERE