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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.


Windows 7 Desktop (self built), Heil PR 40 with pop filter, shockmount and mic arm, Onyx Blackjack USB Interface


Adobe Audition 5.5, Powergramo, WordPress, Levelator 2 (GREAT), Vodburner (to record video podcasts)


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 and

You know you want to start podcasting.


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

What are you waiting for? Start your podcast!


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!


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!

Elsie Escobar


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

What are you waiting for? Start your podcast!


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

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

Are you ready to start podcasting?


Publish Your Podcast Episodes Straight To Blogger

cross post your podcast episodes to blogger

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.


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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.

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