That Was A Bad Idea

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My throat hurts.  Yes, I would do the whole lemon-tea thing, but I do not have the ability to make tea.  As a result, I’m out of luck, and will talk less for the next couple of days.

But you know what? I learned a few things from doing a podcast.

1.  Bring water anytime you’re going to sit down and talk. Really.  Bring water.  I don’t care whether you’re thirsty or not now, you will be.

2.  Don’t drink soda before you start talking. The sugar and caffeine made it difficult to talk in a clear and effective manner, thereby wasting a lot of time and making for a lot of re-tries.

3.  If you’re going to do it all in one sitting, make sure you know what you’re doing. At first, the podcast was going to be about talent specs in 3.1, but then I didn’t like it because I sounded like a BRK wannabe.  I should have known that would happen.

4.  If you’re having a bad go at it, step back, put it down, step back again, and go to sleep. Really, sleep would have been a better idea.

5.  Make sure you don’t sound like a stereotypical history professor. Bueler?

6.  Don’t snack on Miniwheats at the same time. It sounds gross, and will dry your throat so fast you just might win the human race.

7.  No cheese either!

8.  Change around the background music every once in awhile. Really, the same drone and tone of my voice, coupled with the same, constant tavern music made me begin to tune out.  Ugh.

9.  Make sure you can get the podcast hosted before you make it. Yeah, my podcast didn’t have a place to download it from for about 2 hours or so.  By the time it did have a home, it was 2 AM.

10.  Have more than one thing to talk about. Something that contributed to my own boredom of myself was that all I did was talk about pet equality, and it’s not even that hot a topic.  Next time, I’m talking about more things, and certainly things that are more fabulous.

Lastly, I learned that it’s certainly fun, but I certainly can and will do better if there’s a next time.  For anyone out there who wants to give it a shot, don’t worry about anything and put one together!

Also, it might make me feel better about myself if this is lost in the internether.

Please?

No?

Dammit.

/grump

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2 comments

  1. Some more advice, from someone who’s given presentations on podcasting ( /use Masters in Curriculum & Technology /flex):

    Single topics are fine. They can make for shorter podcasts, but there’s nothing wrong with that as you’ll need less water. Some of my favorite self-recorded podcasts measured in at exactly 3 minutes, because everything that needed to be said was, and the extraneous parts (the “um”s etc that are in my normal speech patterns, for example) were left out. This also made background music selection much easier.

    If you find yourself rambling and DON’T like that (to each their own, I guess), write out a script first. Yes, that’s almost exactly the same as writing a blog post, and I would suggest posting both simultaneously. Why? because Google doesn’t index audio.

    Always mention the URL of your website somewhere in the podcast. People are going to find the audio file without going to your site, so they need a way to know who you are and where you live (on the internet, at least).

    Good free mp3 hosts can include Ourmedia.org (They use Archive.org for server space) and GCast.com (they’ve started charging for recording via phone, but file uploads are still free).

    All that being said, I still think you did a great job – ESPECIALLY for a 1st attempt. Like any artist you’re probably noticing more mistakes than the average listener will notice, but that just means you know what needs to be done to make it even better.

    Take your time, select a good topic, and hit us with another one please. 🙂

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