900 Episodes Later
I Still Love Podcasting
So I published my 900th episode of the School of Podcasting today. I always like to break my format (with episode 400 probably being a fan favorite with fake morning crew “Binky and the Whiz,” so for 900 (after attending a Christan podcast event) I decided to interview Jesus on my show (not about eternal life, but how does someone create a message that has people talking thousands of years later). I’m sure I pushed some buttons.
I always love to find “the line” and go right to the edge (and maybe put one toe over). As Jesus said in the interview, “Don’t try to be the most downloaded show; try to be the most talked about.” I know some people will be turned off by using “The J word,” but I wanted to do it. I thought it would be entertaining, and my gut said to do it (so I did).
I attended four events last month, and one thing that comes up repeatedly is “To be yourself” or “Be authentic,” and episode 900 is me having fun.
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I Almost Rushed The Stage
At one event, a person from an advertising agency said that having an advertisement in your show made it more legit. I could not disagree more. Having a positive impact on your audience makes your show legit. But this is a great example of “Consider the source.” Is he wrong? No. Huh? He works for an ad agency, so for him, your show is legitimate in his eyes if you have an ad.
Always consider the source
Taking the Weights Off
I will fully admit that never missing a Monday for 18 years is just a weird ego thing. I kind of looked up one day and was like, “Wow, I’ve never missed,” and from that point, I take steps (recording shows in advance when I normally don’t batch). So last month, being on the road 3/4 of the time was a bit of a challenge. When I was home I was recording multiple episodes back to back.
Here is a cool side effect. Now that I’m home, just doing ONE episode is a breeze. So while those “tough” times aren’t fun, it makes you appreciate the “normal” times.
SCHOOL OF PODCASTING
Podcast Growth Strategies From Jesus (and a hint of Dave playing guitar)
FUTURE OF PODCASTING
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The Shure SM7B is a staple in the podcasting space (probably due to Joe Rogan using one). The only issue with the mic is it is quiet so you would have to buy a fethead to kick it in the pants.
So Shure released the SM7DB with a cloud lifter in it to boost the signal 28 db. I’ve watched three videos on this and they all kind of said the same thing. “Meh.” You only need a boost of any kind if your interface doesn’t have the gain to handle it. But if you have a Rodecaster a Focusrite Vocaster (both of which have plenty of gain), you don’t need this. The microphone is $499, and if you do have an interface that doesn’t deliver as much gain, you can get the SM7B and a Fet head and save some money (and if you’re doing video the SM7db has a shiny reflective surface and is branded with SHURE, where the original SM7b does not.
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Listenable Book Review
Planes are so noisy that I tend to read using my kindle (side note, don’t leave your Kindle in the seat in front of you…*sigh*). I read the book Listenable The Content and Delivery System to Set Your Podcast Apart by Bery Weiss. I really loved this book as Bert is a radio guy, but has great insights into make great content.
He broke it down into two things: content and delivery. If you’re content is awful no amount of polish will solve that. Likewise, if you have great content but deliver it via the microphone in your laptop, most people are going to tune out. I hope to have him on my show in the future.
I’m reading a book called, “The Proverb Effect: Secrets to Creating Tiny Phrases that change the world” and I never realize I do spit out sayings like, “It’s not the tech” or “Your podcast is a recipe not a statue.” I’m assembling a list for an episode.
I’m playing with a new listening app at Podfans.fm that incorporats ALL of the podcasting 2.0 features. It’s a web app (so you don’t have to worry about it updating all the time) and you can send it to your home screen of your phone.
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