Encouraging listener feedback – Beginner Podcast Mistakes BPM002

As Podcast producers, we create content for others to hear. So, we love to hear hear what people’s comments about what we create, but we need to make it easy for listeners to get in touch! Be specific why YOU want your listeners to share their ideas with you and others. Do you want someone to stroke your ego, or are you looking for your listeners to engage and enhance what you are sharing?

In this podcast, I interview Yannis Vatis from The Crossroads Podcast to talk about their struggle to engage listeners and we brainstorm ways to get their audience talking, such as:

  • Participating in online forums that reference their niche
  • Create a Google Hangout Live (although this would be hard in the Beijing time zone)
  • Join a life-hacking podcast directory website (or, as Yannis said- make one!) (11:04)
  • Display a “contact us” form right on the main page (12:11)
  • Tackle a controversial topic¬† (13:50)

Before the interview, I browsed through the past 32 episodes they have completed. This podcast has a very wide range of topics- they discuss what we can learn about Anime to extreme retirement savings and even share their tips on traveling. They even discuss how to overcome writer’s block and become someone who is known as a DOer of life. Here is my plug- if you like a productive life and want to hear a solid hour of people discussing it, subscribe to The Crossroads Podcast in iTunes,¬† visit their site TXRpodcast.com or get in touch @TXRpodcast.

Intro music by Cosmic Analog Ensemble

Stop delaying your podcast- Beginner tips to get moving! BPM001

Too many times beginner podcasters have interesting things to share but they are never published. In this episode, I share my podcasting mistakes and give you tips to get you started quickly:

  • Submit your podcast into iTunes as fast as you can- it takes several days for iTunes to approve podcasts, so the sooner they have approved, the sooner you can start sharing your content.
  • Don’t worry too much about equipment for now. This episode was recorded using a Guitar Hero USB microphone you can buy at a local used XBox game store for $10.

Submitting your podcast

It takes several days for iTunes to approve Podcasts, so the sooner they have approved, the sooner you can start sharing your content. Take a tip from the Reply All podcast– they created a small test podcast episode and submitted the podcast to iTunes. When it came time to officially launch, iTunes had already approved them and they were able to release their show on time.

Don’t worry about equipment (for now)

Early on, I spent days and days learning about obscure audio recording methods in my attempt to find the best recording gear. “Clothes don’t make the man” and gear doesn’t make you good.

The LearningMore Podcast – Episode 000 – curated interesting tidbits about life, art and learning

In this first episode for the LearningMore Podcast, I give you an idea of what to expect in future episodes. Next week I’ll be interviewing Gabriel Leung, one of the creators of RideArc, a curated bicycle ride through Los Angeles (and growing into other cities as we speak).

There are too many interesting things in this world that need to be shared. This podcast brings you curated pieces of content that I’ve found interesting and usually blogged on my website: www.meandyouis.us/charles. Listen to an architecture student share how he created a bicycle ride through Los Angeles to help others discover the hidden artwork in city buildings. Connect with a hip-hop artist from Boise, Idaho and hear his perspective how to produce music in today’s marketplace.

Tips for beginner programmers by Brian Bennett from Joyant, Sublime and Atom coding editors and virtual cloud programming with Nitrous.io Cloud9.io

In this podcast episode, I cover:

  • Aravind Chinoy’s Thinking in JavaScript (1:00)
  • Python doesn’t use semi-colons. (2:30)
  • Interested in coding but don’t want to spend hours setting up a web server? I discuss the advantages of coding online with a virtual cloud editors such as Nitrous.io, Cloud9.io and Meteor.js. (3:16)
  • Brian Bennett from Joyant shares how he learns new coding languages and offers several tips for beginners, including how to find a useful personal coding project.
  • I review two text editing applications: the Sublime and Atom editors.
  • Learn Python the Hard Way
    My friend Rob from work told me about this resource he has been trying out recently to get into coding. If you are new to technical books and training, much of the resources out there boast about getting you “up to speed in 20 minutes” or “become a Javascript Guru in two days!”