Let's Talk About Podcasts

Podcasts are similar to radio programs. Their formats can be talk shows, call-in sports shows, Podcast Subscribeaudiobooks, poetry, music DJs, news, sightseeing tours, and much more. Of course, in our case, our podcasts are mainly our Sunday sermons and the occasional special event. Podcasts are different from radio in that a podcast is a series of audio files you get on the Internet and you don’t have to be tuned in at a specific time.

Most websites provide on-screen controls for you to listen to our podcasts. But, the best thing about podcasts is that they can be downloaded to your own computer or audio player device. This lets you listen to them anytime – such as in the car or while on a walk or maybe doing those household chores.

You can subscribe to podcasts, just like a magazine. In the same way a magazine arrives in your mailbox when a new edition comes out, a podcast uses software on your computer called a podcatcher to automatically download new shows whenever they become available. To subscribe and download podcasts requires that bit of podcatcher software and perhaps your audio player device. Below are some instructions to help you with that.

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Podcasting 101 – BarCampCHS

Below you will find the presentation of the session on Podcasting that I gave on November 13, 2010 at BarCampCHS. Thanks to all who attended!

This presentations covers what it takes to create a basic podcast, encode it correctly, publish it to the web, and get it listed in the iTunes directory. We talked about recording equipment, editing software for the Mac and Windows, the workflow to produce a podcast, and what you need to make your podcast compatible with the widest variety of playback devices.

The audience for this session is those who don’t have any real recording or broadcasting background but are looking for ways to spread the word about their organization or cause. No special skills are required and I recommend the use of as many free and/or open source tools as possible to keep costs to a minimum.

If you would like to download the full presentation, you can click here for it in PDF format.

And if you are looking for the second presentation i did that day on WordPress Setup and Security, just look here.

Featured on Mac20Q Podcast

Mac20QuestionsI was recently interviewed by David Allen of Answer 20 Questions for his Mac20Q podcast.

In the interview we cover subjects from iPads and iMacs to mind mapping software and video and podcast recording. David is a great guy and simply fun to talk to. Give the show a listen and let me know what you think. Soon I will be doing similar podcasts of social media folk for The Social Media Monster podcasts.

Tools for the Podcast – Headphones

Just wanted to let you know a bit about the tools I am accumulating to do the podcast. This first thing is my headphones. I will post about other tools in the future, and you all probably know I use a Mac, but thought I would let you know about the headphones now because they are on sale!

Audio-Technica ATH-M20 Professional Studio Monitor Stereo HeadphonesI picked up the Audio-Technica ATH M20 Stereo Monitor Headphones about a week or two ago after reading so many reviews that I was going cross-eyed. I was looking to replace my last pair of headphone because the cat got hold of them. Yes, the cat. The cord was chewed into pieces and the headphone pads were ripped to shreds. So, after reading all the reviews and comparing all the prices, I picked up the Audio-Technica ATH M20 because the reviews were good, the quality seemed excellent, and truthfully – they looked large enough to fit my big head.

In addition to wear while I record The Social Media Monster podcast, I also wanted them to have good range response so I could use them to listen to music and other podcasts. And let me cut it short and just say, they have great quality and tone. Some people have said they are a little big. I don’t know if that is that case, but they fit me perfectly and have a nice padded head band area so they are comfortable against my less-than-hair-padded head. I also love the thicker coiled cord. It is substantial and seem not near as likely to give in to “wear and tear” as the cord on my last set of headphones did.
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Podcasts Are Coming

Podcast LogoWe are currently producing some podcasts on various social media topics, so stay tuned. Currently planned are:

  1. Introduction to The Social Media Monster
  2. An Introduction to Social Media – Part 1
  3. An Introduction to Social Media – Part 2
  4. Tips and Tricks for Twitter
  5. FaceBook Group Landing Pages

Again, these are the ones that are planned and/or almost in the can. If you have any specific topics you would like us to address, please let us know.

Another thing, how long do you prefer podcasts to be? 20 minutes? 30 minutes? An hour? When you listen to a podcast, how much time do you set aside?