The Podcast Award Are Open
If you’ve ever benefited from this podcast, do please take the time and nominate the show (school of podcasting) in the EDUCATION category.
The Two Most Important Parts of Your Podcast
I was watching an episode of Live From Daryl’s House (Daryl Hall of Hall and Oats Fame). He has all sorts of musicians of different styles and genres. There is always a small segment where you hear them getting ready. They have had time to prepare. They know the music, but there are two things you always need to figure out and this is no different in podcasting.
How to start a segment.
How to end a segment.
Why because the first part is your first impression. A bad first impression can really lose your audience for the rest of the song (podcast in our case). A bad last impression and we’ve just blown all the positive mojo we just created.
We talked a couple of weeks ago about the Podcast Interview Wizard software and how it helps you get to the point quicker. It gets you focused on the meat of the interview.
One strategy is to pick your main point, the one that really inspires people to laugh, cry, think, or groan and come back to that with a tone that signals to the audience that we’re moving on, we are done, this is the final thought. Unless you’re Jerry Springer, you don’t need to announce “here are my final thoughts,” you can just say them.
Likewise if you are transitioning to another segment, just transition. Get yourself some royalty free music, fade it, etc, (or just leave a pause of silence). There was only one person who could get away with announcing a transition and his name was James Brown. Why did he do this? Because his band would launch into a groove, and just repeat it over James’s singing. So James would be in the middle of the song and ask “Can we take it to the bridge?” and eventually they would take it to the bridge. In other cases James would “hit it and quit it.”
Announcing a transition is about as stupid as someone asking, “Can I ask you a question?” (cause they just did). At least that is my opinion.
Because of My Podcast Troy Henritz & Nick Seuberling
Troy does the blacklist exposed (theblacklistexposed.com), and recently he’s been getting flooded with swag. He got an album (as in an LP) and a Blacklist encyclopedia.
Nick Seuberling – First Advertiser Check for Minor League Soccer Podcast
New and Noteworthy Update – Corey Finneran
Corey did a push for iTunes reviews for Ivy Envy. He gained 56 reviews this week. He now has 226 ratings and 191 reviews. He did not budge from #3 when you search “Chicago Cubs” in iTunes. The two that rank ahead of us?
#1 – 150 ratings, 128 reviews and the last published episode was 11/11/2010.
#2 – 7 ratings, 4 reviews.
I appeared on Creative Studio podcast on narrative podcasting
WordPress as a Free Website Option
John Wilkerson comments on last week’s show and wondered why I didn’t mention WordPress.
BTW, I have a new favorite podcast because of your “favorite podcast” episode at year end. Never heard of No Agenda until I heard someone mention it on your end year end show, actually it was last years show i listened to after downloading the transcript. I know shame on me for being a podcaster and not knowing of Adam Curry’s show until recently, but I have not missed an episode since hearing about it earlier this year and have also sent a few dollars their way. 🙂 it’s exceptionally good given the upcoming presidential election.
Hope all is well and I’m sending money your way too via Amazon shopping. ?
Richard Warfield, Jr.
My Podcast Episode is Not Appearing in iTunes!?!?
Here are some things to keep in mind.
- It takes up to 24 hours for your show to show up in iTunes
- Your subscribers get it instantly
- If you have the file on your website, your visitors have instant access
- Is your feed valid? Check it at feedvalidator.org
- Is your artwork in spec?
3000x3000px (maximum, anything in between as long as it’s square)
Use sRGB color space
Be a JPG, JPEG, or a PNG file