I’ve always enjoyed listening to Podcasts. I remember listening to some back in middle and high school, but recently I rediscovered them in college. I live about 2 and a half hours from my hometown, and my Spotify got repetitive during the many drives back and forth. I quickly locked into many series like Serial, S-Town, Anna Faris is Unqualified, and Nerdist (ID10T), to name a few. Do you all listen to any? What are some of your favorite? — Seriously, let me know, I need more to listen to.
I’m writing about Podcasts because Reclaim Hosting has taken on a new project in the last week or so. We are creating a podcast. Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like with a little more added to it. Right now, they’re more like videocasts, where we sit down and chat in a Google Hangout that streams to YouTube. We use the audio from each stream to post to a software called Fireside. It’s working well so far!
When I say ‘we,’ I mean Tim. He nailed it from the technical side. He figured out a mobile rig that allows us to move to different locations throughout the office to film different locations. Right now we have a Mac Mini hooked up to the TV, a camera attached to the Mac Mini, and a microphone attached to the camera. Most of the rig is on a rolling cart, save for a few tripods. The Mac Mini serves as the hub for the recording and frees up a laptop for us to join the hangout to use visual aids. But, he explains the entire set up much better on his blog. It’s super cool to see his process and how quickly he was able to put this together.
The entire podcast came together rather quickly, we discussed the idea just about a week ago, and we recorded the first episode the next day. This wasn’t a very long episode; we wanted to set out our expectations for the podcast and describe what we want it to become. You can listen to the podcast (if you want a traditional version) on our Fireside instance.
How about that intro, huh? Another excellent work of Tim’s and what a wicked way to introduce the podcast. He talks about his process in his post as well.
The Intro shows some of the main points of what we want to cover while creating these episodes. And while creating a podcast seems like a lot of work, we want to break the stigma of perfection. These episodes definitely do not need to be perfect. We want to capture what some of the topics in almost real-time, and document what Reclaim Hosting is currently working on. Making sure each episode is perfect takes away from that experience.
I’m excited to jump into the world of podcasting and even host some of my own episodes. I feel like a true millennial jumping on the podcast train. We’ve got a lot to talk about so stay tuned!