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There is one thing as a podcaster you will hear from other podcasters and that is,

I am going to be authentic and real

Podcasting is always needed to be real and you should be authentic.There are two reasons as to why a podcast host would even say this? They are not being authentic and that host is trying to cover up a feeling of guilt. If you are trying to cover up the fact that you are doing something that is not real. I hear that phrase and I wonder what that host is trying to hide. Why do they feel that they are not being authentic?

Then there to the context of I don’t want to edit. I just want to keep it real. Well, on this angle that needs to be addressed. There are three items that are important to being authentic.

Authentic sound

When your show is being recorded most folks are not recording in a professional recording booth. Instead they are recording in their bedroom, livingroom, in a basement beside the water heater, or at best in a closet. When recording in one of these uncontrolled environments is you get weird noises, parts of conversations going on in the background. When recording in these conditions it is normal and almost expected in  a podcast. Yet there are times that podcasters will go off and drop a book or knock over their microphone. Often heard after that is I am going to leave that in because I am going to be “authentic”.

OK that is fair that is a way to be authentic true but look at you blog post. or an email you are writing. Did you spell check? Did you grammar check? Did you look to see if you put the right email address? If and when you found mistakes did you not remove those mistakes? So, Are you not being real in your emails to your fans since you didn’t leave those real life moments in? Or are you just being professional and courteous to your reader for not making them have to figure out what you are talking about?

Authentic Courtesies to the  listeners

The same courtesies go to the listeners. They don’t need to hear every “um” or “You know” that is being said, often those comments, start to get old and worn out. If it is doing too much there might be a drinking game created out of the repetitions and crutches and we dont want our listeners driving drunk. Listeners are hard enough to come by we don’t need them killed.

With all kidding aside, a podcaster is not being fake or non-authentic to himself or to their listeners because the show was edited to remove SOME of the verbal crutches used. At the same time do not, remove all the verbal crutches in your recording. That starts to sound fake and unnatural when all the “Umms” are removed.

Authentically care for the show

For this I want to use a little different example. There is a sub-group of American males that like to take a typical pick up, and modify it. They raise it up but huge tires on, and them find a large mud area and go, “Muddin”. It is great! Lots of fun you and the pickup get absolutely filthy covered in mud and goop and you laugh the whole time. Yet when it is done you can be authentic show the world that this pick up went muddin and leave all the mud on the pick up and try to see through a dirty windshield. Leaving the pick up muddy also allows the natural chemicals in the dirt eat at your paint job and cause other problems when left on. So, after all the fun  most guys then go and wash the truck so that it looks good for the gals they are going to drive around town.

So, is that fun-loving red-blooded muddy american guy inauthentic for washing his truck? No, He is taking his girlfriend in mind by cleaning it up. That guy cares about his pickup. The same as you should care about your podcast. Editing is always needed, even if it is just to remove the silence from the coffee kicking in and running to the bathroom.

Be authentic in your thoughts opinions, and views. Yet, when it comes to editing there is no deviation from the image of being authentic. No one will call fake for editing the microphone stand falling over, in fact your audience wont even know.


NPR has their own directory

Sarah Koenig is giving closing keynote at Podcast Movement

There was an update to Powerpress 6 to 6.0.1 The changes made are mostly backend stuff. Like CSS and PHP scripting. I also noticed that there was a change in the iTunes link so instead of itpc it now directs to the itunes page. There is also a change to an Android podcast Manager, Podcast Republic that allows the RSS feed be easier to find. This way it is easier for android users to subscribe to shows.

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podcatcher for androidAntennaPod is described as

…an open-source podcast manager for Android 2.3.3 and above. It offers all the basic features you expect from a podcatcher, like streaming and downloading episodes, refreshing all feeds automatically or adding them to a queue to listen to them later. Moreover, AntennaPod lets you flattr podcasts and episodes from within the app.

And that is just about all that it does. Looking at the app you have the basics.  Download, playback, playback at variable speeds, streaming you can set your download options so that it will only download on Wifi, this is good so that people are not eating up their data plans.  You can also set your max number of episodes you want to have on your device so that shows you don’t listen to very much are not taking up too much room

Big drawback for Power consumers is that there is not organization options on the app. That mean if you have a hundred different shows you will have to manually organise them so you hear what you want first. There are no list options. So, this does cause a problem for category or list makers who only like listening to certain shows first. For the people who only listen to one or two shows then this will not be too much of a problem.

AntennaPod does integrate with gPodder Podcast network so that you can find new shows, but the search is very basic and so if you are searching for a specific show then use the quotes or you will be digging through 2000 different pages. Yet in the same breath you can manage your subscriptions through gPodder or through your decvice. So the ease is great for everyone.

Speaking of ease the makers of AntennaPod also integrated Flattr in to the app  so that you can throw shome shekels at your favorite podcast host and help them pay for their hosting or coffee.

This app is pretty balance needs some features like the ability to automatically notice podcast feeds and offer ability to subscribe. This would go a long ways in helping new podcast listeners into finding shows that they like. Yet, other than that the app is pretty good.

AntennaPod Goods

Integration with Gpodder directory

Flattr integration. So you can send your favorite podcast some cash.

You can set whether your shows download on any wifi or only on particular wifi’s. This is great so that you don’t have to worry about eating up some strangers data if they left their mobile hotspot open, or if your office has a slow connection and you don’t want to be inconsiderate and eat up the bandwidth while your shows are downloading.

Setting for number of episodes that can be downloaded, great for not using up data plans

AntennaPod Bad

No way of organizing your shows

To get variable speed playback you have to use Presto Sound Library or Prestissimo on your device. This doesn’t make it easy for users new or old who are using the app.

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Great quote for those looking to set goalsIt is that time of the year. The glorious time where everyone is making goals and then swearing off of them a month into the adventure. This goes with podcasters too. I have done it many times. I didn’t accomplish a single podcast goal I had set. Which is evident in that the show podfaded for a little while.

why? well that is because I didn’t follow through, and that is a large reason as to why people fail. Remember what your old Basketball coach use to say,

Its all in the follow through
– Coach B. Ball

That wise pointer has never been more true than in goal setting. Everybody can make goals, but are those goals good goals? Are those goals realistic goals? Often the answer is no. Yet there are plenty of people who make great goals and still don’t achieve them. That amounts to how much they planned. Was all the steps thought about planned for? Yes there might be a giant pothole that was unexpected, show up but if you have enough determination to reach your goal you will find away around the Grand Canyon.

Goal Setting Steps

How are you suppose to set your goals up for success? This is actually easier said than done. Many goal setters will set objectives like Quitting smoking, and not have a plan as to how they will quit. So, First step is know what your goal is. Then get your steps lined out as to how you are wanting to reach your goal. When you set your goals remember to help make it easier to see if it is a good goal to reach you might want to use the SMART technique.

What is SMART Goal Setting?

Specific – What specifically do you want to achieve?
Measurable – Can you see that you are making progress?
Attainable – Is it a realistic goal or are trying the impossible?
Results Focused – How is this goal going to help you?
Time bound – Goals are nothing more than dreams with a deadline

Using this template you can see what certain details of your goal you need to work on so that you can reach and surpass that one objective you are wanting to meet.

What are some podcast specific goals to have.

The big one most podcasters use is Grow your audience. Just make sure you have how much you want your audience to grow, is it by 25 listeners or is it 2,500 listeners? Another one many people like to buy a new piece of equipment. Just know what piece of equipment you want and how you are going to attain that particular funding and set the deadline and you have a very good and reachable goal. Interviews are good to have. You might have a goal to interview three specific people by the 3rd of July. Specific and time limited is what you want to put the need get it done in your head.

My Goals for Podcast Dojo?

  1. Have four products designed and ready to go by 12:00 pm June 15 2015
  2. Make Podcast Dojo a weekly show again (so far so good)
  3. Make $20,000 off of product sales by 11:59PM December 31, 2015 – This is reachable. But it is my big challenge.
  4. Grow the Twitter followers for Circlecast to 3,996 followers and Podcast Dojo by 500 by 11:59 pm December 31, 2015 that would be 2,000 new followers


Podcasting News

Podcasting Awards Nominations open up on January 19th – Yep time to put your raving hoards to work on promoting your show. It is also time to have the bellyachers and spoiled sports to complain that the awards are unfair.

Adam Carolla Key noting NMX!

The Mic goes from XLR to 1/4" TRS to an 1/8" TRS into the mic port of the Roland R-05 Digital Recorder

Voice mail from John Morgan Lets Talk Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunting

He asked what my mic setup was since I dropped my mixer. The set up is very linear it goes from XLR to 1/4″ TRS cable into an adapter down to 1/8″ TRS into the Roland R-05 Digital recorder. This is the easy setup and though I will be adding a new mixer one day at the moment this  clean simple setup is great! I have the headphones plugged in for monitoring my sound and If you need help contact me.

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Restarting or even just starting a podcast can put you into cold sweatsThis month I have found that I had a problem, an issue, a thing, that I needed to conquer to be able to keep going with my podcast. I was busy coming up with different excuses as to why my ability to podcast was not happening. I was using every excuse available. Then it hit me as to why my podcasting had stopped.

I knew it was not because I had lost interest in podcasting. In fact, I was always looking at podcasting equipment and listening to podcast about podcasts. My problem was I had become afraid. Most people get right up to the line when it comes to podcasting, but they do not jump out of fear.

Now the reason for that fear can be as different as each podcaster and aspiring podcaster out there, but the failure to launch in 9 times outta 10 the result of fear. That is what my problem was. I was afraid of what you my audience would say. What were they thinking? I knew many people wanted me to go on with the show because I have received emails from people listening and asking questions. Yet I would still throw work in as the blame or get sidetracked on the recording day and not get the recording done.

Well, I finally did it I jumped, AGAIN and I am going to keep pushing myself to get this show going on a regular basis again. Dont give up quite yet. If I do stop for good I will let you know. But the fear in podcasting that I was experiencing is not over, I have to rebuild an atrophied podcasting muscle and that can be daunting enough, but I know that I have already let many audience members downa and that is the scariest of them all.

I let my audience members down they were / are still, coming to the show for answers and I was not there. but that fear in my self perceived shame will be the determination to keep going. So, Hello world! The show is Going on.

I mentioned you can friend me on Playstation Network and you can find me using the screen name of Circlecast
MY Playstation tag

Come along I have some neat ideas for the streaming potion of the PS4 and so we will have fun especially after I get a Plus account.

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