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Re: [podcasters] PaP Smear #1

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  • Mike
    It was just a thought. With post-production it can sound just as good. ... -- Mike Wills Blog - http://mikewills.name Podcasts - http://theriverbendpodcast.com
    Message 1 of 5 , Dec 22, 2006
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      It was just a thought. With post-production it can sound just as good.

      On 12/22/06, Command Line <cmdln@...> wrote:
      > Mike,
      >
      > If I am going to do more than one episode a week, I think I would want to do
      > a bit more than just split the existing audio into chunks. That is to say I
      > would want to "package" each episode a bit more so it stands well on its
      > own, for the new listener. I think just chopping a show written and
      > performed as one continuous episode in half or thirds wouldn't do that as
      > well.
      >
      > The comment that really decided me on the question of dividing the show into
      > smaller, more frequent episodes though wasn't really the logistics. As you
      > pointed out most blogging software will handle that aspect quite nicely. It
      > was actually the observation of how my delivery suffered in the latter half
      > of the show. Since episode 73, I've taken to recording the longest segment,
      > the feature, first, but I think that only goes so far.
      >
      > Regardless of pre-scheduled and post-dated file releases on the server, the
      > real problem I have to solve is developing a sustainable recording schedule
      > that keeps the pacing and voice quality consistently higher. Five days of
      > recording is right out, but maybe trying to working it over two or three
      > days would be an acceptable balance.
      >
      > Having survived a PaP Smear largely intact, I would definitely echo Mike's
      > sentiment and encourage anyone interested to submit. If you are open to
      > constructive criticism, and assuming Michael and Steve can remain consistent
      > in their fairness, then you will get plenty of good suggestions to consider
      > as you grow and evolve your show. I especially liked how a good portion of
      > the critique validated conclusions I was starting to make on my own.
      >
      > I would also recommend that you take some time, if you receive a critique,
      > to weigh the input against that of your audience and your own feelings and
      > ideas. It is, after all, your own show and one has to assume that if you
      > have any listeners at all, it is because of something distinct and unique
      > you bring to the table. It is tempting to use that as an excuse to ignore
      > criticism, and I am not suggesting you do so, but only you know best what
      > makes your show different from Michael's, Stephen's or anyone else that may
      > give you input. (It is good to be reminded to take pride in your own work.
      > :-))
      >
      >
      > Tom,
      > aka Command Line
      >
      > On 12/22/06, Mike <koldark@...> wrote:
      >
      > > Command Line, You could do the recording like you have before. If you
      > > are already taking 40 minutes, you are just taking that 40 minutes and
      > > splitting up the file. Blogging programs like WordPress can be set to
      > > schedule the release of the files so that they come out each day.
      > >
      > > Mike and Steve, excellent show. Now I am not so nervous to send you my
      > > show(s) in the future.
      > >
      > >
      > > On 12/22/06, Command Line <cmdln@...<cmdln%40thecommandline.net>>
      > > wrote:
      > > > Guys,
      > > >
      > > > Thanks for the terrific critique, very constructive. Some of the
      > > > suggestions are things I have already discussed with my listeners, but
      > > > you've given me more to chew over and some good, specific ideas on how
      > > > to improve. I am already looking into simplifying the feeds and
      > > > clearing up the ID3 tags, since these are relatively simple.
      > > >
      > > > The show length was already the number one issue in my mind and I
      > > > think I am pretty much convinced to split the show and put out at
      > > > least two episodes a week. I had discussed this with my listeners
      > > > once before but was left on the fence. I don't know if I can really
      > > > go down to daily, ten minute episodes, partly because of trying to
      > > > make that sort of production and publishing schedule work with the
      > > > other demands on my free time but also because of the desire to go a
      > > > bit deeper than most other tech podcasters do. I firmly believe that
      > > > depth is what has kept my core audience loyal.
      > > >
      > > > That being said, tightening up the content production and delivery,
      > > > even after splitting the show up, is an excellent suggestion and
      > > > something towards which I will continue to strive.
      > > >
      > > > Speaking specifically about the longest segment, the Inner Chapter in
      > > > episode 73, I think the rambling and length was only part of the
      > > > problem. The Inner Chapters series of segments are not meant to be
      > > > simply tips, as Steve was left to guess. Failing to clearly state the
      > > > intent of the segment in a structured intro for each new one is as
      > > > much to blame and reminds me to continue to re-visit the new listener
      > > > question as I did when crafting the main show intro.
      > > >
      > > > The clear breaks between segments are very intentional and I was glad
      > > > to hear that Michael found that they helped stave off the main enemy
      > > > of the long winded solo caster. I am thankful you've identified some
      > > > particulars I am doing well and given me encouragement to leverage
      > > > that more consistently throughout the rest of the show and its
      > > > segments.
      > > >
      > > > I did, for a brief while, try to find a co-host, recognizing some of
      > > > the challenges going it alone present. I was unsuccessful and have
      > > > long since resigned myself to tackling the "drone" and "boredom"
      > > > factors head on. I am heartened that you seem to think that on
      > > > average, or better, I am succeeding. The very specific feedback also
      > > > helps a great deal, I am hopeful about doing better and
      > > > better--especially since my listenership more than doubled after the
      > > > Cory Doctorow interview and review on Boing Boing.
      > > >
      > > > Thanks!
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Tom
      > > > aka Command Line
      > > > --
      > > > The Command Line Podcast
      > > > http://thecommandline.net/
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > Yahoo! Groups Links
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > > >
      > >
      > > --
      > > Mike Wills
      > > Blog - http://mikewills.name
      > > Podcasts - http://theriverbendpodcast.com
      > >
      > > "Indicators are like Atomic Bombs. Handy to have but you should never
      > > use them unless you have too." - Anonymous
      > >
      > >
      > >
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      > --
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      > http://thecommandline.net/
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      --
      Mike Wills
      Blog - http://mikewills.name
      Podcasts - http://theriverbendpodcast.com

      "Indicators are like Atomic Bombs. Handy to have but you should never
      use them unless you have too." - Anonymous
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