It’s question and answer time again! My question, your answers. The question for this episode was “What’s the Next Piece of Podcasting Gear You’re Going to Buy — and Why?” Thanks to all the folks who send in answers over this experiment!
It’s question and answer time again! My question, your answers. I got a lot of great responses and you’ll learn about a bunch of podcasts that are new to you — and maybe be reminded of ones you used to listen to that you’ll want to go back and check out.
Christopher Schmitt and Chris Enns discuss issues facing podcasters in 2016 - do you need a blog? Should you be on YouTube? How to market a podcast? Cross post it to Medium? Publish on Product Hunt? We’ve got more questions than answers but we’re having fun discussing it.
For this month’s episode I asked you what your main motivation was for podcasting in 2016 and the responses were awesome and gathered around a couple of topics - getting great content out and nerding out with friends. Listen and be encouraged about the medium of podcasting!
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I need a bit of margin in my life for the next while and so I’m pressing pause on Show Me Your Mic. I explain a few of the reasons and what I hope to do in this episode.
Kevin is a co-host on Well Met - a podcast talking all things Hearthstone. We talk about how easy it can be to live stream video now, how Patreon has enabled creators to focus on creating, and how the world of esports has exploded and given opportunities to folks playing video games and those reporting on the video games.
Tim Smith stops by for a quick chat about his new show For the Record on Tower. We chat about producing a new show, how he preps a guest for an interview, and his plans for the future of Tower. There’s also a bit of gear talk and the podcasts he recommends.
Sean Kheraj hosts Nature’s Past a podcast about environmental history research in Canada featuring lectures and interviews with authors and academics on the greatest country in the world - Canada, naturally. We talk about scheduling guests, recording groups discussions and using YouTube as a podcast platform.
I talk a bit about where Show Me Your Mic could be headed in the future and how you could help.
Paul Jarvis from Invisible Office Hours and we talk about how breaking the rules of podcasting can help you find your own authentic voice amidst the rabble and noise of so many other podcasts. We also talk about seasons, hating your first episode, and alternative ways to make money from a podcast besides sponsorship.
Alex Knight, product manager at FeedPress and host of The Jemcast and The Impromptu, is on the show to talk about his podcasting gear and the podcasts he listens to. We also talk stats, feeds and analytics of podcasts and share our thoughts on Howl.fm.
Jerod Morris joins me to talk about The Rainmaker Platform, The Showrunner podcast and complimentary Showrunner Podcasting Course. We talk about building a podcast, why to start one and how to build a narrative into your show. We also answer a listener question on podcast networks and iTunes.
Mikey is the co-host of the Packet Loss Podcast which, in their own words, is the most racial diverse podcast on the internet. We talk about bringing your non-podcast friends into this weird world of podcasting and also what makes a listener want to engage with a podcast or podcast network’s shows.
Lindsay Patterson joins me for part 2 of our discussion - this time it’s all about her podcast The Tumble podcast. If you’ve got feedback, follow-up or questions be sure to click the Discuss This Episode link in the show notes to leave a comment.
Lindsay Patterson joins me to discuss her recent article asking where the YouTube for podcasts is. If you’ve got feedback, follow-up or questions be sure to click the Discuss This Episode link in the show notes to leave a comment.
Jason is back to talk about what’s changed since the last time he was on - location, job and most importantly to this show - gear! New gear is always fun to talk about.
Stu King joins me to talk Character Crusade, his podcast that helps people discover and explore the world of Skyrim. We compare the YouTube world of Let’s Plays and video to audio podcasts and how to bridge your audience between the two worlds.
Paul is on to talk about his parody show Entrepreneur Explosion! Why he started the show, the difficulties of doing a parody show with real discussions and purpose and a general discussion of the podcasting landscape mid-2015.
Darren Moser is the co-host of Earl Grey - a podcast that talks all about Star Trek The Next Generation. We talk niche podcasting, being on the Trek.fm podcast network and getting out there and just start recording.
Solo show! I talk about some of my if-only’s to help unhook my brain a bit.
Kyle Roderick is back to have another podcast network owner therapy session and we also discuss an app that could save you a bunch of time in your podcast production.
Stephen is a Brit living in Finland and he’s organized fellow ex-pats from around the world to talk tech with a decidely different angle on things than those of us in North America hear - while still lusting after the same gadgets and tech.
Aaron’s only 6 episodes in to his new podcast Lore - a bi-weekly podcast about the history behind scary stories - but his attention to all the details of producing a story-driven podcast has resulted in unexpected but well deserved attention and popularity.
Jason joins me to talk about podcasting with a local focus - in his case the business community and events in his city in Indiana. Recording live in person, using a Yeti and tips for promoting a local podcast.
Kyle Roderick from Transmission and Goodstuff joins me to chat about the fun of running a podcast network, working collaboratively across time and space and how he produces Transmission - the internet’s morning show.
No guest today so I talk a bit about some of the issues and struggles of running a podcast network and options we’re considering for hosting of podcast files. Libsyn vs SoundCloud vs S3 vs Simplecast vs what else?
Reuben Ingber is on to talk about How to Hold a Pencil. We discuss the struggles of finding sponsorship, wonder if there’s people who want to learn about podcast ad sales out there, and of course, what gear Reuben uses and the podcasts he listens to while riding the subway.
Sawyer Paul is on the show to talk about running a podcast network - and the tough decision to shut down a podcast network. We talk through some of the struggles of trying to help friends, unlimited storage not always being unlimited and our mutual dislike for Toronto.
Caleb Wojcik runs DIY Video Guy - a audio podcast and video podcast show teaching what he’s learned about running a business involved in video production.
Leslie Camacho, one of the hosts of The Marriage Startup podcast - a podcast that looks at the struggle to keep home life in balance when work seems like it is your life.
Raygan and Nate, two of four hosts of The Short Game - a podcast that talks about video games that ideally take less than 10 hours.
Pencil vs Pixel vs Microphones. Cesar Contreras joins Chris Enns to talk about starting a podcast without a huge plan (or a mic) and not being afraid to mix up your format and experiment.
James Parkinson hosts The A League Show - a podcast covering the Australian top professional football (soccer to us North Americans) league. We chat about setting up interviews with sports personalities, recording on location, and the importance of listening to your own podcast.
Sean Chin joins Chris Enns to talk about The Capsule Podcast, part of the Live in Limbo site that focuses on music, movies, tv and tech in and around Toronto, Canada. They talk about some of the struggles of getting artists on a podcast and trying to publish quickly in the fast paced world of the modern music industry. Bon Jovi also comes up a lot.
Myke Hurley is back on the show to talk about Relay.fm and the new version of Inquisitive he’s recently launched that’s telling the story behind app development on iOS.
We talk about Stephen’s jump from listener to cohost, figuring out gear to record in studio as well as at bike shows and events - as well as building a community around a niche topic and the benefits of doing so.
Aaron Goodwin hosts 3 Guys, 3 Questions - a comedy podcast that’s into it’s third season. We talk about editing for comedy, benefits of upgrading to Logic Pro X from Garageband and recording podcasts with Yetis involved.
Drew Dillman joins Chris Enns to talk about his video and audio podcast Craft Conscious - interviews with people running craft breweries. Getting great looking video can be difficult but Drew’s got a workflow that might help you get started if YouTube is a platform you’re interested in.
Maurice Cherry joins me to discuss his two podcasts The Revision Path and The Year of Tea. We have a great chat about his shows, getting listener feedback and his plans for the shows he wants to do in the future.
Tyler Stalman joins Chris Enns to talk about his podcast Cameras or Whatever as well as the internal video podcast he produces for his day job. Find out about Tyler’s claim to podcasting fame and how Chris and Tyler justify their PR40 purchases.
Nathan Pierce joins Chris Enns to talk about his podcast and resource Microbrewr.com - a great sit for anyone interested in the business involved in starting a microbrewery. Learning from mistakes, great communities to learn about podcasting and making plans for your podcast.
Jason Bryant, founder of the Mat Talk Podcast Network, joins me for a battle royal discussion of running a podcast network, finding a neat niche and putting in the time to build an audience and get guests.
Alex Carpenter hosts I Brew My Own Coffee, a podcast to learn how to brew your own coffee from the comforts of your home or office and you’ll definitely want a nice cup of coffee in hand while you listen to this episode.
Ray Ortega is the last guest for 2014 on Show Me Your Mic and we had a great chat about podcasting as a career, starting a YouTube channel, streaming live video and the mic that’s very likely better than the Heil PR40 for podcasting.
Chris talks with Adam about his love for podcasting and basketball and the idea of picking a specific niche topic to focus your show around and the unique opportunities it’s brought to him.
Fredrik Björeman joins Chris Enns to talk about his podcast Kodsnack - a tech and coding podcast based in Sweden.
Moisés Chiullan joins Chris for a discussion of reasons not to podcast, reasons not to run a podcast network and reasons you should just delete your recording. (Not at all true.)
Mike is a great part of the podcasting community and is looking to help people get into podcasting with his podcast network at jackals.us and the custom CMS he’s writing to help run a podcast website.
Kari Halsted joins Chris Enns to talk about her show on Goodstuff called I Guess We’re Grown-Ups Now. We talk about pitching a show to a network like Goodstuff, recording a pilot, thoughts on women who podcast and growing up as a podcaster.
Chris Enns talks with Jason DeFillippo of the Grumpy Old Geeks podcast about recording with friends and enemies, Skype vs in person and computers ruining everything in podcasting.
Jeremy Cherfas talks with Chris Enns about the gear and techniques he uses for getting a good conversation with people milling around at conferences and his interest in food related discussions and where that talks him on his podcast, Eat This Podcast.
Jared and Shane, two of the hosts of The Scope Show, are the guests on this week’s SMYM. They’ve been recording The Scope Show since 2006 - which is a long time in podcast years. We talk about the benefits of recording in the same room as your co-hosts, using YouTube and other platforms for promotion and of course geek out on gear.
Adam Martin joins Chris Enns to talk about his podcast where he interviews creatives involved with sports. They talk scheduling, using SoundCloud, debate sponsorship and what got Adam into podcasting.
Jeff Ruberg comes on to discuss his podcast talking about Digimon. He discusses podcasting in a niche topic, using Jekyll and Auphonic to publish his episodes and how he edits and produces each show.
Omer and Nir from the Noncast join Chris Enns to talk about their podcast and their Hebrew podcast network based out of Israel. We talk audio issues, Google Hangouts and focusing on your own local niche to develop an audience.
Paddy Donnelly joins Chris Enns to discuss his podcast, Working Out, and the tensions of having a business or job along with a side business that is your passion.
Dan Benjamin returns for another chat with Chris Enns to talk compression, DBX 286s, Skype mix/minus, redacting Heil from podcasting, and what Patreon brings to the table for podcasters and 5by5.
Jordan Cooper joins Chris Enns to rant about podcasting and what might cause you to be a Tech Douchebag in his podcast player.
A quick invitation to any podcasters listening. I want to talk to you!
Guy Routledge joins me to talk about his video podcast series AtoZCSS. We talk production of a video podcast including Wistia video hosting, Screenflow recording and even using Jekyll for hosting your podcast’s website.
This week, we have Joe Cieplinksi, host and one half of Release Notes, a weekly conversation about the business of Mac and iOS indie software development—Everything but the code.
This week, we have the guys over at The Dirt - Tim Wright, Mark Grambau, and Steve Hickey. The Dirt is a UX podcast that covers design, user experience, and their take on the latest tech news. We talk about the personality of a podcast and company, creating timeless content, and some really awesome virtual mixing.
Nicholas Young runs The Machine, a podcast network based in Chicago. We talked about the shows The Machine produces, how he got into podcasting and the gear he uses to produce podcasts.
Anze Tomic joins Chris Enns to discuss podcasting all the way from Slovenia. He has an english show called Storming Mortal as well as a Slovenian podcast network called Apparatus. He also has a Yeti. Sparks may fly.
Kyle Roderick and Tim Smith join Chris Enns to discuss their respective shows on Goodstuff - Transmission and For the Record. We get gear geeky and production geeky. Hang on for a bit longer episode than usual. Enjoy!
Lex joins Chris Enns to update listeners on the podcasts he’s been doing since his last appearance, Soundcloud’s push into podcasting, and of course podcasting sponsorship. Numbers, dollars and other important words are discussed in great length. And short length.
Karl Morand joins Chris Enns for a discussion on his political podcast, Middle East Week, and the interesting gear he uses to produce the show. Listen to hear many firsts on Show Me Your Mic including a new mic never mentioned before as well as new podcasts that you might want to add to your player of choice.
Fellow Canadian Joel Duggan joins me to talk Game of Thrones, podcasting about TV, recording and editing M4A episodes, ideas for conducting interviews with multiple hosts, streaming live and being a part of podcast comunities.
Cary Barbor of the Books and Authors podcast joins me to discuss interviewing face to face, conducting a good interview with an author and her background working at public radio.
Sam Kapila joins me to discuss breakfast tacos, Austin, Texas, teaching and podcasting for a community. And more breakfast tacos.
Nicole Spag joins me to talk about the podcasts she hosts, getting sponsorship/advertisers, building a community and the joys of being a nerd parent.
Ashley Milne-Tyte, host of The Broad Experience, joins me to chat about crafting a great podcast. I really enjoyed learning how she edits a longer interview down to a 2 or 3 minute story for news bites, and also how she produces her 10-15 minute episode of The Broad Experience.
Huffduffer is a great service for podcasters and it happens to be built by one guy - Jeremy Keith. Listeners of SSKTN will know that I, Chris Enns, am a big fan of Huffduffer so I wanted to have Jeremy on to chat about Huffduffer. We talked about where the idea came from, the nerdy origins of the name and ways to help your podcast look better when it gets Huffduff’d.
Mike Vardy is my guest for the last show of 2013 to talk podcasting (obviously), Canadian content and all sorts of workflowy magic. Put on your favourite holiday sweater and make up a bowl of poutine and enjoy the show.
No guest this week due to a scheduling issue but I still wanted to record a few quick thoughts on an idea I’ve had for podcasters (new and pro) that might be interested in building their podcasts better - together. Kumbaya!
Justin Jackson joins me for a chat where we talk about why you might podcast - or perhaps why you should kill a podcast. We also cover sponsorship, listener numbers and building community.
Katie Floyd joins Chris Enns for episode 32 of Show Me Your Mic to chat about the soup to nuts of producing The Mac Power Users podcast - a Mac nerd’s dream podcast that’s produced 162+ episodes since 2009.
Chris Coyier stops by to chat about screencasting, podcasting and how he prepares for both. We chat sponsorship and getting to work with Dave Rupert.
For a very special 30th episode of Show Me Your Mic I got to join Jason Snell at the Macworld offices in San Francisco and chat with Jason about The Incomparable, an award-winning weekly show about geeky cultural topics in numerous media, including books, movies, TV, comics, and games.
I’m joined by Anna Rascouet-Paz. She is the Online Media Editor at Annual Reviews where she hosts The Conversation Series - a podcast that interviews authors about their careers and most recent articles. We talk about tips for conducting a good interview, doing research and the idea of scripting your show. And of course we talk parenting and kids.
Chase Reeves sets the record for the most markers in an episode. You’ll have to listen to find out why. Besides talking podcasting, Logic X, making money online and sucking up to Merlin Mann we also talk Aeropress brewing methods. And hemorrhoids.
I’m joined by Kyle Roderick who podcasts at Build and Ship and also works at Mophie as an interaction designer. We talked through his workflow for recording. We also talk about the life of a show, how it can be hard to talk on a weekly basis and the idea of doing a solo show.
I’m joined by Brett Terpstra - a returning guest on SSKTN. He’s the host of Systematic as well as code of a bunch of cool tools for making your Mac life easier and more efficient. We talk through his workflows, how stats don’t affect his life and podcasting in a vacuum.
The illustrious Mr. Stephen Hackett joins Chris Enns for the 25th anniversary episode of Show Me Your Mic to discuss timezones, accents and microphones on his podcast The Prompt.
In the 24th episode I talk with Dr. Don Schaffner of the Food Safety Podcast. After getting the poop talk out of the way, we talk about where you share your show, workflows and editing with a co-host, checking on reviews in iTunes and travelling with your gear.
Lex Friedman joins me on episode 23 to talk about podcasting sponsorship - what kind of listener audience you need, how many dollars you can expect to make. We also talk about the ethics of doing sponsor reads for competing companies and where we think podcasting is going in the future.
For episode 22 I have my first returning guest in Myke Hurley. Since he was on a previous episode we spend our conversation talking about post production, changing formats of a show, doing a nighttime talk show, deciding when a show is done. Stick around for the AAOO where we fall into soundboard wars.
I’m joined by Jory Raphael, a designer and illustrator specializing in the clean and usable. He’s known in podcasting circles for creating the distinctive show art for the 5by5 podcast network but also does great icon and design work for other clients – and is working on an app with friends for parents.
It would be hard to overstate how much of an influence Merlin Mann has had on my online escapades. From the way I blog on my weblog, toot on my Twitter or tumble on my tumblr. You get the idea. This was 5 parts therapy, 8 parts fun and 10 parts nervous, giddy laughter (on my part). A total of 23 parts. Or a “full Merlin” as I like to call it. So fun.
Bill Wadman joins me for episode 19 and we spend a bit of time talking about his photography business and the gear he uses for that before getting into a discussion on his podcast – On Taking Pictures. We talk 5by5, live streaming, and workflow of producing a two person photography podcast.
Aaron Dowd is a professional drummer, web designer, and self-taught audio editor for the ShopTalk Show, the ATX Web Show, Execute, and Happy Monday (and more to come). We talk about some suggestions for editing a podcast, tips for EQ’ing guests, and the plugins Aaron uses in Logic to produce a good sounding podcast.
Daniel Jalkut, programmer and podcaster, joins me for episode 17. We talk about his goals for the perfect tweet, learning to appreciate your own voice, and talk about sponsorship and how to present it on a WordPress blog including a few plugins to recommend.
Ryan Irelan joins me for a discussion about Mijingo, his company that publishes training videos for the web and his work in setting up a studio at Happy Cog.
For episode 15 I turn the mic back on myself and invite Tim Smith to interview me about my setup here at SSKTN. We talk mics, mixers, live streaming, Skype and recording and just about everything in between.
For episode 14 I’m joined by producer/account manager and host on 5by5, Haddie Cooke. Haddie looks after everything from meeting with and booking sponsors, writing ad scripts, invoicing, setting up the room for recording. We cover all of that plus there’s an appearance by Dan Benjamin acting as producer for Haddie on this episode.
Calvin Powers came from traditional radio to hosting a podcast focusing on classic Americana music. We talked about how he uses Google Hangouts to record interviews, publishing to radio and the internet, and looking for syndication opportunities.
Paul cofounded Headscape, a digital agency based in the UK, and as part of their marketing efforts he started Boagworld – a web design and development podcast. We talked about his workflow of ideas for podcasts, recording interviews at conferences, transcribing podcast episodes, scaling back and scaling up, and running seasonal shows.
Andrew Hellmich is my guest for episode 11. He hosts the PhotobizXposed podcast and we talk about adding a podcast to your business, membership and premium extras for your show, thanking people who leave ratings on iTunes and the new to me recording software he uses for producing his shows.
Jeremy Fuksa joins Chris Enns for episode 10 of Show Me Your Mic. They talk podcast networks since he’s had a show on two big podcast networks, the trials of producing a video podcast, podcast appropriate sponsorship ideas and co-hosting a three person show called The Shakes on the Mule Radio Syndicate. Jeremy also took the opportunity to share a bit of the story behind his move from 5by5 to Mule Radio.
Cynthia Sanchez joins me to talk about podcasting about Pinterest. She produces a weekly podcast called Oh So Pinteresting and we talked about the benefits of using Pinterest in podcasting.
Dan Benjamin is one of the folks that really inspired me to get into podcasting and so it’s an honor to have him on this show. We run the gamut of podcasting from his start on the Hivelogic podcast to where he is now, networks vs individual podcasts, getting unstuck when podcasting, taking care of sponsors and plenty of fun discussion on life as a podcaster.
Adam Clark joins me for episode 7 to talk about his new podcast, The Gently Mad, and where it came from. We talk about conducting an interview and why it matters if you do a podcast.
Shawn Blanc joins me to chat about the start and ending of the B&B Podcast, moving to the 5by5 network, and his unique workflow for his solo membership show.
For episode 5 I’m joined by J.D. Andrew and Brady Goodman of The WAV Files podcast. Brady is a recovering radio DJ and J.D. is an audio engineer so we had lots to talk about including moving from radio to podcasting, how content is the most important thing to your podcast, advertising your podcast on Facebook, using Google+ to promote your podcast, and advice for new podcasters. Oh and we also got to hear the story of J.D.’s infamous encounter with Jian Ghomeshi on Q as part of The Boxmasters.
Darren Moser of The Dr. Sci-Fi podcast is my guest on episode 4. He has an interesting setup of hardware, software and services to get his podcast recorded - including an AI co-host. He’s only a few episodes in to his podcast, but he’s done a lot of thinking about the how and why of his podcast.
Tim Smith of The East Wing podcast is my guest on episode 3. We talk about picking guests, conducting a great interview, internet popularity and the sponsorship question - when, how much to charge, and how many listeners does The East Wing have.
Myke Hurley is my guest for episode 2. We talk single shows versus setting up a network, when is the right time to approach a sponsor, using the tools you have, future-proofing your gear purchases, conducting a great interview and of course - what podcasts Myke is listening to.
For episode 1 of Show Me Your Mic, I’m joined by Dave Rupert of ShopTalk Show fame. We talk about planning a podcast, gear that Dave has tried and attempting to keep a low budget on a high quality podcast.