Friday, 27 January 2012

Podcasts;Because Not Every Title Needs To Be Witty

If you're wondering about the title seriously I couldn't come up with a way to mention podcasts in a witty way. Anyway, our good blogger friend AllenTesch (yay for more shameless plugging!) recently did a podcast on his blog. It was about how a girl seemed to be proud she got an HIV test every year. That's not the issue here (though it certainly seems like an issue), no the issue is that under his podcast was the people who he was signed up with to make them, Podbean. This isn't actually an issue by the way I have no problem with podcasts, which is mostly what this about.

See, I have mentioned before that hey, maybe I could do a podcast. I just had a post that I wanted to turn into a video and there have been times before where I've wanted to do this stuff. But I don't really like doing videos because I'm still so self conscious. These guys can give me that chance. It's very easy to get one set up there and everything. The thing now though is, can I even do it? Sometimes I'm low on ideas for blog posts. It's kind of fun that I'll go a few days with no ideas and then suddenly out of nowhere ideas everywhere. But there's still the point that I have a lack of ideas.

I could do maybe a central podcast, have it be about something specific but then there's the problem of well just what do I do it on?

I think the best chance I have of getting a podcast to work for me is to just do a reading of a post maybe once a week and turn that into a podcast. Or just collecting an amalgam of things and talking about each of them in turn if I can't find one thing to go on a tirade about.

I'm not entirely sure what the point of this post is. Or what you guys could even comment on. It's simply I found a way to do podcasts and I'm thinking about doing it.

I'd also like to point out once again that I'm not stealing Allen's idea. I've broached the subject of podcasts before. If I steal an idea it's usually from Hazel. Two shameless plugs in one post? I am a whore.

I suppose I could go a bit into the why of doing one. Well I think getting used to speaking would be an advantage. There are some things that should be heard and not read too. When something demands emotion. Such as most of my recent activism posts. Sometimes I can write emotionally, but sometimes it's best to be safe.

Hell maybe I can even do readings of my book as well as writing it down, that way when I'm done it's already in audiobook format >_>

Oh and because I want to do three shameless plugs in one post. Yesterday the chaps at A Beer For The Shower wrote the story they told me to write during the giveaway. I dared them to do it. It turned out great, which is why I wanted them to do it. Check it out at http://www.abeerfortheshower.com/2012/01/dollar-menu-time-travel.html. I think three shameless plugs may be a record.

This post has gone on way to long.

54 comments:

  1. you have done longer posts ;D
    so a podcast, huh? I couldnt do that. My voice sounds wierd over a micro and if nobody knows about my voice and/or look it makes me appear more mysterious! ^^

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    1. I've done some very long posts yes but they have a nice dedicated theme I can really stretch out :P The people have said a wish to hear my voice, this is probably the best way for me to go about doing it.

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  2. Hey Mark,
    Thought I'd just let you know that I put our submission on ACTA on my blog. It's pretty easy to spot if you haven't checked it already (I even mention you, so you can't miss it).

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    1. Cheers brah, I am in the middle of my morning blog check so I'll be sure to see it eventually.

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  3. Podcasts are not bad as long as they are not too long and obviously interesting....

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    1. Well I'd like it to be kinda long, but not too long. Interesting is definitely a plus. I have some podcasts that last for an hour and a half but they're interesting and I enjoy them.

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  4. I like your idea about reading something you've written. That way you know where the emotion comes from and how to use your voice to convey it. Your activism posts were very good, because it was obviously something you care about and that came across. I think, just find something you really care about and through your voice, make us feel what you feel.

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    1. Well I have one more coming up for next week maybe I can record that in advance, but I need to go take another look at it. But thank you.

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  5. A podcaste is a good idea :) Something different!

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    1. It would be something different. For me at least, there are tons of podcasts out there :P

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  6. Hehe.. I usually steal ideas from other bloggers, too. Only ideas, not the words. :D

    "There are some things that should be heard and not read too." That's so true. Emotions can get across better with the "voice", compared to the written word. I wanna do a podcast, too but I'm not very good with "speaking",, uhm, I have the stutter.

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    1. I only steal ideas too ^^ I think after my vlogs we all know I can have a bit of trouble speaking, but I think if I'm not in front of a camera I should do okay.

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  7. a podcast would definitely set your blog apart

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  8. Podcasts are pretty good, actually. Even with videos, unless it's specified that I have to watch it, I usually end up just listening to it while browsing something else.

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    1. Same here actually. I mostly stick to music videos anyway which is fine to just put on in the background.

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  9. Bahahahahahaha you said "chaps" ! :P

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    1. I like that's what you focused on.

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    2. :P I knew everyone else would focus on the actual topic. I strive to be different.

      Buuut if you so wish:
      I think starting a podcast would be pretty cool. I'd listen to them just 'cause of your accent :P bahaha.

      Btw I was rather disturbed today when I saw a picture of me under the "You might also like". I don't know why but it just disturbed me :P

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    3. Striving to be different is fine but I was interested in opinions :P But thank you. I have at least one listener. A yay is me.

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  10. Every post does need a witty title =p Never have heard of many people doing podcasts for their blog, but it could be an avenue worth exploring.

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    1. I've heard people start with podcasts and move into blogs as well. Sometimes try as I might I can't come up with a title.

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  11. Haha! :) Yayyy do a podcast. :) Even if you can't think of anything, it's still cool. Just, like, ramble or something. It's really fun to watch, LOL.

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  12. JUST SHOW YOUR FACE!!!!!!!

    anyway, you could also just use youtube to post videos that are just your voice with a still picture that is your blog name or a picture of the topic or what not. or do a podcast. I don't know.

    JUST SHOW YOUR FACE!! yes I'm not letting up!

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    1. Nope.

      Nope.

      Nope.

      I could post YT videos with shiz but eh I like the idea of embracing other media formats. Plus I've already gone and made an account and spent ages trying to find a nice website to make some intro music. Finally succeeded at that too.

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  13. agreed i have a hard time coming up with titles too, and hey whats up with that lil tool bar at the bottom of the page. it always seems to erase my comment once it loads and im done writing my comment. had to write this twice lol

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  14. I vote for SHOW YOUR FACE. Or a voice podcast. Or something.

    And yes, you are a whore. I thought you knew this?

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    1. I did know this, I'd just like to see myself make some money from it. Maybe I should actually start charging.

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  15. I would like to hear you do a podcast. With me it would come down to the issue of time. Are you satisfied with the number of people you are reaching with your blog? If so maybe you have time to branch out into other media. If not I would put my focus in one area, until moving on to bigger and better things. Or if you feel like you are writing as many blogs as you can right now... perhaps doing a podcast would help the creative process... sort of, give you a breather while your brain churns out some new ideas for your next post...and perhaps even help give you some inspiration. Well, anyway if you want to do videos, and you feel self conscious you could wear a some sort of disguise, or maybe have a picture on the screen and do a voice over. Those are all options you could consider.

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  16. I do have a lot of options available to me. I think a podcast would help if there was a topic I really wanted to talk about, but just didn't have room for. For when I really have something to, quite literally, say.

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    1. Your rage on ACTA and the likes.
      Or why dogs are far better than cats. ;D

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    2. Yeah but that only covers one of them :P Plus I'd go on for hours about why cats are better.

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  17. I found the title to be ironically clever.

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  18. You should totally do one of those fancy new podcasts in which you also film yourself. Livestreaming, it's called!

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    1. That's called a video blog :P Livestreaming is when you do a vlog live basically. Well it's when you stream, live :P

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  19. Doing podcasts isn't anyone's special idea. Do it if you want, man.

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    1. It isn't but I need ideas to make them my own. As in if I was to do this I need to come up with ideas.

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  20. Fact: women hearing your voice will become instantly moist. Do it.

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  21. Fact(or maybe its just me): men hearing your voice will become instantly hard. (not that im discouraging you from it)

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  22. I've considered doing Youtube videos one day except I have no idea how to properly record voice and/or video.

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    1. Well if you have a webcam and or microphone it's pretty easy.

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  23. Hi there... I have been toying with the idea of doing poetry readings of some of my poems. I'm not sure if that's still considered podcasting... I'm not familiar enough. I think it's a great idea... and it will depend on what your pod casts are about and what you're trying to accomplish. Much like books on CD, there are people who would much rather push a button and hear the words while they are doing this or that... easier and it can seem interactive. :)

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    1. I would much rather read a book than have it read to me to be honest. Though if I did have audiobooks I'd probably get through more books. Podcasts are more a format than anything. I think podcasts would be good for you or maybe just recording a sound clip, no need to turn it into a podcast.

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    2. Ah... a sound clip... that's what I was thinking of... my poems are not long enough for a podcast. :)

      I think you should give it a shot... why not!

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  24. I'd looked at podcasts and used to do the odd video on my blog...but being shy I never appeared on cam or used my voice...give it a whirl

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    1. I doubt I'll ever appear on cam, but the world has already heard my voice.

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