Patrick (Chapter 5)
Posted by Randolph Carter on May 28, 2009
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Chapter 5: Blogging/Podcasting
When did you first start blogging/podcasting?
I started in mid 2006 by sending a few segments to shows I enjoyed (The Instance was the first one I think).
A few weeks later I started my own Wow show in french called Azeroth.fr (there were none at the time) and have since then taken on a variety of podcasting projects: The Phileas Club (international politics and news), How I Wow with my friend Shawn Coons, Le rendez-vous Tech (french tech news show) and more recently The Movielicious, a movie review show I do with Mark “Turpster” Turpin and Nicole Spagnuolo. I also “produce” the webcomic “Noobz Online“, whatever that means. My friend PH is the artist on this one. And I have a blog that I occasionally write articles of the “TLDR” variety on.
I think that’s it. All this can be found on Frenchspin.com (there’s a french and an english version).
Why do you blog/podcast?
I do podcasts because it’s a way to tell my oh-so important opinion to people without the hassle of actually having to write down entire articles. So I guess I podcast because I’m lazy. And also because I have a ton of fun doing it.
Do you have a schedule or some sort of routine you try and follow when blogging or podcasting?
Yes! Schedule and regularity is the key in those ventures. I always set a periodicity I think I can stick to (monthly/bi-monthly) and try to never miss an episode. If you start skipping shows it’s the beginning of the end. For you as well as your audience.
Is there some grind involved in blogging/podcasting? If so, what is it and how do you cope with it?
Yes, definitely. It’s like everything: once you get into the routine, it’s less of an “exciting adventure”. I still love doing it though, so it’s not like I feel I’m doing factory work or anything like that. That being said, sometimes I don’t want to do a show or I feel uninspired. But when I finally finish editing and get the show online I’m proud of the result. Most of the time. :)
I guess the way I cope with it is, as I said, setting up reasonable goals for myself. My first shows was monthly because I didn’t want to promise a weekly show and not be able to deliver. Then I started getting the hang of it. When I got enough experience to go from recording to online status in about an hour or so, I figured adding some bi-monthly shows wouldn’t be too much of a challenge.
I also do everything I can to rationalize my workflow: some people can’t cope with one show a month because they’re not using the proper tools or are attached to things that bring little to the product and consume a lot of time and effort. For me, if something is superfluous, it’s out. As long as the quality isn’t too greatly impacted of course. The point is, it’s better to be able to get a show out every time you’re supposed to than to make it a “job” and end up not doing it at all.
By contrast, what do you find pleasurable about blogging/podcasting?
Everything! The community, the relationships with the other shows, the fact that you get to know and interact with incredible people you wouldn’t have known or heard of otherwise, the hours and hours and hours of entertainment I get out of the shows I listen to… I don’t think I could find a single negative side to this hobby of ours. Except maybe the fact that it takes too much time to listen to everything. :)
I haven’t watched TV in years though, so that cleared up a big chunk of time. And believe me, I don’t miss it in the slightest.
How many people offline know you blog or podcast?
Pretty much everyone I know. I’m very open about it, mostly because I’m proud of it I think.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to try their hand at blogging or podcasting?
Again: set reasonable goals you think you’ll be able to achieve. Start small, you can always expand later. And second: expect it to take more time and effort that you thought it would.
What is something you know now that you wish you had known when you first started?
A ton of things… Mostly tools that make my life easier today:
- Feedburner to host the feed: it creates an alias so you can change the original feed later if you have to.
- Podtrac: data collecting. They track your downloads and such.
- Blip.tv to host the files: they are the only ones that allow access to the original.
- Sony Vegas for sound editing: blows ANY other editing software out of the water; you’ll spend half the time editing if you’re doing anything remotely more complicated that simple mp3 encoding.
- Powergramo: Skype recording utility.
- WordPress is easier to manage that static HTML… Wow was I an idiot to go with that in the first place.
I think that’s most of it.
Can you picture a future where you will hang up your keyboard or microphone and no longer blog or podcast?
I guess I can; nothing’s forever. I couldn’t picture a time when I wasn’t in love with Anime and Manga when I was younger… Boy was I wrong, those things suck! But for podcasting it probably won’t be soon.
At your funeral, what song(s) would you have played as your corpse is set alight and cast out to sea on a funeral barge?
Probabaly “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life”, by the Monthy Python. Smile! :)