Hello and welcome to Aspiebloggen podcast. I am your host Tommy Eriksson. In todays episode: Things i learned about starting a podcast.
This is the podcast where i bring you my views on things, in an attempt to let my voice be heard and to grow my confidence. For too long my voice has not been heard and my views are mostly unknown, but not anymore.
Most of what i’ll bring up will be about asperger and autism related stuff, but other stuff will most certainly be discussed. My website is at aspiebloggen.se. There you will find the show notes for each episode as well my other blog posts. The blog itself is in swedish but this podcast and the corresponding show notes will always be in english.
Now let’s get started.
Todays episode is brought to you by the letter L.
Wow one week has past since the first episode and not one day has gone by without me thinking about what i have gotten myself into. Anyways it feels good but still strange to finally be up and running. So much work had to be done but now all i have to do is to maintain it and that will be much easier.
But i’m not that fond of how the first episode turned out and while i didn’t really know how to fix it, here are some things that i learned while making it and later:
Take you time to prepare:
I wanted the episode to air last saturday since it would have been my fathers birthday. Had he been alive he would have been 74. Well i started late and finished editing after midnight hence why it appears to be from sunday but i still consider saturday the 17 to be the official launch day of the podcast. Might as well make it clear now for the sake of anniversaries.
Prepare your talking points:
Last time i did have a scripted beginning that has been slightly altered for this and future episodes but then i went unscripted for the rest. I’m not saying that unscripted is bad but i should have written down something more. This episode is entirely scripted but that might chance or future episodes. Now i know i forgot stuff but can’t for the moment remember what. If i remember after beginning recording i’ll put it in the show-notes. Well one thing came to me so that will be next point.
This podcast will not have swearing in it. The first version i posted claimed it would have that but after listening to episode 138 of TAP i realized that swearing might not be such a good idea and it certainly isn’t necessary for this podcast. I listen to a lot of youtube videos that have swearing in them so i’m not that sensitive to it and therefor didn’t mind including it. But having learned now at least one view on swearing and noticed that so far on 2 episodes i have only cursed twice, and that was all in the first episode, i now feel like keeping swearing out of this podcast wont be difficult and therefor i will strive to do it. It will probably turn out for the best in the long run. Should i see a need for profanity, for instance if some guest will be on the show that has a style of talking that does include a lot of profanity then i will mark that particular episode as explicit in some way. But otherwise this podcast will be clean.
This does mean that this episode has a new section to it. Thankfully, if that is the right word, i don’t think anyone has downloaded any episode so i rerecorded the part about swearing for this episode and will update the show notes that will also include the original shownotes. I also never deleted the work-files for audacity so i didn’t have to recompress the audio. I could just make a new file.
But i did have do that for the first episode. Due to the filesize i don’t keep the work-files, that’s the files called something.aup and the corresponding folder. So for episode one i had to edit the mp3 and then reupload it. That might mean that the quality is lower but hopefully it wont be too obvious.
Don’t underestimate the time needed for editing and don’t overedit:
In my first episode i remember pausing alot when talking. I don’t know how annoying or not this might be so for that episode i edited out alot of pauses. This took forever and made me hate editing. For this episode i will leave them in until i either get feedback about them or learn what others think. Editing is good but don’t edit stuff that might not be that bad.
Speaking english is harder than it seems:
I thought about this again when i saw the documentary Moleman 2, the art of algorithms. I wont go into the movie itself now but one thing i noticed every time i see it is how the narrator has trouble saying certain words since he is from hungary. One such word is visuals. I did a test recording and that word is easier to say in a sentence but i still struggled with it as well. Lets just say that i wont be giving people comments on their pronunciation since i’m not that good at it either. Lets just say that i will have to continue working on liking my voice.
And that will have to conclude episode 2. Maybe i will be able to keep this a weekly show after all. If so that would be great. You can leave comments as well as find this script in the show notes at aspiebloggen.se/2. That’s aspiebloggen, spelled just as the podcast, /2. And if i think about anything while editing i will include it. See you next week.
I just noticed that i said that my father would have been 64 but the script correctly states that he would have been 74. Oh well.
Oh and while i though the episode would be longer then it got i now understand that shorter episodes will probably be the norm for this podcast. But i don’t care as long as people like listening and i can make each episode as good as it needs to be.
BTW i will never again try to say the word algorithm. Man that was hard. I know i didn’t get it right but lost interest in trying again.
Original notes regarding swearing. Was removed and then the episode was re-uploaded.
This podcast has swearing in it. Yep i might occasionally swear. I don’t know what the advice on swearing is for podcasts, most likely now to overdo it, but i do know that itunes has a option regarding explicit content. I have seen it in the settings for powerpress. Well i don’t swear a lot during that day but it happens and i don’t want to censor myself for the podcast so it will happen again. So basically what i’m saying is keep you children away from this podcast or just tell them not to talk like me, i don’t know. On to the next point.