Friday, July 29, 2016

Cover Art Change...Again

Cover Art

One of the things I need to do in order to have my podcast in iTunes is some type of cover art. You can see what I started with in my first post but after sleeping on it, I really don't like it. It's plain and isn't sitting well with me. Now I'm thinking of including a picture of myself on the cover. I think it would make it more personal and less abstract.

This is what I have now:

I like it better than the last one and I have to admit that I have spent too much time on this!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Learning to Podcast - Part #2

The learning continues....I have had some time to play with Audacity on my PC. I recorded a short blurb about the podcast and then took some time to play around with it. The 'playing' is all about making mistakes and discovering how to do things like making my recorded audio sound better, how to add some music fading in at the start, and fading in at the end. Not sure if that is the route I will take but it is good to know how to do it.

This is what things look like at the moment:

Here are some YouTube clips that helped me out:

Audacity | Best Vocal Effects | Improve Your Vocals/Commentaries

Mixing Voice and Music Audio in Audacity

Learning to Podcast

I have this idea (which I think is great), it involves talking to people (particularly those that work in Education) to find out what inspires them and how they innovate in their day to day work.

I will post more about my idea, where it came from, and my vision moving forward in another post. For now, I want to keep track of the people and sites that I have come across to assist me in learning how to create a podcast and publish it.

I have spent some time communicating with Brian Briggs and  Bill Selak - both of whom have been quite helpful. They have provided me with their experience and some resources to get me started. David Theriault kick started things when I tweeted him to see if he has written a blog post about podcasting...the answer was no, but he tweeted out to some of his people who ended up providing me with some great leads. 

Here are the sites that I have gone back to several times for instruction and reference:

Special shout out to Michael Redfearn who used the work 'podcast' in a conversation we had years ago at TEDx Waterloo. He interviewed me at that event and then created a podcast around it. I remember thinking, this is crazy...I am finally joining his ranks!