Tuesday, February 9, 2010


I did my very first podcast today for my poetry book. I know, I know I made you listen to my blurb about Windows Media Player but this is different.

(Well, actually, it's not all that different but I'm interested in it so there you go).

I've never done a podcast before. I've always thought it was one of those things that only radio personalities and technical people did. I was so wrong.

A friend of mine turned me onto the My Podcast website. I downloaded their recorder, bought a cheap microphone, and I was in business.

Check out the website at:

Cost: FREE

I'm horrible with new technology so I was surprised that within the hour I had recorded my first poem and had it loaded.

And I didn't even swear. Miracles never cease.

I recorded Mister, I Aint' Afraid fairly easily except for the dog constantly barking in the background. But how do you tell a deaf dog to shut up? I dunno.

I will probably re-record this poem again because it's a bit pitchy at the end but overall, I thought this first attempt was a success.

Mister (POEM)

What I liked about My Podcas
*Easy to record.
*Ease of uploading.
*Quick to do.

What I didn't like:

*I couldn't adjust the recording when I got pitchy.

*Directions for subtle changes were a little vague. By this, I mean that on the recorder, I would drag the button back to re-record but what it didn't tell me was that I'd have to hit the rewind button to get the last 20 seconds. Several other small things like that ran me in circles for a bit. However, I quickly figured out the problem on my own and a solution.

*The files are ONLY offered in MP3 files.

Overall Score: 3.5 out of 5
If they add some sound editing this would easily be a 4.5 or a 5.

Technical Skill needed: 1.5
0 being no skill at all
5 being a technical genius

Time Needed
: 1
0 being done under a ten minutes.
5 being five days later I'm still trying to figure it out.

I'm still on the lookout for a program that is as easy to use as this one but has better audio tools.

I'd also like one with better descriptions of what I'm doing before I do it.

Overall, this was a fairly easy way to podcast. If you want to try your hand at it, start here.

Or don't.

I'm easy. I won't make you do it.




  1. Good to see you back Tirz. Love your accent :) I think most women can relate to this situation.

  2. I think podcasting will be the future of blogging and promoting and everything. Good thing you're learning it now.


  3. Its ridiculously easy. I like that.

    I wish I could embed it in my page though.

    I'm sick of having 13 different pages.


  4. I have been looking into that as well for some readings and promotion. I am also looking into doing a trailer for my book as well. Thanks for your insight and I will check out the site and look for your podcast!

  5. Great reading. Love your delivery! It's amazing how far the internet audio has come. When dial up was all the rage and I had to post others readings on my then website, I used to have to have poets call me while I was on the internet and read their poem when my internet call answering service came on. And that was just the first of a dozen steps to get a good file!

  6. I still think I have to re-record. It sounds almost too loud. I think I had the sound up too loud. Oh well. I thought it was okay for a first run...lol.

    It's weird how things change. I'm not really sure what i'm doing with podcasting but what the hell, right? All I can do is fail. I've done that before. :-)

  7. Thanks for the link and tutorial, how cool. Good for you, sounds like you are moving along on your book.


  8. Great podcast, Tirz! Your poems are loaded with emotion (the good kind) but this just adds another layer. I could 'feel' it. And you say you don't do technology.

  9. Did you take it down?

    Or am I having an attack of stupid and just can't find it LOL (quite likely)


  10. http://loveandlighterfluid.mypodcast.com/2010/02/Mister_I_Aint_Afraid-285075.html

    I reloaded the the link and forgot to change it here.

    Sorry Kos.

    I fixed the link.

  11. Wow that was powerful work. Thanks for giving the new link.

    I thought it was really well read too, in that the audio sounded great !

  12. I saw you were doing podcasting. Kat and Greg are podcasting Wesley Weasel this week. (Maybe just the first couple chapters?)

    Have fun with it!!


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