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:
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.
What I liked about My Podcast:
*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.
I'm easy. I won't make you do it.