Start Your Podcast with The Podcast Starter Kit

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When I was in grammar school my 2nd Grade teacher, Ms, McCullough,  came up to me and asked if I wanted to be in something called, “Drama Club.” I had no idea what that was, but she insisted that it would be fun and I’d be really good at it; I agreed, and we called my mom to get permission.

It turns out Drama Club was both fun, and I was good at it. My first role was a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz (I was very short). I stuck with Drama all throughout grammar and high school, ending my run in college. But it’s something that shaped me and something that I loved to do. I miss it a lot some days and feel part of the reason I love to teach and speak publicly is that it has the feeling of performing. There’s something else that I do that helps me ‘perform’: podcasting.

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Check out my Podcast Gear

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This summer I started two projects that require me to be in front of a microphone: WP in One Month and How I Built It. It’s a lot of work, but fun and rewarding. One important aspect of recording is making sure you have the right hardware and software. It can take a lot of research and get a bit pricy, but the quality of what you put out makes it worth it. I’ve spent some time finding the right tools; here’s my current setup.

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I’ve been thinking more about the TIL Podcast and what I need to do to make it a show people will actually listen to. I need a good hook to draw people in, and I’m not entirely sure one that’s just, “I learned stuff,” is good. See Friday’s post for why (spoiler: there are a lot of them).

I’m thinking about doing, “Things I Learned Offline.” It might be a good hook and there is human interaction. I can build a story about how I came into the info, and the present the fact at the end of the show.

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So much for writing a lot this week! I’m hoping Sunday will provide me ample opportunity for reading, writing, and R&R.

I’ve been kicking around lots of ideas for my seemingly defunct TIL Podcast. Now that I have a nice new mic (Blue Yeti – thank you Prime Day) I’ve gotten a second (third?) wind for doing it.

My latest ideas are to either: go back into old blog posts and do updates on the podcast, or jot down some things I learned over 2 weeks and talk about them.

Either way, much like Justin Timberlake, I’m going solo this time around.

Season 2 of the TIL Podcast

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If you follow me on social media, you’ll know for the last month or so, I’ve been publishing new episodes of the TIL Podcast. I decided to change the format to make it more of an interview-style podcast, with one expert each week talking about some interesting topic. So far, we’ve had a few good ones about Disney, Music, Accessing Medical Information, and Web Development.

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I was on the Living Your Passion Podcast

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I had the pleasure of talking to DJ Waldow on his podcast, Living Your Passion. I contacted him shortly after his podcast launched over the summer and basically asked if he’d have me on the show. Lucky for me, I’ve very passionate about ‘making things on the web’ and just a little bit shameless.

It was a great conversation (and DJ said some very nice things about about me at the end- thank you!) and I recommend listening to it and all of his episodes. If you’re looking for a new passion or making a living out of your current one, this is a great source of inspiration.

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Rebooting the TIL Podcast

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About a year ago, I started a podcast called the TIL Podcast, where a few friends and I sat down and discussed whatever topic we decided on. It was a lot of fun recording but eventually got a bit hard to keep a consistent group of people to record every week. We got out 13 episodes before taking a hiatus. I’m happy to say that I’m going to reboot the show.

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Announcing the TIL Podcast

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til-webA while back, I bought the domain somewhat on a whim. I had just started listening to podcasts and felt this would be a good theme for one, whatever the that theme may be.  I thought of doing something tech or web development related, but those are a dime a dozen. So I still needed a solid idea for the podcast; then it came to me while talking with two sets of friends on two separate occasions.

The first one was with my friend Nate, who had mentioned to me that he missed the “academic” conversations he’d have in college since getting a full time job; the more intellectual ones with discussion and debate. That planted the seed. The second one was with a group of friends while we were discussing some recent legislation- there was a lot of back and forth, fact checking, and opinion giving. That’s when the idea solidified. This would be a great idea for the podcast. I pitched the idea to my friends right there and they really liked the idea as well. So with that, the TIL Podcast is:

A general knowledge podcast where a group of friends get together and discuss current events, news topics, and technology.

The basic format is this: each week we will have a subject or two and discuss them for about 30-40 minutes (total). We’ll cover what the subject is and some issues surrounding it. We hope to cover a wide gamut of categories from news to tech to whatever seems interesting; we are also up for suggestions.

We had our first recording earlier this week and it will go live on Sunday, December 1st. The topic is the Coin digital card.  We are all really excited about the podcast and we hope you like it! All of the podcasts, show notes, and more information are up at